Costa Rica national football team

The Costa Rica national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Costa Rica) represents Costa Rica in men's international football. The national team 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
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Ticos (The Ticos)
La Sele (The Selection)
La Tricolor (The Tricolor)
AssociationFederación Costarricense de Fútbol (FCRF)[1]
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachLuis Fernando Suárez
CaptainBryan Ruiz
Most capsCelso Borges (158)
Top scorerRolando Fonseca (47)
Home stadiumEstadio Nacional
FIFA codeCRC
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 31 Increase 3 (6 October 2022)[2]
Highest13 (February–March 2015)
Lowest93 (July 1996)
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)
 Spain 7–0 Costa Rica 
(Doha, Qatar; 23 November 2022)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1990)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2014)
Gold Cup
Appearances20 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1963, 1969, 1989)
Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Best resultFourth place (2021)
Copa América
Appearances5 (first in 1997)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2001, 2004)

Costa Rica is the most successful national football team from the region of Central America. Winning three CONCACAF Championships (1963, 1969, 1989) and leading the Copa Centroamericana tournament with four 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 six 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 qualified for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.

In 2014, Costa Rica achieved 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 16 they defeated Greece 5–3 via a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw. Moreover, during their match against the Greek team, Keylor Navas saved more than 15 shots. They reached the quarter-finals for the first time but were defeated by the Netherlands, also in a penalty shoot-out (3–4) after a scoreless draw on 5 July.[4][5] Both their 2018 and 2022 World Cup campaigns ended in a fourth place group stage exit, with their only points coming from a 2–2 draw against Switzerland in 2018 and a 1–0 win over Japan in 2022.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

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

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.[6]

Costa Rica's team in the late 1940s acquired the nickname "The Gold Shorties".[7] Throughout the '50s and '60s, they were 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 included Ruben Jimenez, Errol Daniels, Leonel Hernandez and Edgar Marin. However, Costa Rica was not able to utilize this advantage, hence failed to reach any World Cup at that decade.

At the end of the 1960s their fortunes declined as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago and Canada rose in prominence.

1980sEdit

Costa Rica failed to qualify for any of the World Cups in the 1970s and 1980s, and did not reach the final round of the CONCACAF qualifying until the 1986 qualifiers.

They participated in two consecutive 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 3–2, 3–0 and 3–0 respectively. In Los Angeles, the Ticos lost 3–0 against the United States, and 4–1 against Egypt, but beat a strong Italy team, which included Walter Zenga, Pietro Vierchowod, Franco Baresi and Aldo Serena, 1–0 with a goal by the midfielder Enrique Rivers.

1990 World CupEdit

Team that played against Scotland in the World Cup Italy 1990

Costa Rica won the 1989 CONCACAF Championship to qualify for the finals of a World Cup for the first time. In the first round of the qualifiers, they beat Panama 3–1 on aggregate after a 2–0 away victory in the second leg, with goals by Juan Arnoldo Cayasso and Hernán Medford. They were drawn against Mexico in the second round, but advanced automatically when their opponents were disqualified for youth player age tampering.

Costa Rica started the final qualifying group stage with a home victory and an away defeat against both Guatemala and the United States. They drew 1–1 with Trinidad and Tobago and then beat the same opponents 1–0 at home with a goal by Cayasso. They achieved an important away win, 4–2 against El Salvador at the Estadio Cuscatlán, with goals from Carlos Mario Hidalgo, Cayasso and a double from Leonidas Flores, before beating El Salvador 1–0 in San José with a goal from Pastor Fernández. They finished first in the group table, ahead of the United States on goal difference.

Italy 1990, or Italia 90, is considered a seminal moment in Costa Rican football history. In particular, the players are notable for being primarily non-professionals, in that most players had other jobs and did not make a living playing football. Due to the success of the team during the World Cup, a number of the squad members went on to success in Costa Rican football (and international, in the case of Conejo).

Team 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
Source: RSSSF

Placed in Group C at the World Cup finals, Costa Rica began by beating Scotland 1–0 thanks to another goal by Cayasso. Although they lost to Brazil by the same score, they came from behind to beat Sweden 2–1 in their final group match to reach the knockout stages. There, they lost 4–1 to Czechoslovakia, for whom Tomáš Skuhravý scored a hat-trick.

