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World Cup: Faryd Mondragon profile

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Faryd Mondragon, whose career began in 1990, will be travelling to Brazil with the Colombian squad in favour of making his last mark in the team and an honourable farewell.

Colombia should be considered one of the favourites for the World Cup thanks to their star-studded squad. Players such as Radamel Falcao who recovered from the injury in time, James Rodriguez, Fredy Guarin and many more.

One of them is also David Ospina, the squad's number one goalkeeper. French club Nice bought him in 2008 after realizing what a great player he could become. Ospina made a debut for Colombia while still playing for his first club, Atletico Nacional.

Mondragon, who was capped 54 times in 21 years with the national side, has only got 12 more caps than Ospina who made a debut in 2007. It is most likely that Jose Pekerman will elect the 25-year-old for the starting eleven.

However, he should still make a few more appearances to get a deserved goodbye from the team. The veteran was a part of 12 clubs, including Galatasaray, Koln and Real Zaragoza. He is now representing the club where he first started his career - Deportivo Cali.

This goalkeeper is the only player in football history to participate in six consecutives World Cup Qualifiers within a period of 20 years, since 1993 to 2013. 

Can Colombia make an impact on the tournament and provide a shock for the fans? The team have qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 16 years and they don't intend on stopping there. 


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