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COSTA RICA
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COSTA RICA AT THE WORLD CUPS  
  Costa Rica at the World Cups  
                                           
                                           
                                           
   
   
                                           
                                         
                           
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  COSTA RICA  
     
     
 

The Costa Rica national football team (Spanish:  Selección de Fútbol de Costa Rica) represents Costa Rica in international football and is controlled by the Costa Rican Football Federation (Spanish:  Federación Costarricense de Fútbol, FEDEFUTBOL), the governing body for football in Costa Rica.

The FEDEFUTBOL was founded in1921, became a member of FIFA in 1927, and a member of CONCACAF in 1962. Football in Costa Rica began circa 1894-1896, when British businessmen arrived in the country to install the tram and joined here with Costa Ricans who had been in England pursuing his studies, almost all of them children of coffee growers that sent the product to markets in London. The first liga (Liga Nacional de Fútbol) was created by 7 clubs: Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, Club Sport Cartaginés, Club Sport Herediano, Club Sport La Libertad, Sociedad Gimnástica Española de San José, Club Sport La Unión de Tres Ríos and Sociedad Gimnástica Limonense. Since then, Costs Rica's top clubs have been Deportivo Saprissa with 29 championships, LD Alajuelense with 28, and CS Herediano with 23.

Costa Rica is one of the most successful football team in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, the area commonly known as CONCACAF. The Costa Ricans (Ticos) have won the CONCACAF Gold Cup a record 3 times.

 
       
       
  QUICK FACTS  
       
       
 
  Association

  Federación Coastarricense de Fútbol

  
  Confederation
  CONCACAF
  Nickname
  Los Ticos - La Sele ((The Sele)ction)
  Foundation year
 1921
  Affiliate since
 1927
  Topscorer in WC
  Rónald Gómez, Paulo Wanchope: 3
  Head Coach
  Oscar Ramírez
  Titles
  None
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
       
       
  TITLES  
   
   
 
       
       
  COSTA RICA APPEARANCES AT WORLD CUPS  
       
       
 
Nro
Flag
World Cup
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Perf.
Rd
Pos
Par
Pt
P/Par
Ap.
Total
15
5
4
6
17
23
-6
17
4.13
17.75
30
7.50
22.35
4
14
 1990 Italy
4
2
0
2
4
6
-2
4
1.00
2R
13
24
1.50
0.54
1
17
 2002 Korea-Japan
3
1
1
1
5
6
-1
4
1.33
1R
19
32
1
0.59
2
18
 2006 Germany
3
0
0
3
3
9
-6
0
0.00
1R
31
32
1
0.97
3
20
 2014 Brazil
5
2
3
0
5
2
3
9
1.80
QF
8
32
4
0.25
4
 
       
 
 Where: Perf: Pts/Pld    Rd: Round    Pos: Position    Total Pos: SUM(Pos)/Ap    Par: No. participants    
 Pt: How many points scores in the WC. Champion: 32, Finalist: 16, TP: 12, FP: 8, QF: 4, R16: 2, FR: 1
 P/Par: Pos/Par    Total P/Par: SUM(P/Par + 1.25 * each World Cup uncontested)/20   Ap: Appearances
 
     
       
  HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS (AT WORLD CUPS)  
   
     
 
More Played Matches
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Brazil
2
0
0
2
0%
100%
2
 China
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
3
 Czechoslovakia
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
4
 Ecuador
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
5
 England
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
6
 Germany
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
7
 Greece
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
8
 Italy
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
9
 Netherlands
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
10
 Poland
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
11
 Scotland
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
12
 Sweden
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
13
 Turkey
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
14
 Uruguay
1
1
0
0
100%
0%

 

Best Results
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Italy
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
2
 Scotland
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
3
 China
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
4
 Uruguay
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
5
 Sweden
1
1
0
0
100%
0%

 

Worst Results
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Brazil
2
0
0
2
0%
100%
2
 Czechoslovakia
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
3
 Germany
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
4
 Poland
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
5
 Ecuador
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
 
     
     
