Costa Rica national football team

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Costa Rica
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Ticos (The Ticos)
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 50 Steady (7 April 2021)[1]
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)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1990)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2014)
CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
Appearances20 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1963, 1969, 1989)
CONCACAF Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
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) 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.[3][4] 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.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

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.[5]

Costa Rica's team in the late 1940s acquired the nickname "The Gold Shorties".[citation needed] 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.

1980s[edit]

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[edit]

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

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 2000s[edit]

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 Cup[edit]

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,[6] 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 PR 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

2006 World Cup[edit]

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.

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[a] 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
 Mexico 10 7 1 2 22 9 +13 22[a] 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
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 Cup[edit]

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[edit]

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.[7] Costa Rica again fell 1–0 to the United States in the Gold Cup that June.[8] 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.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
 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
 Costa Rica 10 5 3 2 13 7 +6 18 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0
 Honduras 10 4 3 3 13 12 +1 15 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 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
 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

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.[9]

2018 World Cup[edit]

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

Home stadium[edit]

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.

Team image[edit]

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.

Kit sponsorship[edit]

Supplier Period
Costa Rica Desport 1980–1989
Italy Lotto 1990–1994
United States 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

Results and fixtures[edit]

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

2020[edit]

1 February Friendly United States  1–0 Costa Rica Carson, United States
15:55 UTC−8
Report Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park
Attendance: 9,172
Referee: Oshane Nation (Jamaica)
10 October Friendly Costa Rica  0–1  Panama San José, Costa Rica
20:00 UTC−6 Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Attendance: 0
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
13 October Friendly Costa Rica  0–1  Panama San José, Costa Rica
20:00 UTC−6 Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Attendance: 0
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
20:45 Stadium: Ipurua
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea

2021[edit]

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
14:00 (UTC−6) Report
Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
Attendance: 0
Referee: Christian-Petru Ciochirca (Austria)
July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Costa Rica  v TBD TBD
Stadium: TBD
July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Costa Rica  v TBD TBD
Stadium: TBD
July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup TBD v  Costa Rica TBD
Stadium: TBD

2022[edit]

Head-to-head record[edit]

The following table shows Costa Rica's all-time international record, correct as of 30 March 2021.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ include  Czechoslovakia
  2. ^ include  Soviet Union

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named for the friendly matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mexico on 27 and 30 March 2021.
Caps and goals as of 30 March 2021 after the game against Mexico.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Keylor Navas (1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 34) 93 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
1GK Esteban Alvarado (1989-04-28) 28 April 1989 (age 31) 19 0 Costa Rica Limón
1GK Leonel Moreira (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 31) 15 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense

2DF Bryan Oviedo (1990-02-18) 18 February 1990 (age 31) 57 2 Denmark Copenhagen
2DF Francisco Calvo (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 28) 53 6 United States Chicago Fire
2DF Kendall Waston (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 33) 45 7 Costa Rica Saprissa
2DF Rónald Matarrita (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 26) 38 3 United States Cincinnati
2DF Juan Pablo Vargas (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 25) 10 3 Colombia Millonarios
2DF Keysher Fuller (1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 26) 10 1 Costa Rica Herediano
2DF Ian Smith (1998-03-06) 6 March 1998 (age 23) 7 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense
2DF Pablo Arboine (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles

3MF Bryan Ruiz (1985-08-18) 18 August 1985 (age 35) 127 26 Costa Rica Alajuelense
3MF Johan Venegas (1988-11-27) 27 November 1988 (age 32) 60 11 Costa Rica Alajuelense
3MF Yeltsin Tejeda (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 29) 56 0 Costa Rica Herediano
3MF Allan Cruz (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 25) 19 2 United States Cincinnati
3MF Marvin Angulo (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 34) 10 0 Costa Rica Saprissa
3MF Wílmer Azofeifa (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 26) 3 0 Costa Rica San Carlos
3MF Cristopher Núñez (1997-12-08) 8 December 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Costa Rica Cartaginés
3MF Barlon Sequeira (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense
3MF Christian Martínez (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 27) 2 0 Costa Rica San Carlos
3MF Suhander Zúñiga (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 24) 2 0 Costa Rica Herediano

