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Colombia

Colombia poses for a picture before a game at the South American U17 Women Tournament
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FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup record
Uruguay 2018 is Colombia’s fourth appearance in the competition. They have yet to advance beyond the group phase, having finished 13th at the inaugural tournament in New Zealand in 2008, 11th at Azerbaijan 2012, and 16th at Costa Rica 2014.

The road to Uruguay
Colombia began the South American Championships in the best possible fashion, collecting maximum points in the first phase thanks to victories over Argentina (4-0), Peru (4-0), Brazil (1-0) and Ecuador (3-1). They began the final phase in the same vein, beating Venezuela 2-0.

A 1-0 defeat by the Brazilians then checked their momentum. Needing a point to finish runners-up and secure a place at the world finals, the Colombians got the job done with a 1-1 draw against Uruguay.

The coach
A graduate in Physical Education, Didier Luna spent a decade working as an assistant coach and fitness trainer in men’s football before taking charge of the Bogota regional women’s team, where he won seven league titles in a ten-year tenure. Those achievements led to him being appointed Colombia’s U-17 women’s team coach in July 2017.

The stat
7 - The number of goals striker Marieth Perez scored at the South American Championships, more than anyone else in the competition. Colombia also had the most prolific attack with 15 goals, the tightest defence – conceding just two – and the highest percentage of points won: 16 out of a possible 21.