“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.

The Rebirth of Colombia

“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.

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

Pictures of the day: 30 October 2015

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 bug lands on the arm of James Rodriguez of Colombia as he celebrates scoring his team's first goal on a penalty kick during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 4, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

James Rodriguez Photos Photos: Brazil v Colombia: Quarter Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

A bug lands on the arm of James Rodriguez of Colombia as he celebrates scoring his team's first goal on a penalty kick during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 4, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

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

James Rodriguez of Colombia lines up ahead of the International Friendly match between Colombia and Serbia at the Mini Estadi Stadium on August 14, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

Colombia v Serbia

James Rodriguez of Colombia lines up ahead of the International Friendly match between Colombia and Serbia at the Mini Estadi Stadium on August 14, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

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