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.

7. And fun.


8. You showed us how to laugh.

9. And how to celebrate.

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.

11. And gave honor to seasoned veterans.

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12. You dazzled us with spectacular goals.

13. And made the entire world take notice.

King James rules the world. #GoogleTrends

— A Googler (@google)

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

— Denisse (@DenisseOlivari)

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.

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)

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

— BBC Mundo (@bbcmundo)

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 ❤️

— KINGJ (@SantiagoOrtiz_7)

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

— Lala (@Lalacarito)

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)

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)

32. Thank you for an amazing World Cup!

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