Colombian parents naming babies after national team players

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At least a thousand newborn babies in Colombia have been registered with the names of the national team's players, such as James Rodríguez, and Jackson Martínez.

The National Register Office of the Civil State (RNEC), the body in charge of issuing Colombian identity documents, has announced that out of the almost 2,000 births registered in eight of the country's 32 departments in recent months, the most common names are those of the country's footballers.

According to the RNEC, during seven identification campaigns carried out in remote areas and vulnerable communities, such as those of African or indigenous descent, even the name of (Radamel) Falcao is common, despite the fact that he was unable to take part in the World Cup due to injury.

The popularity of the Cafeteros has received a notable boost in the country after they qualified for the World Cup after a 16-year absence.

Colombia have had a remarkable run in the tournament and are through to the quarter-finals for the first time in history, where they will face Brazil on Friday.

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