Four things you should know about Colombia’s blind football team
Date: April 23, 2018
By Keon Richardson
With forty-five days to countdown to the IBSA Blind Football World Championships, check out four fantastic facts about Colombia who are ranked 11th in the IBSA Blind Football world rankings.
Following the draw, Colombia will play Argentina, France and Iran in the World Championships group stages in Madrid, Spain.
- The Colombia blind football national team was formed in 1992.
- Colombia made their World Championships debut in 1998 and finished in fourth place.
- Colombia were undefeated in the 2017 Copa América group stages and scored sixteen goals in total. They met Mexico in the bronze medal match. Jhon Eider Gonzalez claimed a hattrick to hand Colombia a 3-0 win to reach third place and qualify for the 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships.
- Gonzalez will be the player to look out for. He won the Best Player of the Tournament at 2017 Copa América. He also helped Colombia finish runners-up in the Bučovice Blind Football Cup in June 2017 by scoring seven goals in the tournament.
The 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships will feature 16 of the world’s best teams. As well as the title on offer the competition is also an important step on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
After the Opening Ceremony and match on 7 June, the group stages get underway in earnest on 8 June. The quarter finals and play-offs begin on 13 June with the final taking place on 17 June.