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Costa Rica national football team

Costa Rica
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Ticos (The Tacos)
AssociationFederación Costarricense de Fútbol (FEDEFUTBOL)
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachRónald González Brenes
CaptainBryan Ruiz
Most capsWalter Centeno (137)
Top scorerRolando Fonseca (47)
Home stadiumEstadio Nacional
FIFA codeCRC
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 43 Increase 1 (19 September 2019)[1]
Highest12 (February–March 2015)
Lowest93 (July 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 48 Decrease 5 (18 October 2019)[2]
Highest13 (11 March 1960)
Lowest81 (March 1983)
First international
 Costa Rica 7–0 El Salvador 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
Biggest win
 Costa Rica 12–0 Puerto Rico 
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 10 December 1946)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 7–0 Costa Rica 
(Mexico City, Mexico; 17 August 1975)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1990)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2014)
CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
Appearances20 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1963, 1969, 1989)
Copa América
Appearances5 (first in 1997)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2001, 2004)
Copa Centroamericana
Appearances14 (first in 1991)
Best resultChampions (1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014)

The Costa Rica national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Costa Rica) is administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL), the governing body for football in Costa Rica. It has been a member of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) since 1927, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football(CONCACAF) since 1961, and a member of the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) since 1990.

Costa Rica is the most successful national football team Central American history. Winning three CONCACAF Championships (1963, 1969 and 1989) and leading the Copa Centroamericana Tournament with three championships up until 2017, when it was absorbed into the CONCACAF Nations League. Costa Rica is the only national team in Central America to have played in five FIFA World Cup editions. Costa Rica's national football team has the all-time highest average Football Elo Ranking in Central America with 1597.1, and the all-time highest Football Elo Ranking in Central America, with 1806 in 2014.

Since the late 1980s, the team has continuously been visible as a solidly competitive side, with a prominent performance in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, making it to the knockout stage in their debut after finishing second in their group during the first phase, below Brazil. They also managed to qualify for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups. In 2014, Costa Rica made their best performance in history by finishing first in their group that consisted of three former World Cup champions: Uruguay, Italy, and England. During the Round of 16 they defeated Greece 5–3 via a penalty shootout after a 1–1 draw. Moreover, during the match against a much better team, Navas saved more than 15 shots due to the Costa Rican very weak defence. The match was characterized as "Navas vs Greece". They reached the quarterfinals for their very first time the "Ticos" were defeated by the Netherlands also in a penalty shootout (3–4) after a scoreless draw on 5 July.[3][4] Their 2018 World Cup campaign ended in a 4th place group stage exit with their only point coming from a 2-2 draw vs Switzerland.

History

Costa Rica national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Costa Rica has a long-standing football culture and tradition.

The national team made its debut in the Independence Centenary Games held in Guatemala City in September 1921, winning their first game 7–0 against El Salvador. In the final, Costa Rica defeated 6–0 Guatemala to claim the trophy.[5]

The soccer team of Costa Rica has been characterized above all by its regularity over the years. Well remembered is the selection of this country formed in the late 1940s acquiring the nickname of "The Gold Shorties". Throughout the '50s and '60s, they were very much the second strongest team in the CONCACAF zone behind Mexico, finishing runners-up in World Cup qualifying in the 1958, 1962 and 1966 qualifiers. Stars of the side during this period were Ruben Jimenez, Errol Daniels, Leonel Hernandez and Edgar Marin.

However, at the end of the '60s their fortunes would decline as other teams in the region such as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago and Canada came to the fore. Although the majority of these participants have been short on points in their World Cup performances. During the 1970s and most of the 1980s, the Costa Rican team went unnoticed, and was absent from World Cups. Costa Rica failed to make the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying rounds until the 1986 qualifier. Currently its historical topscorer is Rolando Fonseca with 47 goals.

1980s

Costa Rica participated in 2 straight Summer Olympic Games, in Moscow 1980 and in Los Angeles 1984. In 1980, Costa Rica competed against Yugoslavia, Finland and Iraq, in Group D, losing all 3 games 2–3, 0–3 and 0–3 respectively. Los Angeles saw Costa Rica's first win in a worldwide international participation. Again in Group D, the Ticos played against The United States, Egypt and Italy. The game against The US ended in a loss, 0–3. The second game did not see much improvement, 1–4 against Egypt. But in the last game, against an Italian squad that included Walter Zenga, Pietro Vierchowod, Franco Baresi and Aldo Serena, Costa Rica prevailed 1–0, when midfielder Enrique Rivers scored a goal.

