“We thought we were here to stay. And then for sixteen years, there was nothing.” From our series on this year’s #WorldCup, David Gendelman on the rebirth of the Colombian soccer team.

“We thought we were here to stay. And then for sixteen years, there was nothing.” From our series on this year’s #WorldCup, David Gendelman on the rebirth of the Colombian soccer team.

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Supporters of Colombia's football team Santa Fe celebrate the victory over Argentina's Independiente, during their 2015 Sudamericana Cup football match held at Campin stadium, in Bogota, Colombia

Supporters of Colombia's football team Santa Fe celebrate the victory over Argentina's Independiente, during their 2015 Sudamericana Cup football match held at Campin stadium, in Bogota, Colombia

A fan of Colombia's football team Atletico Nacional holds a banner in memoriam of the Chapecoense footbal team members in La Union, Antioquia Department, Colombia on November 29, 2016. A charter plane carrying the Chapecoense Real football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing as many as 75 people, officials said / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ACOSTALUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images

A fan of Colombia's football team Atletico Nacional holds a banner in memoriam of the Chapecoense footbal team members in La Union, Antioquia Department, Colombia on November 29, 2016. A charter plane carrying the Chapecoense Real football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing as many as 75 people, officials said / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ACOSTALUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images

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