• Friday Dec 06, 2013

    World Cup Glance: Costa Rica

    Michael Barrantes (#11) appeared in 10 of Costa Rica's 16 World Cup qualifiers for Brazil 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

    The 2014 FIFA World Cup draw has produced three intriguing opponents for Costa Rica next year in Brazil.  CONCACAF.com takes a look at the current Central American champion.


    All-Time World Cup Record (3 previous appearance…1990, 2002, 2006)

    GP – 10, W – 3, D – 1, L – 6, GF – 12, GA – 21

    2014 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Record (2nd place)

    GP – 16, W – 8, D – 4, L – 4, GF – 27, GA – 12

    Leading Scorer

    Alvaro Saborio – 8 goals in 15 games

    Group D Schedule (all times ET)

    June 14 – v Uruguay, 3:00 p.m., Fortaleza

    June 20 – v Italy, 12:00 p.m., Recife

    June 24 – v England, 12:00 p.m., Belo Horizonte

    All-Time Records v World Cup Opponents

    v Uruguay

    GP – 8, W – 0, D – 2, L – 6, GF – 8, GA – 15

    First meeting

    February 4, 1990:  2-0 win for Uruguay at Miami, Florida, USA


    Last meeting

    November 18, 2009:  1-1 draw at Montevideo, Uruguay

    v Italy

    GP – 1, W – 0, D – 0, L – 1, GF – 0, GA – 1


    First meeting

    June 11, 1994:  1-0 loss at New Haven, Connecticut, USA

    v England

    no previous meetings

    Costa Rica – Fast Facts

    • Made third most appearances by a CONCACAF team in the FIFA World Cup finals (Mexico 14, USA 9, Costa Rica 3)
    • 2 wins and 1 loss in 3 all-time World Cup openers (1990: 1-0 win v Scotland; 2002: 2-0 win v China; 2006: 4-2 loss v Germany)
    • Costa Rica and Uruguay met in a two-legged playoff for a place at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.  In the first leg, Diego Lugano scored in the 21st minute to give Uruguay a 1-0 win on the road.  The return match ended in a 1-1 draw.  Sebastian Abreu gave the Uruguayans a 70th minute lead, while Walter Centeno equalized for the visitors four minutes later.
    • 2 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses in 6 all-time World Cup games against European competition (1990: 1-0 win v Scotland, 2-1 win v Sweden, 4-1 loss v Czechoslovakia; 2002: 1-1 draw v Turkey; 2006: 4-2 loss v Germany, 2-1 loss v Poland)





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