Qualifying to Italy 1990

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Team that played against Scotland in the World Cup Italy 1990

After a great campaign during the CONCACAF Championship in 1989, Costa Rica won its first ticket to the finals of a World Cup where they made an outstanding performance by beating Scotland and Sweden in the first round. Before these two achievements came to happen, the team had to suffer a hard process to qualify. In order to advance to the qualifying group stage, two games against the Panama national football team had to be won. Costa Rica suffered against the Panamanians in the first game at the Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in Alajuela, which ended up taking a local one to one tie (1-1). The second game took place at the Revolution (renamed Rommel Fernández) Stadium, where Costa Rica won two to zero (2-0) with goals by midfielder Juan Arnoldo Cayasso and forward Hernán Medford; this results meant that Costa Rica was part of the 1990 World Cup qualifying group stage. Costa Rica started the group stage with a defeat in Guatemala by 1 to 0. Costa Rica won against Guatemala two to zero (2–1) as locals in the game back home, Róger Flores and Evaristo Coronado scored for the team. In the next game, Costa Rica then managed to defeat the U.S. as local one to zero (1–0); Gilberto Rodden scored for the team. but Costa Rica found defeat in the next game against the U.S. one to zero (1–0) at St. Louis – Missouri. The following game took placed at Trinidad and Tobago against their national football team which ended in a tie 1 to 1, with a goal scored by was forward Evaristo Coronado. Costa Rica also won the game back home against Trinidad and Tobago with a goal by Juan Arnoldo Cayasso. A substantial away win was next for the Ticos in El Salvador at the Cuscatlán by 2–4, with goals from Carlos Mario Hidalgo, Juan Arnoldo Cayasso and a double from Leonidas Flores. Finally, in the last game, a victory over El Salvador in San Jose by 1 goal to 0 signified a trip to the 1990 Fifa World Cup. Pastor Fernandez scored the lone goal. Costa Rica finished first with 11 points in the pentagonal and the United States in second also with 11 points in 8 games respectably both qualifying, but Costa Rica first on goal difference. Mexico was disqualified from this qualifier because of youth player age tampering.

In the World Cup finals, Costa Rica was second in their group behind Brazil, but lost in the round of 16 to Czechoslovakia.

Qualifying Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Costa Rica 8 5 1 2 10 6 +4 11
 United States 8 4 3 1 6 3 +3 11
 Trinidad and Tobago 8 3 3 2 7 5 +2 9
 Guatemala 6 1 1 4 4 7 −3 3
 El Salvador 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Costa Rica 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 4
3  Scotland 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 2
4  Sweden 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

1990s and early 2000s

After its brilliant performance in the Italian summer, the national team failed to qualify for World Cup USA 1994 and France 1998 due to lack of planning and poor results. It was an important and historical moment when, in 1997 Costa Rica was invited for the first time to the Copa América held in Bolivia, Costa Rica also played memorable friendlies including a 5–4 defeat against Uruguay in Estadio Centenario.

Qualifying Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 10 2 +8 9
 Mexico 3 1 1 1 5 5 - 4
 Colombia 3 1 0 2 5 5 - 3
 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 2 10 -8 1

2001 Copa América

Korea / Japan 2002 World Cup Qualifiers and Tournament

After the failures in qualifying for the World Cup 1994 and World Cup 1998, the Ticos won the qualification for the World Cup in 2002 held in South Korea and Japan. This included victories against favorites Mexico and the United States. During the World Cup the results were mixed, losing to Brazil (tournament champion) 5–2 (only team to score 2 goals against Brazil at this World Cup), tying with Turkey (third in the championship) 1–1 and beating China 2–0. Costa Rica finished in third place in their group, behind Turkey on goal difference. The match against Brazil is remembered as one of the most exciting matches of the tournament.[citation needed]

During the qualifiers, though, Costa Rica started with many ups and downs, first in command of Brazilian coach Gilson Nunes Sequeira and then with another fellow Brazilian naturalized to Costa Rican Alexandre Guimarães. The first group stage began with an unexpected defeat to Barbados 1–2. After this humiliating loss, Costa Rica proceeded to beat the United States at the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium 2–1, with goals from Rolando Fonseca and Hernán Medford. Then they beat Guatemala in the Morera Soto Alajuela by 2–1, with two goals from Paulo Wanchope and defeated Barbados at the Ricardo Saprissa 3–0, with goals from Juan Soto, Ronaldo Fonseca and Hernan Medford. After this good run, Costa Rica's level decreased and took a scoreless match against the United States, then lost to Guatemala in Mazatenango 2–1. This result forced a playoff against Guatemala in Miami, Florida. The match was won 5–2 by Costa Rica with two goals from Ronaldo, Fonseca, one from Paulo Wanchope, one from Reynaldo Parks and Jafeth Soto.

Costa Rica displayed a fine offensive form with a rather solid front line,[citation needed] thanks to their new coach, Alexandre Guimaraes. This display of football evidenced itself during the final hexagonal round, although it began with a draw against Honduras at the Ricardo Saprissa 2–2, with goals from Rolando Fonseca and Rodrigo Cordero. Then Costa Rica defeated Trinidad and Tobago 3–0 at the Morera Soto. Their only loss in this final round came thanks to the U.S., who defeated Costa Rica 1–0. Afterwards, Costa Rica bounced back with a huge win against Mexico in Mexico city 1–2, which is usually referred as the Aztecazo,[6] with goals from Rolando Fonseca and Hernan Medford. Morale was high after this game, and Costa Rica beat Jamaica 2–1 in Alajuela. Again, Costa Rica came away with an away win over Honduras in Tegucigalpa 2–3, goals scored by Paulo Wanchope, Rolando Fonseca and Mauricio Solis. A crucial away win in Port of Spain against Trinidad and Tobago 2–0, with two goals from Rónald Gómez, meant Costa Rica was just 3 points away from qualification to the World Cup. Costa Rica sealed their qualification to Korea/Japan in an emotional match against the U.S. by beating them 2–0 in the Saprissa, with a double from Rolando Fonseca. The final 2 games were uneventful, as Costa Rica managed a goalless tie with Mexico at the Ricardo Saprissa and defeated already-eliminated Jamaica 0–1, using subs and reserves. Costa Rica finished first in that hexagonal round with 23 points in 10 games.

