World Cup Tales: Colombia 1986 – The World Cup That Never Was

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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10 Responses

  1. A sad story indeed, but I do hope Colombia get their chance some day soon.

  2. Bobbles says:

    First paragraph. You missed out the crucial word ‘twice’. i.e. Mexico were the first country to host it twice, not the first to host it :)

  3. admin says:

    Thanks for pointing that out, I would sack my proof-reader if it wasn’t, well, me!

  4. Barry says:

    At least Sepp will be gone by 2026-2030…one would think (and strongly hope).

    Great read by the way, you have an excellent writing style.

  5. Bobbles says:

    shows I read it thoroughly. I don’t often read something new about World Cup history that I didn’t know, but I didn’t know about all the politics behind Colombia’s withdrawal in 86. Well researched & written.

  6. Esteban says:

    I really hope the world cup goes to Colombia in 2026. They did a pretty good job with the u-20 world cup. There is still a lot of room for improvement, they need to improve their stadiums, etc but hopefully Colombia presents a bid and wins it.

  7. Bill says:

    Late to the club but I liked the article! Good job on digging up tidbits of forgotten history.

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