WC 2018: Costa Rica

Group E

The Tricolour team has taken part in the world’s ultimate Football tournament 4 times before. Considering that the country has a population of a little less than 5 million, their fifth appearance at WC 2018 is very impressive. After a good start to the qualifying rounds where they defeated Trinidad & Tobago and the USA, they had a streak of 3 winless games. This made their qualifying for their second Cup in a row somewhat bittersweet.

Team Members

  • Keylor Navas - GK
  • Patrick Pemberton - GK
  • Leonel Moreira - GK
  • Cristian Gamboa - Defender
  • Ian Smith - Defender
  • Ronald Matarrita - Defender
  • Bryan Ovieda - Defender
  • Oscar Duarte - Defender
  • Giancarlo Gonzalez - Defender
  • Francisco Calvo - Defender
  • Kendall Waston - Defender
  • Johnny Acosta - Defender
  • Daniel Colindres - Midfielder
  • David Guzman - Midfielder
  • Yeltsin Tejeda - Midfielder
  • Celso Borges - Midfielder
  • Randall Azofeifa - Midfielder
  • Rodney Wallace - Midfielder
  • Bryan Ruiz - Midfielder
  • Christian Bolanos - Midfielder
  • Johan Venegas - Forward
  • Joel Campbell - Forward
  • Marco Urena - Forward

Coach

Óscar Ramírez

Ramírez has been coaching the Tricolours since 2015, when he replaced Paulo Wancho. Known as “El Machillo” , meaning “The Blonde”, the former midfielder is widely considered the best manager in the team’s history. He represented his country in no less than 21 qualification matches and played in Italy in 1990, so he is no stranger to the world’s greatest Football championship. With a managerial career that started in 2002 and has included stints with Belén, Saprissa, Santos de Guápiles and Alajuelense, the seasoned professional has the trust of La Tricolour.

Past WC History

Costa Rica’s history in the world’s most magnificent Football tournament is not as long or illustrious as some other countries are, but it is impressive nonetheless. They first played in 1990 in Italy, when they reached the Round of 16. In 2002 and 2006 the team didn’t get further than the Group Stage, and then missed the following two Cups. Their highest achievement came in 2014, with a place in the Quarter-finals in Brazil.

Stats

  • Made their first WC appearance in 1990
  • 4 first-round appearances
  • 0 Semi-finals
  • 0 Finals
  • 0 Championship titles
  • Best Achievement – Quarter-Finals in 2014

Kit

Costa Rica’s home jersey is predominantly red, with white trimming on the crew neck. In contrast, the away jersey is white with black trimming on the collar and sleeves. Both shirts, designed by New Balance, have been released under the slogan “declare your DNA” and have a corresponding subtle DNA design on the front. Blue shorts and white socks bring the kit together.