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The Streak is Broken: Miss Colombia Wins The Miss Universe Pageant

By Adriana Correa

At just 22 years old Paulina Vega has won the 63rd annual Miss Universe pageant.

Vega from Barranquilla Colombia breaks a long standing 57 year losing streak and brings the Miss Universe crown to the South American country.

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Since the moment the 88 pageant candidates arrived at Trump National Doral the international press immediately picked up on Vegas exuberant charisma and named her one of the favorites to win.

During the round of questions Vega showed her Colombian pride by saying, “Colombia has been an example to follow for the rest of the world. We are able to persevere in spite of so many challenges, we continue to fight for what we believe and we continue to shine on the world’s stage.”

Among the 5 finalist were USA, Holand, Ukraine, Jamaica and Colombia.

“It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today. A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person.”  

A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person.” Vega told the Associate Press earlier this week.

Vega is studying business administration and is the grand-daughter of legendary tenor, Gaston Vega.

Miss Colombia’s designs were the creation designer Alfredo Barraza also from Barranquilla, Colombia.  

Congratulations Miss Colombia!

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Maluma: First Latin Male Artist to Reach 2-Million Followers on Instagram

By Adriana Correa

Latin-Urban idol Maluma who hails from Colombia has now become the first male Latin music artist to surpass two-million followers on the social media site Instagram.

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“I have always said that I have the best fans and I suppose this is the very best end-of-the-year present they could have given me. I am so grateful for my fans and promise to share even more with them through social media in 2015,” said Maluma on a Sony Music press release. 

Since the reggaeton star launched his career in 2010, the account @MalumaOficial has been getting a steady stream of subcribers surpassing many big names within his own genre as well as Latin pop artists like Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.

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Maluma whose real name is Juan Luis Londoño rose to fame in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia by posting singles on YouTube starting in 2010.  Two years later in 2012 he was signed by Sony Music Colombia and released his first album Magia which generated top hits like Obsession, Pasarla Bien and Miss Independent.

The 20-year old reached superstardom in 2013 after his mega hit La Temperatura reached the top of the music charts in all of Latin America and just this Summer Maluma appeared as vocal coach on Colombia’s La Voz Kids.

His second album album Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy will be released in mid 2015.

James Rodriguez Releases New Designs for His J10 Collection (Photos)

By Adriana Correa

Just in time for the Holidays!

Real Madrid’s midfielder and star of the Colombian National team James Rodriguez has released a new collection for his popular and stylish underwear line.

Today, the Bronzini brand announced the release of the new J10 James collection for Bronzini Black. The Colombian brand released a series of photos featuring the international soccer star modeling a bolder and sexier looking collection.

In the new collection Rodriguez shows off his playful side and reveals a slightly more muscular and toned physique proof of his hard training schedule with the Real Madrid.

The J10 collection hit the market last August with a full underwear and sleepwear collection for men.

Check out the steamy pictures and behind the scenes video:

Behind the scenes video of the photo shoot

Falcao Garcia’s Transfer Soap Opera

With the close of the soccer transfer season upon us, the final episode of the soap opera surrounding Monaco’s striker Radamel Falcao Garcia reached a strange and interesting twist on the ‘Twittersphere’ leaving many fans scratching their heads in confusion.

The play-by-play:

It was “the” moment Falcao fans had been waiting for since the striker returned to the pitch following a knee injury earlier this year.

Shortly after 7pm on Saturday people closely following @Falcao on Twitter swore they saw a Tweet on their feed from the soccer star where it put to rest all speculation in regards to his transfer out Monaco.

The tweet read “Dream come true” both in Spanish and English with the hashtag #HalaMadrid, a chant associated with Real Madrid fans meaning “Go Madrid.”

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The unofficial news spread like wildfire among Real Madrid fans boasting with glee to their rival counterparts from teams like Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, who were also eagerly awaiting news of a Falcao transfer to their respective teams.

However in a strange turn of events, the message that supposedly Falcao posted on his timeline disappeared from view within minutes.

Jubilant re-tweets and messages from fans quickly turned into angry rants leaving @Falcao followers in a state of shock and disbelief.

As twitter lit-up, television and print media quickly began reporting about the mysterious message. Was Falcao’s Twitter account hacked? or was he prematurely celebrating his long awaited transfer to Europe’s Champion team.

In an effort to put the rumor to rest Falcao took to his Twitter account several hours later to deny the message was his.  He wrote, “I have to refute the story about a tweet that I did not post and that it’s a photo montage.”

