Colombia could be the gem of this World Cup

BRASILIA, Brazil -- Colombia will mark two soccer milestones this week.

One is happy, the other tragic. One inspires pride, the other sorrow.

And chances are one doesn't happen without the other.

On Friday, Colombia plays in a World Cup ...

World Cup Friday

QUARTERFINALS

FRANCE VS. GERMANY

Where: Rio de Janeiro. Time: 12 noon EDT.

TV: ESPN2, Univision.

The buzz: No European team has ever won a World Cup in the Americas, but with two European countries meeting in this quarterfinal, the continent ...

Colombia is buoyed by return to the World Cup

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombians might be forgiven if they think the Fourth of July fireworks are for them. On Friday, the national soccer team plays in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since the games started in 1930.

Regardless ...