The road to Colombia
As hosts, Colombia automatically qualified for the competition.
Strengths and style
Guided by Arney Fonnegra, who also oversaw their maiden campaign on the world stage in 2012, Colombia have established themselves as an emerging force in international futsal. This is a status attested to by some fine performances in 2015, including a fourth-place finish at the Copa America and going one better to take bronze in the Grand Prix de Futsal. Their efforts in the South American qualifying tournament, in which they came sixth despite already having their place at the World Cup assured, were nothing to write home about, but the experience will have stood the coach in good stead to fine-tune his plans ahead of the big event. Angellot Caro and Jhonatan Toro, two veterans of the squad that went to Thailand, are the leaders of a team known for their explosiveness but still looking to strike the right balance. Notable newer faces include Yulian Diaz and Luis Poveda.
FIFA Futsal World Cup record
Thailand 2012 was the only previous occasion when Colombia graced the global futsal showpiece, but they certainly made their presence felt on their debut. The Cafeteros caused a real stir by finishing second in their group, before going on to beat Iran in the Round of 16 and Ukraine in the quarter-finals. Despite seeing their run stopped by Brazil in the semis and then succumbing to Italy in the play-off for third place, they still went away as the sensation of the tournament.