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The Costa Rica national football team, nicknamed La Sele, is the national team of Costa Ricamarker 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, and the most successful team in Central America having qualified for three World Cups, reaching the last sixteen on their debut in Italy 1990 and putting up a solid showing in 2002 where they had the misfortune to be drawn in the same group as eventual champions Brazil and third-place finishing Turkey. In 2006, Los Ticos qualified for the World Cup in Germanymarker, with their worst World Cup finish ever, finishing 31st out of 32 teams.

Costa Rica have been CONCACAF champions three times (1963, 1969, 1989) and have won the UNCAF Nations Cup six times. The nation has also participated in three Copa América tournaments, making the quarterfinals on their last two visits.

History

Costa Rica has a long-standing football culture and tradition. Throughout the 50s and 60s, and were very much the second strongest team in the CONCACAF zone behind Mexico, finishing runners-up in World Cup qualifying in the 1958, 19i love andrew clink62 and 1966 qualifiers. Stars of the side in this period Ruben Jimenez, Errol Daniels, Leonel Hernandez and Edgar Marin. Currently its topscorer is Rolando Fonseca with 47 goals.

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. Costa Rica failed to make the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying until the 1986 qualifiers.

The 1990 World Cup qualifiers represented a breakthrough. The expulsion of regional powerhouse Mexico from qualifying after they fielded overage players in a youth tournament resulted in a very open field. Costa Rica topped the final qualifying group to qualify for the World Cup for the first time. In the 1990 World Cup they would defeat Sweden and Scotland to reach the second round.

Once again, Costa Rica would reach the final stages of qualifying in the 1998 series, but fell short of qualification for the 1998 World Cup. They have since qualified for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. In 2002 they were drawn in Group C, with Brazil, Turkey and China. They came 3rd in the group, only losing out to Turkey on goal difference, both on 4 points. In 2006 they were drawn into Group A, with Germany, Poland and Ecuador. Costa Rica played Germany in the opening match of the 2006 Fifa world cup, but they lost 4-2. Their second match, against Ecuador, was a 3-0 defeat. With Poland defeated by Ecuador and Germany and eliminated, Costa Rica played them for the fight for 3rd place. Costa Rica opened the scoring on 25 minutes, but two headers from Poland gave them the 2-1 win. Costa Rica were one of the teams who finished the group stages with zero points.

Coaching staff

Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach 2 Head Athletic Trainer Goalkeeper's Coach
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Competitive record

World Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1930 Did not Enter - - - - - -
1934 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
1938 Withdrew - - - - - -
1950 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
1954 Entry not accepted by FIFA - - - - - -
1958 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1962 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1966 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1970 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1974 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1978 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1982 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1986 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1990 Round 2 4 2 0 2 4 6
1994 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1998 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
2002 Round 1 3 1 1 1 5 6
2006 Round 1 3 0 0 3 3 9
2010 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Total 3/19 10 3 1 6 12 21
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.


CONCACAF Championships record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1963 Champions 6 5 1 0 14 2
1965 Third Place 5 2 2 1 11 4
1967 Withdrew - - - - - -
1969 Champions 5 4 1 0 13 2
1971 Third Place 5 2 1 2 6 5
1973 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1977 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1981 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1985 Third Place 8 2 5 1 10 8
1989 Champions 8 5 1 2 10 6
1991 Fourth place 5 1 0 4 5 9
1993 Semi-Final 5 1 3 1 6 5
1996 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1998 Round 1 2 1 0 1 8 4
2000 Quarter-Final 3 0 2 1 5 6
2002 Runners-Up 5 3 1 1 8 5
2003 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 10 8
2005 Quarter-Final 4 2 1 1 6 4
2007 Quarter-Final 4 1 1 2 3 4
2009 Semi-Final 5 2 2 1 10 6
Total 3 Titles 75 33 21 21 125 78


