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Falcao to lead Colombia against Brazil



Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao of and midfielder James Rodriguez of Portugal's Porto headline a strong Colombia team named by coach Jose Pekerman for a friendly next week against Brazil in New Jersey.

Colombia has been one of the strongest teams so far in South American World Cup qualifying along with Ecuador and Argentina. Brazil is the host for the 2014 World Cup and qualifies automatically.

Pekerman on Wednesday named a mix of players who play in Europe, the United States and across Latin America.

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Squad:

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Nice), Farid Mondragon (Deportivo Cali).

Defenders: Mario Alberto Yepes (AC Milan), Luis Amaranto Perea (Cruz Azul, Mexico), Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia), Aquivaldo Mosquera (America, Mexico), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Pablo Armero (Udinese), Gilberto Garcia (Deportivo Pasto).

Midfielders: Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan), Edwin Valencia (Fluminense, Brazil), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Morelia, Mexico), Carlos Sanchez (Valenciennes), Elkin Soto (Mainz 05), James Rodriguez (Porto), Macnelly Torres (Atletico Nacional), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina), Juan Fernando Quintero (Pescara).

Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid), Teefilo Gutierrez (Atletico Junior), Jackson Martinez (Porto), Dorlan Pabon (Parma), Carlos Bacca (Brugge), Carlos Darwin Quintero (Santos Laguna, Mexico).

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