This will be the 6th appearance for Columbia in the competition and first one since 2009.
Their first appearance was in 1989 where they finished 15th. Los Cafeteros finished 4th in both 2003 Finland and 2009 Nigeria.
This marks their best performance at the U-17 World Cups.In 2007 they managed to reach the round of 16 but crashed out in group stages in 1989 and 1993.
Road to India
Orlando Restrepo’s boys booked a place in the FIFA U-17 World Cup following their third-place finish in the South American Under-17 Football Championship this year.
Colombia defeated Ecuador and Uruguay, drew against Chile and fell prey to Bolivia, which led them to second place in Group A behind Chile and they eventually progressed to the hexagonal final phase. Later, the team grabbed victory over Ecuador (2-1) followed by a draw with Venezuela and losses to Chile (1-0) and Brazil (3-0). With World Cup qualification at stake, they fought back with a 2-1 win over Paraguay to seal their berth.
Players to watch out for
Juan Penaloza scored 3 goals in the South American U-17 championship and will lead Columbia’s forward line.
The midfield engines Jaminton Campaz and David Barrerro, if combine well in midfield, could be handy for the Los Cafeteros in getting in goals as well as providing forward passes.