Team profile: Costa Rica

'Los Ticos' arrive at their third World Cup, but had a dreadful away record during their qualifying campaign. They only managed wins on the road against Panama and Canada so the test in Germany is likely to be a stern one.

    FIFA Ranking: 26

    Coach: Alexandre Guimaraes

    Key players: Paulo Wanchope, Danny Fonseca, Ronald Gomez

    World Cup record: Third appearance

    Best Finish: Second Round 1990

    Last appearance: First Round 2002

    Qualifying route: Third in CONCACAF’s final group.

    Key question: Can Costa Rica’s ageing stars lift their side to the required standard?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Alvaro Mesen 1
    Jose Porras 18
    Wardy Alfaro 23
    Defenders
    Jervis Drummond 2
    Luis Marin 3
    Michael Umana 4
    Gilberto Martinez 5
    Leonardo Gonzalez 12
    Harold Wallace 15
    Gabriel Badilla 17
    Michael Rodriguez 22
    Midfielders
    Danny Fonseca 6
    Christian Bolanos 7
    Mauricio Solis 8
    Walter Centeno 10
    Randall Azofeifa 14
    Carlos Hernandez 16
    Douglas Sequeira 20
    Forwards
    Paulo Wanchope 9
    Ronald Gomez 11
    Kurt Bernard 13
    Alvaro Saborio 19
    Victor Nunez 21

    Group matches:

    v Germany, 16:00 GMT, Friday 9th June - Munich

    v Ecuador, 13:00 GMT, Thursday 15th June - Hamburg

    v Poland, 14:00 GMT, Tuesday 20th June - Hanover

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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