Costa Rica is one of the oldest footballing nations in the world. Known as La Sele or Los Ticos, the team is controlled by the Costa Rica Football Federation. They have qualified for 4 World cups. On their debut in Italy 1990, they managed to reach the last 16. The 2006 Germany is their worst world cup to date, having finished second last (31/32). The team is the third most successful in CONCACAF after Mexico and the US.
Costa Rica is the first Central American Team to win a match in the world cup, the only Central American football team to qualify for the second round in FIFA World cup, Olympic Games, U-20 and U-17 World cup, The only Caribbean or Central American team to have beaten both AFC and UEFA national team at the FIFA World cup. The team finished top in the 2002 and 1990 FIFA World cup qualifiers.
The team will be playing in group D alongside Uruguay, England and Italy. This is the only group that contains more than one previous world cup winner. As a matter of fact, it has three previous winners. The team will play its fast match of the group stages against Uruguay at the Fortaleza stadium on 14/06 and the second one against Italy on 20/06 at Recife stadium and the last one against England on 24/06 at Belo Horizonte stadium.
Costa Rica’s FIFA World Cup team 2014 qualifying Campaign
Costa Rica’s 2014 world cup qualifying campaign started in June with a draw against El Salvador. They then met Guyana, which they beat 4 nil. The Ticos’ suffered a major blow in their campaign when they were beaten home and away by their perennial rivals Mexico in September, putting them just a loss away from elimination. However, a 1-0 win over El Salvador on October 12 renewed their hope of qualification. They finally clinched a final round slot with a 7-0 thumping of Guyana on September 16.
They began the fourth round with a 2-2 draw against Panama and followed it with a 1-0 loss against the US in Denver Colorado. Costa Rica regained momentum winning against Jamaica 2-0. They then beat Honduras 1-0 in June and drew with Mexico, and won 2-0 against Panama. In September, the Ticos beat the US 3-0 at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose. They then shared the spoils with Jamaica on September 10.
Despite a bumpy campaign, the team was able to qualify for the 2014 world cup with two games to spare, finishing second in the CONCACAF qualifying table behind the US. The team is captained by Bryan Ruiz, and their Head coach is called Jorge Luis Pinto. The most capped player in the squad is Walter Centeno, and their top scorer is Rolando Fonseca. The home stadium is known as Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.
The team traditionally wears blue shorts, red jerseys and red socks. It used to wear the Juventus-style Black and white striped jerseys with blue shorts and red socks for its away games; which are colors of the oldest club in Costa Rica called CS La Libertad. The stripped kit was, however, replaced by a white jersey with blue shorts.
Current squad of Costa Rica’s FIFA World Cup team
A total of 22 players were selected for the international friendly match against Paraguay on March 5, 2014. These include; Keylor Navas and Patrick Pemberton (Goal keepers), Michael Umana, Junior Diaz, Roy Miller, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Jose Salvatierra, Cristian Gamboa, Oscar Duarte and Waylon Francis (Defenders), Celso Borges, Michael Barrantes, Christian Bolanos, Jose Miguel Cubero, Yeltsin Tejeda, Esteban Granados and Diego Calvo (Mid Fielders), Alvaro Saborio, Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena and John Jairo Ruiz (Forwards). Many other players have since been called to beef-up the squad.
Costa Rica team is a long shot to win the World Cup. They are far from one of the best bets in the tournament, but you might be able to pick your spots with this team.
They proved themselves getting into the World Cup, and they could be good for a win or a draw with great odds against one of the better teams in group D. There will be a lot of money bet on England, so the odds might make it worth placing a bet on Costa Rica when they meet. We’ll see what odds and bets Las Vegas list when these teams meet.