Colombia is a nation enriched by Native American, Hispanic and African culture. Football plays a pivotal role as the country’s most popular sport, and is bound up in Colombian culture.

All those who are familiar with the game could not forget the likes of Carlos Valderrama, who graced the turf at France 98’ with his iconic style of play, and who could forget that afro?

In many ways, Colombia’s passion for football is a testament to the Colombian people, who are equally as colourful and imaginative as their beloved game. Whether you’re from the capital, Bogota, or the more remote regions of the Amazon, you can be sure that football plays a part in your life.

Contrastingly, Colombia’s national sport is the tejo, not football, which entails putting an iron quoit into a metal circle, whose objective is to strong>set off as many firecrackers as possible, whoever sets off the most explosions wins.

Colombian Culture – A Nation of Football and Diversity

Indigenous culture does in fact contribute to a lot of Colombia’s cultural heritage, given that they were the strong>original settlers of the land. According to the Colombian Embassy in Washington, there are over 87 indigenous ethnic groups that represent 1.5 percent of the country’s total population, and speak 64 native languages that belong to 22 linguistic families.

The Colombian’s enthusiasm for football can also be compared to that of their love for music. Cumbia, which is perhaps the most iconic of all Colombia music, has deep roots that date back to the early 19th Century. In many ways, it symbolises the perfect harmonisation of all three cultures, European, Native and African.

This year’s effort in the World Cup has seen Colombia progress to their first ever quarter finals, where they have set up a mouth-watering tie against Brazil. If form is anything to go by, they will most certainly be a stern test for the Brazilians.

Have you ever visited Colombia? What were your experiences of Colombian culture?

Linguistically, did you find that there were any nuances about the Spanish spoken there?

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