Rosters Announced for Colombia vs. Brazil on November 14, 2012
BRAZIL AND COLOMBIA ANNOUNCE ROSTERS AHEAD OF NOVEMBER 14 CLASH AT METLIFE STADIUM IN NEW JERSEY
Neymar, Kaka, and Oscar Highlight the Brazil Club,
While Falcao, Rodriguez, and Torres Lead the Colombian Side
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Thursday, November 8, 2012 – Five-time World Cup champion Brazil and former Copa America champion Colombia are fielding their full A-teams for the match on Wednesday, November 14 at MetLife Stadium. The match, the Brazil national team's 1,000th game, will feature some of the most talented young stars in the world giving fans the unique opportunity to see global superstars play live and experience first-hand the fast-paced, skillful competition that has made soccer the most popular sport in the world.
Tickets, which range in price from $45 – $195, are available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at the MetLife Stadium and IZOD Center Box Offices, and at Wal-Mart Ticketmaster outlets throughout the New York/New Jersey area. For group sales (15+) call 201-460-4370. Coach USA will be providing bus service (Bus #351) to and from New York’s Port Authority to MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 PM EST.
This is Brazil’s third match at MetLife Stadium, most recently facing Argentina on June 9, 2012. It is Colombia’s first time at MetLife Stadium and its first return to the Meadowlands region since August 2009 when they played Venezuela at Giants Stadium. Brazil and Colombia have met 24 times with 15 wins by Brazil, two by Colombia, and seven ties. Of those matches, nine were World Cup Qualifiers with Brazil taking five wins and four ties.
Led by Coach Mano Menezes, Brazil’s roster is highlighted by 20-year old superstar Neymar. He has quickly become one of the most sought after footballers by major European clubs. At age 19, Neymar won the 2011 South American Footballer of the Year award and has drawn comparisons to many of Brazil’s greats.
Brazil will host the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, which automatically qualifies the team for the tournaments. Brazil is the current holder of the FIFA Confederations Cup after winning the 2005 and the 2009 edition of the tournament. Brazil is currently ranked 13th by FIFA and is consistently considered to be among the strongest football nations in the world.
At the other end of the pitch, Colombia is fielding a 24-man roster led by 26-year-old Falcao, considered one of the top strikers in the world. Over the past three seasons, Falcao has scored more than 100 goals during league competition. In 2011, Falcao became the first player in history to win two consecutive European titles with two different teams while at the same time becoming the top goal scorer for those teams.
Colombia comes into the match with its highest FIFA ranking – currently eighth – since 2002. Its recent success can be attributed to its new golden generation of stars and the leadership of coach José Nestor Pekerman. Most recently, Colombia shocked 2011 Copa America winners, Uruguay and Chile, with convincing World Cup Qualifying wins. Los Cafeteros are now second in the World Cup Qualifiers behind Argentina.
Forwards (3): Neymar (Santos – Brazil) and Leandro Damiao (Internacional – Brazil)
Midfielders (9): Oscar (Chelsea FC – England), Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur – England), Ramires (Chelsea FC – England), Kaka (Real Madrid – Spain), Arouca (Santos – Brazil), Thiago Neves (Fluminense – Brazil), Lucas (Sao Paulo – Brazil), Paulinho (Corinthians – Brazil) and Giuliano (FC Dnipro – Ukraine)
Defenders (7): Thiago Silva (Paris-Saint Germain – France), David Luiz (Chelsea FC – England), Daniel Alves (Barcelona – Spain), Leandro Castan (AS Roma – Italy), Fabio Santos (Corinthians – Brazil), and Rever (Atletico Mineiro – Brazil)
Goalkeepers (2): Diego Alves (Valencia – Spain) and Jefferson (Botafogo – Brazil)
COLOMBIA SQUAD* (24):
Forwards (6): Falcao (Atletico Madrid – Spain), Dorlan Pabon (Parma – Italy), Jackson Martinez (Porto – Portugal), Carlos Bacca (Brujas – Belgium), Carlos Darwin Quintero (Santos Laguna – Mexico), and Teofilo Gutierrez (Atletico Junior – Colombia)
Midfielders (9): James Rodriguez (Porto – Portugal), Macnelly Torres (Atletico National – Colombia), Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan – Italy), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina – Italy), Juan Fernando Quintero (Pescara – Italy), Carlos Sanchez (Valenciennes – France), Elkin Soto (FSV Mainz 05 – Germany), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Morelia – Mexico), and Edwin Valencia (Fluminense – Brazil)
Defenders (7): Mario Alberto Yepes (AC Milan – Italy), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan – Italy), Pablo Armero (Udinese – Italy), Aquivaldo Mosquera (Club America – Mexico), Luis Amaranto Perea (Cruz Azul – Mexico), Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia Union – USA), and Gilberto Garcia (Deportivo Pasto – Colombia)
Goalkeepers (2): David Ospina (Niza – France) and Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali – Colombia)
*Scheduled to Appear
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With a full, game-day seating capacity of 82,500, MetLife Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in the National Football League. It boasts numerous dining options and a rail line that drops guests directly at the front door. During its inaugural year in 2010, MetLife Stadium was selected to host Super Bowl XLVIII, and in 2014 the venue will become history’s first open-air venue in a cold-weather region to hold football’s biggest game.
In 2011, MetLife Stadium was ranked No. 1 for safety by Security magazine’s “Security 500” in the Arenas/Stadiums/Leagues/Entertainment division and for the second consecutive year was cited by Billboard magazine as the highest-grossing stadium in North America. For more information, visit www.metlifestadium.com.
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