Costa Rica national under-20 football team

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Costa Rica under-20
Nickname(s) Ticos, La Tricolor, La Sele (Selección)
Association Federación Costarricense de Fútbol
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach Jafet Soto (2012–)
FIFA code CRC
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Costa Rica 1 – 0  Colombia
(Dammam , Saudi Arabia; February 17, 1989)
Biggest win
 Costa Rica 5 – 1  Mexico
(San Pedro, Honduras; August 21, 1994)
Biggest defeat

 Costa Rica 2 – 6  Japan
(Kuantan, Malaysia; June 20, 1997)
 Spain 4 – 0  Costa Rica
(Kuantan, Malaysia; June 23, 1997)

Records for competitive
matches only.
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 1989)
Best result Fourth Place (2009)

The Costa Rica national under-20 football team represents Costa Rica in international football at this age level and is controlled by the Costa Rican Football Federation.

Individual awards[edit]

In addition to team victories, Costa Rican players have won individual awards at FIFA World Youth Cups.

Year Golden Glove
Egypt 2009 Esteban Alvarado

Results[edit]

CONCACAF Youth Tournaments era
Year Host Champions Runner-up Third place Fourth place
1962 Panama  Mexico  Guatemala  Netherlands Antilles  Costa Rica
1964 Guatemala  El Salvador  Honduras  Guatemala  Netherlands Antilles
1970 Cuba  Mexico  Cuba  Jamaica  El Salvador
1973 Mexico  Mexico  Guatemala  Cuba  Canada
1974 Canada  Mexico  Cuba  Canada  Bermuda
1976 Puerto Rico  Mexico  Honduras  United States  Guatemala
1978 Honduras  Mexico  Canada  Honduras  Costa Rica
1980 United States  Mexico  United States  Honduras  Canada
1982 Guatemala  United States  Honduras  Guatemala  Costa Rica
1984 Trinidad and Tobago  Mexico  Canada  El Salvador  United States
1986 Trinidad and Tobago  Canada  United States  Trinidad and Tobago  Cuba
1988 Guatemala  Costa Rica  United States  Mexico  Cuba
1990 Guatemala  Mexico  Trinidad and Tobago  United States  Guatemala
1993 Canada  Mexico  United States  Canada  Honduras
1995 Honduras  Honduras  Costa Rica  Canada  El Salvador
1997 Mexico  Canada  Costa Rica  Mexico  United States
FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament era
The format of the tournament was changed beginning with the 1998 tournament and ending with the 2007 tournament. In the five tournaments during that time the top eight teams in the region were divided into two groups of four, each group hosted by a separate nation, and the top two sides from each group were qualified to the FIFA U-20 World Cup. There was no championship round within the CONCACAF region. The tournament served solely to qualify the four allotments given to CONCACAF by FIFA for the U-20 World Cup.
Year Host Champions Runner-up
1998 Guatemala (Group A)  United States  Costa Rica
Trinidad (Group B)  Mexico  Honduras
2001 Canada (Group A)  Costa Rica  United States
Trinidad (Group B)  Canada  Jamaica
2003 Panama (Group A)  Panama  Mexico
United States (Group B)  Canada  United States
2005 Honduras (Group A)  United States  Panama
United States (Group B)  Canada  Honduras
2007 Panama (Group A)  United States  Panama
Mexico (Group B)  Mexico  Costa Rica
CONCACAF U-20 Championship era
Beginning with the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup tournament, the CONCACAF region returned to a championship-style tournament in which all four semifinalists qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. [1] The reintroduction of a championship round was done to reinvigorate to competition.
Year Host Champions Runner-up Third place Fourth place
2009 Trinidad and Tobago  Costa Rica  United States  Honduras  Trinidad and Tobago
2011 Guatemala  Mexico  Costa Rica  Guatemala  Panama

Recent and Forthcoming Matches[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Eligible players for the Elimination Qualifiers of the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1GK Bryan Morales Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles
1GK Jairo Monge (1993-01-15)15 January 1993 (aged 18) Costa Rica Limón F.C.
2DF Erick Cabalceta (1993-01-09) 9 January 1993 (age 21) Italy Calcio Catania
2DF Jean Carlo Aguero (1993-12-10) 10 December 1993 (age 21) Costa Rica Alajuelense
2DF Joseph Mora (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 21) Costa Rica Alajuelense
2DF Jhamir Ordain (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 21) Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles
2DF Mauricio Nuñez (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 21) Costa Rica Club Sport Herediano
2DF Steven Garita (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 21) Costa Rica Alajuelense
2DF William Alban Fernandez (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 21) United States USC Aiken
3MF Dylan Flores (1993-05-30) 30 May 1993 (age 21) Costa Rica Saprissa
3MF Gabriel Leiva (1994-08-28) 28 August 1994 (age 20) Argentina River Plate
3MF Rodrigo Garita (1993-12-23) 23 December 1993 (age 20) Costa Rica Cartaginés
3MF Cristhian Chavez (1993-10-09) 9 October 1993 (age 21) Costa Rica A.D. San Carlos
4FW John Jairo Ruíz (1994-01-10)10 January 1994 (aged 17) Belgium Mouscron-Péruwelz
4FW Myron George (1994-01-10)10 January 1994 (aged 17) Costa Rica Limón F.C.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Tunisia 1977 Did Not Enter
Japan 1979
Australia 1981 Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1983
Soviet Union 1985
Chile 1987
Saudi Arabia 1989 Group Stage 14th 3 1 0 2 2 4
Portugal 1991 Did Not Qualify
Australia 1993
Qatar 1995 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 6
Malaysia 1997 21st 3 0 1 2 3 11
Nigeria 1999 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 4 7
Argentina 2001 9th 4 3 0 1 8 4
United Arab Emirates 2003 Did Not Qualify
Netherlands 2005
Canada 2007 Group Stage 17th 3 1 0 2 2 3
Egypt 2009 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 1 3 10 11
Colombia 2011 Round of 16 15th 4 1 0 3 6 12
Turkey 2013 Did Not Qualify
New Zealand 2015
Total Fourth Place 8/19 31 11 3 17 38 58
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Record versus other nations at U-20 World Cup[edit]

As of 2011-08-09
Nation Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
 Brazil 2 0 0 2 0 6 -6 0
 Colombia 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2
 Cameroon 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
 Ecuador 2 1 0 1 1 3 -2 3
 Egypt 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
 Ethiopia 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3
 Germany 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6
 Ghana 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
 Hungary 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
 Japan 2 0 0 2 2 7 -5 0
 Netherlands 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3
 Nigeria 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
 Paraguay 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 1
 Syria 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
 Scotland 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
 Spain 2 0 0 2 1 8 -7 0
 Czech Republic 2 0 0 2 3 5 -2 0
 Soviet Union 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
Totals 31 11 3 17 37 57 -20 39

References[edit]