An Open Letter To The Colombian Team

Win or lose “Los Cafeteros” were one of the best parts of the World Cup.

1. Dear Colombia,

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2. There is no need to be sad.

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3. You have so much to be proud of.

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4. You are one of the best things to happen to soccer in ages.

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5. Your team showed an amazing display of unity.

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6. You showed us that the game can be both stylish.

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7. And fun.

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8. You showed us how to laugh.

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9. And how to celebrate.

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10. You delivered a new star in James Rodríguez.

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At just 22 Rodríguez scored six goals in five games making him Colombia’s leading scorer in the history of the world cup, and goal leader so far in the tournament.

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11. And gave honor to seasoned veterans.

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12. You dazzled us with spectacular goals.

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13. And made the entire world take notice.

King James rules the world. #GoogleTrends

— A Googler (@google)
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14. You celebrated victory with class.

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15. Comforted your opponents in their time of defeat.

#RespectColombia #COL #JPN Luckily, not everything is about bites #fairplay

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16. And honored the memory of one of your greatest stars.

July 2nd marked the 20 year anniversary of the tragic death of former Colombian star Andres Escobar.

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17. Your rivals even recognized your greatness.

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18. And other athletes gave praise.

@jamesdrodriguez Congrats on a great World Cup! U have it your all. Keep your head high. U made your country of Colombia proud! #JamesGang

— LeBron James (@KingJames)
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19. The level of respect was undeniable.

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20. You grabbed the attention of an entire nation.

#Brasil2014: #Colombia se despide con la frente en alto y un futuro brillante

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21. And your fans were with you every step of the way.

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22. They celebrated your victories.

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23. And were equally saddened by your defeat.

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24. You played your heart out against the elite teams of the world, and held your own.

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25. Not since the glory days of 1990s has the national team been this good.

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26. You literally made history.

Watching this team play and make history was the best thing ever. #tricolor #ColombiaTeAmo ❤️

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27. So don’t cry, Colombia.

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28. You have much to celebrate.

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29. Your country is proud of you.

Thank you all of you for bringing our country together! #ColombiaTeAmo

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30. Your president is thankful.

Todos los colombianos nos sentimos muy orgullosos de nuestra Selección. Hicieron historia, ¡gracias por tantas alegr໚s!

— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos)
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31. And fans all over the world love you.

#ColombiaTeAmo Ma༚na vamos con toda a sacar ese partido ante Brasil adelante y pasar a Semifinales #COL @ELTIEMPO.

— Sergio Acevedo (@SergioAcevedoS)
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32. Thank you for an amazing World Cup!

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