Friday, 9 May 2014

Remember the Colombian team of '93-'94?

Remember the Colombian team of '93-'94?

About twenty one years ago Colombia ( coached by Francisco Maturana) traveled to Buenos Aires needing just a draw to confirm their place at the 1994 World Cup and consign their hosts, Argentina, to a playoff against Australia.

What followed was one of the most famous victories in the history of World Cup qualifying, a 5-0 ( Rincon 41, 62, Asprilla 49, 64, Valencia 84 ) thrashing which elevated Colombia to a position among the favorites for the upcoming World Cup in the USA

That victory holds a position of significance in the history of Colombian football. It was an important historical moment

At the time there were maybe one or two of their players abroad. After that victory five or six more moved away.

Just a few years later they became exporters.

Today that history is displayed through Falcao, Jackson, Zuñiga, Cuadrado and others. Colombian players are now stars on the world stage

That victory also had a negative consequence-including a fatal one!

The 'bandwagon effect' of success ensured that the team didn't quite prepare as well as they had normally done before that match. They started improvising and cutting corners. Players like Rincón, Faustino Asprilla, Leonel Álvarez, Adolfo Valencia, Andrés Escobar, Luis Herrera had become overnight superstars

They were eliminated in the first round of the World Cup.

Andres Escobar paid with his life back home in Colombia!

12 shots from a Cartel's Assassin's gun!!



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