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With fan emotions on high gear about his much awaited transfer, it’s easy to understand why fans would get worked up over a Twitter message.

On Friday a sports reporter from BeIN Sports reported that sources close to the player confirmed Falcao’s had agreed to join the Real Madrid on a loand deal, but details were still sketchy.

Then earlier on Saturday the player who was expected to start in a match against Lillie, was suddenly dropped from Monaco’s starting line-up. He Instead watched the game from the stands with his agent Jorge Mendes and sporting director Vadim Vasilyev to his side, feeding into the speculation that his transfer is imminent.

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James Rodriguez Model Player

By Adriana Correa

Colombian Soccer star James Rodriguez is making headlines by stripping down to his very own line of designer underwear.

The Real Madrid striker who recently signed a 6-year contract worth $107 million, launched to super-soccer-stardom this summer during the World Cup where he was awarded the Adidas Golden Boot for being the top scorer of the tournament, outscoring stars like Messi and Neymar.

His enhanced international exposure has turned the James Rodriguez brand into a marketing goldmine in his home country. Rodriguez currently holds deals with top shampoo and deodorant brands, Nestle, Adidas and even has his own energy drink Gold 10.  

Much like his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, the player is now venturing into the fashion world and lending his name to Colombian fashion brand Bronzini Black. His first line of men’s underwear appropriately labeled “J10 James”, stands for his initial and the number he wears on his Real Madrid jersey.

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J10/Bronzini Black

The J10 James collection includes briefs, boxer, pajamas, tank tops and T-shirts available for men and boys, and will be released in Colombia starting August 29th.

J10 James Photo Gallery:

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The brand also released this exclusive behind the scenes video that was taped during the 5-hour photo shoot where the soccer star is seen modeling and showing off his skills with the soccer ball…impressive!

 

 

 

Falcao’s Daughter-Dominique-Turns One!

By Adriana Correa

The 2013-2014 European soccer season turned out to be quite an eventful time for Colombian soccer player Radamel Falcao Garcia and his wife, Argentinian singer, Lorelei Taron.

Through the many victories and challenges of the season emerged one of his most memorable highlights of the year, the birth of his first daughter Dominique.

On August 13 both Falcao and his wife took to their social networks to celebrate and share with their legion of followers a very special message dedicated to their baby daughter on her first birthday.

Happy Birthday my dear child, we love you with all our heart.” Falcao wrote on his post.

His message got well over 1.5k “likes” on Twitter which included an Instagram picture of little Dominique at the beach sporting a very stylish bathing suit by Colombian high-end swimsuit designers OndadeMar.

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Shortly after Falcao’s message was published, Lorelei posted her very own message on Instagram that read,

“Today our little princess Domi turns one. Her smile…her charm brings us so much joy every single day motivating us wholly. Her tenderness…her  kisses transforms us and fills our hearts with joy.”

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Taron who is a devout Evangelical Christian along with her husband, continued her post by explaining the special meaning behind their daughter’s name.

“We named her Dominique because it means “the one who belongs to God.” God has given us the privilege of having Domi so we can educate her, giver her our love and teach her to follow the right path so that she may grow to be wise and  love God above all. It is our biggest wish to be the best parents, thank you princess for teaching us so much every day. We don’t have words to explain how much we love you.”

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Earlier in the day Lorelei and Dominique visited a local party store and stocked up items for the tot’s birthday bash.

The proud momma later shared this picture of the family at Dominique’s birthday party while she and Falcao gave their little princess a big birthday smooch on her cheeks-the caption on her post reading….”Kiss, Kiss.”

Happy first birthday to Dominique!

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Photo Gallery: A Year In The Life of Dominique Garcia

It seems like it was only yesterday when Falcao dropped the news of his wife’s pregnancy by posting a picture on April 12, 2013 of himself kissing the mom-to-be’s baby bump.

Through the nine-months the joyful couple kept busy on social media by sharing with their fans their latest happenings from Falcao’s Copa del Rey title win in May, to their big move to Monaco, family vacation in Miami, and of course Dominique’s birth. Click on the gallery to watch more of baby Domi’s first year.

Follow Falcao and Lorelei on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @falcao  and @loreileitaron.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Debuts CR7 Collection Worldwide

By: Adriana Correa

In typical Cristiano Ronaldo flair the soccer star’s CR7 underwear line released its much anticipated 2014-2015 collection in several cities in Europe and here in the United States.

“I am really proud of my second CR7 Undewear collection and wanted to launch it in way that is personal to me and to have some fun with it,” said Ronaldo in a statement.