Costa Rica were put in Pot D for the World Cup and were put into Group C with Brazil, China PR, and Turkey. Their campaign started in Gwangju, where the Ticos took down China 0–2. In their second game versus Turkey in Incheon, Costa Rica was losing late in the 2nd half 0–1, only to be saved by a late 86th-minute goal by Winston Parks to end it in a 1–1 draw. In the final group game versus Brazil, Costa Rica fought a 0–3 deficit to go 2–3 early in the 2nd half, only to be shut down by 2 goals in 3 minutes to lose 2–5. As a result, thanks to this loss against Brazil and Turkey's 3–0 victory over China, caused both Costa Rica and Turkey tied with 4 points, but Turkey advanced on the Goal Difference with a +2 goal difference over Costa Rica's −1 goal difference, eliminating the Ticos from the World Cup.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Costa Rica 10 7 2 1 17 7 10 23
 Mexico 10 5 2 3 16 9 7 17
 United States 10 5 2 3 11 8 3 17
 Honduras 10 4 2 4 17 17 0 14
 Jamaica 10 2 2 6 7 14 −7 8
 Trinidad and Tobago 10 1 2 7 5 18 −13 5
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 11 3 +8 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Turkey 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
3  Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4
4  China PR 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria


Germany 2006 World Cup Qualifiers

In 2006, Costa Rica had an uneven season but managed to make the qualification to the World Cup. On 9 June 2006, Costa Rica made its debut in the opening match in Munich against the host German squad, losing the match 7–3.

However, the bad performance in that game did not translate over to the other games, where they fell 0–3 against Ecuador, and 1–2 against Poland. This time they also started the journey with ups and downs. First in command U.S. coach Steve Sampson, who was separated after qualifying with doubts over Cuba in the preliminary phase, Both these games results were ties. First in Havana 2–2, with goals Douglas Sequeira and Álvaro Saborío, and then in the second game at the Morera Soto in Alajuela 1–1. Costa Rica advanced to the away goals.

The Colombian Jorge Luis Pinto took over in the group stage. He began with an unheard of 2–5 defeat against Honduras in Costa Rica. Then they visited Guatemala and lost 1–2. Bounced back against Canada at the Saprissa 1–0, with a goal from Paulo Wanchope. Then a resounding triumph over Guatemala in Tibas 5 to 0, a hat-trick from Paulo Wanchope, single goals from Carlos Hernández and Rolando Fonseca resounding. Vancouver, Canada meant a decent 1–3 win, with goals from Paulo Wanchope, William Sunsing and Carlos Hernández. They pulled a goalless draw against Honduras in San Pedro Sula. Costa Rica advanced to the hexagonal winning their group. In the final round they started with a defeat at the Saprissa against Mexico by 1–2. Paulo Wanchope's goal was not enough. They beat Panama in the Saprissa by 2–1, with goals from Wayne Wilson and Roy Myrie.

In Port of Spain tied Trinidad and Tobago in a disappointing scoreless draw. This result marked Pinto's dismissal and the arrival of Alexandre Guimarães. He and the team lost the visit to the United States by 3–0. Guatemala was beaten at the Saprissa 3–2, with goals from Carlos Hernández, Ronald Gomez and Paulo Wanchope. Then lost in Mexico by 2–0. The ticos sank Panama in an away match at the Rommel Fernández 1–3, with goals from Álvaro Saborío, Ronald Gomez and Walter Centeno. Then beat Trinidad and Tobago at the Saprissa by 2–0 with goals from Walter Centeno and Álvaro Saborío.

Decisively beating the United States in the Saprissa by 3–0 equaled clinching the selections third World Cup birth. The first Goal was scored by Paulo Wanchope plus a Double from Carlos Hernández. With the ticket to Germany assured then traveled to Guatemala for a 3–1 loss. Roy Myrie scored their only goal. Costa Rica finished third behind the United States and Mexico in the standings.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts United States Mexico Costa Rica Trinidad and Tobago Guatemala Panama
 United States 10 7 1 2 16 6 +10 22 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
 Mexico 10 7 1 2 22 9 +13 22 2–1 2–0 2–0 5–2 5–0
 Costa Rica 10 5 1 4 15 14 +1 16 3–0 1–2 2–0 3–2 2–1
 Trinidad and Tobago 10 4 1 5 10 15 −5 13 1–2 2–1 0–0 3–2 2–0
 Guatemala 10 3 2 5 16 18 −2 11 0–0 0–2 3–1 5–1 2–1
 Panama 10 0 2 8 4 21 −17 2 0–3 1–1 1–3 0–1 0–0

