Tuesday 22 June 2021

England Gets World Cup Warning From Former Costa Rica Coach

Bora Milutinovic was the coach for China at the 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan. Photograph: Ben Radford/Allsport
Bora Milutinovic was the coach for China at the 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan. Photograph: Ben Radford/Allsport

The man who coached Costa Rica to a shock 1-0 win over Scotland in 1990 that helped them qualify from their World Cup group has warned England the Central American team will be no pushovers next summer.

Costa Rica are, on paper, the weakest of England’s opponents in group D, which also includes the Euro 2012 runners-up, Italy, and seeded Uruguay, currently the sixth best side in the world, according to FIFA‘s rankings. But Bora Milutinovic, who has coached five different sides at World Cups, said Costa Rica had the right mentality to defeat England if Roy Hodgson’s side underestimated them.

- Advertisement -

[quote]”At this World Cup there will be some great coaches,” he said. “Roy Hodgson is a great coach and England have some good players. The question, for me, is whether they can show it on the field. I don’t know if they can. But I think Costa Rica have the mentality to beat England. In fact, I know they do because of what happened with my side in 1990.”[/quote]

At Italia 90 his Costa Rica side defeated Scotland and Sweden to advance to the second phase in a group in which they also lost narrowly 1-0 to Brazil.

[quote]”We played against Scotland, a great Scotland, with many good players, in Genoa and we won, 1-0,” he recalled. “Then we also played Sweden. If someone asked us before the game if we could win, and we said we could, they’d have looked at us as if we were crazy. They would have called us crazy but we did win and won well.[/quote]

[quote]”Because you never know, because you can never predict what will happen, this is why football is the greatest sport. Of course, England will be favourites but the Costa Rica players will look back on 1990 and know it is possible, that they can win.”[/quote]

- Advertisement -

England will face Costa Rica in Bello Horizonte – the city in which they lost to the US in 1950 – in their final group match on 24 June.

Milutinovic coached Mexico at the 1986 World Cup, the USA at their home World Cup in 1994, Nigeria in 1998 and China in 2002. The 69-year-old Mexican-Serbian is the only man apart from Carlos Alberto Parreira, who will be Brazil’s technical director next summer, to coach five different sides at the World Cup finals.

Following the draw Hodgson warned that Costa Rica should not be underestimated. “It is going to be quite difficult to put a positive spin on the quality of our opponents,” he said. “Costa Rica might be the least known but they are a very strong team.”

Milutinovic said that England had to develop a winning mentality if they were to fulfill their potential. “I tell you something: for me the biggest surprise in world football is that a big country, a great football country, like England, can think it doesn’t have a chance. Of course you have a chance but you need to believe, you need to trust in your character, as players and as a team, your quality. You have players the world knows and when you have good players anything is possible.”

Source: The Guardian UK

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
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.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"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

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...

Treasury threatens to close doors to Sinpe Móvil to avoid tax evasion

QCOSTARICA - What had been a good tool as a payment...

MOST READ

American woman found lifeless in hotel bathroom in Sabana

QCOSTARICA - A sad discovery occurred this Thursday morning in a hotel located in La Sabana, in San José, the lifeless body of a...

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...

Heavy downpours generated the first phreatic eruption of this year at the Turrialba volcano

QCOSTARICA - Several residents of La Pastora, La Central and Monte Calas, in the vicinity of the Turrialba volcano, heard a loud rumbling early...

Construction companies that paid alleged bribes would be disqualified for ten years

QCOSTARICA - If it is proven in a final judgment that they did pay bribes to Conavi officials, several companies could be disqualified from...

Ortega government accuses imprisoned opponents of receiving money from the United States to overthrow him

TODAY NICARAGUA – The Nicaraguan government assures that the imprisoned political opponents detained on charges of “inciting foreign intervention” are “usurpers” financed by the...

Week immersed in passage of tropical wave, June Solstice and Veranillo

QCOSTARICA - Today, Monday, June 21, is the day of the year when the sun stays the longest on the horizon, therefore it is...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 19: only “ODDS” can circulate

Today, Saturday, June 19, only vehicles with "ODD" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

Lack of space on Racsa’s hard drive paralyzed immigration consultation at the airport this Monday

RICO's DIGEST - We've all had this happen, your computer's hard drive is full and your computer crashes. But we are not the Radiográfica...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 15: 3 & 4 CANNOT circulate

Today, Tuesday, June 15, vehicles with plates ending 3 & 4 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

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.