President Luis Guillermo Solís was host to a farewell dinner for the country’s national soccer (futbol) team, held at Casa Presidencial Wednesday night.

The President said he is sure the team will “hold high the name of Costa Rica” during their participation in the World Cup in Brazil, starting June 12.

The President, in his speech, said he is proud of the team and the coaching staff and expressed confidence they will play an extraordinary role in the country’s history.

This is the fourth appearance in World Cup play in the history of the national team.

In a symbolic act, Solís signed a soccer ball that traveled several countries in Latin America, and wil be present in Brazil at the official launch ceremony in Salvador de Bahía, on June 9.

Solís will again be with the team during the Proyecto Gol activity Friday, in San Antonio de Belén.

Costa Rica faces Uruguay on June 14, at 16:00 in the first of three first round games. The Ticos will then play Italy on June 20 and England on June 24.

See all the results and standings here.

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