SouthAfrica 2010 World Cup Qualifiers

A very strange start for the Ticos. They faced Grenada in the second phase, drew the first leg 2–2, and then won the return by 3–0. In the third phase, forming the Group 3, won all six games played against the teams of El Salvador (1–0 and 3–1), Haiti (3–1 and 2–0) and Suriname (7–0 and 4 -1) in both outward and return. Skipping ahead towards the end of the final phase with Costa Rica achieving 12 points and Honduras 13 points. This meant a dramatic fight for the final spot to qualify for the South African World Cup. Costa Rica had to win their last two games and hope that the selection of Honduras lost. In the first instance they did well. Honduras lost at home 2–7 to the United States. Costa Rica on the other had won 4–0 against Trinidad and Tobago and overtook Honduras in the standings. Honduras closed their matches in El Salvador. However, Costa Rica still needed to give a good showing at the final match in the United States. This was achieved in-part. All went well for the Ticos winning 2–0 at halftime in Washington, D.C.. In the second half the United States scored at the 71st and 95th minutes and the Ticos only finished with a tie. Honduras's, 1–0 victory over El Salvador was devastating. Both Costa Rica and Honduras finished the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification CONCACAF Fourth Round with 16 points. Honduras slipped into the 2010 FIFA World Cup on goal difference. The Costa Ricans finished fourth in the Concacaf final qualifying round and were sent to a playoff with the fifth seated CONMEBOL team. In the playoff, Costa Rica faced Uruguay. In the first leg in San Jose. The Ticos lost 0–1, the Costa Rians finished the match with ten men on the pitch because Randall Azofeifa was sent off at the 52' with his second yellow card. Goal scored by defender Diego Lugano sky. The second leg, played at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo. The goals were scored by Sebastián Abreu at the 70' and Walter Centeno 74' and finished in a 1–1 tie. Costa Rica was not able to take advantage of a slight extension of the game or "extra time". Uruguay won 2–1 on aggregate.

CONCACAF 4th place v CONMEBOL 5th place

The fourth-place team in the CONCACAF qualifying fourth round (Costa Rica) played off against the fifth-place team in the CONMEBOL qualifying group (Uruguay). Uruguay won the play-off and qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 18 November 2009.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Costa Rica  1–2  Uruguay 0–1 1–1

2010 to present

After failing to qualify for 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the team needed to initiate a new era, based on the combined generational shift with young but experienced talent such as James Douglas McDonald, Keylor Navas, Cristian Bolaños, Randall Azofeifa, Michael Barrantes and of course the very young and upcoming star Joel Campbell. Rónald González was interim contract before hiring in September 2010 of Ricardo La Volpe, whose job lasted only 10 months to be replaced by the Colombian coach Jorge Luis Pinto, in his second chance in front of the national team, with the goal of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. This era has been characterized by friendlies against the top ranked teams in the world, including world champion Spain, most of them through the construction of the new national stadium.

Brazil 2014 World Cup Qualifying and Tournament

The Ticos' campaign to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup began in June with a 10–2 loss against El Salvador. The Ticos followed this up with a 4–0 win over Guyana with a hat trick by Álvaro Saborío. In September, Costa Rica hit a bump in the road with 2–0 and 1–0 defeats to rivals Mexico, putting the Ticos one defeat away of being eliminated. On 12 October, Costa Rica resurrected their campaign with a 1–0 win against El Salvador with the only goal scored by Jose Miguel Cubero. On 16 October, they finally clinched a final round berth with a 7–0 win over Guyana with goals scored by Randall Brenes, Álvaro Saborío, Cristian Bolaños, Celso Borges and Cristian Gamboa.

The fourth round began with a 2–2 draw against Panama. In March, Costa Rica lost 1–0 against the United States in Denver, Colorado. The Costa Rican Football Federation appealed the match due to inclement weather in Denver, but FIFA rejected the appeal as being without basis.[7] Despite feeling aggrieved by the meteorological conditions, Costa Rica would again fall to the US 1–0 in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup that June.[8] On 26 March, Costa Rica won at home 2–0 against Jamaica. In June, Costa Rica won 1–0 against Honduras, tied 0–0 at the Estadio Azteca against Mexico and won at home 2–0 against Panama. In September, Costa Rica won 3–1 against the United States in Estadio Nacional in San José.

On 10 September Costa Rica tied with Jamaica. Goals were scored by Randall Brenes at the 73rd minute and by Jermain Anderson at the 90th minute. Despite losing its lead, Costa Rica qualified to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with two games to spare. After a 1–0 loss at Honduras and 2–1 win over Mexico in October, Costa Rica finished second in the final CONCACAF qualifying round table behind the United States, with five home wins, three draws and two losses.

