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Costa Rica
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Ticos, Tricolor, La Sele (Selección)
Association Federación Costarricense de Fútbol
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach Ronald Gonzalez (Interim)
Captain Walter Centeno
Most caps Walter Centeno (135)
Top scorer Rolando Fonseca (47)
Home stadium Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá
Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto
FIFA code CRC
FIFA ranking 44
Highest FIFA ranking 17 (May 2003)
Lowest FIFA ranking 93 (July 1996)
Elo ranking 41
Highest Elo ranking 14 (March 1960)
Lowest Elo ranking 81 (March 1983)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Costa Rica Costa Rica 7 - 0 El Salvador 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
Biggest win
Costa Rica Costa Rica 12 - 0 Puerto Rico 
(Barranquilla, Colombia; December 10, 1946)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 7 - 0 Costa Rica Costa Rica
(Mexico City, Mexico; August 17, 1975)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1990)
Best result Round 2, 1990
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 14 (First in 1963)
Best result Winners, 1963, 1969,
1989

The Costa Rica national football team, nicknamed La Sele, is the national team of Costa Rica and is controlled by the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol. Costa Rica is the third most successful team in CONCACAF after Mexico and the United States, and the most successful team in Central America having qualified for three World Cups, reaching the last sixteen on their debut in Italy 1990 and putting up a solid showing in 2002 where they had the misfortune to be drawn in the same group as eventual champions Brazil and third-place finishing Turkey. In 2006, Los Ticos qualified for the World Cup in Germany, with their worst World Cup finish ever, finishing 31st out of 32 teams.

Costa Rica have been CONCACAF champions three times (1963, 1969, 1989) and have won the UNCAF Nations Cup six times. The nation has also participated in three Copa América tournaments, making the quarterfinals on their last two visits.

Contents

History

Costa Rica has a long-standing football culture and tradition. Throughout the 50s and 60s, and were very much 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 in this period Ruben Jimenez, Errol Daniels, Leonel Hernandez and Edgar Marin. Currently its topscorer is Rolando Fonseca with 47 goals.

However, at the end of the 60s their fortunes would decline as other teams in the region such as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago and Canada came to the fore. Costa Rica failed to make the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying until the 1986 qualifiers.

The 1990 World Cup qualifiers represented a breakthrough. The expulsion of regional powerhouse Mexico from qualifying after they fielded overage players in a youth tournament resulted in a very open field. Costa Rica topped the final qualifying group to qualify for the World Cup for the first time. In the 1990 World Cup they would defeat Sweden and Scotland to reach the second round.

Once again, Costa Rica would reach the final stages of qualifying in the 1998 series, but fell short of qualification for the 1998 World Cup. They have since qualified for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. In 2002 they were drawn in Group C, with Brazil, Turkey and China. They came 3rd in the group, only losing out to Turkey on goal difference, both on 4 points. In 2006 they were drawn into Group A, with Germany, Poland and Ecuador. Costa Rica played Germany in the opening match of the 2006 Fifa world cup, but they lost 4-2. Their second match, against Ecuador, was a 3-0 defeat. With Poland defeated by Ecuador and Germany and eliminated, Costa Rica played them for the fight for 3rd place. Costa Rica opened the scoring on 25 minutes, but two headers from Poland gave them the 2-1 win. Costa Rica were one of the teams who finished the group stages with zero points.

Coaching staff

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach 2

Head Athletic Trainer

Goalkeeper's Coach

  • TBA

Medic

  • TBA

Massage Therapist

  • TBA

Competitive record

World Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not Enter - - - - - -
Italy 1934 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
France 1938 Withdrew - - - - - -
Brazil 1950 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
Switzerland 1954 Entry not accepted by FIFA - - - - - -
Sweden 1958 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
England 1966 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Mexico 1970 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Spain 1982 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Mexico 1986 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1990 Round 2 4 2 0 2 4 6
United States 1994 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
France 1998 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2002 Round 1 3 1 1 1 5 6
Germany 2006 Round 1 3 0 0 3 3 9
South Africa 2010 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Total 3/19 10 3 1 6 12 21
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