  GOALSCORERS AT WORLD CUPS
   
   
Nro
Player
TG
30
34
38
50
54
58
62
66
70
74
78
82
86
90
94
98
02
06
10
14
 
17
   
4
5
3
5
1
 Paulo Wanchope
3
1
2
 
 Rónald Gómez
3
2
1
 
3
 Bryan Ruiz
2
             
2
4
 Rónald González
1
1
 
 Marco Ureña 
1
             
1
 Róger Flores
1
1
 
 Joel Campbell
1
             
1
 Oscar Duarte 
1
             
1
 Juan Cayasso
1
1
 
 Winston Parks
1
1
 
 Hernán Medford
1
1
 
 Mauricio Wright
1
1
 
 
     
     
  TOP GOALSCORERS AT ALL COMPETITIONS  
       
       
    Players in bold are still active in the competence - As of November 11, 2017  
     
 
#
Name
Goals
Caps
AVG/Games
Career
1
 Rolando Fonseca
47
113
0.41
1992-09
2
 Paulo Wanchope
45
73
0.62
1996-08
3
 Álvaro Saborío
35
108
0.32
200216
4
 Juan Ulloa
27
27
1.00
1955-70
5
 Ronald Gómez
24
91
0.26
1993-08
 Walter Centeno
24
137
0.17
1995-09
7
 Jorge Hernán Monge
23
27
0.85
1955-61
8
 Bryan Ruiz
23
107
0.21
2005-Present
9
 Celso Borges
21
105
0.20
2008-Present
10
 Hernán Medford
18
89
0.20
1987-02
 
       
       
  MOST CAPPED PLAYERS AT ALL COMPETITIONS  
       
       
    Players in bold are still active in the competence - As of November 11, 2017  
     
 
#
Name
Caps
Career
1
 Walter Centeno
137
1995-09
2
 Luis Marín
127
1993-09
3
 Rolando Fonseca
112
1992-11
4
 Mauricio Solís
110
1993-06
5
 Álvaro Saborío
108
2002-Present
6
 Bryan Ruiz
107
2005-Present
7
 Celso Borges
105
2008-Present
8
 Michael Umaña
103
2004-Present
9
 Harold Wallace
99
1995-09
10
 Ronald Gomez
91
1995-08
11
 Hernán Medford
89
1987-02
 
       
       
  SQUADS  
       
       
   
     
 

  

 
  AWARDED PLAYERS  
     
     
 
IFFHS PLAYER OF THE CENTURY
#
Name
Votes
Years
1
 Alejandro Morera
14
1925-47
2
 Ronald Gómez
9
1992-09

 

IFFHS GOALKEEPER OF THE CENTURY
#
Name
Votes
Years
1
 Luis Gabelo Conejo
25
1981-97

 

 
   
   
  COACHES  
   
   
 
#
Cou
Name
Years
1
 Manolo Rodríguez
1930
2
 Ricardo Saprissa Aymá
1935, 38
3
 Alejandro Morera Soto
1941, 43
4
 Jorge Lalo Rojas
1943
5
 Randolph Galloway
1946-48
6
 Otto Bumbel
1950-56
7
 Luis Lucho Tirado
1956-58
8
 Hugo Tassara Olivares
1958-60
9
 Eduardo Toba
1960-61
10
 Alfredo Piedra
1961-62
11
 Mario Cordero
1962-65
12
 Eduardo Viso Abella
1965-71
13
 Humberto Maschio
1971-75
14
 José Etchegoyen
1975-80
15
 Antonio Moyano Reyna
1980-85
16
 Odir Jacques
1985-87
17
 Gustavo de Simone
1987-89
18
 Marvin Rodríguez
1989-90
19
 Bora Milutinovic
1990
20
 Rolando Villalobos
1991-92, 98
21
 Héctor Núñez
1992
22
 Juan José Gamez
1993
23
 Toribio Rojas
1993-95
24
 Ignacio Núñez
1995
25
 Valdeir Vieira
1996
26
 Horacio Cordero
1997
27
 Juan Luis Hernández Fuertes
1997
28
 Francisco Maturana
1999
29
 Marvin Rodríguez
1999-00
30
 Gilson Siqueira Nunes
2000
31
 Alexandre Guimarães
2001-02, 05-06
32
 Rodrigo Kenton
2002, 08-09
33
 Steve Sampson
2002-04
34
 Jorge Luis Pinto
2004-05, 11-14
35
 Hernán Medford
2006-08
36
 René Simoes
2009
37
 Rónald González Brenes
2009-10, 11
38
 Ricardo La Volpe
2010-11
39
 Paulo Wanchope
2014-15
40
 Oscar Ramirez
2015-Present
   