In December 2013, Costa Rica was drawn in Group F against Italy, England, and Uruguay. Costa Rica were widely perceived as minnows who had no hope in a group against three former World Cup champion nations. They were given extremely unlikely odds of 2500 to 1 to win the tournament. Amazingly, they ended up topping the group with two wins against Uruguay and Italy and a 0–0 draw with England. In the round of 16 they beat Greece 5–3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw, seeing them through to the quarterfinals for the first time ever. At the quarterfinals, the Costa Ricans fought the Netherlands to a 0–0 draw after extra time; the game then went to penalties in which Costa Rica lost 4–3 to the Netherlands. After the tournament, Costa Rica rose 12 places in the FIFA World Rankings, reaching 16th place. In an interview by former Federation member Farabundo Fidel Calderón cited their long journey, started in 2007, as the reason of their achievement.[9]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States (Q) 10 7 1 2 15 8 +7 22 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–0
 Costa Rica (Q) 10 5 3 2 13 7 +6 18 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0
 Honduras (Q) 10 4 3 3 13 12 +1 15 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–0
 Mexico (A) 10 2 5 3 7 9 −2 11 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–0
 Panama 10 1 5 4 10 14 −4 8 2–3 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–0
 Jamaica 10 0 5 5 5 13 −8 5 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1
Source:[citation needed]
(Q) Top three teams qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.; (A) Fourth-placed team advanced to the CONCACAF v OFC play-off.

Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifying and Tournament

The Ticos' qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup started with a bye to the fourth round, where they won five games and drew one, letting them advance to the fifth round. There, they finished second behind Mexico. They won four matches, drew another four and lost two.

In December 2017, Costa Rica was drawn in Group E against Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia. The team expected to repeat their surprise performance in 2014, due to the fact that many of the key players from the 2014 tournament were set to return. However, 2018 was to result in a disappointing exit at the group stage. Costa Rica lost both of their first two games, failing to score a single goal until a 2-2 draw with Switzerland.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico 10 6 3 1 16 7 +9 21 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
2  Costa Rica 10 4 4 2 14 8 +6 16
3  Panama 10 3 4 3 9 10 −1 13
4  Honduras 10 3 4 3 13 19 −6 13 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs
5  United States 10 3 3 4 17 13 +4 12
6  Trinidad and Tobago 10 2 0 8 7 19 −12 6
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Competitive record

* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter Did Not Enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Did Not Qualify 6 4 1 1 16 7
Chile 1962 9 5 1 3 22 14
England 1966 8 5 2 1 17 3
Mexico 1970 4 2 1 1 7 3
West Germany 1974 2 0 1 1 4 5
Argentina 1978 6 1 4 1 8 6
Spain 1982 8 1 4 3 6 10
Mexico 1986 8 2 5 1 10 8
Italy 1990 Round of 16 13th 4 2 0 2 4 6 10 6 2 2 13 7
United States 1994 Did Not Qualify 8 4 0 4 16 11
France 1998 16 7 3 6 22 17
South Korea Japan 2002 Group Stage 19th 3 1 1 1 5 6 17 11 3 3 31 10
Germany 2006 Group Stage 31st 3 0 0 3 3 9 18 8 4 6 30 25
South Africa 2010 Did Not Qualify 20 12 3 5 41 22
Brazil2014 Quarter Finals 8th 5 2 3 0 5 2 16 8 4 4 27 12
Russia 2018 Group Stage 29th 3 0 1 2 2 5 16 9 5 2 25 11
Qatar 2022
Total Quarterfinals 5/21 18 5 5 8 19 28 153 77 37 41 274 160
* Uruguay beat Costa Rica 2–1 in the 2010 CONCACAF vs CONMEBOL play-off.

CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 14 2
Guatemala 1965 Third Place 3rd 5 2 2 1 11 4
Honduras 1967 Did not enter
Costa Rica 1969 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 2
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Third Place 3rd 5 2 1 2 6 5
Haiti 1973 Did not qualify
Mexico 1977
Honduras 1981
1985 Third Place 3rd 8 2 5 1 10 8
1989 Champions 1st 8 5 1 2 10 6
United States1991 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 0 4 5 9
MexicoUnited States 1993 Third Place 3rd 5 1 3 1 6 5
United States 1996 Did not qualify
United States 1998 Group stage 5th 2 1 0 1 8 4
United States 2000 Quarter-finals 6th 3 0 2 1 5 6
United States 2002 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 8 5
MexicoUnited States 2003 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 0 3 10 8
United States 2005 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 6 4
United States 2007 7th 4 1 1 2 3 4
United States 2009 Semi-finals 4th 5 2 2 1 10 6
United States 2011 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 8 6
United States 2013 5th 4 2 0 2 4 2
CanadaUnited States 2015 7th 4 0 3 1 3 4
United States 2017 Semi-finals 4th 5 3 1 1 6 3
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 4
Total 3 Titles 20/25 95 41 28 26 154 97

