An Unfamiliar Face of Colombia Beams at FIFA World Cup

Football has given Colombian fans a massive reason to cheer in a country that has been ravaged by a half-century conflict that has killed 220,000 lives. The team faces Brazil in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals.

updated: July 04, 2014 13:31 IST
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A Colombian fan watches his team play on a big screen in Cali, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia.


Bogota: The euphoria in soccer-mad Colombia is deafening, and wonderfully contagious, ahead of Friday's do-or-die World Cup match against host Brazil. (Also read: Top five reasons why Colombia can stun Brazil)

Never before has the star-crossed nation made the quarterfinals. Some are even waxing poetic about World Cup unity accelerating the pace of 18-month-old peace talks to end a half-century of conflict that has claimed some 220,000 lives.

Half the population seems to be wearing the canary-yellow national jersey, even on days Colombia isn't playing. And the merrymaking, from singing in the streets to collective game-watching on huge screens in public parks, is often so unrestrained that many big-city mayors have imposed bans on alcohol sales on game days. (Related: Alcohol consumption in Brazil zooms skywards)

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