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The images shot by famed photographer Rankin display the soccer player’s toned physique in various soccer-like poses projected onto seven iconic landmarks in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Milan, Lisbon and New York City.

The soccer player who wears the number seven on his Real Madrid jersey explains the reason behind why his brand chose to release the pictures in only seven cities.

“The number seven has always been close to my heart,” said Ronaldo. “It was a pleasure to collaborate with Rankin and incredible to see the images released in this unique way.”

His army of followers across all of his social media platforms were treated to a special message from the 28 year-old striker expressing his excitement on the launch of his latest collection.

“I am very proud to finally launch my new Rakin X Ronaldo for #CR7Underwear campaign! The second collection launches today, hope you love it as much as I do!”

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Ronaldo worked with ex-Donna Karen and Marc Jacobs designer Richard Chai and together with JBS Textile Group launched their first line in 2013. Both have been an integral part in helping the soccer star achieve his goals in the world of fashion.

The brand also released a video to go along the pictures where Ronaldo is seen twisting and kicking to show the unlimited range of motion offered by the stylish collection.

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Emirates Cup: Falcao Marks Comeback with a Winning Goal

By: Adriana Correa

Soccer sensation Radamel Falcao returned to AS Monaco’s starting line-up on Sunday.

He marked his highly anticipated comeback from the injured list with a winning goal against London’s Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

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Falcao scored his last goal on January 22 during a French Cup match against Chasselay where he drastically injured his left knee. The injury kept him in rehab for the past six-months crashing his hopes to join his national team in the World Cup.

In the match against Valencia on Saturday, Falcao entered the game as a substitute in the second-half where he played close to 20 minutes. The game ended in a draw after teammate Lucas Ocampos scored a goal to even out the score.

Pleased with his performance on Saturday, Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim felt confident to return him to his usual post in the starting line-up in their final Emirates Cup match.

“I’m very happy with his return and very satisfied that he scored a goal that gave us the win,” said Jardim in a press conference.

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Following his comeback goal fans and media outlets took to social media to express reaction and overall joy over Falcao’s memorable return to the game.

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The Colombian striker played a total of 58 minutes and netted a powerful header to give Monaco a victory over favorite to win Arsenal in their final pre-season friendly before opening the French Ligue 1 campaign at home against Lorient next Sunday.

Falcao: The Return of El Tigre (The Tiger)

By Adriana Correa

Colombian international soccer star Radamel Falcao Garcia made his long awaited return to the pitch at the Emerites Cup in London Saturday.

The 28 year-old striker from soccer club AS Monaco made his first appearance in today’s friendly match against Valencia as a second-half substitue.

Falcao who has been out of the game for the past six-months ruptured his left-knee ligament earlier this year.  The injury kept him from taking part in his home country’s World Cup campaign where Colombia made history by reaching the quarter-finals.

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Greeted by a resounding cheer from the crowd el Tigre (The Tiger as he is known) entered the pitch during the last 18 minutes of the match when Monaco was trailing Valencia 2-1.

Falcao was sharp as always and played agressively but didn’t get a chance to score a goal. Instead his teammate, substitute, Lucas Ocampos evened out the score 10 minutes  before the end of the match.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was pleased with Falcao’s performance and anticipates he will be part of the  starting line up in tomorrow’s match against Arsenal.

Shortly after the match Falcao took to Twitter to simply express his gratitude to his wife, daughter and fans and added a psalm entry to express his deep emotion. His message read:

Thanks to God for consoling me and giving me encouragement over the last six months.  (Psalm 86:11) Thank you Lore (his wife Lorelei) for putting up with me over these 193 days when I was unbearable to handle.   Thanks to my daughter, your smile makes me forget my sadness. Thank you everyone for your simple messages of encouragement.”

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Falcao also spoke exclusevly with AS MonacoTV and said following:

“Following a long absence from the game, and going through a very difficult situation it’s overwhelming to be able to return. Just before I entered the pitch lots of things went through my head, but I tried to enjoy every minute even though it was just a couple of minutes of play.  I thank everyone who came out, the Arsenal fans who were present at Emirates Stadium and cheered me on when I entered the pitch.  It brings me great joy to know people recognize the work I do and are happy with my return to soccer.”

Cristiano Ronaldo’s CR7 Underwear Line Gets in a Bunch

By Adriana Correa

A Rhode Island man is taking legal action against soccer super star Cristiano Ronaldo‘s underwear line CR7.