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 2000sEdit

Costa Rica failed to qualify for World Cups in 1994 and 1998, but they were invited to the Copa América for the first time in 1997. In the tournament, held in Bolivia, they finished bottom of first round Group C behind Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, with just one point. Costa Rica's friendlies in this period included a 5–4 defeat against Uruguay in the Estadio Centenario.

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

They returned to the Copa América in Colombia in 2001. On this occasion they finished top of their first round group, but lost 2–1 in the quarter-finals to Uruguay.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
  Honduras 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6
  Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
  Bolivia 3 0 0 3 0 7 −7 0

2002 World CupEdit

The Ticos won the qualification for the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea and Japan. During the qualifiers, Costa Rica were coached by the Brazilian, Gílson Nunes, and then by the naturalised Brazilian, Alexandre Guimarães. The first qualifying group stage began with an unexpected 2–1 defeat to Barbados. After this humiliation, Costa Rica beat the United States 2–1 at the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium, with goals from Rolando Fonseca and Hernán Medford. They then beat Guatemala 2–1 in the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, with two goals from Paulo Wanchope and Barbados 3–0 at the Ricardo Saprissa, with goals from Jafet Soto, Fonseca and Medford. A draw against the United States and a 2–1 defeat to Guatemala forced Costa Rica into a play-off against Guatemala in Miami. Costa Rica won 5–2 with two goals from Fonseca and one each from Wanchope, Reynaldo Parks and Jafeth Soto.

Costa Rica displayed fine attacking form during the final qualifying round, beginning with a 2–2 draw against Honduras at the Ricardo Saprissa, with goals from Fonseca and Rodrigo Cordero, and a 3–0 defeat of Trinidad and Tobago at the Morera Soto. Their only loss in this round came when the United States beat them 1–0. Costa Rica bounced back with a 2–1 win against Mexico in Mexico City, a match known as the Aztecazo,[8] with goals from Fonseca and Medford. Further wins over Jamaica, Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago took Costa Rica to the brink of qualification, which they sealed with an emotional 2–0 win against the United States in the Saprissa, with a double from Fonseca.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Costa Rica 10 7 2 1 17 7 +10 23 Qualified to the 2002 FIFA World Cup
2   Mexico 10 5 2 3 16 9 +7 17
3   United States 10 5 2 3 11 8 +3 17
4   Honduras 10 4 2 4 17 17 0 14
5   Jamaica 10 2 2 6 7 14 −7 8
6   Trinidad and Tobago 10 1 2 7 5 18 −13 5
Source: FIFA

In the finals, Costa Rica were drawn into Group C with Brazil, China, and Turkey. Their campaign started in Gwangju, where the Ticos beat China 2–0. In their second game against Turkey in Incheon, Winston Parks scored an 86th-minute goal to earn a 1–1 draw. Against Brazil, Costa Rica fought back from 3–0 down to 3–2 early in the second half, only to concede two further goals and lose 5–2. With Turkey beating China 3–0, Costa Rica finished behind Turkey on goal difference and were eliminated.

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 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

2006 World CupEdit

Costa Rica again managed to qualify for the World Cup finals in 2006, albeit with difficulties that saw their American coach Steve Sampson depart after they required away goals to beat Cuba in the preliminary phase. The Colombian Jorge Luis Pinto took over for the next round, which began with a disastrous 5–2 defeat at home against Honduras and a 2–1 loss in Guatemala. Costa Rica recovered with two wins over Canada and a resounding 5–0 triumph over Guatemala, when Wanchope scored a hat-trick and Carlos Hernández and Fonseca added further goals. Costa Rica advanced to the hexagonal round by winning the group.

In the final round they started with a 2–1 defeat against Mexico at the Saprissa, before beating Panama by the same score, with goals from Wayne Wilson and Roy Myrie. Pinto was dismissed after a goalless draw with Trinidad and Tobago, and Guimarães returned as coach. His first match ended in a 3–0 defeat to the United States, but wins followed against Guatemala, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. Costa Rica decisively beat the United States in the Saprissa, 3–0, with a goal from Wanchope and two from Hernández, to guarantee their third World Cup qualification.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts            
1   United States 10 7 1 2 16 6 +10 22[a] 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
2   Mexico 10 7 1 2 22 9 +13 22[a] 2–1 2–0 2–0 5–2 5–0
3   Costa Rica 10 5 1 4 15 14 +1 16 3–0 1–2 2–0 3–2 2–1
4   Trinidad and Tobago 10 4 1 5 10 15 −5 13 1–2 2–1 0–0 3–2 2–0
5   Guatemala 10 3 2 5 16 18 −2 11 0–0 0–2 3–1 5–1 2–1
6   Panama 10 0 2 8 4 21 −17 2 0–3 1–1 1–3 0–1 0–0
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Tied on head-to-head points (3). Head-to-head goal difference: United States +1, Mexico −1.

