The Men’s Football Side of Costa Rica : Determination & Passion!
Did you know- The men’s soccer squad of Costa Rica was runner-up in the 1930 Central American and Caribbean Games in Havana (Cuba). Five years later, the Costa Rican squad captured the silver medal, after Mexico (gold), in the III Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador (El Salvador). Football is the most popular sport in CR.
Panama City 1938
Did you know- By the late 1930s, the Costa Rican men’s football team won the silver medal in the 4th Central American Games in Panama City.
Olympics Moscow 1980
Did you know- In 1980, CR was one of the finalists in the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament and won the right to compete in the Summer Olympics in Moscow, USSR (modern-day Russia). At the 22th Olympiad, in July 1980, the men’s soccer squad of Costa Rica came in 12th place, ahead of Syria (Middle East), Finland (Scandinavia), Zambia (Southern Africa), and Spain (Europe).The Republic of Cost Rica thus became the third Central American country , after El Salvador (1968) and Guatemala (1968, 1972 & 1976), to compete in the Summer Olympic Games.
Rome 1990 World Cup
Did you know- For the first time in history, CR competed in the FIFA World Tournament. The Costa Rican squad came in 16thplace (ahead of Austria, Scotland and the Soviet Union) in the Men’s Soccer World Cup in Rome (Italy), between June 8 and July 8, 1990. Of all the 24 participants, CR was one of the most popular delegations.
Did you know- Two Central American squads, Costa Rica and Honduras, qualified for the Under-20 World Championships in Nigeria, between April 3 and April 24, 1999. In the course of the tournament, Germany lost 2-1 to Costa Rica. At the previous World Tournament in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in 1997, CR tied with Paraguay 1-1.
South Korea & Japan 2002
Did you know- With passion, emotion, discipline, and ambition, the Costa Rican team gained a place for the FIFA World Cup in 2002. On that occasion they came in 19th place, outpacing Russia, Portugal and Uruguay. In South Korea, they beat China 2-0 and tied with Turkey 1-1. It was the second time that CR had qualified for a World Cup.
Germany 2006 World Cup
Did you know— The Latin American republic won the right to compete in the FIFA World Cup on German soil, competing in that tournament for the second time in a row (first Central American nation to do so in FIFA history).
Did you know- 2009 was one of the best years for football in Central America. Why? In spite of the skepticism of sportswriters, the Costa Rican squad finished in fourth place in the Under-20 World Championships in Cairo (Egypt). The under-20 national soccer squad thus became the most successful Central American team in soccer history.
Brazil 2014 World Cup
Did you know— Uruguay (one of the world’s best teams of its generation) was defeated by Costa Rica’s side 3-1 at Fortaleza’s Castelao Stadium, in one of the most outstanding matches in the 2004 World Cup. Jorge Luis Pinto of Colombia is the national coach. CR sent 14 foreign-based athletes to Brazil.