Costa Rica Road to Russia FIFA World Cup 2018

Football has been one of the parts of the Costa Rican lifestyle since before the 1900s. It is believed that Costa Rican began playing Football around 1876. Then Costa Rica established their first official team. Talking about FIFA World Cup they did not enter until 1954 and did not qualify for FIFA World until 1986. After a great performance in the CONCACAF championship in 1989, they made their first appearance in 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. And they finished second in the group stage in their first FIFA World Cup behind Brazil but defeated against Czechoslovakia. But they did not qualify for the next two edition of FIFA World Cup in 1994 and 1998. In 2002 FIFA World Cup, Costa Rica became the only country to score 2 goals against Brazil although they lost 5-2 to Brazil. They got eliminated from the group stage in 2002 FIFA World Cup. Despite their ordinary performance, Costa Rica managed to make qualification to the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany.  And this time they again got eliminated from the group stage. Costa Rica failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and with the combination of young and experienced players Costa Rica began their new era and made it to the 2014 FIFA World cup in Brazil. Costa Rica was drawn against former three World champions England, Italy, and Uruguay. They proved all the odds wrong, Costa Rica ended topping the group with two wins and one draw against England. And they lost 4-3 to the Netherlands in Penalty Shoot-Out and got eliminated from quarterfinals. And after finishing second in the qualifying group, Costa Rica advanced to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

World Cup Qualifier CONCACAF

All the 35 members of the association from North America, Central America, and Caribbean Zone participate in the competition. The Competition goes for the five rounds and first three teams will directly qualify for the FIFA World Cup and the fourth country goes for the inter-continental playoff. After the completion of round two,10 winners joins two teams that have ranked 7 and 8 according to FIFA Coca-Cola World ranking and these 12 teams will compete in round three where two plots are chosen and one of them contains the six higher ranked teams and other contains six lower ranked teams. The six winners from round three advance to the fourth round where they compete with the six top-ranked team in the region these twelve teams are separated into three groups the group winners and runners-up advanced to round five. The six teams in the round five are placed into the single group and the top 3 teams from round five qualify for FIFA World Cup and the 4th team goes for the inter-continental playoff. Costa Rica qualified for 2018 FIFA World Cup through these qualification rounds.

 

FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E

The final draw of FIFA World Cup 2018 has placed Costa Rica in Group E where Costa Rica has to play against Brazil, Switzerland, and Serbia and qualify for the knockout stage into the round of sixteen’s.

The Fixtures for Costa Rica in Group Stage are:

 

 

Players to watch:

Bryan Ruiz                                                                Keylor Navas                                                        Joel Campbell

 

Coach: Oscar Ramirez

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