Copa Centroamericana

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Costa Rica 1991 Champions 1st / 4 teams 3 3 0 0 10 1
Honduras 1993 Runners-Up 2nd / 4 teams 3 2 0 1 3 2
El Salvador 1995 Fourth Place 4th / 6 teams 4 1 1 2 5 6
Guatemala 1997 Champions 1st / 6 teams 5 3 2 0 12 3
Costa Rica 1999 Champions 1st / 6 teams 5 3 0 2 13 3
Honduras 2001 Runners-Up 2nd / 7 teams 5 2 2 1 8 5
Panama 2003 Champions 1st / 6 teams 5 4 1 0 5 1
Guatemala 2005 Champions 1st / 7 teams 4 3 1 0 8 2
El Salvador 2007 Champions 1st / 7 teams 4 2 1 1 5 2
Honduras 2009 Runners-Up 2nd / 7 teams 4 3 1 0 9 1
Panama 2011 Runners-Up 2nd / 7 teams 4 1 2 1 6 5
Costa Rica 2013 Champions 1st / 7 teams 5 4 1 0 6 1
United States 2014 Champions 1st / 7 teams 3 2 1 0 7 3
Panama 2017 Fourth Place 4th / 6 teams 5 1 3 1 4 2
Total 8 Titles 13/13 59 34 16 9 103 37

Copa América

Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Ecuador 1993* Not Invited
Uruguay 1995
Bolivia 1997 Group Stage 10th / 12 teams 3 0 1 2 2 10
Paraguay 1999 Not Invited
Colombia 2001 Quarter Finals 5th / 12 teams 4 2 1 1 7 3
Peru 2004 7th / 12 teams 4 1 0 3 3 8
Venezuela 2007 Not Invited
Argentina 2011 Group Stage 9th / 12 teams 3 1 0 2 2 4
Chile 2015 Not Invited
United States 2016 Group Stage 10th / 16 teams 3 1 1 1 3 6
Brazil 2019 Not Invited
Argentina Colombia 2020
Total Quarterfinals 5/12 17 5 3 9 17 31
* Ecuador 1993 was the first time nations from outside CONMEBOL were invited.

CCCF Championship

CCCF Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Costa Rica 1941 Champions 1st / 5 teams 4 4 0 0 23 5
El Salvador 1943 Third Place 3rd / 4 teams 6 3 0 3 20 15
Costa Rica 1946 Champions 1st / 6 teams 5 4 0 1 24 6
Guatemala 1948 Champions 1st / 5 teams 8 5 1 2 25 11
Panama 1951 Runners-up 2nd / 3 teams 4 2 1 1 13 5
Costa Rica 1953 Champions 1st / 7 teams 6 6 0 0 19 2
Honduras 1955 Champions 1st / 7 teams 6 6 0 0 19 4
Netherlands Antilles 1957 Withdrew
Cuba 1960 Champions 1st / 5 teams 5 3 2 0 14 4
Costa Rica 1961 Champions 1st / 9 teams 7 7 0 0 32 4
Total 7 Titles 9/10 51 40 4 7 191 56

Olympics record

Olympics record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
France 1900 Did Not Enter
United States 1904
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924
Netherlands 1928
Nazi Germany 1936
United Kingdom 1948
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968 Did Not Qualify
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980 First Round 16 3 0 0 3 2 9
United States 1984 First Round 13 3 1 0 2 2 7
South Korea 1988 Did Not Qualify
Spain 1992
United States 1996
Australia 2000
Greece 2004 Quarter-finals 8 4 1 1 2 4 8
China 2008 Did Not Qualify
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Total Quarter-finals 3/25 10 2 1 7 8 24

Pan American Games record

  • 1951 – Silver Silver Medal
  • 1955 – Did not participate
  • 1959 – Fifth place
  • 1963 to 1971 – Did not participate
  • 1975 – Fourth place
  • 1979 – Fourth place
  • 1983 to 1991 – Did not participate
  • Argentina 1995 – Quarterfinals
  • Canada 1999 – Round 1
  • Dominican Republic 2003 – Did not participate
  • Brazil 2007 – Round 1
  • Mexico 2011 – Semifinals
  • Canada 2015 – Did not participate

Panamerican Championship record

  • 1952 – Did not participate
  • 1956 – Third Place
  • 1960 – Fourth place

Honours

Costa Rica national football team players celebrating their classification at the FIFA World Cup 2014 for the round of 16 in first place of Group D at Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte after their draw with England.

Recent results and upcoming fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018

2019

Players

Current squad

The following players were called for the CONCACAF Nations League A matches against Haiti and Curaçao on 10 and 13 October 2019.
Caps and goals as of 10 October 2019 after the game against Haiti.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Keylor Navas (1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 32) 89 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
1GK Leonel Moreira (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 29) 15 0 Bolivia Bolívar
1GK Adonis Pineda (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense

2DF Giancarlo González (1988-02-08) 8 February 1988 (age 31) 78 2 United States LA Galaxy
2DF Bryan Oviedo (1990-02-18) 18 February 1990 (age 29) 55 2 Denmark Copenhagen
2DF Óscar Duarte (1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 30) 50 2 Spain Levante
2DF Francisco Calvo (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 27) 47 4 United States Chicago Fire
2DF Kendall Waston (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 31) 38 7 United States Cincinnati
2DF Rónald Matarrita (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 25) 33 3 United States New York City
2DF Keysher Fuller (1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 25) 5 1 Costa Rica Herediano
2DF Ricardo Blanco (1989-05-12) 12 May 1989 (age 30) 3 0 Costa Rica Saprissa
2DF Kevin Espinoza (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Costa Rica Guadalupe

