Thursday 24 June 2021

Costa Rica The Underdog of Group D in World Cup

President Luis Guillermo Solís (right) hams it up with the "Ticos" Friday morning.
President Luis Guillermo Solís (right) hams it up with the “Ticos” Friday morning.

COSTA RICA SPORTS NEWS – Despite having the best defensive record in the CONCACAF, Costa Rica goes into its fourth World Cup appearance as the “heavy” underdog against three teams near the top of the FIFA rankings.

Getting past at least one of the European giants, to make it out of the first round of 16, which happened in 1990, would be major accomplishment.

- Advertisement -

But, there are two.

At the helm in 2014, Costa Rica counts with a coach that has been described as an “innovative”, the Colombian Jorge Luis Pinto.

Pinto has said over and over — maybe trying to convince his players — that his defense is up to the challenge.

Costa Rica under Pinto has been flexible tactically. Organization and hard work from the whole team was key to only losing twice in World Cup qualifying and conceding just seven goals in 10 games in the final six-team qualifying phase.

- Advertisement -

Costa Rica’s biggest losses are Bryan Oviedo, who suffered a double fracture of his left leg in January and Alvaro Saborio after breaking a one in his right foot during a training session on Thursday.

The team’s opening game against Uruguay on June 14 in Fortaleza holds extra meaning for Costa Rica. The South Americans defeated Costa Rica 2-1 on aggregate in 2009 in the intercontinental playoff for the 2010 World Cup, keeping the Central Americans out of the final tournament.

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 24: plates ending in 7 & 8 CANNOT circulate

Today, Thursday, June 24, plates ending in 7 & 8 CANNOT...

Today’s Covid News: Average daily deaths from Covid-19 begins to decline

QCOSTARICA - The week of June 13 to 19 registered a...


Germany opens borders to Ticos from this Friday!

QCOSTARICA - Good news for Ticos with traveling fever! From Friday, June 25, Germany will allow entry of travelers from Costa Rica as long...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 20: only “EVENS” can circulate

Today, Sunday, June 20, only vehicles with "EVEN" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

The Best Sports To Play On A Beach

Costa Rica has some of the best beaches in the world. The coastline is blessed with golden sand, beautiful palm trees, and perfect blue...

New trends in coffee consumption challenge sector

QCOSTARICA - Changes in consumption habits in terms of times, types of preparation and specialties challenge the coffee sector. Most of the consumers in Costa...

Pandemic reinforces the Costa Rica’s attractiveness as a global destination for wellness tourism

QCOSTARICA - The pandemic caused by Covid-19 fuels the strategy of positioning Costa Rica as a world destination to develop wellness tourism, since travelers...

Vaccination commission endorses J & J vaccine, says no to Sinovac

QCOSTARICA - The Comisión Nacional de Vacunación y Epidemiología (CNVE)  - National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission - endorsed the use of Johnson and Johnson...

Tourism sector depends on political will for recovery

QCOSTARICA - The future of tourism operators in Costa Rica depends on the political will to approve a package of bills that favors the...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 21: plates ending in 1 & 2 CANNOT circulate

Today, Monday, June 21, we are back to the two plates that cannot circulate, in today's case plates ending in 1 & 2 CANNOT...

First five months of the year reflect recovery of Costa Rican exports

QCOSTARICA - The value of Costa Rica exports increased by 23% in the first five months of the year, being the highest growth in...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.