Jackson and Quintero confirmed in the World Cup

Jackson Martínez and Juan Quintero were called this Monday to represent the Colombian national team in the 2014 World Cup, played in Brazil. The Colombian players join Varela (Portugal), Mangala (France), Defour (Belgium), Reyes and Herrera (Mexico), Ghilas (Algeria) and Fucile (Uruguay), meaning FC Porto will be represented by nine players.

This is the biggest representation FC Porto ever had, thus beating the records obtained in the 1986 World Cup – that had  João Pinto, Inácio, Jaime Magalhães, André, Futre and Gomes (Portugal), Madjer (Algeria) and Mlynarczyk (Poland) – and 2002 – with Vítor Baía, Jorge Costa, Jorge Andrade and Capucho (Portugal), Paredes (Paraguay), Pavlin (Slovenia), Alenitchev (Russia) e McCarthy (South Africa). FC Porto is the Portuguese team with the most players in the competition, being 12th in a global context, with Bayern München in the lead (15 players).

Jackson Martínez (who will wear the number 22) has 27 caps and eight goals scored, whereas Quintero (number 18) has only four caps for the main team, but played in 13 games and scored eight goals for the Under20 team. The striker debuted on September 5th 2009 (Colombia – Ecuador, 2-0), more than three years before the midfielder, who was used for the first time in the main team on October 16th 2012, (Colombia – Cameroon, 3-0). The South American team is in group C for the 2014 World Cup, along with Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan.

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