World Cup Glance: Costa Rica
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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.

COSTA RICA

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)