Colombia’s Historic Victory Against Brazil in Conmebol Qualifiers
By Enrique Corbella | Updated on 11/17/2023 – 05:19 CET
Colombia achieved a remarkable 2-1 victory over Brazil in the Conmebol qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup. This historic win marks the first time Colombia has defeated Brazil in the history of South American qualifiers. The match was notable for Luis Díaz’s outstanding performance and Vinicius’ injury. Additionally, it witnessed the debut of Endrick, who at the age of 17 years and 118 days, made his first appearance for Brazil on July 21, 2006.
Endrick Felipe Moreira de Sousa, a talented footballer signed by Real Madrid, is set to join the team next season when he turns 18. He made his debut at the Metropolitan of Barranquilla, replacing Barcelona player Raphinha in the 80th minute. Despite his efforts, the young Real Madrid forward couldn’t prevent the defeat of the Brazilian national team.
Endrick Surpasses Ronaldo as the Fourth Youngest Footballer to Debut with Brazil
Endrick’s debut at the age of 17 years, 6 months, and 2 days surpasses the record set by Ronaldo in 1993. Ronaldo, who played for FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain, made his first appearance for Brazil at the age of 17 years, 6 months, and 2 days. Endrick also surpasses Neymar (18 years, 6 months, and 5 days) and Vitor Roque (18 years and 25 days), Barcelona’s star signing.
“It has always been a great dream to wear the Brazil shirt,” Endrick commented in the preview of the Brazil match against Colombia.
Endrick in the preview of Colombia 2-1 Brazil
“Things have happened very quickly in my life, and this is another dream come true. I can only thank my family, my agents, and Palmeiras, who have always believed in me,” said the Taguatinga scorer.
The Youngest Footballers to Debut with the Brazil National Team
Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) holds the record for the youngest debut with Brazil, achieving it at the age of 16 years and 257 days on July 7, 1957.
The other two earliest debuts with Brazil were Jonas Eduardo Américo ‘Ed’ (16 years and 303 days) in 1966 and Antonio Wilson Vieira Honório ‘Coutinho’ (17 years and 28 days) in 1960, as reported by the EFE agency.
“Endrick is a very special player. However, it is necessary to lower expectations a little about him,” warns Fernando Diniz, Brazil coach.
Juan Diniz, Brazil coach
“He is a very special player, and what he has already achieved at the age of 17 opens the door to a bright future. However, it is important to manage expectations and not put too much pressure on him. Our priority now is to provide Endrick with support and emotional strength to face the challenges of his career,” advises Fernando Diniz, Brazil coach.