Pedro Franco called up for Colombia’s senior squad!

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Updated: October 4, 2014

Colombia’s national team coach José Pekerman announced his selection for the games against El Salvador (10/10) and Canada (14/10), for the first time in his career Pedro Franco is included in the selection.

Pedro Franco previously featured for the youth ranks of Colombia while playing for FC Millonarios who he also captained at a very young age.

Beşiktaş transferred the young Colombian starlet from Millonarios last season for €2.4 Mio, however the Colombian didn’t make his league debut untill week 18 of the Süperlig as a second half substitute in the away game against Trabzonspor (1-1).

After an injury to Beşiktaş captain Tomas Sivok, Pedro Franco finally came in to the team in the second half of last season, according to himself he needed some time to get used to the Turkish way of football and culture. However as soon as he made his league debut he immediatly started to impress both the fans and the media with his solid performances.

Franco is probably most known for his crucial interceptions and briliant sliding tackles, in his time at Beşiktaş he has been paired mainly with either Ersan Gülüm or Tomas Sivok. Both of which he has formed a good partnership with.

For the past few years Beşiktaş had been struggeling to find a solid backline, eversince the partnership between Tomas Sivok and Matteo Ferrari in the 2008-2009 season. Beşiktaş couldn’t seem to find a solid partner for Tomas Sivok, with Ersan Gülüm suffering multiple long term injuries, but Pedro Franco has added something which many failed to do in the past: a sense of security in the back.

Despite his young age, Pedro is a very mature defender. He’s technically quite capable and can build up the game from the back but also knows when he just needs to hit the ball in to the stands. As proven by his captaining Millonarios at the age of 20, he is a leader on the pitch, therefore it comes as no suprise to people that have been following his career and watching him play, especially now that he’s made the move to a European competition, that he has been called up for the senior squad of Colombia.

Colombia’s legendary defender Mario Yepes, who retired from international football two days ago, had spoken to Colombia coach José Pekerman about including Pedro Franco in his squad as he claims to see Franco as his ideal replacement. Advise which the coach clearly took to heart.

With Colombia facing El Salvador on the 10th and Canada on the 14th, perhaps Franco will make his senior squad debut facing one of his teammates: Canada’s captain Atiba Hutchinson.

The Beşiktaş community is extremely proud to see Pedro Franco included in Colombia’s selection and we hope that he will quickly become a regular for the team and contribute to it’s success in the years to come.

 

Vamos Pedro!

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Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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