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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 8th in the FIFA World Rankings, and ranked 6th in Elo World Rankings.
Colombia has made many memorable moments throughout in their history. Former midfielder Marcos Coll is the only player in history to score an Olympic goal in a FIFA World Cup, where in the 1962 FIFA World Cup, he scored against the USSR football team. On another note, the match finished in a 4–4 tie after a spectacular coming back of Colombia from 4–1 to draw the match, making it also the biggest comeback in the history of the 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 missed three World Cup cycles between 2002 to 2010. Following the death of Andrés Escobar after the 1994 World Cup, Colombia's team had faded by the end of the decade.
However, in recent times during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Colombia has shown improvemant2011 Copa America, bringing its current rank within 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 consistently since 2004. After a 16-year long wait, Colombia finally returned after qualifying to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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