On 9 June 2006, Costa Rica made their debut in Munich in the opening match of the World Cup against the hosts, Germany. Wanchope scored to equalise an early goal from Philipp Lahm, and later added another, but Costa Rica lost 4–2. However, they failed to match this encouraging performance in their remaining two games, losing 3–0 against Ecuador and 2–1 against Poland in a dead rubber.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany (H) 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Ecuador 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3   Poland 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4   Costa Rica 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
(H) Host

2010 World CupEdit

Costa Rica began the qualifying competition for the 2010 World Cup against Grenada, winning 5–2 on aggregate (2–2, 3–0). They won all six games played in the next phase, against El Salvador (1–0, 3–1), Haiti (3–1, 2–0) and Suriname (7–0, 4–1).

With two games left in the Hexagonal round, Costa Rica trailed Honduras by one point in trying to win the third automatic qualification place behind the United States and Mexico. When Honduras lost 3–2 at home to the United States, Costa Rica overtook them with a 4–0 win against Trinidad and Tobago. Needing to win the final match in Washington, D.C. against the United States to ensure qualification, the Ticos led 2–0 at half-time, but Jonathan Bornstein scored an injury-time equaliser to draw the match 2–2. Meanwhile, Honduras's 1–0 victory over El Salvador moved them into third place in the group table on goal difference.

Costa Rica finished fourth, pushing them into a play-off with the fifth-placed team from the CONMEBOL region, Uruguay. The Ticos lost the first leg in San José 1–0, after a goal by Diego Lugano, and finished with ten men after Randall Azofeifa was sent off. In the second leg, played at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Sebastián Abreu put Uruguay ahead twenty minutes from time, and although Walter Centeno equalised, the 1–1 draw sent Uruguay to the World Cup finals, 2–1 on aggregate.

After failing to qualify, the team began a new era, with the young talent of players such as Azofeifa, Keylor Navas, Cristian Bolaños, Michael Barrantes and Joel Campbell. Rónald González was the interim coach before Ricardo La Volpe was appointed in September 2010. He lasted only ten months before being replaced by the Colombian, Jorge Luis Pinto, in his second spell in charge. During this period, Costa Rica played many friendlies against the top-ranked teams in the world, including the world champion Spain, most of them in the new national stadium, the Estadio Nacional, which was opened in 2011.

2014 World CupEdit

The Ticos' 2014 World Cup campaign began with a 2–2 draw against El Salvador in the third round of the qualifiers. They followed this with a 4–0 win over Guyana with a hat-trick by Álvaro Saborío. Two defeats to Mexico put the Ticos one defeat away from elimination, but they resurrected their campaign with a 1–0 win against El Salvador, with the only goal scored by José Miguel Cubero. They clinched a final round berth with a 7–0 win over Guyana, with goals scored by Randall Brenes, 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, and launched an unsuccessful appeal against the match because of inclement weather.[9] Costa Rica again fell 1–0 to the United States in the Gold Cup that June.[10] Costa Rica then won 2–0 against Jamaica, beat Honduras 1–0 against, drew 0–0 at the Azteca against Mexico and won at home 2–0 against Panama. In September, they won 3–1 against the United States in San José.

