Association football is the most popular sport in the Central American state of Costa Rica. This is due in part to the strength of the [1 ] Costa Rica national football team.
Costa Rica has long been considered an exporter of footballers, with 19 players in European professional football leagues during 2006.
The newspaper, [2 ] , has prepared an annual census of these "Legionnaires" since 1994. La Nación [3 ]
Costa Rican players have made significant contributions to other nations' professional leagues, most notably the
Mexican Primera Division since it became professional in 1943. These "Legionnaires" have represented the [4 ] Costa Rica national football team, which most recently has included several players contracted to clubs outside of Costa Rica during its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. [5 ]
References [ edit ]
^ The University for Peace - About Costa Rica
^ "Un país exportador" [An exporting country] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 19 August 2006.
^ Calvo C., Rordigo (3 November 2011). "Aporte de la legión llegó a 77 jugadores y técnicos en 2011" (in Spanish). La Nación.
^ Montes, Juan Martín (5 September 2012). "Muy pocos, pero los 'Ticos' han dejado huella en México: Medford" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo.
^ Nieto, Aarón (9 June 2012). "Costa Rica vence a México, al menos en 'europeos'" [Costa Rica beats Mexico, in number of 'Europeans'] (in Spanish). Récord.
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