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Waston Dedicates A “Thank You” Full of Love To His Wife After the World Cup

Kendall Waston cried when he saw the ball enter and gave Costa Rica its first goal in the World Cup 2018. But he was not the only one crying in joy at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. His wife Priscilla Robles was also on there. The FIFA...

“Si Se Puede” President Alvarado Tells The National Team Ahead of The World Cup

Futbol or soccer fever is heating up in Costa Rica as La Seleccion, the national team, heads into Russia for their first World Cup 2018 game in two weeks, on June 17 against Serbia.   That fever will be on display today, in La Sabana, when...

Costa Rica Need To Rediscover Spirit of 2014 To Thrive In Russia

(Reuters) - Costa Rica were one of the surprise packages of the 2014 World Cup but, having failed to build upon that success, it is hard to see Oscar Ramirez's side performing similar heroics in Russia. Four years ago, 'Los Ticos' defied all predictions by...

Panama Company Pleads Guilty In U.S. To Bribing Costa Rican Soccer Official

The Panama-based company, Mimo International Imports and Exports, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to the former president of the Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefútbol), Eduardo Li, in yet another case in the FIFA corruption mega-scandal. The company entered its plea before U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen...

World Cup 2018: Could Costa Rica Win It?

World Cup qualifying has ended and we now know all 32 teams who will compete at next June's finals in Russia. Costa Rica and Panama are the only two Central American teams to have qualified, the third for Costa Rica and the first for...

From Anguish to Ecstasy in 90 Minutes

The moment Kendall Waston scored the goal in the last few minutes of the game, officially qualifying the Costa Rica national team for the  2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.   #costarica #futbol De la angustia al éxtasis en 90 minutos #estadio #puravida #rusia2018🏆 A post shared by...

PURA VIDA IN RUSSIA!

At minute 90+4, a headbutt by Kendall Waston from a center shot by Bryan Ruiz tied the game and earned the Costa Rica national team the needed point for a trip to Russia in 2018. Waston, who appeared like a giant, a head taller than...

Almost…One More Point!

Though the Ticos, Costa Rica's national team or 'La Sele', did not get the points necessary last night to qualify for their participation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, they are close. This close. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. The tie means...

Costa Rica Outplayed U.S. In Historic Defeat

Costa Rica is one step closer to Russia next year, defeating the United States in their home Friday night. The final score was 2-0. Costa Rica's win last night means the national soccer (futbol in Spanish) team maintains its second place, behind Mexico, who has...

USA Gives Costa Rica First Warning After 2-0 Win In Gold Cup 2017 Semi-Final

Q SPORTS - After reading the two main articles in La Nacion on last night's semi-finals game between Costa Rica and the United States, it took a visit to the GoldCup website to learn the score, the Americans had downed the Ticos 2-0. And the...

Warriors Touch Down in Costa Rica

Trinidad&Tobago’s senior men’s soccer team arrived in San Jose Sunday evening ahead of Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup qualifying encounter against La Sele (Seleccion Nacional), Costa Rica's national team at the Estadio Nacional in La Sabana. The T&T team remained in Denver, Colorado following Thursday’s 2-0...

Iran defeats Costa Rica in FIFA U-20 World Cup

(Q24N) – Iran edged past Costa Rica in FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Group C on Sunday. Despite Iran’s well-established FIFA World Cup pedigree, having appeared at three in the last 20 years, this was only their third ever outing at U-20 level –...

FIFA Suspends For Life Costa Rica’s Eduardo Li

Eduardo Li, once the darling of Costa Rica soccer, has earned himself a lifetime ban from the FIFA's ethics committee for taking bribes, The FIFA decision was announced Friday. "As a consequence the official is banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any...

Argentina Stay At Top of FIFA World Ranking, Costa Rica Lingers Near Bottom

QSPORTS (ESPNFC.com) Argentina will remain the No. 1 nation when the new FIFA World Ranking is published on Oct. 20. Argentina failed to win either of their games over the past week, drawing 2-2 in Peru and losing 1-0 at home to Paraguay to leave...

Costa Rica Soccer Boss Eduardo Li Pleads Guilty in FIFA Corruption Case

(QCOSTARICA) The former president of Costa Rica’s soccer association and member-elect of the FIFA executive committee, Eduardo Li, pleaded guilty to racketeering and corruption charges on Friday. In a Brooklyn court, Li admitted to while serving as president of the Costa Rica soccer federation, accepted...

