On 17 March 2018, the official website of Colombian Football Federation(FCF) announced a new list of national team players. James Rodríguez, Falcao and Moreno were included in this list. They would play games against France and Australia for their country.
James Rodríguez played games and performed well in the South American U-20 Championship(three assists), FIFA U-20 World Cup(three goals and three assists) and Toulon Tournament in 2011(two goals and three assists), representing Colombia. Due to his excellent performances, James was awarded a few individual awards, including FIFA U-20 World Cup top assist provider and Best Player Toulon Tournament. As a promising football star, he has gained international attention and is regarded as a key member of the Colombia senior squad.
Radamel Falcao García Zárate(Radamel Falcao) currently plays for Ligue 1 club AS Monaco as a professional striker. Nicknamed “El Tigre(The Tiger)” or “King of the Europa League”, he helped Monaco win Ligue 1 in the 2016-17 season. Falcao played for his country in the 2001 South American Under-17 Football Championship and scored one goal. After two years, he was called up to play for the U-20 team. In the 2005 South American U-20 Championship, he won the tournament with his teammates. Falcao got the UEFA Europa League Top Scorer award in the 2010-11 season with 17 goals and in the 2011-12 season with 12 goals.
Giovanni Moreno is now a member of Shanghai Greenland Shenhua Football Club and he plays as an attacking midfielder. Moreno made his international debut on 20 November 2008 in a game against Nigeria. The fact that he was selected as a member of Colombia national team was good news for him.
Adidas and the FCF have jointly unveiled the brand new home shirt for Colombia national team. A number of talented players such as James Rodríguez would wear this jersey to participate in the upcoming World Cup.
The yellow home shirt was inspired by the classic shirt worn in the 1990 World Cup and was made by advanced craftsmanship and innovative technologies. Both sides of the jersey are decorated with blue and red patterns, displaying colors of the Colombia national flag and reinterpreting the designs of the 1990s. The slogan “UNIDOS POR UN PAIS(United for a country)” is printed at the back of the collar.
Adidas Climachill technology was used in match jerseys for the first time. The technology, zero-degree titanium yarns and mesh fabric can keep players cool and dry in games.
Completing the home kit, there are navy blue shorts and red socks. Besides, the socks are also embroidered with “FCF”. The yellow shirt, blue shorts and red socks coincided with the color of the national flag, paying tribute to Colombia.
“We have created countless football products, innovative technologies and classic designs for decades. Well-designed and brand new football products aim to show respect to those. Like players, passionate fans also hope to see a new shirt with modern designs that can be immediately recognized on and off the count.” said Juergen Rank, the Senior Design Director of Adidas.