How they qualified: Boss Jose Pekerman was the catalyst for Colombia's qualification campaign. The Argentine was bought in after defeat to his home nation in their third qualifying match and proceeded to guide Los Cafeteros to five wins in their next six games. Pekerman tightened up the defence to become the stingiest in the group, conceding only 13 goals, and Colombia qualified in second to seal their place in a World Cup for the first time since France '98.
World Cup pedigree: Undistinguished. In 1990, Colombia's 'golden generation', including Carlos Valderrama and his tremendous barnet, could only reach the Round of 16 before slipping up against Cameroon. In their three other campaigns, Colombia have never made it past the group stage.
Main man: Radamel Falcao. One of the most prolific strikers in the world and currently banging them in for Monaco, Falcao is one of the favourites for the Golden Boot. Slight problem, though – he's only 50-50 to get to Brazil after injuring his knee playing for Monaco. It all depends on how he recovers from knee surgery.
One to watch: James Rodriguez. Often the unsung hero in his partnership with Falcao, the 22-year-old followed his compatriot from Porto to Monaco in a €45 million move and is often the creative spark that allows his fellow forward to thrive.
What are their chances? Ranked well inside the world's top ten teams, Colombia should not be taken lightly. They have the quality to surpass their competition-best and reach the quarter-finals… at least.