On 10 September 2013, Costa Rica drew 1–1 with Jamaica, thanks to a goal from Brenes, to qualify 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 table, behind the United States.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   United States 10 7 1 2 15 8 +7 22 Qualification to 2014 FIFA World Cup 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–0
2   Costa Rica 10 5 3 2 13 7 +6 18 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0
3   Honduras 10 4 3 3 13 12 +1 15 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–0
4   Mexico 10 2 5 3 7 9 −2 11 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–0
5   Panama 10 1 5 4 10 14 −4 8 2–3 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–0
6   Jamaica 10 0 5 5 5 13 −8 5 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1

Costa Rica were drawn in finals Group D against three previous tournament winners – Italy, England and Uruguay – and were given odds of 2500–1 to win the tournament.[citation needed] However, they beat Uruguay and Italy and drew 0–0 with England to finish top of the group and qualify for the knockout stage.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Uruguay 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
3   Italy 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
4   England 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

In the second round, they beat Greece 5–3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw, seeing them through to the quarter-finals for the first time. There, they held the Netherlands to a 0–0 draw after extra time, before losing 4–3 on penalties. Costa Rica rose 12 places to 16th in the FIFA World Rankings. Former player Rónald González cited their long-term progress since 2007 as the reason for their achievement.[11]

2018 World CupEdit

The Ticos' qualification for the 2018 World Cup started with a bye to the fourth qualifying round, where they won five games and drew one, winning their group. In the final round, they finished second behind Mexico to qualify automatically, winning four matches, drawing four and losing two.

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

Costa Rica were drawn in Group E alongside Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia. Many key players from 2014 tournament remained in the squad, but they made a disappointing exit at the group stage. Costa Rica lost their first two games, against Serbia and Brazil, without scoring, but drew 2–2 with Switzerland in their last match after equalising in injury time.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Switzerland 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
3   Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4   Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

2022 World CupEdit

On November 23, 2022, Costa Rica lost 7-0 against Spain becoming the biggest loss in World Cup history since 2010.[12] This match also tied for their worst defeat in professional football with a match against Mexico, which ended with the result Mexico 7–0 Costa Rica (Mexico City, Mexico; 17 August 1975). Despite an improvement from beating Japan and initially make a little justice of scoring 2 goals from losing a goal of Germany in the first half, the latter scored 3 goals and thrashed Costa Rica’s qualification to Round of 16 hope.

Home stadiumEdit

Estadio Nacional is the home stadium of the Costa Rica national team since its opening on 10 January 2011, after a short construction that took only 22 months. This venue hosts their friendly matches as well as the World Cup qualifying matches against CONCACAF rivals. Before the construction of the stadium the matches where played in Estadio Ricardo Saprissa or in Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto.

Team imageEdit

 
Costa Rica's 2018 FIFA World Cup kit showcased in Limón

Costa Rica wears traditionally a red jersey with blue shorts and white socks. Their away kit historically was a Juventus-style black and white striped jersey with white shorts and white or black 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. Since 2015, Boston based sportswear company New Balance has been the kit provider of the national team, after taking over for Italian company Lotto.

Kit sponsorshipEdit

Supplier Period
  Desport 1980–1989
  Lotto 1990–1994
  Reebok 1995–1999
  Trooper 1999
  Atletica 2000–2001
  Joma 2001–2007
  Lotto 2007–2014
  New Balance 2015–present

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2022Edit

27 January 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Costa Rica   1–0   Panama San José, Costa Rica
20:05 UTC−6
  • Ruiz   65'
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Ismail Elfath (United States)
2 February 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Jamaica   0–1   Costa Rica Kingston, Jamaica
19:00 UTC−5 Report
Stadium: Independence Park
Referee: Marco Ortiz (Mexico)
24 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Costa Rica   1–0   Canada San José, Costa Rica
20:05 UTC−6
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Said Martínez (Honduras)
27 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying El Salvador   1–2   Costa Rica San Salvador, El Salvador
15:05 UTC−6
Report
Stadium: Estadio Cuscatlán
Referee: Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)
5 June 2022–23 Nations League Costa Rica   2–0   Martinique San José, Costa Rica
11:00 UTC−6
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Walter López (Guatemala)
23 September Friendly South Korea   2–2   Costa Rica Goyang, South Korea
20:00 UTC+9 Report
Stadium: Goyang Stadium
Attendance: 37,581
Referee: Alex King (Australia)
27 September Friendly Uzbekistan   1–2   Costa Rica Suwon, South Korea
15:00 UTC+9
Report
Stadium: Suwon World Cup Stadium
Referee: Kim Dae-Yong (South Korea)
9 November Friendly Costa Rica   2–0   Nigeria San José, Costa Rica
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Fernando Hernández Gómez (Mexico)
23 November 2022 World Cup Spain   7–0   Costa Rica Doha, Qatar
19:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
Attendance: 40,013
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
27 November 2022 World Cup Japan   0–1   Costa Rica Al Rayyan, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
Attendance: 41,479
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
1 December 2022 World Cup Costa Rica   2–4   Germany Al Khor, Qatar
20:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
Attendance: 67,054
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)