CONCACAF Championships record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
El Salvador 1963 Champions 6 5 1 0 14 2
Guatemala 1965 Third Place 5 2 2 1 11 4
Honduras 1967 Withdrew - - - - - -
Costa Rica 1969 Champions 5 4 1 0 13 2
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Third Place 5 2 1 2 6 5
Haiti 1973 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Mexico 1977 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Honduras 1981 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1985 Third Place 8 2 5 1 10 8
1989 Champions 8 5 1 2 10 6
United States 1991 Fourth place 5 1 0 4 5 9
United StatesMexico 1993 Semi-Final 5 1 3 1 6 5
United States 1996 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
United States 1998 Round 1 2 1 0 1 8 4
United States 2000 Quarter-Final 3 0 2 1 5 6
United States 2002 Runners-Up 5 3 1 1 8 5
United StatesMexico 2003 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 10 8
United States 2005 Quarter-Final 4 2 1 1 6 4
United States 2007 Quarter-Final 4 1 1 2 3 4
United States 2009 Semi-Final 5 2 2 1 10 6
Total 3 Titles 75 33 21 21 125 78

CCCF Championship results

  • 1941 - Champions
  • 1943 - Third place
  • 1946 - Champions
  • 1948 - Champions
  • 1951 - Second Place
  • 1953 - Champions
  • 1955 - Champions
  • 1957 - Not disputed
  • 1960 - Champions
  • 1961 - Champions

UNCAF Nations Cup record

Copa América record

Pan American Games record

  • 1951 - Second Place
  • 1955 - Did not participate
  • 1959 - Fifth place
  • 1963 - Did not participate
  • 1967 - Did not participate
  • 1971 - Did not participate
  • 1975 - Fourth place
  • 1979 - Round 2
  • 1983 - Did not participate
  • 1987 - Did not participate
  • 1991 - Did not participate
  • 1995 - Quarterfinals
  • 1999 - Round 1
  • 2003 - Did not participate
  • 2007 - Round 1

2009 U-20 Cup

The Costa Rican U-20 football team participated in the FIFA Egypt 2009 U-20 World Cup. Costa Rica begun its participation with a match against Brazil, with a result of 5-0. After this loss, Costa Rica had a never before seen participation in the World Cup. Costa Rica proceeded to beat Australia and tie Czech Republic and was granted a pass to the 2nd round as one of the best third-placers. Costa Rica then defeated the host team Egypt stunning the world and then went onto the quarterfinals of the tournament against United Arab Emirates. After this, Costa Rica lost in the semi-finals against Brazil with a score of 1-0. La Sele lost the third place match against Hungary in penalty kicks. Costa Rica finished in fourth place. As a special mention, the Costa Rican goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado won the prize for being the best goalkeeper of the world cup.

2010 World Cup qualifying

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Round 4: Hexagonal

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 10 6 2 2 19 13 +6 20
 Mexico 10 6 1 3 18 12 +6 19
 Honduras 10 5 1 4 17 11 +6 16
 Costa Rica 10 5 1 4 15 15 0 16
 El Salvador 10 2 2 6 9 15 −6 8
 Trinidad and Tobago 10 1 3 6 10 22 −12 6
  Costa Rica El Salvador Honduras Mexico Trinidad and Tobago United States
Costa Rica  1–0 2–0 0–3 4–0 3–1
El Salvador  1–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 2–2
Honduras  4–0 1–0 3–1 4–1 2–3
Mexico  2 –0 4–1 1–0 2–1 2–1
Trinidad and Tobago  2–3 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1
United States  2–2 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–0

Current squad

The following players have been selected for a friendly match against Chile, on March 3, 2010. Caps and goals as of January 27, 2010, subsequent to the friendly match against Argentina

