Apparently the most capable Costa Rica squad ever collected for a World Cup, they can view themselves as unfortunate to have been attracted Group D. There are a few European-based players among a squad that will battle like there's no tomorrow for one another, yet will that be sufficient?
The misfortune of first-decision forward Alvaro Saborio, who has scored 32 goals in 93 match for his nation, only two prior weeks the begin of the competition, in addition to the unlucky deficiency of Everton full-back Bryan Oviedo, is an enormous hit to their possibilities.
Goalkeeper Keylor Navas has effectively arrived at a half century of tops at 26 years old and he kept seven clean sheets in 14 qualifying matches. He is presently first decision for Levante in Spain's top flight, with greater clubs taking an investment. Bryan Ruiz, left, is the captain of Costa Rica and is expected to lead by example at the World Cup.
One to watch
Guarding midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda is not simply playing for Costa Rica this World Cup, he's additionally playing for a move, possibly to Europe. Right hand director Paulo Wanchope, previously of Manchester City, West Ham and Derby, accepts the 21-year-old has a splendid future in front of him.
It is a second spell in control for Colombian Jorge Luis Pinto , who was terminated throughout fitting the bill for the 2006 World Cup. He has given Costa Rica a personality, provided for them trust and made them hard to break down. He has endeavored to make it to a World Cup finals and in spite of being attracted a Group of Death will be idealistic of improving his notoriety, especially in his local Latin America.
How they qualified
They completed agreeably as runners-up in the last gathering stage, with their five wins all taking a swing at home. The Ticos additionally just surrendered seven objectives in the last stage, less than whatever available group.
World Cup record
They made a winning World Cup debut against Scotland in 1990, happening to achieve the last 16. Gathering passageways have followed in 2002 and 2006.
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense) Daniel Cambronero (Herediano).
Guards: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew), Michael Umana (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Bruges), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Dave Myrie (Herediano), Junior Diaz (Mainz 05), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls).
Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK), Christian Bolanos (Copenhagen), Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano).
Advances: Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven, on advance from Fulham), Joel Campbell (Olympiakos, on credit from Arsenal), Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Marco Urena (FC Kuban Krasnodar).