2023Edit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Manager   Luis Fernando Suárez
Assistant Coach 1   John Jairo Bodmer
Assistant Coach 2   Rónald Gómez
Goalkeeper's Coach   Luis Gabelo Conejo
Fitness Coach 1   Iván Mauricio Niño
Fitness Coach 2   Érick Sánchez
Psychologist   Luis Felipe Camacho
Video Analyst   Keylor Reyes
Doctor   Alejandro Ramírez
Physiotherapist   Martha Sisfontes
Physiotherapist   Brayner Sánchez
Nutritionist   Alhelí Mateos
Massage Therapist   Óscar Segura
Props   Randall Obando
Props   Alberto Mena
Team Administrator   Álvaro Herrera

Coaching historyEdit

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 26 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[13]

Caps and goals as of 1 December 2022, after the match against Germany.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Keylor Navas (1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 35) 110 0   Paris Saint-Germain
18 1GK Esteban Alvarado (1989-04-28) 28 April 1989 (age 33) 25 0   Herediano
23 1GK Patrick Sequeira (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 (age 23) 2 0   Lugo

3 2DF Juan Pablo Vargas (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 27) 13 1   Millonarios
4 2DF Keysher Fuller (1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 28) 34 3   Herediano
6 2DF Óscar Duarte (1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 33) 74 4   Al-Wehda
8 2DF Bryan Oviedo (1990-02-18) 18 February 1990 (age 32) 79 2   Real Salt Lake
15 2DF Francisco Calvo (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 30) 77 8   Konyaspor
16 2DF Carlos Martínez (1999-03-30) 30 March 1999 (age 23) 8 0   San Carlos
19 2DF Kendall Waston (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 34) 66 9   Saprissa
22 2DF Rónald Matarrita (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 28) 54 3   FC Cincinnati

2 3MF Daniel Chacón (2001-04-11) 11 April 2001 (age 21) 9 0   Colorado Rapids 2
5 3MF Celso Borges (1988-05-27) 27 May 1988 (age 34) 158 27   Alajuelense
9 3MF Jewison Bennette (2004-06-15) 15 June 2004 (age 18) 10 2   Sunderland
10 3MF Bryan Ruiz (captain) (1985-08-18) 18 August 1985 (age 37) 147 29   Alajuelense
13 3MF Gerson Torres (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 25) 14 1   Herediano
14 3MF Youstin Salas (1996-06-17) 17 June 1996 (age 26) 6 0   Saprissa
17 3MF Yeltsin Tejeda (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 30) 76 1   Herediano
20 3MF Brandon Aguilera (2003-06-28) 28 June 2003 (age 19) 7 0   Guanacasteca
21 3MF Douglas López (1998-09-21) 21 September 1998 (age 24) 3 0   Herediano
24 3MF Roan Wilson (2002-05-01) 1 May 2002 (age 20) 4 0   Municipal Grecia
25 3MF Anthony Hernández (2001-10-11) 11 October 2001 (age 21) 3 1   Puntarenas
26 3MF Álvaro Zamora (2002-03-09) 9 March 2002 (age 20) 4 0   Saprissa

7 4FW Anthony Contreras (2000-01-29) 29 January 2000 (age 22) 12 2   Herediano
11 4FW Johan Venegas (1988-11-27) 27 November 1988 (age 34) 83 11   Alajuelense
12 4FW Joel Campbell (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 30) 122 25   León

Recent call-upsEdit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up



DF Ian Lawrence (2002-05-28) 28 May 2002 (age 20) 3 0   Alajuelense v.   New Zealand, 14 June 2022
DF Juan Luis Pérez (1999-06-29) 29 June 1999 (age 23) 0 0   San Carlos v.   New Zealand, 14 June 2022

