The 2022 World Cup will be Costa Rica’s third consecutive appearance at the tournament and they will be hoping for a repeat of 2014.
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 eventually lost to Netherlands on penalties — a game remembered for Tim Krul being subbed on for the shootout.
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Latest Costa Rica odds to win the World Cup
|Costa Rica to win the World Cup||505/1|
|Costa Rica to reach semi-final odds||100/1|
|Costa Rica to reach quarter-final odds||33/1|
|Costa Rica odds to win Group E||50/1|
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Costa Rica are in such a tough group that it’s hard to see them making into the knockout stages. They have a strong first game too, taking on 2010 champions Spain, without having much of a goalscoring threat.
Costa Rica route to the World Cup 2022 final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|Spain vs Costa Rica||Al Thumama Stadium||23 November 2022, 4pm|
|Japan vs Costa Rica||Al Rayyan Stadium||27 November 2022, 10am|
|Costa Rica vs Germany||Al Bayt Stadium||01 December 2022, 7pm|
*All times GMT
Costa Rica have been drawn 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.
Who could Costa Rica meet in the knockout rounds?
If Costa Rica do what seems like the impossible and top Group E, then they will meet the runners up in Group F, which on bookmakers odds will be Croatia in the round of 16. In the quarter-final, they would play the winner of Group G or the Group H runners-up, which puts them up against the likes of Brazil, Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea. If they they manage to get through that game England, Netherlands, Argentina, Senegal and USA are just a few of the teams who would await them.
|If Costa Rica win Group E||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Croatia|
Finishing as runners-up in Group E will likely see Luis Fernando Suarez’s men face-off against a Belgian side that seem to be declining, before facing Cristiano Ronaldo and co in the quarters. Current world champions France would then probably await them in the semi-finals, with Brazil the most likely side to reach the final.
|If Costa Rica come runners up in Group E||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Belgium|
Confirmed Costa Rica World Cup 2022 squad
|Juan Pablo Vargas||Defender||27||Millonarios|
|Bryan Oviedo||Defender||32||Real Salt Lake|
|Carlos Martinez||Defender||23||San Carlos|
|Ronald Matarrita||Defender||28||FC Cincinnati|
Costa Rica players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Costa Rica player to watch – Joel Campbell
Since making his Costa Rica debut aged just 18 in 2011, Joel Campbell has made 118 appearances and scored 25 goals for the national side, including the all important winner over New Zealand to secure their spot at the World Cup. This will be the former Arsenal forward’s third World Cup tournament, having scored on his debut in the competition against Uruguay in 2014, but failing to score since.
Costa Rica emerging player to look out for – Jewison Bennette
Teenage Sunderland starlet Jewison Bennette caught the eye during the September international break, scoring both of Costa Rica’s goals in their 2-2 draw with South Korea in an impressive performance. The 18-year old has now been directly involved in four goals in his last three games for the national side and will be looking to make a name for himself in Qatar.
Costa Rica tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
Luis Fernando Suarez will likely continue with the 4-2-3-1 formation that has bought him success this year, including in the 2-0 friendly win over Nigeria in one of Costa Rica’s pre-World Cup friendlies. With a strong centre-forward and pace on the wing from Jewison Bennette, Costa Rica are a good counter attacking side that can catch you on the break in the blink of an eye.
Costa Rica FAQs
Where are Costa Rica in the Fifa world rankings?
Costa Rica are currently ranked 31st in the Fifa world rankings, moving up in the most recent update to sit between Tunisia and Nigeria.
Who is the Costa Rica manager?
Luis Fernando Suarez replaced Ronald Gonzalez Brenes as Costa Rica head coach in 2021 and has won 56% of his games in charge.
Who is the current Costa Rica captain?
Former Fulham midfielder Bryan Ruiz captains Costa Rica,having scored 29 goals in his 146 appearances since making his debut way back in 2005.
How many times have Costa Rica won the World Cup?
Reaching the quarter-finals back in 2014 has been Los Ticos best finish at the World Cup tournament, having failing to make it past the group stages in three of their last four tournaments.
How many times have Costa Rica competed in the World Cup?
Since qualifying for their first World Cup tournament at Italia 90, Costa Rica have made it to the World Cup a total of six times, including 2022 in Qatar.
Who has scored Costa Rica’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Man City cult hero Paulo Wanchope and Ronald Gomez hold the joint record, having both scored three times in World Cup finals.
Which player from Costa Rica has the most World Cup appearances?
Christian Bolanos is the only Costa Rican to appear at three separate World Cups, having appeared at the 2006, 2014 and 2018 tournaments for a total of nine appearances.