CCCF Championship results

  • 1941 - Champions
  • 1943 - Third place
  • 1946 - Champions
  • 1948 - Champions
  • 1951 - Second Place
  • 1953 - Champions
  • 1955 - Champions
  • 1957 - Not disputed
  • 1960 - Champions
  • 1961 - Champions


UNCAF Nations Cup record



Copa América record



Pan American Games record

  • 1951 - Second Place
  • 1955 - Did not participate
  • 1959 - Fifth place
  • 1963 - Did not participate
  • 1967 - Did not participate
  • 1971 - Did not participate
  • 1975 - Fourth place
  • 1979 - Round 2
  • 1983 - Did not participate
  • 1987 - Did not participate
  • 1991 - Did not participate
  • 1995 - Quarterfinals
  • 1999 - Round 1
  • 2003 - Did not participate
  • 2007 - Round 1


2009 U-20 Cup

The Costa Rican U-20 football team participated in the FIFA Egypt 2009 u-20 World Cup. Costa Rica begun its participation with a match against Brazilmarker, with a result of 5-0. After this loss, Costa Rica had a never before seen participation in the World Cup. Costa Rica won to the host team Egyptmarker giving a stun to the world. After this, Costa Rica lost in the semi-finals against Brazil with a score of 1-0. La Sele lost the third place match against Hungarymarker in penalty kicks. Costa Rica finished in the fourth place.As a special mention, the Costa Rican goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado won the distintion for the best goalkeeper of the world cup.

Trivia

  • Costa Rica is the only Central American team to qualify to consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments, in 2002 and 2006;
  • Costa Rica holds the record for most participations to World Cup tournaments by a Central American team, with three. (Italy 1990, Japan and Korea 2002 and Germany 2006)
  • Costa Rica was the first (and so far the only) Central American team to beat two European teams in the same FIFA World Cup tournament (Costa Rica 1 - Scotland 0, Sweden 1 - Costa Rica 2, Italy '90).
  • Costa Rica is the only Central American team with victories in FIFA World Cup games (three in three presentations, two came in Italy 1990 and one in Korea and Japan 2002). None of the other Central American teams that have made it to the World Cup (Honduras and El Salvador) have managed to get a victory during their FIFA World Cup presentations.
  • Costa Rica is the only Central American team to ever reach the knock-out stage of a World Cup achieved after eliminating Sweden. They are one of the four teams ever from CONCACAF to reach the second round (after United States, Cuba, and Mexico).
  • For the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Costa Rica was placed in group C, along Brazil (eventual world champion) and Turkey (eventual third place winner). The team tied against Turkey and lost 2-5 against Brazil, however, was the only team in the World Cup to score more than once against Brazil and has been the only team to score more than one goal against Brazil since Brazil lost to France 0-3 in the 1998 final.
  • Costa Rica achieved their historic 1000th career goal (Rolando Fonseca) in the 1:1 draw against Chile, in an international friendly, at the Fiscal Stadium in Talca sharing the record only with México on the region.


2010 World Cup qualifying

Round 4: Hexagonal

Current squad

The following players have been selected for the November 14 and 18 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF-CONMEBOL play-off against Uruguay.

Recent Callups

Managers

Name Period Country
Luis Lucho Tirado 1956
Humberto Maschio 1972
Eduardo Viso Abella 1967
Odir Jacques 1985
Gustavo De Simone 1987-1989
Antonio Moyano Reina 1989
Bora Milutinović 1990
Rolando Villalobos 1991-1992
Juan Jose Gamez 1993
Toribio Rojas 1993-1995
Valdeir Vieira 1996
Horacio Cordero 1997
Juan Luis Hernadez Fuertes 1997
Rolando Villalobos 1998
Francisco Maturana 1999
Marvin Rodriguez 1999-2000
Gilson Nunez 2000
Alexandre Guimarães 2001-2002
Rodrigo Kenton 2002
Steve Sampson 2003-2004
Jorge Luis Pinto 2004-2005
Alexandre Guimarães 2005-2006
Hernán Medford 2006-2008
Rodrigo Kenton 2008-2009
Renê Simões 2009-


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