After resigning from Deportes Tolima, Alejandro Hurtado was able to focus entirely on Colombia’s 2026 World Cup campaign.
Back in November, Colombia were drawn into Group E alongside Ivory Coast, Romania and Japan.
This is a very winnable group, and after seeing this draw the aim was to reach the Quarter Final at the very least.
World Cup 2026 Squad
Of the 23 players picked for the championships, just eight are real-life players.
The two 34 year-olds are undoubtedly the most recognisable names, James Rodriguez and Jeison Murillo.
James has just recently been released from Real Madrid whilst Murillo remains at Inter Milan.
Marco Vargas is the player to look out for. The attacking midfielder is the best player in the squad by far.
Remember him? He was our left-back at Deportes Tolima who we sold for £2.5M to FC Porto. He made the squad as our first-choice left-back.
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2026 World Cup
We played two warm up matches for the World Cup and won both comfortably.
Our first group match came against Ivory Coast.
Mateo Casierra scored a brace to help us to a 2-0 victory. A vital three points to get us off the mark in the group stages.
Though the result really should have been greater with Ivory Coast losing a man in the 7th minute.
Next up came Romania.
Poor. A very poor result and performance from our men. The defeat was made worse as this time we had a man sent off, our former Tolima man Romero.
An unexpected defeat meant we went into the Japan match with everything to play for.
Mateo Casierra scored another in this match, bringing his tally up to 4 from 3 matches.
And we secured our progression to the knockout rounds with this win, finishing in second place in Group E.
Finishing second in our group meant that we were drawn against one of the top placed teams. This was England.
6 of their squad have gone on to make over 100 appearances.
- Harry Kane, 129 Caps 73 Goals
- Deli Ali, 123 Caps 40 Goals
- Raheem Sterling, 114 Caps 18 Goals
- Luke Shaw, 107 Caps 2 Goals
- Eric Dier, 106 Caps 9 Goals
- John Stones, 104 Caps 4 Goals
England 3 Colombia 4. A brilliant game. Mateo Casierra scored a hat-trick, his seventh of the championships, to win us an enthralling match.
We did fall behind 3-2 in the match and I did feel that the game was heading their way. But a 78th minute goal from Casierra forced extra time.
And an injury for English regen Kadzidlo meant that we were playing against ten men for the final 30 minutes. We made it count, scoring a winner in the 104th minute.
We had achieved our pre-tournament goal of reaching the Quarters. Here we were drawn against 2022 winners France.
Wow. France were incredible and honestly there was not a lot we could do. We were quite simply outplayed. 4-0 was a fair result.
It is no real surprise that France went on to win their second consecutive World Cup (and they came third in 2018).
An impressive run saw them score 12 goals in the knockout rounds, conceding 0.
Alejandro Hurtado has resigned from his role with Colombia
Yes. It is the end of the road for Hurtado and Colombia. This was always the plan as I didn’t want the continued distraction of national team football.
Our Chilean manager has had his first experience of World Cup football.
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Thanks for reading Part 20 of VivaGlobetrotting.
In the next part we will be unveiling Hurtado’s new club. They are a BIG club in South American football.