The Colombian national soccer team will be received on Thursday with a street party in the capital, the Bogota Mayor’s Office said, as the team made its way home after its elimination from the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. Also Read - Pele Backs Kylian Mbappe to Become Best Player of His Generation, Says French Forward Can Emulate His Tally of 1000 Goals
“We will pay a tribute which will have well-known artists and a series of performances so that we, the people of Bogota, can live with the national team in the stadium,” said the secretary of the government of Bogota, Miguel Uribe. Also Read - Manchester City Striker Gabriel Jesus Reflects on His Dipped Form Following World Cup Campaign
The tribute will begin at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, where the team will arrive from Russia in the morning and from which the players will travel towards the El Campin stadium on fire trucks. Also Read - Neymar Reveals he Battled Two Injuries Which Affected His World Cup Campaign
The idea, according to Mayor Enrique Penalosa, is to “thank” the national team with a party full of “artists and music.”
The director of the District Institute of Sports and Recreation, Orlando Molano, said that security measures will be imposed and security screening for the stadium will be carried out as it is for any other soccer match.
Bogota’s security secretary Jairo Garcia said that “2,500 police officers will be accompanying the parade,” and added that “the first message” is to tell people “that it is a party.”
The Colombian national team reached the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup Russia but it was eliminated after losing 4-3 in the penalty shootout with England.