Qatar 2022 World Cup, Costa Rica: from the company in Brazil to the national team of the present

The Italians remember it well. TO Brazil 2014 he threw Prandelli’s national team out of the group stage and England, surprisingly taking a place in the round of 16, reaching the quarterfinals. It was a different team, but the Costa Rica he will still want to have his say. In a Group E which is presented as one of the most interesting.

The coach: who is Luis Suarez

No, (obviously) it’s not the Luis Suarez that you know. Comes from Colombia, a country where he also grew up in football. First as a player and then as a coach. He wore the shirts of Atletico Nacional and Deportivo Pereira in a career that began in 1981 and ended in 1989.


As a coach he has already led three national teams: Ecuador, Honduras and now Costa Rica. In office for about a year, he won the qualification a Qatar 2022 thanks to the victory in the playoffs against the New Zeland. It will be the first Suarez World Cup and he will surely know how to be ready.

From module to interpreters: how Costa Rica plays


Don’t expect offensive football. The Costa Rica it’s a team that risks very little in defense and that, when it can, tries to do badly on the counterattack. You’re not looking for entertainment or ball possession, the goal is to win.

Just read the numbers of the last four official matches. 0 goals conceded, 7 goals scored. In addition, a possession of the ball that reaches a maximum of 40%. Statistics that certify and confirm the team’s philosophy: a lot of attention in defense and then the search for a speedy restart.

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The form used by Suarez and the 4-4-2. A game system that allows you to close many spaces, both in the middle of the field and on the flanks. The forwards also have to lend a hand behind. There is also the possibility to see a 5-4-1 or a 4-3-3 which can turn into 4-2-3-1. It will be decided from game to game. Costa Rica is a very organized team.


Leading the team will be Keylor Navasgoalkeeper and team captain of Suarez. In defence Fuller, Duarte, Calvo and Oviedo. In the midfield four-man line the favorites are Gerson Torres, Borges, Tejeda and Bennett. Joel ahead Campbell with Contreras. The Bryan option remains Ruiz, ex Fulham who scored against Italy in 2014. Another interesting player is Brandon AguileraNottingham Forrest midfielder born in 2003 called up by Suarez. With him too Bennette (class of 2004), Zamora (class of 2002) e Wilson (class of 2002).

The star of Costa Rica: Keylor Navas

Will be the leader of Costa Rica, on the pitch but above all inside the changing rooms. Almost a second coach, who will have to lead the team in the most important moments. The role of Navas it will be this, in addition to guaranteeing the usual safety between the posts. With the captain’s armband and the personality of great footballers. This season he has never taken the field with PSG, but it doesn’t matter. Someone like Keylor can only be the star of this team.

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The summoned

Portieri: Keylor Navas (PSG), Esteban Alvarado (Herediano), Patrick Sequeira (CD Lugo);

Defenders: Francisco Calvo (Konyaspor), Pablo Vargas (Millonarios), Kendall Waston (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Al Wehda), Daniel Chacon (Colorado Rapids), Keysher Fuller (Herediano), Carlos Martinez (San Carlos), Bryan Oviedo (Real Salt Lake), Ronald Matarrita (Cincinnati);

Midfielders: Yeltsin Tejeda (Herediano), Celso Borges (Alajuelense), Youstin Salas (Saprissa), Roan Wilson (Municipal Greece), Gerson Torres (Herediano), Douglas Lopez (Herediano), Jewison Bennette (Sunderland), Alvaro Zamora (Saprissa), Anthony Hernandez (Puntarenas), Brandon Aguilera (Nottingham Forest), Bryan Ruiz (Alajuelense);

Forwards: Joel Campbell (Leon), Anthony Contreras (Herediano), Johan Venegas (Alajuelense).

Qatar 2022 World Cup, Costa Rica: from the company in Brazil to the national team of the present