SportsRation continues the countdown to the World Cup which begins in 16 days time in Qatar. Costa Rica is subject of today’s preview.
Costa Rica will appear at the 2022 FIFA World Cup which hold in Qatar fron November 20 to December 18 2022, their sixth at the World’s biggest footballing event.
To reach the World Cup Finals, Costa Rica edged New Zealand at the Intercontinental playoff game, Joel Campbell with the goal to seal a 1-0 win and book the North Americans a ticket to Qatar.
COSTA RICA AT THE FIFA WORLD CUP: APPEARANCE
Costa Rica appeared at the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 1990.
The North American country also participated at the FIFA World Cup in 2002, 2006, 2014 and 2018.
Costa Rica reached the Quater-final of the FIFA World Cup in 2014.
Their best finish at the World’s grandest footballing event.
Pick the 2-5 loss to Brazil at the Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup.
That loss condemned Costa Rica to a group stage exit at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
The 3-1 victory over a star studded Uruguayan team is Costa Rica’s biggest winning margin at the FIFA World Cup.
Christian Bolānos holds the record for most FIFA World Cup appearances for Costa Rica (9).
Bolānos racked in this nine appearances at a Costa Rican record three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2014 and 2018).
Ronald Gomez and Paulo Wanchope have scored three goals (3) to top Costa Rica’s FIFA World Cup goal chart.
2022 FIFA WORLD CUP SQUAD
Head Coach Luis Fernando Suarez announced Costa Rica’s 2022 FIFA World Cup squad on Thursday November 3.
The players that will fly to Qatar for the World Cup are;
|Keylor Navas||Paris Saint-Germain|
Juan Pablo Vargas (Millonarios)
Keysher Fuller (Herediano)
Oscar Duarte (Al-Wehda)
Bryan Oviedo (Real Salt Lake)
Francisco Calvo (Konyaspor)
Kendall Waston (Deportivo Saprissa)
Carlos Martinez (San Carlos)
Ronald Matarrita (Cincinnati)
Daniel Chacon (Colorado Rapids)
|Douglas Lopez||Santos de Guapile|
|Alvaro Zamora||Deportivo Saprissa|
|Brandon Aguilera||AD Guanacasteca|
COSTA RICA’S 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP SCHEDULE
Costa Rica will begin their World Cup campaign Vs Spain on November 23, 2022 in Doha.
The second group game will pitch Costa Rica against Japan before they round up their group stage run vs European giants Germany on December 1.
HOW FAR CAN THEY GO IN QATAR
Memories of their group stage exit at Russia 2018 may not go away from their minds as they face a difficult challenge in Group E.
Against Spain, Germany and Japan, Costa Rica must be at their very best to avoid another group stage exit in Qatar.
Ranked 31st in the October 2022 FIFA ranking of nations, Costa Rica will need a special performance as in 2014 to reach the knock-out round when the world gathers in Qatar.