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Costa Rica odds to win World Cup 2022: Confirmed squad, route to the final, ranking & form

By Dean Smith

Costa Rica odds to win World Cup 2022: Confirmed squad, route to the final, ranking & form

Published: 16:35, 17 November 2022 | Updated: 12:21, 21 November 2022

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

Betting market Midnite
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

Fixture Stadium Date*
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
Quarter-Final Brazil
Semi-Final Argentina
Final France

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
Quarter-Final Portugal
Semi-Final France
Final Brazil

Confirmed Costa Rica World Cup 2022 squad

Player  Position Age Club
Keylor Navas Goalkeeper 35 PSG
Esteban Alvarado Goalkeeper 33 Herediano
Patrick Sequeira Goalkeeper 23 Ligo
Oscar Duarte Defender 33 Al-Wehda
Juan Pablo Vargas Defender 27 Millonarios
Keysher Fuller Defender 28 Herediano
Bryan Oviedo Defender 32 Real Salt Lake
Franciso Calvo Defender 30 Konyaspor
Kendall Watson Defender 34 Saprissa
Carlos Martinez Defender 23 San Carlos
Ronald Matarrita Defender 28 FC Cincinnati
Celso Borges Midfielder 34 Alajuelense
Jewison Bennette Midfielder 18 Sunderland
Bryan Ruiz Midfielder 37 Alajuelense
Gerson Torres Midfielder 25 Herediano
Youstin Salas Midfielder 26 Saprissa
Anthony Hernandez Midfielder 21 Puntarenas
Roan Wilson Midfielder 20 Grecia
Brandon Aguilera Midfielder 19 Guanacasteca
Alvaro Zamora Midfielder 20 Saprissa
Daniel Chacon Midfielder 21 Cartagines
Yeltsin Tejeda Midfielder 30 Herediano
Douglas Lopez Midfielder 24 Herediano
Anthony Contreras Forward 22 Herediano
Johan Venegas Forward 33 Alajuelense
Joel Campbell Forward 30 Leon

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.

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