MF Orlando Galo (2000-08-11) 11 August 2000 (age 22) 10 0   Herediano v.   Uzbekistan, 27 September 2022
MF Aarón Suárez (2002-06-27) 27 June 2002 (age 20) 4 0   Alajuelense v.   Uzbekistan, 27 September 2022
MF Carlos Mora (2001-03-18) 18 March 2001 (age 21) 3 0   Alajuelense v.   Uzbekistan, 27 September 2022
MF Alonso Martínez (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 24) 12 0   Lommel v.   United States, 30 March 2022
MF Jefry Valverde (1995-06-10) 10 June 1995 (age 27) 2 0   San Carlos v.   Jamaica, 2 February 2022
MF Randall Leal (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 25) 26 0   Nashville SC v.   Panama, 27 January 2022 ILL


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

RecordsEdit

As of 1 December 2022[14]
Players in bold are still active with Costa Rica.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958 Did not qualify 6 4 1 1 16 7
  1962 9 5 1 3 22 14
  1966 8 5 2 1 17 3
  1970 4 2 1 1 7 3
  1974 2 0 1 1 4 5
  1978 6 1 4 1 8 6
  1982 8 1 4 3 6 10
  1986 8 2 5 1 10 8
  1990 Round of 16 13th 4 2 0 2 4 6 Squad 10 6 2 2 13 7
  1994 Did not qualify 8 4 0 4 16 11
  1998 16 7 3 6 22 17
    2002 Group stage 19th 3 1 1 1 5 6 Squad 17 11 3 3 31 10
  2006 31st 3 0 0 3 3 9 Squad 18 8 4 6 30 25
  2010 Did not qualify 20 12 3 5 41 22
  2014 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 3 0 5 2 Squad 16 8 4 4 27 12
  2018 Group stage 29th 3 0 1 2 2 5 Squad 16 9 5 2 25 11
  2022 27th 3 1 0 2 3 11 Squad 15 8 4 3 14 8
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 6/22 18 5 5 8 19 28 187 93 47 47 309 184
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1963 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 14 2 Squad Qualified automatically
  1965 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1 11 4 Squad Automatically entered
  1967 Did not enter Did not enter
  1969 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 2 Squad Qualified as hosts
  1971 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 6 5 Squad Qualified as defending champions
  1973 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 4 5
  1977 6 1 4 1 8 6
  1981 8 1 4 3 6 10
1985 Third place 3rd 8 2 5 1 10 8 Squad 5 1 0 4 5 9
1989 Champions 1st 8 5 1 2 10 6 Squad Qualified automatically
  1991 Fourth place 4th 5 1 0 4 5 9 Squad Qualified as defending champions
    1993 Third place 3rd 5 1 3 1 6 5 Squad 5 4 0 1 11 2
  1996 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 5 6
  1998 Group stage 5th 2 1 0 1 8 4 Squad 5 3 2 0 12 3
  2000 Quarter-finals 6th 3 0 2 1 5 6 Squad 5 3 0 2 13 3
  2002 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 8 5 Squad 5 2 2 1 8 5
    2003 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 10 8 Squad 5 4 1 0 5 1
  2005 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 6 4 Squad 4 3 1 0 8 2
  2007 7th 4 1 1 2 3 4 Squad 4 2 1 1 6 3
  2009 Semi-finals 4th 5 2 2 1 10 6 Squad 4 3 1 0 9 1
  2011 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 8 6 Squad 4 1 2 1 5 4
  2013 5th 4 2 0 2 4 2 Squad 5 4 1 0 6 1
    2015 7th 4 0 3 1 3 4 Squad 3 2 1 0 7 3
  2017 Semi-finals 4th 5 3 1 1 6 3 Squad 5 1 3 1 4 2
      2019 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 4 Squad Qualified automatically
  2021 5th 4 3 0 1 6 4 Squad 4 1 3 0 4 3
Total 3 Titles 21/26 100 44 28 28 160 101 78 36 28 14 121 60

CONCACAF Nations LeagueEdit

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK Squad
  2019−20 A D 6 1 5 0 6 5   4th Squad
  2022–23 A B To be determined
Total 6 1 5 0 6 5 4th

Copa AméricaEdit

Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1993* Not invited
  1995
  1997 Group stage 10th 3 0 1 2 2 10 Squad
  1999 Not invited
  2001 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 7 3 Squad
  2004 7th 4 1 0 3 3 8 Squad
  2007 Not invited
  2011 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Squad
  2015 Not invited
  2016 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 6 Squad
  2019 Not invited
  2021
Total Quarter-finals 5/12 17 5 3 9 17 31
*Ecuador 1993 was the first time nations from outside CONMEBOL were invited.