43-year old fitness entrepreneur, Christopher Renzi filed a complaint in Rhode Island federal court against JBS Textile Group from Denmark. The complaint seeks a formal declaration from the court stating he is the sole owner of the trademark CR7 and not JBS.

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The two letter and number combination which represents Ronaldo’s name and the number on his Real Madrid jersey, also stands for Renzi’s initials and his birthday which coincidentally is October 7th.

Renzi states in the complaint,  he registered the moniker “CR7” in 2009 and has used it on several clothing items, a website and a workout video.

JBS on the other hand states on a separate complaint, they hold the exclusive worldwide license rights to market Ronaldo’s CR7 line,  and say Renzi’s trademark of CR7,  was  used to profit from the soccer star’s fame.

Renzi insists his line was registered first and was used in commerce in the United States first. “It’s really based on who’s using it first. We can show we were the first use of the CR7 name,” Renzi told the New York Post.

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Ronaldo who is currently on a tour with his team in the United States has been very active on all his social media platforms promoting his line and has not commented on the lawsuit.

CR7 underwear and socks for men and boys are marketed and sold JBS Textiles in Europe and plan to launch the line in the U.S later this year.

James Rodriguez: The evolution of the perfect 10

By: Adriana Correa

If you haven’t yet heard the name James Rodriguez, chances are you’ve spent the entire World Cup, or should I say, “The World Cup of James Rodriguez” living under a rock!

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The soccer player who simply goes by his first name ‘James’ pronounced HAAHM-ESS, and not JAY-MZ, played for Colombia’s national team and became THE breakout star of the World Cup in Brazil.

According to NBC Sports,  the 23 year-old forward penned a six year deal for an estimated $107-million with the Real Madrid soccer club, one of the biggest clubs in Europe,  making him one of the top fourth most expensive transfers of all time.

James, an already established soccer player in Colombia and Europe, catapulted to soccer super stardom in Brazil after scoring a goal in every game, leading  the team into the round of 16.  He then made history in the process, by helping his team advance-for the first time ever-into the quarter-finals match with two of his  goals against Uruguay.

Although Colombia’s magic ended  in a 2-1 loss against host Brazil, James went on to be awarded the Adidas Golden Boot for being the top scorer of the World Cup with a total of six goals. He was also awarded FIFA’s Best Goal of the Tournament for the goal against Uruguay in the round of 16 match-when he chested the ball down and then kicked it into the goalie with cannonball-like force. (see below)

There’s no doubt that soccer runs in James Rodriguez’s DNA, both his father and his uncle played professionally in Colombia in the 80s.  Though his father did not play a role in his life, James’ mother Pilar Rubio and his step-father Juan Carlos Restrepo helped nourish his talent by enlisting James in a soccer academy when he was 5 years-old in the city of Ibague.

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Destined for greatness, James moved to Medellin after he was signed to Antioquia’s Envigado soccer club, and made his professional debut at the age of 14. Two years later, his sharp skills earned him a spot on Colombia’s national Sub-17 team where he represented the South American country in FIFA’s 2007 World Cup U-17 tournament  in South Korea.

It wasn’t long until recruiters from Argentina’s Banfield soccer club took notice of his talent and offered him a four-year contract at 17. James didn’t blink twice and with his mom’s blessings he moved to Argentina leaving his family and friends behind, all for the dream to play internationally.

In Banfield James quickly became the object of attention when he ended his first year as a title winner in the Apertura championship where he made history for being the youngest international player to score a goal in Argentina’s First Division.

Hard work and determination paid off for James after just two seasons in Banfield, Portugal’s Porto soccer club offered to buy him at the bargain price of €8.75-million according to the Colombian publication, El Espectador. While playing in the Portuguese league, James helped the team win the Europa League and three Portuguese League titles, he scored a total of 25 goal in three seasons.

In 2013 and after much success in Porto, James and his agent made a strategic move and agreed to a 5 year-deal with one of the top teams in the French league. The AS Monaco paid Porto the sum of €45-million for the the 21 year-old.  During the 2013-2014 season he’s been recognized as one of the top players in the Ligue 1.

James has admitted to being extremely competitive and for that reason alone one of his biggest dreams has been to play for the Real Madrid soccer club,  winner of 10 consecutive EUEF  Champion League trophies.

Last Tuesday that dream became a reality when he was introduced to the world as a Madrista player wearing his signature No. 10 on his Real Madrid jersey.

