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World Cup PHOTOS: This is how Colombians welcome their heroes

July 08, 2014 11:25 IST

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The Colombian football team returned home to an incredible welcome as thousands of fans turned out to celebrate the South American nation making history for reaching last eight of the FIFA World Cup for the first time.

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Image: Colombia fans
Photographs: Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters

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Jose Pekerman's side was very unlucky to lose to Brazil in Friday night's quarterfinal with their performances over the past month having captured the imagination of many neutrals.

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Image: Colombia's national coach Jose Pekerman (second right) and soccer team players greet fans after arriving at Bolivar park in Bogota
Photographs: Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters

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According to The Mirror, thousands of fans gathered in the streets of Bogata to pay tribute to their heroes, who were enjoying a rooftop bus parade through the city.

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Image: Colombia's national soccer team players are greeted by fans, at their arrival in Bogota
Photographs: Jose Miguel Gomez/Reuters

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The reception for James Rodriguez and his fellow players was truly remarkable and reportedly provided further evidence of just how well Colombia performed this summer.

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Image: Colombia's national soccer team players James Rodriguez, left, and David Ospina greet fans
Photographs: John Vizcaino/Reuters

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Rodriguez, who shed tears after Colombia lost to Brazil in the quarterfinal, even tweeted a selfie of the crowds.

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Image: A Colombian fan holds a banner of James Rodriguez while waiting with other fans for the arrival of Colombia's national soccer team at Bolivar park in Bogota
Photographs: John Vizcaino/Reuters

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And the Colombians famous goal celebration dances even got an outing as the Rodriguez and Pablo Armero took to the stage with some dancers to perform them, the report added.


Image: Colombian fans carry a woman who fainted, before the arrival of Colombia's national soccer team
Photographs: John Vizcaino/Reuters

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