The transfer coup of the summer, James Rodriguez becomes the ninth Colombian national to step through the Bundesliga's illustrious doors after moving to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old playmaker has a seriously good reputation to uphold, but how have his native predecessors fared in the league of the world champions? investigates…

Adolfo Valencia (Bayern Munich, 1993-94)

Branded Der Entlauber ('the leaf pruner') by legendary Bayern figure Franz Beckenbauer – his coach at the time -  Adolfo Valencia is perhaps best remembered for the balls he planted in the verdant surrounds of the old Olympic Stadium as opposed to the 11 he hit the back of the net with in 1993/94.

Bayern were crowned Bundesliga champions for the first time in four years that season, but Valencia saw next to nothing of the ensuing title defence.

After the club were ignominiously dumped out of the DFB Cup by Franconian minnows TSV Vestenbergsgreuth, the rangy striker made the last of his 26 Bundesliga appearances in the Matchday 2 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach, before being turfed out to Atletico Madrid.

Now 49, Valencia runs a football academy in Bogota, Colombia. "My impression is, when people discuss me they forget the good stuff," he said last year. "But I'm not angry with Beckenbauer [for the Entlauber nickname] – only grateful. He led us to the title. He's allowed to say stuff like that."

Adolfo Valencia is the only Colombian to date to have won the Bundesliga. © imago

Jesus Sinisterra (Arminia Bielfeld, 2002-06)

A walking, talking journeyman, Jesus Sinisterra had already played for six different clubs when he rocked up in Bielefeld in 2002. His only Bundesliga appearance came in a 6-2 loss to Bayern on Matchday 2, however, as the promoted Blauen were served with an immediate return to the second tier at the end of 2002/03.

The defensive midfielder was in an out of the side over the course of the following three years, making 40 Bundesliga 2 appearances and spending time on loan in the lower divisions with Eintracht Trier and LR Ahlen.

Sinisterra turned out for another seven clubs upon his return to South America, before hanging up his boots in 2011.

Jesus Sinisterra spent one season in the Bundesliga with Arminia Bielefeld. © imago

Elkin Soto (Mainz, 2006-16)

As Sinisterra headed for the exit door at Bielefeld, Elkin Soto was setting out on the start of something beautiful with Mainz.

Despite experiencing relegation in his first season at the club, the no-nonsense midfielder stuck around for the recovery and helped sow the seeds for the most successful era in Mainz history.

He suffered a gruesome leg break in a Bundesliga match against Hamburg in May 2015, but the 05ers stood by their man, handing the Colombian a one-year extension to see him through the gruelling rehabilitation process.

The fit-again Soto made his last stand as a Mainz player on the final day of the 2015/16 campaign, returning to his homeland with Once Caldas soon after, 11 goals in some 160 Bundesliga appearances better off.

Watch: Elkin Soto's stunning strike against Borussia Dortmund

John Jairo Mosquera (Werder Bremen, 2007-08)

Like Soto, John Jairo Mosquera spent the bulk of his career on German soil.

He became the second Colombian to score in the Bundesliga with his strike for Werder Bremen against Energie Cottbus on 24 November 2007, in what turned out to be his third and final outing at Germany's top table.

Mosquera was largely stationed in Bundesliga 2 for the following seven seasons – moving between Wacker Burghausen, Alemannia Aachen, Union Berlin and Cottbus – and registered 22 goals and seven assists in 117 outings.

The itinerant striker, who currently earns his corn in Chile with La Serena, also counts Union Magdalena, Sonderjyske, Gil Vicente, Envigado and Llaneros among his former employers.

Watch: Top five Colombian goals in the Bundesliga

Faryd Mondragon (Cologne, 2008-11)

Long before becoming the FIFA World Cup's oldest-ever player, three days after turning 43 at Brazil 2014, Faryd Mondragon wrote history as the first South American goalkeeper to play in the Bundesliga.

The Colombian stopper had won multiple titles with Turkish giants Galatasaray, when he joined a Cologne side pushing for promotion from Bundesliga 2 in July 2007.

His leadership skills drove the Billy Goats to the top tier, and his flamboyancy endeared him to football fans in the Cathedral City and beyond.

Mondy's final season in Cologne was arguably his best, with only Manuel Neuer keeping more clean sheets (15) than the Billy Goats' cult hero (12) in 2009/10.

The 54-time Colombia international hung up his gloves in 2014, following stints with MLS side Philadelphia Union and hometown club Deportivo Cali.

Faryd Mondragon's time at Cologne was a roaring success. © imago

Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin & Borussia Dortmund, 2009-17)

Moving on to the highest-scoring Colombian in Bundesliga history, Adrian Ramos hit double figures in four of his eight seasons in Germany.

The softly spoken front man suffered relegation twice with Hertha Berlin, but fuelled the capital club's immediate return to the Bundesliga on each occasion.

Sixteen goals in 2013/14 – the fourth best return in the scoring charts behind Josip Drmic, Mario Mandzukic and Robert Lewandowski – earned him a move to Borussia Dortmund, and a first piece of silverware in the 2014 Supercup.

Ramos was restricted to a bit-part role at BVB, however, and added just 13 goals to his tally during a two-and-a-half-season stay at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.

Joining Granada on loan and later Chongquing Lifan on a permanent deal, he signed off with 45 goals in 144 Bundesliga appearances to his name.

Adrian Ramos boasts the best strike rate of any Colombian to have graced the Bundesliga. © gettyimages / Matthias Hangst

Michael Ortega (Bayer Leverkusen, 2011-12)

Falling some way short of Ramos in the impact stakes, Michael Ortega's time in the Bundesliga was limited to just seven first-team appearances during a loan move to Bayer Leverkusen.

The midfielder subsequently joined Bundesliga 2 club Bochum, for whom he chipped in with one assist in nine outings, before returning to parent club Atlas Guadalajara.

Nowadays, 26-year-old Ortega – following spells at Londrina and Figueirense in Brazil - plies his trade alongside Soto in the Caldas midfield.

Michael Ortega found playing time at a premium at Bayer Leverkusen. © imago

Jhon Cordoba (Cologne & Mainz, 2015-present)

Last but by no means least, Jhon Cordoba is one Colombian who will have the pleasure of James' company in the Bundesliga in 2017/16.

The 24-year-old Cologne striker has a head start on his compatriot, having struck ten times in 51 outings for former club Mainz, but knows Bayern's marquee recruit will not take long to catch up.

"James is an outstanding player," Cordoba told "He's very gifted, both technically and mentally. The Bundesliga will be good for him."

Chris Mayer-Lodge

Watch: Jhon Cordoba on James Rodriguez joining Bayern

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