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Boy’s picture of James Rodriguez goes viral

By: Adriana Correa

With speculation in overdrive about the move of AS Monaco’s James Rodriguez to Spain’s Real Madrid soccer club. One sure sign that negotiations are moving forward is this picture taken by a young fan named Juan Manuel Gomez at the Barajas airport on Sunday.  james madrid 2Gomez captured the Colombian soccer player along with his wife Daniela Ospina moments after landing in Madrid-home of the Real Madrid-one of the soccer clubs that has shown heavy interest in purchasing the the soccer star from Monaco.

According to Spain’s AS.com, the couple arrived at the Barajas airport at 2:50pm  on board an Avianca airline flight out of Medellin, where Rodriguez has been vacationing following his stellar performance in the World Cup.

Juan Manuel and his younger sister boarded the flight in Medellin along with James. The boy told Cuatro Deportes, the flight crew tried to keep James from sight by hiding him in the cockpit.

Once all the passengers were seated, the soccer star came out and sat just a few feet away from the young fan. Gomez didn’t  waste a second before asking James to pose for pictures and autographs causing a stir in mid-air.  Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 2.17.36 AM

Gomez took to twitter to announce to the world he had spotted the soccer star on his flight, his picture has been re-tweeted close to 3,000 times.

Soon after landing in Barajas, James and his wife boarded a connecting flight en route to Nice, France where speculation suggests he will meet with his bosses and finalize his contract with his current club, AS Monaco before signing with Real Madrid.

AS reports The Real Madrid club is expected to make an announcement about their latest acquisition later this week.

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Beto Perez puts finishing touches on Shakira’s World Cup choreography

By Adriana Correa

Choreographer and Zumba® creator Beto Perez says he’s done putting the finishing touches on Shakira‘s choreography for Sunday’s World Cup closing ceremonies, before the final match between Argentina and Germany at Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

“What an amazing experience to be here!” said Perez.

The Colombian choreographer who lives in Miami and has worked with Shakira in the 90’s during her breakthrough album “Pies Descalzos” says tomorrows performance of “La La La” will have taken him full circle with the international singing star.

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Courtesy of Beto Perez and Zumba®

“I am grateful, fortunate and happy beyond belief to work alongside one of the most incredible and influential artists in the world.”

Beto took to his social media sites to thank Shakira for trusting him with the task and the opportunity to allow World Cup fans to see his choreography on the world’s biggest stage.

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Also performing at the Maracanã stadium will be guitarist Carlos Santana, Brazilian singers Ivete Sangalo, Carlinhos Brown, Haitian hip hop star Wyclef Jean and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires who will be singing the theme tune “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)”

This will be Shakira’s third World Cup appearance the World Cup’s final match and closing ceremony is estimated to attract hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide.

You can follow Beto on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

USMNT’s Alejandro Bedoya Gifts Teammates a Message of Encouragement

Alejandro wtih BottleBy: Adriana Correa
(Originally published July 4, 2014)

The dream of a World Cup win ended last Tuesday for the US Men’s National team following an intense filled game where the U.S fell 2-1 against Belgium in extra time.

Although the elimination from the World Cup’s round of 16 was a real let down for its players. Team USA’s attacking midfielder and South Florida native, Alejandro Bedoya didn’t give into despair and opted instead to celebrate his team’s accomplishments in Brazil with special gift that was a sure way to bring some cheer to the US team.

ball bottle“I wanted to do something to commemorate the occasion, because win or lose making it to the World Cup, especially to the Round of 16, is an epic achievement,” Bedoya said.

Soon after the painful defeat Bedoya handed each of his teammates a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

bottle labelEach bottle of the premium whisky blend, which retails well over $200 was personalized and engraved with the inscription “Brazil Was Just the Beginning, Keep Walking.”

“We can’t change the past, but we can take a moment to reflect on this experience and use it to drive us forward. What we decide to do next, whether it’s on or off the playing field, that’s where all of our potential lies. I’m inspired to keep walking down the road ahead,” said Bedoya.

Bedoya took to twitter and his other social media sites to celebrate his 2014 run in Brazil and to share a message of inspiration with his teammates and coaches

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Bedoya who is of Colombian descent was born in New Jersey and grew up in South Florida. He comes from a strong soccer stock, his father played professionally with the Millionarios soccer club in Colombia and his grandfather with Deportes Quindio.

The 2014 World Cup was the first for Bedoya, he played in all of USA’s matches and logged in a total of 285 minutes. He now returns to France where he plays with the French club Nantes

Follow Alejandro Bedoya on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.