The Colombian strategist will be in charge of the under 23 team that will face the Pan American Games in Santiago 2023 – credit Agustín Marcarian/REUTERS
The technical director of the Colombia under-23 team, Héctor Cárdenas, announced the list of 20 players who will be part of a new work cycle.
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The Tricolor under-23 concentration will begin on October 8, at the Sports Headquarters of the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) in Bogotá, and will travel to San José, Costa Rica, on October 12, to play two friendly matches against to the local team, on the 14th and 17th of this month.
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The U-23 coffee team will finish the tour with participation in the Chile 2023 Pan American Games that will be held from October 20 to November 4 in Santiago de Chile, where it is part of group B, and will have to face Brazil, the United States and Honduras. In this competition, the tournament regulations allow 18 players to be called up.
Alejandro García Castillo – Once Caldas
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Andrés Alarcón Mendoza – Patriotas FC
Brahian Palacios Alzate – Atlético Nacional
Brayan Andrés Ceballos – Junior FC
Carlos Manuel Cortés – Cortuluá FC
Cristian David Castro – Atlético Nacional
Daniel Felipe Ruíz – Millonarios FC
Eber Antonio Moreno – Pereira FC
Fabián Steven Ángel – Junior FC
Jersson David González – Independiente Santa Fe
Jimer Esteban Fory – Deportivo Pereira FC
Jhojan Torres – Independiente Santa Fe
Johan Rojas – La Equidad
Juan Andrés Castilla – Deportivo Cali
Kalazan Jose Suarez – Cortulua FC
Luis Felipe Mosquera – América de Cali
Luis Miguel Marquínez – Atlético Nacional
Ricardo Andrés Caraballo – Barranquilla FC
Sebastián Guerra Navarro – Atlanta United (USA)
Stephen Alexander Valencia – Cortuluá FC
The team that contributed the most players to the Colombia under-23 team was Atlético Nacional and Cortuluá, each with three players, while Junior de Barranquilla and Independiente Santa Fe contributed two.
Three players appear on Cárdenas’ list (Marquínez, Torres and Castilla) who were part of the last U-20 World Cup, which took place in Argentina. One of the names that also attracts attention on the roster is that of midfielder Daniel Ruiz, from Millonarios, who had a brief stint in Brazil where he wore the Santos shirt.
Three players who participated in the U-20 World Cup in Argentina will be at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games – FCF credit
It should be remembered that the Colombian team has never been bathed in gold in the Pan American Games, the only time it came close was in 1971 in Cali, when it played in the final hexagonal that Argentina won, while the Tricolor had to settle for silver.
In the Mar del Plata Games (Argentina) in 1995, the coffee team reached bronze by defeating Honduras 3-0. On that occasion the locals took the gold medal by beating Mexico from the white spot of the penalty.
The last time that a Colombian team was the protagonist in the Pan American Games was 20 years ago, when Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, hosted the sports events. On that occasion the coffee growers occupied fourth place after falling with Mexico from twelve steps.
The team that has won gold the most times in the soccer discipline of Argentina, which has been crowned champion seven times, followed by Mexico and Brazil with four conquests, while Uruguay has two and closes the medal table, the United States and Ecuador, with a gold medal each.
Unlike the men’s team, the Colombian women’s team won the gold medal at the Pan American Games that took place in Lima, Peru, in 2019. The Powerpuff Girls, under the technical direction of Nelson Abadía, defeated 7-6 on penalties. Argentina.