Latin America Soccer Officials Implicated in Latest FIFA Scandal

Q24N - The US Department of Justice indicted an additional sixteen Latin American soccer officials on corruption charges, shedding more light on a complex network involving multiple sports media companies that agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to the region's...

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The FIFA Scandal: A Lesson in Socialization and Culture

(QCOSTARICA BLOG) The recent “take-down” of some very high profile FIFA Directors by the U.S. Authorities in Switzerland, on bribery, corruption, and money laundering charges, is actually an interesting study in socialization and culture. The bulk of the accused are from either Latin American Countries,...

Inside Traffic Group, The Little-known Company At The Heart of the FIFA Corruption

(Via SFGate.com) FIFA has been the subject of most headlines over the past couple of days surrounding corruption in the football world going back decades, but much of the indictment brought by the US Department of Justice (which you can read in full here...

Li Asks For Books and iPad

(QCOSTARICA) On Thursday more details became available in the scandal involving at least Eduardo Li, who is facing up to 20 years in a US Federal prison, if he is deported from Switzerland to stand trial in New York. Li was arrested in Switzerland on...

Uncertainty Reigns In The Soccer Federation

(QCOSTARICA) -- At the Costa Rica Soccer Federation (Federación Costa Rica de Fútbol - Fedefútbol) there is a lot of uncertainty, unknowns and unanswered questions, including how it will impact upcoming events. Uncertain is who will lead the Federation and the upcoming elections of the...

Nicaragua Official Arrested In FIFA Scandal

(TODAY NICARAGUA) Among the FIFA executives arrested on Wednesday in Switzerland for alleged corruption is Nicaragua's Julio Rocha. Rocha, 64, is currently a development officer with FIFA, tasked with introducing new football projects around the world, headed Federación Nicaragüense de Fútbol (FENIFUT) for nearly 25...

Who Are The Indicted FIFA Officials?

(QCOSTARICA Via BBC) Fourteen people have been indicted on corruption charges by US authorities following an investigation into football's world governing body Fifa. Nine of them are Fifa officials and five are corporate executives. Here we take a closer look at the Fifa figures charged...

Li Refuses Voluntary Extradition To The United States

(QCOSTARICA) --The president of the Costa Rica Soccer Federation (Federación Costarricense de Fútbol), Eduardo Li, has refused to accept voluntary extradition from Switzerland to the United States, after being accused of wire fraud and money laundering charges spearheaded by the United States Justice Department. Li...

Li Among FIFA Officials Arrested in US Federal Corruption Investigation

(QCOSTARICA) -- Eduardo Li, president of the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol (Fedefútbol) - Costa Rica's Soccer Federation -  is among the FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges, confirmed the U.S. Department of Justice. Li, who was attending the FIFA annual meeting in Zurich, was led...

Costa Rica Prevents Canada From Qualifying for FIFA U-17 World Cup

QCOSTARICA SPORTS -  Canada's under-17 soccer team failed to qualify for its third-straight FIFA U-17 World Cup on Sunday after being shutout 3-0 by Costa Rica, in the game played in San Pedro Sulas, Honduras. Luis Hernandez scored in the 18th minute and Andy Reyes...

FIFA Ranks Costa Rica 13th In The World

COSTA RICA SPORTS - It's official, Costa Rica's national team (La Selección or La Sele in familiar Tico terms) ranked number 13 in the world, ahead of such usual powerhouses as Chile and Britain, and right behind Italy. Within the CONCACAF group of teams, La...

The Power Of Football To Unite, Despite Rivalries

COSTA RICA JOURNAL - We want to share with you the article by former president Oscar Arias, published today in Forbes: My beloved Costa Rica, a little country of fewer than five million souls, has arguably captured the attention of billions by advancing into the...

Pumped to Play With The Champions!

COSTA RICA SPORTS - Costa Rica faces an uphill battle in confronting the three former champions. But coach Jorge Luis Pinto said Friday he remains confident his team's focus, motivation and speed will help in overcoming rivals. Only eight countries have ever won the World...

Win Puts Costa Rica Back The Mix

One point? No problem. Coach Pinto says the Ticos will somehow get the 3 points as Costa Rica gets first hex win, 2-0 over Jamaica Following last Friday's loss to the US, Costa Rica's national soccer team, La Sele, recovered from their wintry ordeal with...

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