Copa CentroamericanaEdit

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1991 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 10 1
  1993 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 3 2
  1995 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 6
  1997 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 12 3
  1999 Champions 1st 5 3 0 2 13 3
  2001 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 8 5
  2003 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 5 1
  2005 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 8 2
  2007 Champions 1st 4 2 1 1 5 2
  2009 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 1 0 9 1
  2011 Runners-up 2nd 4 1 2 1 6 5
  2013 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 6 1
  2014 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 7 3
  2017 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 4 2
Total 8 Titles 13/13 59 34 16 9 103 37

CCCF ChampionshipEdit

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

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1900 Did not enter
  1904
  1908
  1912
  1920
  1924
  1928
  1936
  1948
  1952
  1956
  1960
  1964
  1968 Did not qualify
  1972
  1976
  1980 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 9 Squad
  1984 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 2 7 Squad
  1988 Did not qualify
Since 1992 See Costa Rica national under-23 football team
Total Group stage 2/19 6 1 0 5 4 16

Pan American GamesEdit

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1951 Silver medal 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 12
  1955 Did not participate
  1959 Round-robin 5th 6 2 1 3 10 16
  1963 Did not participate
  1967
  1971
  1975 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 7 13
  1979 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 8 7
  1983 Did not participate
  1987
  1991
  1995 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 12 6
Since 1999 See Costa Rica national under-23 football team
Total 1 Silver medal 5/12 25 10 3 12 46 54

Panamerican ChampionshipEdit

Panamerican Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1952 Did not participate
  1956 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 11 15
  1960 Fourth place 4th 6 1 2 3 4 10
Total Third place 2/3 11 3 3 5 15 25

Head-to-head recordEdit

The following table shows Costa Rica's all-time international record, correct as of 2 February 2022.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ include   Czechoslovakia
  2. ^ include   Soviet Union

HonoursEdit

Major competitions

 
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.

Other competitions

FactsEdit

  • Costa Rica was the first (and so far the only) Central American football team to win a game at a FIFA World Cup tournament.
  • Costa Rica finished in first place in the 1990 and 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification final rounds, the latter of which was the best group record in the history of the CONCACAF hexagonal (23 points).
  • Costa Rica (in 2014) is one of two Central American or Caribbean teams (along with Cuba in 1938) to ever to advance to the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup.

FIFA World RankingEdit

Last update was on 27 May 2021 Source:[15]

  Best Ranking    Worst Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Mover  

  Costa Rica's FIFA World Ranking History
Rank Year Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
50 2021
51 2020 46   51   4
46 2019 37   1 47   5
36 2018 23   2 37   9
26 2017 17   5 26   7
17 2016 17   8 37   4
37 2015 13   3 42   27
16 2014 15   12 35   3
31 2013 31   16 66   3
66 2012 57   8 72   6
65 2011 48   21 69   5
69 2010 40   3 69   13
44 2009 30   11 47   8
53 2008 53   12 79   4
70 2007 46   12 70   10
68 2006 21   68   19
21 2005 19   6 27   3
27 2004 17   5 33   5
17 2003 17   3 22   2
21 2002 21   5 30   2
30 2001 29   14 56   2
60 2000 54   8 69   5
64 1999 64   5 69   2
67 1998 46   7 67   15
51 1997 51   9 66   2
72 1996 72   12 93   6
78 1995 56   18 78   13
65 1994 39   3 65   9
42 1993 37   1 42   5

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 6 October 2022. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 December 2022. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
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  5. ^ "When Saturday Comes – Costa Rica goes crazy for the "team of migrants"". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
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  7. ^ ""Los Chaparritos de Oro", la increíble generación de la Selección de Costa Rica en los 50". Fútbol Centroamérica (in European Spanish). Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  8. ^ "¡Aztecazo!". Nación.com. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
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  11. ^ "El éxito de Costa Rica se debe a la paciencia, según exmundialista González". mundodeportivo.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  12. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifaplus/en/match-centre/match/17/255711/285063/400235472
  13. ^ "Suárez eligió a sus 26 jugadores Francisco José de la aventura mundialista en Catar" [Suarez chooses 26 players for the Qatar World Cup adventure]. FCRF (in Spanish). 3 November 2022. Retrieved 3 November 2022.
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  15. ^ "Costa Rica in the FIFA World Ranking". Retrieved 26 July 2021.

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