New Colombia coach recalls Calero and Yepes

October 3, 2008

BOGOTA, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Colombia's new coach Eduardo Lara has recalled goalkeeper Miguel Calero and defender Mario Yepes for this month's World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Brazil.

Lara, who replaced Jorge Luis Pinto after the former coach was sacked following last month's defeats by Uruguay and Chile, will make his debut against Paraguay in Bogota on Oct. 11 and then faces Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 15.

After eight games in the 18-match series, Paraguay lead the 10-nation South American group with 17 points, four ahead of Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

The top four qualify for the 2010 finals in South Africa with the fifth-placed team, at present Uruguay, going on to a playoff against the nation finishing fourth in the CONCACAF region qualifiers. Colombia are sixth with 10 points.

Calero, who plays for Pachuca in Mexico, is making a comeback having said he had retired from international football after the 2007 Copa America.

Yepes, who joined Chievo Verona from Paris St Germain in the off-season, also last appeared for Colombia in the 2007 tournament in Venezuela.

Goalkeepers: Agustin Julio (Santa Fe), Miguel Calero (Pachuca)

Defenders: Amaranto Perea (Atletico Madrid), Mauricio Casierra (Millonarios), Humberto Mendoza (Nacional), Pablo Armero (America), Camilo Zuniga (Siena), Mario Yepes (Chievo Verona), Yulian Anchico (Santa Fe), Jossimar Mosquera (Arsenal, Argentina)

Midfielders: Giovanni Hernandez (Junior), Gerardo Bedoya (Millonarios), Fabian Vargas (Boca Juniors), David Ferreira (Paranaense), Freddy Guarin (Porto), Juan Carlos Toja (Steaua Bucharest), Abel Aguilar (Hercules), Adrian Ramos (America)

Forwards: Fredy Montero (Cali), Dayro Moreno (Steaua), Darwin Quintero (Pereira), Wason Renteria (Braga).