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Carlos Cuesta is the rare South American talent not yet snapped up by European club at U20 World Cup

Carlos Cuesta controls the ball during Colombia's Under-20 World Cup win over Poland.
Carlos Cuesta was particularly impressive in Colombia's U20 World Cup win over hosts Poland.

European clubs are looking to pick up South American talent at an ever younger age. Some youngsters make the move across the Atlantic long before it is clear how good they are going to be.

Occasionally, though, one slips through their fingers -- and one such case is Colombian centre-back Carlos Cuesta.

On Thursday, the opening day of the Under-20 World Cup in Poland, Cuesta broke the hearts of the hosts. He kept Poland at bay, snuffed out the danger of their attack, started off the moves of his...

Body of Colombia player Leidy Asprilla recovered

Leidy Asprilla in action for Colombia against the United States women's national soccer team.
Police in Colombia are investigating the death of women's U20 player Leidy Asprilla.

The body of Colombian U20 and U17 player Leidy Asprilla was recovered on Wednesday on a highway in the southwest of Colombia, police have confirmed. 

Asprilla, 22, had been missing since Sunday. Police said they found the body in heavy forest at dawn on a highway that runs from El Cerrito to Rozo, in Valle del Cauca, near Cali. 

"We are deeply saddened by the death of our player," the Colombian League said in a news release. "The 36 clubs that make up DiMayor [the league] and our...

CONMEBOL Naming Argentina, Colombia as Copa America co-hosts poses all sorts of problems

CONMEBOL's decision to play the 2020 Copa America in Colombia and Argentina is a logistical nightmare.

While the 2019 Copa America kicks off in Brazil in just over two months' time, we now know at last where the next edition, the 2020 Copa America, will take place. It has taken a lot of backstage politics, but it has now been confirmed that next year's tournament will be joint-hosted by Argentina and Colombia.

The Copa is switching from odd to even years -- and this has created the opportunity to slide in an extra edition of the tournament in 2020. From a commercial point of view, it is a no contest....

Argentina, Colombia to co-host revamped '20 Copa America

Ale Moreno respects Lionel Messi for sticking with the national side, even with the intense criticism he faces from Argentinian fans.

The 2020 Copa America will mark a tournament revamp, with six teams beginning the campaign in a north zone in Colombia and six playing in a south zone in co-hosts Argentina, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Wednesday.

Argentina will be in the southern group, alongside Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and an as yet undisclosed guest.

Brazil will feature in the northern group with Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and another invited nation.

The teams will play each other...

Reports: Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez earns Spanish citizenship

ESPN FC's Bundesliga correspondent Raf Honigstein weighs in on James Rodriguez's future with Bayern following reports linking him to Arsenal and Tottenham.

Bayern Munich's Colombia international, James Rodriguez, has become a Spanish citizen.

The 27-year-old winger joined Bayern on a two-year loan deal in the summer of 2017 from Real Madrid.

The news of his new dual-citizen status was reported by El Confidencial and Spanish news agency EFE. 

James is tied to Real Madrid until June 2021, however, Bayern have a unilateral option to purchase his rights for a reported €42 million.

By taking citizenship of a European Union country, James becomes...