   
  FIXTURES AND RESULTS  
   
     
  Main article: Costa Rica national football team schedule and results
   
   
 2017
   
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
13 Jan 17
Panama City, Panama
0-0
El Salvador
2
15 Jan 17
Panama City, Panama
3-0
Belize
3
17 Jan 17
Panama City, Panama
0-0
Nicaragua
4
20 Jan 17
Panama City, Panama
1-1
Honduras
5
22 Jan 17
Panama City, Panama
0-1
Panama
6
24 Mar 17
Mexico City, Mexico
0-2
Mexico
7
28 Mar 17
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
1-1
Honduras
8
8 Jun 17
San José, Costa Rica
0-0
Panama
9
13 Jun 17
San José, Costa Rica
3-1
Trinidad & Tobago
10
7 Jul 17
Harrison, United States
1-0
Honduras
11
11 Jul 17
Houston, United States
1-1
Canada
12
14 Jul 17
Frisco, United States
3-0
French Guiana
13
19 Jul 17
Philadelphia, United States
1-0
Panama
14
22 Jul 17
Arlington, United States
0-2
United States
15
1 Sep 17
Harrison, New Jersey
2-0
United States
16
5 Sep 17
San José, Costa Rica
1-1
Mexico
17
7 Oct 17
San José, Costa Rica
1-1
Honduras
18
10 Oct 17
Panama City, Panama
1-2
Panama
19
10 Nov 17
Málaga, Spain
0-5
Spain
F
20
14 Nov 17
Budapest, Hungary
0-1
Hungary
F
 
   
   
 2018
   
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
3 Jun 18
San José, Costa Rica
Northern Ireland
F
2
17 Jun 18
Samara, Russia
Serbia
3
22 Jun 18
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Brazil
4
27 Jun 18
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Switzerland
 
   
   
  PLAYERS' CLUBS  
   
   
These are the clubs that have historically contributed more players to the Costa Rica national football team.
 
   
Pos
Logo
Team
Players
Country
Flag
1
  Deportivo Saprissa
24
  Costa Rica
2
  LD Alajuelense
19
  Costa Rica
3
  CS Herediano
17
  Costa Rica
4
  CS Cartaginés
5
  Costa Rica
5
  Columbus Crew
2
  United States
  Club Brugge K.V.
1
  Belgium
  AD Limonense
1
  Costa Rica
  AD Ramonense
1
  Costa Rica
  San Carlos
1
  Costa Rica
  Municipal Puntarenas
1
  Costa Rica
6
  Brujas
1
  Costa Rica
  F.C. Copenhagen
1
  Denmark
  Manchester City
1
  England
  Mainz 05
1
  Germany
  OFI Crete
1
  Greece
  Olympiacos F.C.
1
  Greece
  CSD Comunicaciones
1
  Guatemala
  Udinese
1
  Italy
  Brescia
1
  Italy
  PSV Eindhoven
1
  Netherlands
  Vålerenga
1
  Norway
  Rosenborg BK
1
  Norway
  Aalesund FK
1
  Norway
  FC Kuban Krasnodar
1
  Russia
  Levante
1
  Spain
  AIK
1
  Sweden
  New York Red Bulls
1
  United States
  Real Salt Lake
1
  United States
 
   
   
