Country Report – Costa Rica

    A look at the country’s demographics, football history and its squad status prior to the Qatar World Cup 2022.

    Number of inhabitants: approx. 37 million.

    Continent: North America

    Confederation: CONCACAF

    National Football Association: FEDEFUTBOL

    Number of members: unknown (?% of total population)

    International trophies won: 3x CONCACAF Championship/Gold Cup

    Best World Cup result: Quarter-finals in 2014

    Key Players

    In the past: Wanchope, Fonseca, Centeno, Saborio.

    Key current players: Keylor Navas, Joel Campbell, Celso Borges, Jewison Bennette.

    Coach, formation and possible lineup

    Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez. (since 2021)

    Typical formation: 4-2-3-1 or 5-4-1

    Possible lineup:

    • GK:Keylor Navas (PSG)
    • LB: Ronald Matarrita (FC Cincinnati)
    • RB: Keysher Fuller (CS Herediano)
    • LCB: Francisco Calvo (Konyaspor)
    • RCB: Kendall Waston (Dep. Saprissa)
    • CM: Celso Borges (Alajuelense)
    • CM: Yeltsin Tejeda (CS Herediano)
    • LW: Jewison Bennette (Sunderland)
    • RW: Joel Campbell (Club Leon)
    • ACM: Gerson Torres (CS Herediano)
    • ST: Anthony Contreras (CS Herediano)

    Age Report

    Players aged 25 or under in the current lineup: 3

    Players aged 32 or over in the current lineup: 3

    There are 3 players in this lineup that will (most likely) be playing their last World Cup this year: Navas, Borges, and Waston.

    There are 3 players in this lineup that can play at least two more: Bennette, Contreras and Torres.

    The remaining 5 players could play in one or two more World Cups.

    Youngest player: Jewison Bennette, born 15 June 2004 (18)

    Oldest player: Keylor Navas, born 15 December 1986 (35)

    Average squad age: 28.5

    World Cup Qatar – Group G


    Wednesday 23 November Spain vs Costa Rica

    Sunday 27 November Japan vs Costa Rica

    Thursday 1 December Costa Rica vs Germany

    Our view:

    Costa Rica is not a spectacular team. You won’t find yourself watching one of their games and seeing a lot of goals, on either end. A solid defensive organization while hoping to score a goal on a counter-attack or set piece, that’s their motto. In a group with European giants Spain and Germany it feels like mission impossible for Costa Rica to qualify for the next round. But you never know in football. A sneaky win here or there and a draw or two could very well see them taking advantage should the others fail to get the wins they need. Though I would sooner see Japan taking advantage of this than Costa Rica.

    Prediction: Group stage exit

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