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The World Cup Countdown: Sad day for Colombia
by Paul Kennedy, June 2nd, 2014 9:25PM
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[BRAZIL 2014] Radamel Falcao won't be going to the World Cup. The Colombian star's bid to recover from a knee injury suffered in a French Cup match against an amateur team in January ended as he was left off Coach Jose Pekerman's 23-player roster.

Pekerman said he'd wait until the June 2 deadline to see if Falcao was fit, but the Monaco star said ''the smartest thing to do'' was to continue his recovery. Pekerman called it "the saddest day I've had since becoming Colombia coach."

''I had great hope to play," said Falcao, "but, well, one has to support the team from outside and wish it the best."

Two former Philadelphia Union players -- Faryd Mondragon and Carlos Valdes -- made the Colombia 23.

URUGUAY. Uruguay selected Liverpool star Luis Suarez for its final roster for the World Cup less than two weeks after he needed knee cartilage surgery.

Injured on the last day of the Premier League season, Suarez will continue to recover as Uruguay prepares for its opener June 14 against Costa Rica. He sat out the 1-0 win over Northern Ireland on Friday and will miss the Celeste's send-off match against Slovenia on Wednesday at the Estadio Centenario.

Suarez is one of 15 players back from Uruguay's fourth-place team in 2010.

ARGENTINA. Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella named his 23-player squad for the World Cup led by Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria.

Sabella selected Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis even though he has not played for Argentina in more than two and a half years, and he made Ever Banega, Jose Sosa and Nicolas Otamendi his final three cuts.

World Cup 2014 Squads:
Group A: Brazil (23) | *Cameroon (23) | *Croatia (23) | *Mexico (23)
Group B: *Australia (27) | *Chile (23) | *Netherlands (23) | *Spain (23)
Group C:
*Colombia (23) | *Greece (23) | *Ivory Coast (23) | Japan (23)
Group D
: *Costa Rica (23) | England (23) | *Italy (23) | *Uruguay (25)
Group E:
Ecuador (24) | *France (23) | Honduras (23) | Switzerland (23)
Group F: *Argentina (23) | Bosnia-Herzegovina (24) | *Iran (23) | Nigeria (30)
Group G: *Germany (23) | *Ghana (23) | *Portugal (23) | *USA (23)
Group H: *Algeria (23) | Belgium (24) | Russia (23) | *South Korea (23)
*Updated roster.


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