Costa Rica national football team
|Nickname(s)||Los Ticos (The Ticos)|
|Association||Federación Costarricense de Fútbol (FEDEFUTBOL)|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Sub-confederation||UNCAF (Central America)|
|Head coach||Rónald González Brenes|
|Most caps||Walter Centeno (137)|
|Top scorer||Rolando Fonseca (47)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Nacional|
|Current||50 (7 April 2021)|
|Highest||13 (February–March 2015)|
|Lowest||93 (July 1996)|
| Costa Rica 7–0 El Salvador |
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
| Costa Rica 12–0 Puerto Rico |
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 10 December 1946)
| Mexico 7–0 Costa Rica |
(Mexico City, Mexico; 17 August 1975)
|Appearances||5 (first in 1990)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2014)|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup|
|Appearances||20 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Champions (1963, 1969, 1989)|
|CONCACAF Nations League Finals|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2021)|
|Appearances||5 (first in 1997)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2001, 2004)|
|Appearances||14 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Champions (1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014)|
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 is the most successful national football team in history 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 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 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 shootout 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 shootout (3–4) after a scoreless draw on 5 July. Their 2018 World Cup campaign ended in a fourth place group stage exit, with their only point coming from a 2–2 draw against Switzerland.
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.
Costa Rica's team in the late 1940s acquired the nickname "The Gold Shorties". 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.
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 Cup
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).
|Trinidad and Tobago||8||3||3||2||7||5||+2||9|
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.
|1||Brazil||3||3||0||0||4||1||+3||6||Advance to knockout stage|
1990s and early 2000s
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.
2002 World Cup
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, 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.
|1||Costa Rica||10||7||2||1||17||7||+10||23||Qualified to the 2002 FIFA World Cup|
|6||Trinidad and Tobago||10||1||2||7||5||18||−13||5|
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.
|1||Brazil||3||3||0||0||11||3||+8||9||Advance to knockout stage|
2006 World Cup
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.
|Trinidad and Tobago||10||4||1||5||10||15||−5||13||1–2||2–1||0–0||—||3–2||2–0|
- 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.
|1||Germany (H)||3||3||0||0||8||2||+6||9||Advance to knockout stage|
2010 World Cup
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 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 Estacio Nacional, which was opened in 2011.
2014 World Cup
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. Costa Rica again fell 1–0 to the United States in the Gold Cup that June. 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.
|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|
|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|
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. However, they beat Uruguay and Italy and drew 0–0 with England to finish top of the group and qualify for the knockout stage.
|1||Costa Rica||3||2||1||0||4||1||+3||7||Advance to knockout stage|
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.
2018 World Cup
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.
|1||Mexico||10||6||3||1||16||7||+9||21||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup|
|4||Honduras||10||3||4||3||13||19||−6||13||Advance to inter-confederation play-offs|
|6||Trinidad and Tobago||10||2||0||8||7||19||−12||6|
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.
|1||Brazil||3||2||1||0||5||1||+4||7||Advance to knockout stage|
Estadio Nacional is the home stadium of the Costa Rica national team since its opening in 2011. 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.
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. Starting in 2015, Boston based sportswear company New Balance will be the kit provider of the national team, taking over for Italian company Lotto.
Results and fixtures
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
|1 February Friendly||United States||1–0||Costa Rica||Carson, United States|
|15:55 UTC−8||Report||Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park|
Referee: Oshane Nation (Jamaica)
|10 October Friendly||Costa Rica||0–1||Panama||San José, Costa Rica|
||Stadium: Estadio Nacional|
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
|13 October Friendly||Costa Rica||0–1||Panama||San José, Costa Rica|
||Stadium: Estadio Nacional|
Referee: Juan Calderón (Costa Rica)
|13 November Friendly||Costa Rica||1–1||Qatar||Maria Enzersdorf, Austria|
|11:00 UTC−6||Report||Stadium: BSFZ-Arena|
|16 November Exhibition match||Basque Country||2–1||Costa Rica||Eibar, Basque Country|
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
|27 March Friendly||Bosnia and Herzegovina||0–0||Costa Rica||Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Report||Stadium: Bilino Polje|
Referee: Nejc Kajtazovič (Slovenia)
|30 March Friendly||Costa Rica||0–1||Mexico||Wiener Neustadt, Austria|
||Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt|
Referee: Christian-Petru Ciochirca (Austria)
|3 June Nations League SF||Mexico||v||Costa Rica||Denver, Colorado|
|Report||Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High|
|6 June Nations League 3rd/F||Costa Rica||v||Winner or loser of Match 1||Denver, Colorado|
|Report||Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High|
The following table shows Costa Rica's all-time international record, correct as of 30 March 2021.
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Republic of Ireland||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||3||3||0||0||13||1||12|
|Trinidad and Tobago||26||19||4||3||59||15||44|
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||Minor Álvarez||14 November 1989||2||0||Herediano||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|GK||Darryl Parker||7 March 1993||0||0||Cartaginés||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Cristian Gamboa||24 October 1989||79||3||VfL Bochum||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 27 March 2021 INJ|
|DF||Óscar Duarte||3 June 1989||55||2||Levante||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 27 March 2021 INJ|
|DF||Giancarlo González||8 February 1988||82||2||LA Galaxy||v. Basque Country, 16 November 2020|
|DF||Ricardo Blanco||12 May 1989||7||0||Saprissa||v. Basque Country, 16 November 2020|
|DF||Yurguin Román||19 January 1997||0||0||Alajuelense||v. Basque Country, 16 November 2020|
|DF||Keyner Brown||30 December 1991||5||0||Herediano||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Yostin Salinas||14 September 1998||3||0||Sporting San José||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Mauricio Núñez||28 October 1993||2||0||Herediano||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Ariel Soto||14 May 1992||1||0||Herediano||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Kevin Espinoza||11 February 1997||0||0||Guadalupe||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|DF||José Vargas||7 November 1989||0||0||Grecia||v. Panama, 10 October 2020 PRE|
|MF||Celso Borges||27 May 1988||131||23||Deportivo La Coruña||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 27 March 2021 INJ|
|MF||David Guzmán||18 February 1990||56||0||Saprissa||v. Basque Country, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Randall Leal||14 January 1997||17||0||Nashville||v. Basque Country, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Luis Díaz||6 December 1998||4||0||Columbus Crew||v. Basque Country, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Bernald Alfaro||26 January 1997||2||0||Alajuelense||v. Basque Country, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Osvaldo Rodríguez||17 December 1990||18||0||Santos de Guápiles||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||John Jairo Ruiz||10 January 1994||10||1||Herediano||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Brayan López||3 June 1990||2||0||Santos de Guápiles||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Jeikel Venegas||6 April 1988||2||0||Cartaginés||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Jefferson Brenes||13 April 1997||1||0||Herediano||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Jimmy Marín||8 October 1987||3||0||Saprissa||v. Panama, 10 October 2020 PRE|
|FW||Deyver Vega||19 September 1992||13||0||Politehnica Iași||v. Basque Country, 16 November 2020|
|FW||Jonathan Moya||6 January 1992||8||0||Anyang||v. Basque Country, 16 November 2020|
|FW||Jostin Daly||23 April 1998||2||0||Sporting San José||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|FW||Yuaycell Wright||22 June 1992||2||0||Limón||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|FW||Starling Matarrita||7 November 1989||1||0||Santos de Guápiles||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
INJ Withdraw due to injury.
- As of 30 March 2021
- Players in bold are still active with Costa Rica.
|Manager||Rónald González Brenes|
|Assistant Coach 1||Douglas Sequeira|
|Assistant Coach 2||Mauricio Solis|
|Goalkeeper's Coach||Luis Gabelo Conejo|
|Youth Co-ordinator||Luis Roberto Sibaja|
|Medical Director||Dr. Alejandro Ramirez|
- Eladio Rosabal Cordero (1921)
- Manolo Rodríguez (1930)
- Ricardo Saprissa (1935-38)
- Alejandro Morera Soto (1941)
- Jorge "Lalo" Rojas (1943)
- Alejandro Morera Soto (1943)
- Hernán Bolaños (1946)
- Randolph Galloway
& Hernán Bolaños (1946)
- Hernán Bolaños (1948)
- Santiago Bonilla (1950)
- Ismael "Melo" Quesada (1951)
- Ricardo Saprissa
& Luis Cartín Paniagua (1951)
- Otto Bumbel (1953)
- Alfredo "Chato" Piedra (1955-57)
- Rubén Amorín (1960)
- Hugo Tassara (1960)
- Eduardo Toba Muíño (1961)
- Alfredo "Chato" Piedra (1961-63)
- Eduardo Viso Abella,
Alfredo "Chato" Piedra
& Mario "Catato" Cordero (1965)
- Rodolfo Ulloa Antillón (1967–68)
- Américo Brunner (1968)
- Rogelio Rojas (1969)
- Marvin Rodríguez (1969)
- Eduardo Viso Abella (1970)
- Marvin Rodríguez (1971)
- Humberto Maschio (1972)
- José Etchegoyen (1975)
- Marvin Rodríguez (1975)
- Juan José Gámez (1976)
- Antonio Moyano (1979–80)
- Ivan Mráz (1980)
- Antonio Moyano (1983–84)
- Odir Jacques (1985)
- Álvaro Grant MacDonald (1985)
- Gustavo De Simone (1987–89)
- Antonio Moyano
& Marvin Rodríguez (1989)
- Marvin Rodríguez (1989–90)
- Bora Milutinović (1990)
- Rolando Villalobos (1991)
- Héctor Núñez (1992)
- Juan José Gámez (1993)
- Álvaro Grant MacDonald (1993)
- Juan Luis Hernández Fuertes (1993–94)
- Antonio Moyano (1994)
- Toribio Rojas (1994–95)
- Juan Blanco (1995)
- Valdeir Vieira (1996)
- Horacio Cordero (1997)
- Juan Luis Hernández Fuertes (1997)
- Rolando Villalobos (1998)
- Francisco Maturana (1998–99)
- Marvin Rodríguez (1999–00)
- Gílson Nunes (2000)
- Alexandre Guimarães (2001–02)
- Rodrigo Kenton (2002*)
- Steve Sampson (2003–04)
- Jorge Luis Pinto (2004–05)
- Alexandre Guimarães (2005–06)
- Carlos Watson (2006*)
- Hernán Medford (2007–08)
- Rodrigo Kenton (2008–09)
- Renê Simões (2009)
- Rónald González Brenes (2010*)
- Jorge Luis Pinto (2011–14)
- Paulo Wanchope (2014–15)
- Óscar Ramírez (2015–18)
- Rónald González Brenes (Interim) (2018)
- Gustavo Matosas (2018–19)
- Douglas Sequeira (Interim) (2019)
- Ronald Gonzalez Brenes (2019–present)
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1958||Did not qualify||6||4||1||1||16||7|
|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|
|2010||Did not qualify||20||12||3||5||41||22|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|FIFA World Cup history|
|First Match|| Costa Rica 1–0 Scotland |
(11 June 1990; Genoa, Italy)
|Biggest Win|| Uruguay 1–3 Costa Rica |
(14 June 2014; Fortaleza, Brazil)
|Biggest Defeat|| Costa Rica 2–5 Brazil |
(13 June 2002; Suwon, South Korea)
|Best Result||Quarter–finals in 2014|
|Worst Result||Group stage in 2002, 2006, 2018|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup
|CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup record|
|1967||Did not enter|
|1973||Did not qualify|
|1996||Did not qualify|
CONCACAF Nations League
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|2022–23||A||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Nations League history|
|First Match|| Haiti 1–1 Costa Rica |
(10 October 2019; Nassau, Bahamas)
|Biggest Win|| Curaçao 1–2 Costa Rica |
(14 November 2019; Willemstad, Curaçao)
|Copa América record|
- *Ecuador 1993 was the first time nations from outside CONMEBOL were invited.
|Copa Centroamericana record|
|CCCF Championship record|
|Olympic Games record|
|1900||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not qualify|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|Since 1992||See Costa Rica national under-23 football team|
Pan American Games
|Pan American Games record|
|1955||Did not participate|
|1963||Did not participate|
|1983||Did not participate|
|Since 1999||See Costa Rica national under-23 football team|
|Total||1 Silver medal||5/12||25||10||3||12||46||54|
|Panamerican Championship record|
|1952||Did not participate|
- FIFA World Cup
- Quarter-finals (1): 2014
- CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup
- Pan American Games
- Runners-up (1): 1951 Buenos Aires
- Panamerican Championship
- Third place (1): 1956 Mexico City
- Copa Centroamericana
- CCCF Championship
- 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.
- Costa Rica national under-23 football team
- Costa Rica national under-20 football team
- Costa Rica national under-17 football team
- Costa Rica at the FIFA World Cup
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 April 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 31 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
- "The Hopes of Central America Rest on a Perpetual Underdog : World Cup 2014: Costa Rica Could Learn From Uruguay's Example". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
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