4FW Joel Campbell (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 28) 96 18 Mexico León
4FW Ariel Lassiter (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 (age 26) 9 0 United States Houston Dynamo
4FW Felicio Brown (1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 29) 4 0 Poland Wisła Kraków

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 (1989-11-14) 14 November 1989 (age 31) 2 0 Costa Rica Herediano v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
GK Darryl Parker (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Costa Rica Cartaginés v.  Panama, 13 October 2020

DF Cristian Gamboa (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 31) 79 3 Germany VfL Bochum v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 27 March 2021 INJ
DF Óscar Duarte (1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 31) 55 2 Spain Levante v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 27 March 2021 INJ
DF Giancarlo González (1988-02-08) 8 February 1988 (age 33) 82 2 United States LA Galaxy v.  Basque Country, 16 November 2020
DF Ricardo Blanco (1989-05-12) 12 May 1989 (age 31) 7 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  Basque Country, 16 November 2020
DF Yurguin Román (1997-01-19) 19 January 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense v.  Basque Country, 16 November 2020
DF Keyner Brown (1991-12-30) 30 December 1991 (age 29) 5 0 Costa Rica Herediano v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
DF Yostin Salinas (1998-09-14) 14 September 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Costa Rica Sporting San José v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
DF Mauricio Núñez (1993-10-28) 28 October 1993 (age 27) 2 0 Costa Rica Herediano v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
DF Ariel Soto (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 28) 1 0 Costa Rica Herediano v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
DF Kevin Espinoza (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Costa Rica Guadalupe v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
DF José Vargas (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 31) 0 0 Costa Rica Grecia v.  Panama, 10 October 2020 PRE

MF Celso Borges (1988-05-27) 27 May 1988 (age 32) 131 23 Spain Deportivo La Coruña v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 27 March 2021 INJ
MF David Guzmán (1990-02-18) 18 February 1990 (age 31) 56 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  Basque Country, 16 November 2020
MF Randall Leal (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 24) 17 0 United States Nashville v.  Basque Country, 16 November 2020
MF Luis Díaz (1998-12-06) 6 December 1998 (age 22) 4 0 United States Columbus Crew v.  Basque Country, 16 November 2020
MF Bernald Alfaro (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 24) 2 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense v.  Basque Country, 16 November 2020
MF Osvaldo Rodríguez (1990-12-17) 17 December 1990 (age 30) 18 0 Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
MF John Jairo Ruiz (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 (age 27) 10 1 Costa Rica Herediano v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
MF Brayan López (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 30) 2 0 Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
MF Jeikel Venegas (1988-04-06) 6 April 1988 (age 33) 2 0 Costa Rica Cartaginés v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
MF Jefferson Brenes (1997-04-13) 13 April 1997 (age 24) 1 0 Costa Rica Herediano v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
MF Jimmy Marín (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 33) 3 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  Panama, 10 October 2020 PRE

FW Deyver Vega (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 28) 13 0 Romania Politehnica Iași v.  Basque Country, 16 November 2020
FW Jonathan Moya (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 29) 8 0 South Korea Anyang v.  Basque Country, 16 November 2020
FW Jostin Daly (1998-04-23) 23 April 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Costa Rica Sporting San José v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
FW Yuaycell Wright (1992-06-22) 22 June 1992 (age 28) 2 0 Costa Rica Limón v.  Panama, 13 October 2020
FW Starling Matarrita (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 31) 1 0 Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles v.  Panama, 13 October 2020

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

Records[edit]

