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'Inside Information': Colombia, Uruguay, Japan

Biggest strength of your national team?

Our biggest strength is our forwards, along with our attacking midfielders. I think we have a lot of good things up top. We can create a lot of danger for teams we’ll be playing. That will be our best chance of moving on.

Where might they be vulnerable?

The backline. They have experience and a good goalkeeper, but they haven’t been playing together for the past couple of months due to injury and other obligations with their clubs. Mario Yepes, our captain, is 38 years old now. Although he is experienced, he is getting old.

Odds that your National Team makes it to the Round of 16?

I’m very confident that as long as we win the first game, it will give us a lot of confidence and momentum. It’s a group that as even as it is, we are the team that stands out. Considering that there are some surprises in the World Cup, we will be on the good end of that and make it out of our group.

Keys to making it out of the Group?
Scoring goals. That’s the most important thing because if you score goals, you allow yourself to give up goals. As long as we score, we’re in a good position to move on.
Do you think your Country will win the World Cup?
Absolutely not. This is our first World Cup since 1998. Just the simple fact that we have a good chance of making it out of the group is good enough for me as a Colombian supporter. Whatever comes after that is beautiful, but Colombia still has a long way to go.

Biggest strength of your national team?
Their passion. All players buy into the way the coach wants them to play and together like last year they will make it far.
Where might they be vulnerable?
On the average age of their midfielders.  
Odds that your National Team makes it to the Round of 16?
High
Keys to making it out of the Group?
Winning the first two games.
If you've ever trained or played at the National Level what was it like?
Never played.
Do you think your Country will win the World Cup?
Yes, I do believe that Uruguay can win the world cup.

Biggest strength of your national team?
Unity
Where might they be vulnerable?
Set plays
Odds that your National Team makes it to the Round of 16?
30%
Keys to making it out of the Group?
Win the first game in the group stage
Do you think your Country will win the World Cup?
No