Costa Rica is all set to fire the stage of FIFA 2018 in Russia. They have got the confidence from the shores of Costa Rica. They have a goalkeeper like Keylor Navas from the Current UCL Champions, Real Madrid. As they say, if you have the best goalkeeper in the world then you cannot lose your pride: this is Navas for them.
WORLD CUP HISTORY:
Costa Rica appeared in four world cups; 1990, 2002, 2006, 2014. In the year 2014, they have reached the quarterfinal stage where they lost their hope to survive against the Netherlands (which hadn’t qualified in 2018)
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (LDA), Leonel Moreira (Herediano).
Defenders: Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Ian Smith (Norrkoping), Ronald Matarrita (NYCFC), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johnny Acosta (Aguilas Dorados).
Midfielders: David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Rodney Wallace (NYCFC), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), Christian Bolanos (Saprissa)
Forwards: Johan Venegas (Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (LAFC).
MANAGER: Oscar Ramirez
He is the former Costa Rican footballer who got himself fit in the role of a midfielder for the team. Along with this, he also played for Alajuelense, Saprissa, Belen, Guanacasteca. Later on, he started his career as a manager with Belen, Saprissa, Santos de Guapiles, Alajuelense, Costa Rica.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI:
Defenders:O.Duarte, G.Gonzalez, J.Acosta
Midfielders: B.Oviedo, Y.Tejeda, C.Borges, C.Gamboa
Forwards:C.Bolanos, M.Urena, B.Ruiz
KEY PLAYER: Bryan Ruiz and Keylor Navas
Bryan Ruiz, Winger and Keylor Navas, Goalkeeper are the key players of the team, and they can maintain the harmony in their group. On the one hand, Bryan will attack from his side to counter the opponents and assist or shoot maximum goals, on the other hand; Navas, he can save the juggernaut to keep the hopes up.
Interestingly, Costa Rica (before quarterfinal match) was among the teams who tagged as unbeaten in the 2014 World Cup along with Germany and Netherlands.
Group E- TV SCHEDULE
Sunday, 17 June
Costa Rica vs Serbia (Group E) – Samara – 5.30 pm
Brazil vs Switzerland (Group E) – Rostov-on-Don – 11.30 pm
Friday, 22 June
Brazil vs Costa Rica (Group E) – St Petersburg – 5.30 pm
Serbia vs Switzerland (Group E) – Kaliningrad – 11.30 pm
Wednesday, 27 June
Serbia vs Brazil (Group E) – Moscow (Spartak) – 11.30 pm
Switzerland vs Costa Rica (Group E) – Nizhny Novgorod – 11.30 pm
PROBABILITY OF WINNING THE WORLD CUP: