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Costa Rica odds: To win 2022 World Cup, how far will they go, top scorer and more

By Dean Smith

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Published: 16:24, 2 August 2022 | Updated: 18:24, 9 August 2022

The 2022 World Cup will be Costa Rice’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 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.

2022 World Cup favourites

Nation Sky Bet Paddy Power 888 Sport   Nation Sky  Bet Paddy Power 888 Sport
Brazil 9/2 5/1 5/1   Poland 100/1 100/1 100/1
France 11/2 11/2 11/2   Serbia 100/1 100/1 100/1
England 6/1 13/2 13/2   USA 100/1 100/1 100/1
Argentina 15/2 13/2 13/2   Australia 500/1 425/1 400/1
Spain 15/2 15/2 15/2   Ecuador 150/1 125/1 125/1
Germany 9/1 9/1 9/1   Cameroon 200/1 250/1 250/1
Belgium 14/1 11/1 11/1   Japan 250/1 250/1 250/1
Netherlands 12/1 12/1 12/1   South Korea 250/1 250/1 250/1
Portugal 14/1 12/1 12/1   Tunisia 500/1 425/1 400/1
Denmark 28/1 30/1 30/1   Ghana 250/1 250/1 250/1
Croatia 66/1 45/1 45/1   Morocco 250/1 200/1 200/1
Uruguay 40/1 45/1 45/1   Canada 250/1 200/1 200/1
Senegal 80/1 100/1 100/1   Iran 500/1 500/1 500/1
Switzerland 66/1 80/1 80/1   Qatar 500/1 250/1 250/1
Wales 100/1 150/1 150/1   Saudi Arabia 750/1 500/1 500/1
Mexico 100/1 100/1 100/1   Costa Rica 750/1 500/1 500/1
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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


Group Stage


Group Stage




Group Stage

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 Costa Rica’s 1-0 win over New Zealand to secure their spot at the World Cup.

2022 World Cup Golden Boot favourites

Player Paddy Power Betfair
Harry Kane 6/1 6/1
Romelu Lukaku 13/2 13/2
Kylian Mbappe 8/1 8/1
Neymar 17/2 17/2
Cristiano Ronaldo 10/1 10/1
Lionel Messi 11/1 11/1
Lautaro Martinez 11/1 11/1
Karim Benzema 12/1 12/1
Memphis Depay 12/1 12/1
Antoine Griezmann 17/1 17/1
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