The majority of Los Ticos’ World Cup appearances have come this century and they’ve only missed one tournament since 1998, though they don’t often last too long, bowing out at the group stages.
However, fans will remember 2014 when they topped their group ahead of Uruguay, Italy and England en route to the quarter-finals where they lost to Netherlands on penalties – a game remembered for Tim Krul being subbed on for the shootout.
So can Costa Rica go one better in Qatar?
Costa Rica to win 2022 World Cup odds
You can find Costa Rica at 500/1 to win the tournament this winter.
Although Costa Rica may not be among the favourites to win the World Cup, there is a possibility that their starting odds are so high as they were the last team to secure their spot in Qatar.
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As one of the top Concacaf teams, Costa Rica entered World Cup qualifying in the third and final round alongside Mexico, USA, Jamaica and Honduras. But that didn’t guarantee them a good chance of qualifying.
The third round of Concacaf qualifying was an extremely close affair with just three points separating the top four, three of whom automatically qualified for the World Cup. Costa Rica were the unlucky fourth, finishing behind third-placed USA on goal difference having beat the Americans on the final day. With the second-best defence in the group, Costa Rica were left ruing their 13 goals scored in 14 games.
As a result of their fourth-placed finish, Costa Rica advanced to the inter-confederation play-offs against the OFC play-off winner, and beat New Zealand to secure their spot at the World Cup.
The third round was much better and Iran only dropped four points from their 10 games to top Group A, two points clear of second-placed South Korea with both sides qualifying for the World Cup.
Costa Rica’s potential path to 2022 World Cup final
As one of the unknown teams when the draw was made, Costa Rica were placed in Pot 4 and had to wait a long time to find out their potential group. And it could have gone better…
Costa Rica were placed in Group E alongside former world champions Spain and Germany, as well as a tricky Japan side – requiring a lot to make it out of the group stage.
They start their World Cup group stage against Spain, before games against Japan and finally Germany. The games will be split between Al Rayyan, Doha and Al Khor.
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Costa Rica 2022 World Cup group stage fixtures
23 November 2022: Spain vs Costa Rica (4pm UK time)
27 November 2022: Japan vs Costa Rica (10am UK time)
1 December 2022: Costa Rica vs Germany (7pm UK time)
If Costa Rica win Group E
If Costa Rica were to win Group E, this would be their route through to the final.
Last 16: The runners-up of Group F, which consists of Belgium, Canada, Morocco and Croatia, in Al Wakrah on 5th December.
Quarter-finals: The winner of Match 54 , which will be played between the winner of Group G (Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon) and the Group H runners-up (Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay or South Korea)
Semi-finals: The winner of Match 57 which will include one of the Group A or Group C winners, or runners-up from Group B or D. Involved in these groups are the likes of England, Netherlands, Qatar, France, Senegal, USA, Argentina and Poland.
If Costa Rica qualify from Group E
If Costa Rica finish second in Group E, they will go to the other side of the bracket.
Last 16: The winners of Group F in Al Rayyan on 3rd December.
Quarter-finals: The winner of Match 56, played between Group H winners and Group G runners-up.
Semi-finals: The winner of Match 69, which could include the Group B or D winners, or runners-up from Group A or C as listed above.
Costa Rica will be playing their sixth World Cup in Qatar after making their debut at Italia 90, reaching the round of 16. They then had to wait 12 years for their next appearance in South Korea and Japan where they bowed out of the group stage.
Another group stage exit followed in 2006 and Costa Rica failed to qualify for 2010, before their excellent showing at 2014. Uruguay and Italy were beaten in the group (with England holding Costa Rica to a draw after top spot was already secured and the Three Lions couldn’t get off bottom) and Greece also fell in the knockout stages before the quarter-final exit.
They followed that up with another disappointing performance, exiting at the group stage in Russia.
Costa Rica’s previous World Cup finishes
Round of 16
Costa Rica Golden Boot odds
There are currently no odds available for Costa Rican goalscorers at the 2022 World Cup.
Captain Bryan Ruiz is the highest active goalscorer for Costa Rica netting 29 goals and he found the net twice at the 2014 World Cup to help his nation reach the quarter-finals. They also boast 27-goal Celso Borges and Joel Campbell, who scored the only goal in Cost Rica’s 1-0 win over New Zealand to secure their spot at the World Cup.