Colombia: Icon Valderrama expects ‘successful’ World Cup in Russia

Former Colombian footballer Carlos Valderrama spoke glowingly about the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia and how it inspires confidence for the upcoming World Cup, as he gave an interview in the Colombian city of Barranquilla on Tuesday. «I think many tourists that visited the Confederations Cup, as well as journalists, footballers and teams, were satisfied with the organisation. We are... Еще optimistic about it and are expecting a great World Cup,» El Pibe (the Kid) said, exactly 100 days before the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Valderrama, who has 111 caps for his country, also hoped that the Colombian «team will be the surprise of this World Cup.» Talking about the social benefits of football, Valderrama said: «Many years ago we experienced a grave social crisis. And football helped deal with it,» adding «It is kind of overwhelming for Colombians to move forward and improve the image of our country throughout the whole world.»

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