As of 30 March 2021[10]
Players in bold are still active with Costa Rica.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Costa Rica Rónald González Brenes
Assistant Coach 1 Costa Rica Douglas Sequeira
Assistant Coach 2 Costa Rica Mauricio Solis
Goalkeeper's Coach Costa Rica Luis Gabelo Conejo
Youth Co-ordinator Costa Rica Luis Roberto Sibaja
Medical Director Costa Rica Dr. Alejandro Ramirez

Coaching history[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad 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 Squad 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 Squad 17 11 3 3 31 10
Germany 2006 31st 3 0 0 3 3 9 Squad 18 8 4 6 30 25
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 20 12 3 5 41 22
Brazil 2014 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 3 0 5 2 Squad 16 8 4 4 27 12
Russia 2018 Group stage 29th 3 0 1 2 2 5 Squad 16 9 5 2 25 11
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 5/21 18 5 5 8 19 28 153 77 37 41 274 160
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup[edit]

CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
El Salvador 1963 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 14 2 Squad
Guatemala 1965 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1 11 4 Squad
Honduras 1967 Did not enter
Costa Rica 1969 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 2 Squad
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 6 5 Squad
Haiti 1973 Did not qualify
Mexico 1977
Honduras 1981
1985 Third place 3rd 8 2 5 1 10 8 Squad
1989 Champions 1st 8 5 1 2 10 6 Squad
United States 1991 Fourth place 4th 5 1 0 4 5 9 Squad
Mexico United States 1993 Third place 3rd 5 1 3 1 6 5 Squad
United States 1996 Did not qualify
United States 1998 Group stage 5th 2 1 0 1 8 4 Squad
United States 2000 Quarter-finals 6th 3 0 2 1 5 6 Squad
United States 2002 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 8 5 Squad
Mexico United States 2003 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 10 8 Squad
United States 2005 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 6 4 Squad
United States 2007 7th 4 1 1 2 3 4 Squad
United States 2009 Fourth place 4th 5 2 2 1 10 6 Squad
United States 2011 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 8 6 Squad
United States 2013 5th 4 2 0 2 4 2 Squad
Canada United States 2015 7th 4 0 3 1 3 4 Squad
United States 2017 Fourth place 4th 5 3 1 1 6 3 Squad
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 4 Squad
2021 Qualified Squad
Total 3 Titles 21/26 95 41 28 26 154 97

CONCACAF Nations League[edit]

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK
United States 2019−20 A D 4 1 3 0 4 3 Same position TBD
2022–23 A To be determined
Total 4 1 3 0 4 3

Copa América[edit]

Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Ecuador 1993* Not invited
Uruguay 1995
Bolivia 1997 Group stage 10th 3 0 1 2 2 10 Squad
Paraguay 1999 Not invited
Colombia 2001 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 7 3 Squad
Peru 2004 7th 4 1 0 3 3 8 Squad
Venezuela 2007 Not invited
Argentina 2011 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Squad
Chile 2015 Not invited
United States 2016 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 6 Squad
Brazil 2019 Not invited
Argentina Colombia 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 Centroamericana[edit]

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

CCCF Championship[edit]

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

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
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 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 9 Squad
United States 1984 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 2 7 Squad
South Korea 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 Games[edit]

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Argentina 1951 Silver medal 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 12
Mexico 1955 Did not participate
United States 1959 Round-robin 5th 6 2 1 3 10 16
Brazil 1963 Did not participate
Canada 1967
Colombia 1971
Mexico 1975 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 7 13
Puerto Rico 1979 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 8 7
Venezuela 1983 Did not participate
United States 1987
Cuba 1991
Argentina 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 Championship[edit]

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

Honours[edit]

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.

Minor competitions

Facts[edit]

  • 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "When Saturday Comes – Costa Rica goes crazy for the "team of migrants"". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  5. ^ Romero, Marcos (28 August 2009). "Costa Rica International Soccer Matches Since 1920". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
  6. ^ "¡Aztecazo!". Nación.com. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
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  8. ^ "U.S. downs Costa Rica 1–0 in Gold Cup group stage, advances to quarters". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
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