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Keylor Navas 15 December 1986 (1986-12-15) (age 23) 17 0 Costa Rica Saprissa
GK Luis Diego Sequeira 17 March 1986 (1986-03-17) (age 23) 0 0 Costa Rica Brujas
DF Douglas Sequeira 23 August 1977 (1977-08-23) (age 32) 36 2 Costa Rica Saprissa
DF Roy Smith 19 April 1990 (1990-04-19) (age 19) 0 0 Costa Rica Brujas
DF Darío Delgado 14 December 1985 (1985-12-14) (age 24) 5 0 Costa Rica Puntarenas
DF Cristian Gamboa 24 October 1990 (1990-10-24) (age 19) 1 0 Costa Rica Águilas Guanacastecas
DF Heiner Mora 20 June 1984 (1984-06-20) (age 25) 0 0 Costa Rica Brujas
DF Bryan Oviedo 18 February 1990 (1990-02-18) (age 20) 1 0 Denmark Copenhagen
MF Randall Azofeifa 30 December 1984 (1984-12-30) (age 25) 23 1 Belgium Gent
MF Michael Barrantes 4 October 1983 (1983-10-04) (age 26) 13 1 Costa Rica Saprissa
MF Jorge Davis 8 November 1985 (1985-11-08) (age 24) 4 0 Costa Rica Ramonense
MF Juan Gabriel Guzmán 20 December 1987 (1987-12-20) (age 22) 1 0 Costa Rica Pérez Zeledón
MF Carlos Hernández 9 April 1982 (1982-04-09) (age 27) 29 3 Australia Melbourne Victory
MF Diego Estrada 25 May 1989 (1989-05-25) (age 20) 1 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense
FW Bryan Ruiz 18 August 1985 (1985-08-18) (age 24) 33 9 Netherlands Twente
FW Marco Ureña 5 March 1990 (1990-03-05) (age 20) 2 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense
FW Diego Madrigal 19 March 1989 (1989-03-19) (age 20) 1 1 Costa Rica Universidad de Costa Rica
FW Argenis Fernández 3 April 1987 (1987-04-03) (age 22) 1 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense
FW Josué Martínez 25 March 1990 (1990-03-25) (age 19) 1 0 Costa Rica Saprissa
FW Jean Carlos Solórzano 8 January 1988 (1988-01-08) (age 22) 0 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense

Managers

References

External links

Titles

Name Period Country
Ignacio Núñez Muñoz 1995 Template:San josé
Luis Lucho Tirado 1956 Chile
Humberto Maschio 1972 Argentina
Eduardo Viso Abella 1967 Spain
Odir Jacques 1985 Brazil
Gustavo De Simone 1987-1989 Uruguay
Antonio Moyano Reina 1989 Spain
Bora Milutinović 1990 Serbia Mexico
Rolando Villalobos 1991-1992 Costa Rica
Juan Jose Gamez 1993 Costa Rica
Toribio Rojas 1993-1995 Costa Rica
Valdeir Vieira 1996 Brazil
Horacio Cordero 1997 Argentina
Juan Luis Hernadez Fuertes 1997 Costa Rica
Rolando Villalobos 1998 Costa Rica
Francisco Maturana 1999 Colombia
Marvin Rodriguez 1999-2000 Costa Rica
Gilson Nunez 2000 Brazil
Alexandre Guimarães 2001-2002 Costa Rica Brazil
Rodrigo Kenton 2002 Costa Rica
Steve Sampson 2003-2004 United States
Jorge Luis Pinto 2004-2005 Colombia
Alexandre Guimarães 2005-2006 Costa Rica Brazil
Hernán Medford 2006-2008 Costa Rica
Rodrigo Kenton 2008-2009 Costa Rica
Renê Simões 2009 Brazil
Ronald Gonzalez 2009-2010 Costa Rica
Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
North American Champions
1963 (First title)
Succeeded by
1965 Mexico 
Preceded by
1967 Guatemala 
North American Champions
1969 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1971 Mexico 
Preceded by
1985 Canada 
North American Champions
1989 (Third title)
Succeeded by
1991 United States 

Simple English

Costa Rica
Association Federación Costarricense de Fútbol
Confederation CONCACAF
Coach Rene Simoes
Most caps Luis Marín (124)
Top scorer Rolando Fonseca (47)
World Cup
Appearances 3
First Apps 1990
Best result Round 2 (1990)

Costa Rica national football team is the national football team of Costa Rica.


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