December 12, 2023

Colombia's forward #23 Ian Poveda runs by Venezuela's midfielder #04 Andres Ferro and Venezuela's midfielder #03 Rafael Uzcategui during the friendly football match between Colombia and Venezuela at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, December 10, 2023. (Photo by Chris Arjoon / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS ARJOON/AFP via Getty Images)

After being called up this month, Ian Poveda made his debut for Colombia on Sunday. Luke Ayling and Junior Firpo reacted as the Leeds United attacker started in a 1-0 victory over Venezuela.


Daniel Farke has utilized the 23-year-old this season as a backup option, but after a strong preseason, he has undoubtedly been more involved than he may have anticipated. Farke has him scheduled for Leeds.


That might alter in January if the Whites sign a few more loan players. In fact, Poveda has only made six appearances in the Championship and has only made one start, coming in the 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City.


But Poveda, who was born in London, was somewhat taken aback when he was called up to play for Colombia in matches against Venezuela and Mexico in December. With the timing, it is almost a Colombia B-team.



Colombia’s player Ian Poveda of Leeds United arrives for the friendly football match between Colombia and Venezuela at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, December 10, 2023.


Since this is not a typical international break, clubs had to grant permission for players to leave. Luis Sinisterra, a Leeds player, is presumably not involved because Bournemouth forbade it. On Sunday, Poveda got underway.


1-0 victory over Venezuela, with Andresa Ferro scoring an own goal and Poveda contributing to the goal’s setup. Following the game, he expressed his happiness at making his Colombian debut on Instagram.

The translation of his post is “God the Father, above all glory and victory.” Sweating this shirt is one more accomplishment, one more dream realized. I appreciate your support, Colombia. Aiming for #ConToda 🌲🇽



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Junior Firpo and Luke Ayling react when Ian Poveda wins the Colombian cap.

For the full 80 minutes, former Manchester City player Poveda received praise for his performance in a Colombian shirt. Poveda will probably play on Sunday against Mexico, which means he will miss two more games.


Tonight, away to Sunderland. Next Saturday, Coventry at Elland Road. Poveda should return in time for the pivotal match, which takes place two days before Christmas, against Ipswich Town. Firpo and Ayling complimented Poveda.

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