3MF Celso Borges (1988-05-27) 27 May 1988 (age 31) 127 23 Turkey Göztepe
3MF José Miguel Cubero (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 32) 52 2 Costa Rica Alajuelense
3MF Johan Venegas (1988-11-27) 27 November 1988 (age 30) 51 10 Costa Rica Saprissa
3MF Allan Cruz (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 23) 16 2 United States Cincinnati
3MF Randall Leal (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 22) 13 0 Costa Rica Saprissa
3MF Ariel Lassiter (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 (age 25) 4 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense
3MF Dylan Flores (1993-05-30) 30 May 1993 (age 26) 2 0 Romania Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe
3MF Luis Díaz (1998-12-06) 6 December 1998 (age 20) 1 0 United States Columbus Crew

4FW Joel Campbell (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 27) 92 17 Mexico León
4FW José Guillermo Ortiz (1992-06-20) 20 June 1992 (age 27) 10 3 Colombia Millonarios
4FW Jonathan Moya (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 27) 4 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense
4FW Francisco Rodríguez (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 26) 1 0 Costa Rica Herediano

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Marco Madrigal (1985-08-03) 3 August 1985 (age 34) 1 0 Costa Rica San Carlos v.  Uruguay, 6 September 2019
GK Bryan Segura (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Costa Rica Pérez Zeledón 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GK Darryl Parker (1993-05-07) 7 May 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Costa Rica Cartaginés 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
GK Aaron Cruz (1991-05-25) 25 May 1991 (age 28) 0 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  Jamaica, 26 March, 2019
GK Esteban Alvarado (1989-04-28) 28 April 1989 (age 30) 12 0 Costa Rica Herediano v.  United States, 2 February 2019
GK Kevin Chamorro (2000-04-08) 8 April 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Costa Rica San Carlos v.  United States, 2 February 2019

DF Cristian Gamboa (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 29) 77 3 Germany VfL Bochum 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Ian Smith (1998-03-06) 6 March 1998 (age 21) 11 0 Sweden Norrköping 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Waylon Francis (1990-09-20) 20 September 1990 (age 29) 6 0 United States Columbus Crew 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Juan Pablo Vargas (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 24) 4 0 Colombia Tolima 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Ryan Bolaños (1998-12-19) 19 December 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Costa Rica Limón 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Joseph Mora (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 26) 3 0 United States D.C. United v.  United States, 2 February 2019
DF Yostin Salinas (1998-09-14) 14 September 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  United States, 2 February 2019
DF Pablo Arboine (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Denmark Køge v.  United States, 2 February 2019
DF Jaikel Medina (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  United States, 2 February 2019

MF Bryan Ruiz (Captain) (1985-08-18) 18 August 1985 (age 34) 126 26 Brazil Santos v.  Uruguay, 6 September 2019
MF David Guzmán (1990-02-18) 18 February 1990 (age 29) 53 0 United States Columbus Crew v.  Uruguay, 6 September 2019
MF Elías Aguilar (1991-11-07) 7 November 1991 (age 27) 20 2 South Korea Jeju United v.  Uruguay, 6 September 2019
MF Christian Bolaños (1984-05-17) 17 May 1984 (age 35) 86 7 Costa Rica Saprissa 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Yeltsin Tejeda (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 27) 50 0 Costa Rica Herediano 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Jimmy Marín (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 22) 5 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Deyver Vega (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 27) 12 0 Norway Vålerenga 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Marvin Angulo (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 33) 6 0 Costa Rica Saprissa 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Ronaldo Araya (1999-08-03) 3 August 1999 (age 20) 3 0 Costa Rica Cartaginés 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Roberto Córdoba (1998-07-16) 16 July 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Costa Rica San Carlos 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Christian Martínez (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Costa Rica San Carlos 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF José Mora (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Costa Rica Herediano v.  Jamaica, 26 March 2019
MF Néstor Monge (1990-01-07) 7 January 1990 (age 29) 6 0 Mexico UAEM v.  United States, 2 February 2019
MF José Alfaro (2000-03-18) 18 March 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  United States, 2 February 2019
MF Marvin Loría (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 22) 1 0 United States Portland Timbers v.  United States, 2 February 2019
MF Barlon Sequeira (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense v.  United States, 2 February 2019
MF Alberth Villalobos (1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Costa Rica Herediano v.  United States, 2 February 2019
MF Suhander Zúñiga (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  Peru, 20 November 2018

FW Mayron George (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 25) 13 1 Norway Vålerenga v.  Uruguay, 6 September 2019
FW Álvaro Saborío (1982-03-25) 25 March 1982 (age 37) 111 35 Costa Rica San Carlos 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Jonathan McDonald (1987-10-28) 28 October 1987 (age 31) 16 1 Costa Rica Alajuelense 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Yendrick Ruiz (1987-12-04) 4 December 1987 (age 31) 8 0 Costa Rica Herediano v.  United States, 2 February 2019
FW Jean Scott (1994-03-14) 14 March 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Costa Rica Cartaginés v.  United States, 2 February 2019

INJ Withdraw due to injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
WD Withdrew for personal reasons.

Previous squads

Records

As of 29 June 2019
Bold indicates active players.