  MATCHES AT WORLD CUPS  
   
   
  1990 Italy World Cup
   
First Round: Match 1
1-0
Scotland  
Date: 11 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris    
Venue: Genoa    
Attendance: 30,867  
Referee: Juan Carlos Loustau (Argentina)  
   
First Round: Match 2
1-0
Costa Rica  
Date: 16 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Delle Alpi    
Venue: Turin    
Attendance: 58,007  
Referee: Neji Jouini (Tunisia)  
   
First Round: Match 3
2-1
Sweden  
Date: 20 June 1990 J. Ekström 32'
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris  
Venue: Genoa    
Attendance: 30,223    
Referee: Zoran Petrović (Yugoslavia)  
   
Round of 16: Match 4
Czechoslovakia
4-1
Costa Rica  
Date: 23 June 1990
T. Skuhravý 12', 63', 82'
R. González 55'
Stadium: Stadio San Nicola  
Venue: Bari    
Attendance: 47,673  
Referee: Siegfried Kirschen (East Germany)  
   
   2002 Korea-Japan World Cup
 
First Round: Match 5
2-0
China PR  
Date: 4 June 2002  
Stadium: Gwangju World Cup Stadium  
Venue: Gwangju    
Attendance: 27,217    
Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)  
 
First Round: Match 6
1-1
Turkey  
Date: 9 June 2002 Emre Belözoğlu 56'
Stadium: Incheon Munhak Stadium    
Venue: Incheon    
Attendance: 42,299    
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)  
 
First Round: Match 7
5-2
Costa Rica  
Date: 13 June 2002
Ronaldo 10', 13'
P. Wanchope 39'
Stadium: Suwon World Cup Stadium R. Gómez 56'
Venue: Suwon  
Attendance: 38,524  
Referee: Gamal Ghandour (Egypt)  
   
  2006 Germany World Cup
   
First Round: Match 8
4-2
Costa Rica  
Date: 9 June 2006 P. Wanchope 12', 73'
Stadium: Allianz Arena
M. Klose 17', 61'
 
Venue: Munich  
Attendance: 66,000  
Referee: Horacio Elizondo (Argentina)  
   
First Round: Match 9
3-0
Costa Rica  
Date: 15 June 2006  
Stadium: AOL Arena  
Venue: Hamburg  
Attendance: 50,000    
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)  
   
First Round: Match 10
Poland
2-1
Costa Rica  
Date: 20 June 2006
B. Bosacki 33', 66'
R. Gómez 25'
Stadium: AWD-Arena    
Venue: Hanover    
Attendance: 43,000  
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)  
   
  2014 Brazil World Cup
   
First Round: Match 11
1-3
Costa Rica
Date: 14 June 2014 J. Campbell 54'
Stadium: Estádio Castelão O. Duarte 57'
Venue: Fortaleza M. Ureña 84' 
Attendance: 58,679
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
   
First Round: Match 12
0-1
Costa Rica
Date: 20 June 2014 B. Ruiz 44'
Stadium: Arena Pernambuco
Venue: Recife
Attendance: 40,285
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)
   
First Round: Match 13
0-0
England
Date: 24 June 2014
Stadium: Estádio Mineirão
Venue: Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 57,823
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria) 
a.e.t
Round of 16: Match 14
1-1
Greece
Date: 29 June 2014
B. Ruiz 52' 
S. Papastathopoulos 90+1'
Stadium: Arena Pernambuco
Venue: Recife
Penalties
1-1
K. Mitroglou
2-2
L. Christodoulopoulos
3-3
J. Holebas
4-3
T. Gekas
X
5-3  
Attendance: 41,242
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia) 
   
   
   
   
   
   
a.e.t
Quarter-finals: Match 15
0-0
Costa Rica
Date: 5 July 2014    
Stadium: Arena Fonte Nova
Penalties
1-1
C. Borges
2-1
B. Ruiz
X
3-2
G. González
4-3
C. Bolaños
 
4-3
M. Umaña
X
Venue: Salvador
Attendance: 51,179
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) 
   
   
   
   
   
   
       
   
  
          Last updated: 8 January 2018
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