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Henrik Larsson
Henrik Edward Larsson, MBE is a Swedish footballer and currently unemployed manager. He was known as an excellent striker whose main attributes were his goalscoring prowess and on-...

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Full Name: Colombia
Country: Colombia
Nickname(s): The Coffee Growers, Tricolour
Confederation: CONMEBOL
Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez

National Team Information:
The Colombia national football team represents Colombia in international football competitions and is controlled by the Colombian Football Federation. It is a member of the CONMEBOL. It is currently ranked 4th in the FIFA World Rankings, and ranked 6th in Elo World Rankings. Colombia has made noticeable achievements throughout in their history. An historic achievement in world football, done by Colombia's team, is what midfielder Marcos Coll did in 1962 FIFA World Cup against the USSR football team. He is the only player ever to score an Olympic goal in FIFA World Cup history, where the match finished in a 4–4 tie after a spectacular coming back of Colombia from 4-0 to draw the match, making it also the biggest comeback in the history of a world cup. It is also noted that the USSR had Lev Yashin (considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in the football history) in the starting lineup. Colombia had its strongest period during the 1990s where they were among the giants in world football. A match during this period in 1993 resulted in a 5–0 win over Argentina which caused a special 'mutual respect' rivalry between both nations. The goalkeeper René Higuita achieved fame from his eccentric scorpion kick clearance against England at Wembley in 1995. At the 2001 Copa America, Óscar Córdoba became the first and only goal keeper in history to keep a perfect clean sheet in a Copa America. Other stars from Colombia's team included Carlos Valderrama and Faustino Asprilla. During this era Colombia qualified for the 1990, 1994, and 1998 editions of the World Cup, only reaching the second round in 1990. Colombia suffered over three World Cup cycles between 2002 to 2010, failing to be as strong as it had been in the 1990s, and they did not qualify for the FIFA World Cup in this period. Colombia has had problems throughout this era living up to the legacy of the older generations that raised the team's reputation. However, in recent times during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Colombia has played with a new talented golden generation since the 2011 Copa America, bringing its current rank to 4th place in the FIFA world rankings. Returning in the top 10 for the first time since 2002, nearly 10 years around the end of the previous golden era and into the top 5 in the end of 2012 for the first time since 2004. Since 1998 and after a sixteen year long wait, Colombia finally returned after qualifying to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Since the mid-1980s, the Colombian National team has been a stronghold fighting the negative stereotypes towards the country's reputation. This has also made the sport very popular and made the national team a sign of nationalism, pride, and passion for many Colombians world wide. Thus, Colombia is known for having a very passionate fan base in both national and international games world wide. They were the champions of the 2001 Copa América, which they hosted and set a new record of being undefeated, conceding no goals and winning each match. Prior to that success they were runners-up to Peru in the 1975 Copa América. In total, Colombia has gained a top 4 result in 7 Copa Americas. Colombia was the first team to win FIFA best mover in 1993 where the achievement was first introduced and the second team after Croatia to win it twice with the second being in 2012. The team are nicknamed Los Cafeteros due to the coffee production in their country.
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