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?


Goalkeepers #
Alvaro Mesen 1
Jose Porras 18
Wardy Alfaro 23
Jervis Drummond 2
Luis Marin 3
Michael Umana 4
Gilberto Martinez 5
Leonardo Gonzalez 12
Harold Wallace 15
Gabriel Badilla 17
Michael Rodriguez 22
Danny Fonseca 6
Christian Bolanos 7
Mauricio Solis 8
Walter Centeno 10
Randall Azofeifa 14
Carlos Hernandez 16
Douglas Sequeira 20
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: Al Jazeera