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COSTA RICA FOOTBALL HISTORY

The Costa Rica national football team, nicknamed La Sele or Los Ticos is the national team of Costa Rica and is controlled by the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol. Costa Rica is the third most successful team in CONCACAF after Mexico and the United States. They are the most successful team in Central America having qualified to four World Cups, including reaching the last sixteen on their debut in Italy 1990. In 2006, Costa Rica qualified for the World Cup in Germany, with their worst World Cup to date, finishing 31st out of 32 teams. Costa Rica has qualified first in the CONCACAF Final Round in both the 1990 World Cup qualification final round and 2002 World Cup qualification final round.

The edge in both CONCACAF and UNCAF Nations Cup titles is also significant over regional national teams. Costa Rica have been CONCACAF champions three times (1963, 1969, 1989) and have won the UNCAF Nations Cup seven times.

The national team made its debut in the Independence Centenary Games held in Guatemala City in September 1921, winning their first game 7–0 against El Salvador. In the final, Costa Rica defeated 6–0 Guatemala to claim the trophy.

The football team of Costa Rica has been characterized above all by its regularity over the years. Well remembered is the selection of this country formed in the late 1940s acquiring the nickname of "The Gold Shorties". Throughout the 50s and 60s, were very much the second strongest team in the CONCACAF zone behind Mexico, finishing runners-up in World Cup qualifying in the 1958, 1962 and 1966 qualifiers. Stars of the side in this period were Ruben Jimenez, Errol Daniels, Leonel Hernandez and Edgar Marin.

However, at the end of the 60s their fortunes would decline as other teams in the region such as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago and Canada came to the fore. Although the majority of these participants have had short on points World Cup performances. During the 1970s and most of the 1980s, the Costa Rican team went unnoticed, absent from World Cups. Currently its historical topscorer is Rolando Fonseca with 47 goals.

 

COSTA RICA FOOTBALL TEAM

Fifa  Non-Fifa 
Name  D. o. B.  Position  Current club 
Moreira, Leonel 1990-04-04 Goalkeeper   CS Herediano 1 0 0 0 0 0
Navas, Keylor 1986-12-15 Goalkeeper   Levante UD 1 0 0 0 0 0
Pemberton, Patrick 1982-04-24 Goalkeeper   LD Alajuelense 1 0 0 0 0 0
Umaña, Michael 1982-07-16 Centre Back   CD Saprissa 3 0 0 0 0 0
Miller, Roy 1984-11-24 Left Back   New York Red Bulls 2 1 0 0 0 0
Meneses, Christopher 1990-05-02 Left Back   IFK Norrköping 2 0 0 0 0 0
Acosta, Johnny 1983-07-21 Centre Back   LD Alajuelense 1 1 0 0 0 0
Myrie, Dave 1988-06-01 Right Back   CS Herediano 1 1 0 0 0 0
Díaz, Júnior 1983-09-12 Left Back   1.FSV Mainz 05 1 0 0 0 0 0
Gamboa, Cristian 1989-10-24 Right Back   Rosenborg BK 1 0 0 0 0 0
González, Giancarlo 1988-02-08 Centre Back   Columbus Crew 1 0 0 0 0 0
López, Porfirio 1985-09-10 Centre Back   LD Alajuelense 1 0 0 0 0 0
Duarte, Óscar 1989-06-03 Centre Back   Club Brugge 0 1 0 0 0 0
Tejada, Yeltsin 1992-03-17 Defensive Midfielder   CD Saprissa 3 0 0 0 0 0
Cubero, José 1987-02-14 Defensive Midfielder   CS Herediano 1 2 0 0 0 0
Hernández, Carlos 1982-04-09 Attacking Midfielder   Wellington Phoenix 1 1 0 0 0 0
Herrera, Pablo 1987-02-14 Right Midfielder   CS Cartaginés 1 1 0 0 0 0
Granados, Esteban 1985-10-25 Defensive Midfielder   CS Herediano 1 1 0 0 0 0
Barrantes, Michael 1983-10-04 Attacking Midfielder   Ålesunds FK 0 1 0 0 0 0
Castillo, Mauricio 1987-06-19 Attacking Midfielder   Qingdao Zhongneng 0 1 0 0 0 0
Rodríguez, Ariel 1986-04-22 Defensive Midfielder   LD Alajuelense 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ureña, Marco 1990-03-05 Secondary striker   Kuban Krasnodar 2 1 0 0 0 0
Brenes, Randall 1983-08-13 Centre Forward   CS Cartaginés 2 0 0 0 0 0
Cunningham, Kenny 1985-06-07 Centre Forward   Wellington Phoenix 1 1 0 0 0 0
McDonald, Jonathan 1987-10-28 Centre Forward   LD Alajuelense 1 1 0 0 0 0
Campbell, Joel 1992-06-26 Centre Forward   Olympiakos Piraios 1 0 1 0 0 0
Arrieta, Jairo 1983-08-25 Centre Forward   Columbus Crew 1 0 0 0 0 0
Borges, Celso 1988-05-27 Secondary striker   AIK Solna 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ruiz, Bryan 1985-08-18 Secondary striker   PSV Eindhoven 1 0 0 0 0 0
Saborío, Álvaro 1982-03-25 Centre Forward   Real Salt Lake City 0 1 1 0 0 0
Calvo, Diego 1991-03-25 Left Winger   Vålerenga IF 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ruiz, John Jairo 1994-01-10 Right Winger   Lille OSC 0 1 0 0 0 0

 

WORLDCUP HISTORY

 
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
 1930 Did Not Enter
 1934
 1938
 1950
 1954
 1958 Did Not Qualify
 1962
 1966
 1970
 1974
 1978
 1982
 1986
 1990 Round of 16 13th 4 2 0 2 4 6
 1994 Did Not Qualify
 1998
  2002 Group Stage 19th 3 1 1 1 5 6
 2006 Group Stage 31st 3 0 0 3 3 9
 2010 Did Not Qualify
 2014 Qualified TBD
 2018
 2022
Total Round of 16 3/19 10 3 1 6 12 21

 

COSTA RICA FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECORD

TOP CAPS

 
# Player Caps Goals Career
1 Walter Centeno 137 24 1995–2009
2 Luis Marín 128 5 1993–2009
3 Rolando Fonseca 113 47 1992–2011
4 Mauricio Solís 110 6 1993–2006
5 Harold Wallace 101 3 1995–2009
6 Álvaro Saborío 93 32 2002–
7 Ronald Gomez 91 24 1993–2008
8 Hernán Medford 89 18 1987–2002
9 Michael Umaña 81 1 2004-
10 Erick Lonnis 76 0 1992–2002
= Wilmer López 76 6 1995–2003

 

TOP GOAL SCORERS


 
# Player Goals Caps Career
1 Rolando Fonseca 47 113 1992–2011
2 Paulo Wanchope 45 73 1996–2008
3 Álvaro Saborío 32 93 2002–
4 Juan Ulloa 27 27 1955–1970
5 Ronald Gómez 24 91 1993–2008
= Walter Centeno 24 137 1995–2009
7 Jorge Hernán Monge 23 27 1955–1961
8 Hernán Medford 18 89 1987–2002
9 Rodolfo Herrera 14 27 1950–1959
= Celso Borges 14 61 2008–

 

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