Managers

 
Name Years
Costa Rica Eladio Rosabal Cordero 1921
Costa Rica Manolo Rodríguez 1930
El Salvador Ricardo Saprissa 1935, 1938
Costa Rica Alejandro Morera Soto 1941
Costa Rica Jorge Lalo Rojas 1943
Costa Rica Alejandro Morera Soto 1943
Costa Rica Hernán Bolaños 1946
England Randolph Galloway
Costa Rica Hernán Bolaños
1946
Costa Rica Hernán Bolaños 1948
Costa Rica Santiago Bonilla 1950
Costa Rica Ismael Melo Quesada 1951
El Salvador Ricardo Saprissa
Costa Rica Luis Cartín Paniagua
1951
Brazil Otto Bumbel 1953
Costa Rica Alfredo Chato Piedra 1955, 1957
Uruguay Rubén Amorín 1960
Chile Hugo Tassara 1960
Spain Eduardo Toba Muíño 1961
Costa Rica Alfredo Chato Piedra 1961, 1963
Spain Eduardo Viso Abella
Costa Rica Alfredo Chato Piedra
Costa Rica Mario "Catato" Cordero
1965
Costa Rica Rodolfo Ulloa Antillón 1967–1968
BrazilHungary Américo Brunner 1968
 
Name Years
Costa Rica Rogelio Rojas 1969
Costa Rica Marvin Rodríguez 1969
Spain Eduardo Viso Abella 1970
Costa Rica Marvin Rodríguez 1971
Argentina Humberto Maschio 1972
Uruguay José Etchegoyen 1975
Costa Rica Marvin Rodríguez 1975
Costa Rica Juan José Gámez 1976
Spain Antonio Moyano 1979–80
Czechoslovakia Ivan Mráz 1980
Spain Antonio Moyano 1983–84
Brazil Odir Jacques 1985
Costa Rica Álvaro Grant MacDonald 1985
Uruguay Gustavo De Simone 1987–89
Spain Antonio Moyano
Costa Rica Marvin Rodríguez
1989
Costa Rica Marvin Rodríguez 1989–90
MexicoSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bora Milutinović 1990
Costa Rica Rolando Villalobos 1991
Uruguay Héctor Núñez 1992
Costa Rica Juan José Gámez 1993
Costa Rica Álvaro Grant MacDonald 1993
Spain Juan Luis Hernández Fuertes 1993–94
Spain Antonio Moyano 1994
 
Name Years
Costa Rica Toribio Rojas 1994–95
Costa Rica Juan Blanco 1995
Brazil Valdeir Vieira 1996
Argentina Horacio Cordero 1997
Spain Juan Luis Hernández Fuertes 1997
Costa Rica Rolando Villalobos 1998
Colombia Francisco Maturana 1998–99
Costa Rica Marvin Rodríguez 1999–00
Brazil Gílson Nunes 2000
Costa Rica Alexandre Guimarães 2001–02
Costa Rica Rodrigo Kenton 2002*
United States Steve Sampson 2003–04
Colombia Jorge Luis Pinto 2004–05
Costa Rica Alexandre Guimarães 2005–06
Costa Rica Carlos Watson 2006*
Costa Rica Hernán Medford 2007–08
Costa Rica Rodrigo Kenton 2008–09
Brazil Renê Simões 2009
Costa Rica Rónald González Brenes 2010*
Colombia Jorge Luis Pinto 2011–2014
Costa Rica Paulo Wanchope 2014–2015
Costa Rica Óscar Ramírez 2015–2018
Costa Rica Rónald González Brenes (Interim) 2018
Uruguay Gustavo Matosas 2018–2019
Costa Rica Douglas Sequeira (Interim) 2019–

Coaching staff

Position Name
Manager Rónald González Brenes
Assistant Coach 1 Douglas Sequeira
Assistant Coach 2 Alejandro Larrea
Assistant Coach 3 Luis Marín
Goalkeeper's Coach Luis Gabelo Conejo

Record versus other nations

As of 2011-03-25

Facts

Kit history

Costa Rica wears traditionally a red jersey with blue shorts and white socks. Its away kit historically was a Juventus-style Black and White Striped Jersey with white shorts and white socks, due to these colors being the ones of CS La Libertad, one of the oldest clubs in Costa Rica. However, after 1997, the striped kit was replaced by a white kit with blue shorts. Starting in 2015, Boston based sportswear company New Balance will be the kit provider of the national team, taking over for Italian company Lotto.

Kit Suppliers

Sponsor Period
Costa Rica Desport 1980–1989
Italy Lotto 1990–1994
United Kingdom Reebok 1995–1999
Costa Rica Trooper 1999
Mexico Atletica 2000–2001
Spain Joma 2002–2007
Italy Lotto 2007–2014
United States New Balance 2015–present

See also

References

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  4. ^ "When Saturday Comes – Costa Rica goes crazy for the "team of migrants"". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
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External links

Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
CONCACAF Champions
1963 (First title)
Succeeded by
1965 Mexico 
Preceded by
1967 Guatemala 
CONCACAF Champions
1969 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1971 Mexico 
Preceded by
1985 Canada 
CONCACAF Champions
1989 (Third title)
Succeeded by
1991 United States