Atletico Madrid pulled off a bit of a transfer coup last week when they broke their transfer record to sign prolific Colombian striker Radamel Falcao Garcia from FC Porto for the grand sum of €40million.
A superb record of 72 goals in 87 games (a rate of a goal every 1.21 games) in two seasons at Porto suggests that Atletico have used the money raised from the sale of Sergio Aguero to Manchester City wisely. But history indicates that Falcao only thrives in certain setups and Atletico coach Gregorio Manzano would be advised to take heed of this when deciding upon his tactics for next season.
Colombia were the first side to qualify for the last eight of the 2011 Copa America, coming through their group undefeated and without conceding a goal. Victories over Costa Rica and Bolivia and a draw with Argentina in a game in which they certainly had enough chances to win saw them tipped as potential winners of the tournament, but such optimism was soon punctured by a 2-0 defeat to Peru in the quarter finals.
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Ecuador endured a pretty terrible 2011 Copa America, drawing their opening game with Paraguay before losing to Venezuela and Brazil to finish bottom of Group B. It was at least an improvement on their 2007 Copa, when they failed to score a single point, but it was a poor showing and there are a number of issues for Colombian coach Reynaldo Rueda to address ahead of World Cup qualifying.
Rueda implemented a 4-4-2 formation that often shifted to a 4-2-2-2 in the attacking phase in all three of Ecuador’s matches.
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Bolivia were the first side to be eliminated from the 2011 Copa America, managing just a solitary point from their three group games. It had all started so well for La Verde with a determined performance in a 1-1 draw with hosts Argentina, but successive 2-0 defeats, to Costa Rica and Colombia respectively, condemned Gustavo Quinteros’ men to an early exit.
Bolivia adopted a 4-4-2 formation in all three of their matches, although there were certain differences in the way they lined up against Argentina versus how they did so against Costa Rica and Colombia.