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An Open Letter To The Colombian Team

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

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You showed us that the game can be both stylish.

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You showed us how to laugh.

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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.

You dazzled us with spectacular goals.

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And made the entire world take notice.

King James rules the world. #GoogleTrends

A Googler@google

King James rules the world. #GoogleTrends

7:16 PM - 28 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Comforted your opponents in their time of defeat.

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

Denisse@DenisseOlivari

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

4:14 PM - 24 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And honored the memory of one of your greatest stars.

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

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

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

4:12 PM - 04 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

You grabbed the attention of an entire nation.

#Brasil2014: #Colombia se despide con la frente en alto y un futuro brillante http://t.co/guosVhOiMR

BBC Mundo@bbcmundo

#Brasil2014: #Colombia se despide con la frente en alto y un futuro brillante http://t.co/guosVhOiMR

9:20 PM - 04 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

You literally made history.

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

KINGJ@SantiagoOrtiz_7

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

3:02 PM - 04 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Your country is proud of you.

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

Lala@Lalacarito

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

8:42 PM - 04 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

3:04 PM - 04 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

4:38 PM - 03 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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