Costa Rica has come a long way to get into the 2018 world cup tournament. Surprisingly, they qualified with two matches to spare after a series of heated up world cup qualifier encounters. This improved team form saw Costa Rica keep a clean sheet and thrash USA in addition to drawing ageist Mexico at the fifth round of the qualifier matches. However, despite that gain of momentum to deliver positive results, the team has lost 2 recent friendly matches against Scotland as well as the African football giants, Tunisia.
These disappointing results few days towards the world cup tournament have ignited views that the team might not be up to standards. Nonetheless, the 52 year old Costa Rica national coach Oscar Ramirez has immense faith that his team will definitely deliver.
Before the world cup kicks off, Ramirez boys are scheduled to have pre-tournament warm up matches against Northern Ireland, England and Belgium national teams. Ramirez views this as a vital technique of preparation for the glorious world cup tournament. According to football specialist, Ramirez needs to keep his boys in great form and ensure that no injury is acquired in the course of these 3 matches.
The team will have to battle it out against the all-time world cup best team, the Selecao, Serbia and Switzerland to make progress in the tournament. It is definitely a tough call for the team but they must do all they can to sail through the group stages. With the current team form, Costa Rica is without doubt a team to follow closely in 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Costa Rican goal keeper, Keylor Navas of Real Madrid is a key player that can help his national team climb to the top in this tournament. His career at Madrid has been fantastic! In fact, his vast set of goalkeeping skills has seen him being selected to play during the teams greatest matches. Evidently, he played during the UEFA Champions League 2018 against Liverpool.
Christian Gamboa plays as a defender for Celtic in the Scotland Premiership. He is a great player and has seen Celtic crowned as the league winners for the just concluded season.
The Portugal based Bryan Ruiz is a perfect match for the midfielder’s position which he plays at Sporting Lisbon. Ruiz has been highly rated in the just concluded season of the Primeira Liga which saw his club finish in the 3 position.
Joel Campbell who plays for Real Betis in Spain will be the main striker to look up to. He is renowned for his efforts to turn every opportunity into a goal.
The History of Costa Rica at the World Cup
Costa Rica has to wait until 1990 to make their first appearance at the tournament now this is their 5th overall since. Their memorable run at the competition is arguable at Brazil 2014 when they went all the way to the quarter finals and lost to Netherlands in a penalty shout out. La Sele were unbeaten in the group phase, defeating Uruguay, Italy and earning a stalemate against England.