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Costa Rica national football team

Men's national association football team representing Costa Rica

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Costa Rica
Nickname(s)Los Ticos (The Ticos)
AssociationFederación Costarricense de Fútbol (FEDEFUTBOL)
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachRónald González Brenes
CaptainBryan Ruiz
Most capsWalter Centeno (137)
Top scorerRolando Fonseca (47)
Home stadiumEstadio Nacional
FIFA codeCRC
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 46 (11 June 2020)[1]
Highest13 (February–March 2015)
Lowest93 (July 1996)
First international
 Costa Rica 7–0 El Salvador 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
Biggest win
 Costa Rica 12–0 Puerto Rico 
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 10 December 1946)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 7–0 Costa Rica 
(Mexico City, Mexico; 17 August 1975)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1990)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2014)
CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
Appearances20 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1963, 1969, 1989)
Copa América
Appearances5 (first in 1997)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2001, 2004)
Copa Centroamericana
Appearances14 (first in 1991)
Best resultChampions (1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014)

The Costa Rica national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Costa Rica) represents Costa Rica in men's international football. The national team is administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL), the governing body for football in Costa Rica. It has been a member of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) since 1927, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) since 1961, and a member of the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) since 1990.

Costa Rica is the most successful national football team in history from the region of Central America. Winning three CONCACAF Championships (1963, 1969, 1989) and leading the Copa Centroamericana tournament with three championships up until 2017, when it was absorbed into the CONCACAF Nations League. Costa Rica is the only national team in Central America to have played in five FIFA World Cup editions. Costa Rica's national football team has the all-time highest average Football Elo Ranking in Central America with 1597.1, and the all-time highest Football Elo Ranking in Central America, with 1806 in 2014.

Since the late 1980s, the team has continuously been visible as a solidly competitive side, with a prominent performance in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, making it to the knockout stage in their debut after finishing second in their group during the first phase, below Brazil. They also managed to qualify for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.

In 2014, Costa Rica achieved their best performance in history by finishing first in their group that consisted of three former World Cup champions: Uruguay, Italy, and England. During the round 16 they defeated Greece 5–3 via a penalty shootout after a 1–1 draw. Moreover, during their match against the Greek team, Keylor Navas saved more than 15 shots. They reached the quarter-finals for the very first time but were defeated by the Netherlands, also in a penalty shootout (3–4) after a scoreless draw on 5 July.[3][4] Their 2018 World Cup campaign ended in a fourth place group stage exit, with their only point coming from a 2–2 draw against Switzerland.

Costa Rica national football team Intro articles: 19

History

Early history

Costa Rica national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

The national team made its debut in the Independence Centenary Games held in Guatemala City in September 1921, winning their first game 7–0 against El Salvador. In the final, Costa Rica defeated 6–0 Guatemala to claim the trophy.[5]

Costa Rica's team in the late 1940s acquired the nickname "The Gold Shorties". Throughout the '50s and '60s, they were the second strongest team in the CONCACAF zone behind Mexico, finishing runners-up in World Cup qualifying in the 1958, 1962 and 1966 qualifiers. Stars of the side during this period included Ruben Jimenez, Errol Daniels, Leonel Hernandez and Edgar Marin. However, Costa Rica was not able to utilize this advantage, hence failed to reach any World Cup at that decade.

At the end of the 1960s their fortunes declined as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago and Canada rose in prominence.

1980s

Costa Rica failed to qualify for any of the World Cups in the 1970s and 1980s, and did not reach the final round of the CONCACAF qualifying until the 1986 qualifiers.

They participated in two consecutive Summer Olympic Games, in Moscow 1980 and in Los Angeles 1984. In 1980, Costa Rica competed against Yugoslavia, Finland and Iraq in Group D, losing 3–2, 3–0 and 3–0 respectively. In Los Angeles, the Ticos lost 3–0 against the United States, and 4–1 against Egypt, but beat a strong Italy team, which included Walter Zenga, Pietro Vierchowod, Franco Baresi and Aldo Serena, 1–0 with a goal by the midfielder Enrique Rivers.

1990 World Cup

Team that played against Scotland in the World Cup Italy 1990

Costa Rica won the 1989 CONCACAF Championship to qualify for the finals of a World Cup for the first time. In the first round of the qualifiers, they beat Panama 3–1 on aggregate after a 2–0 away victory in the second leg, with goals by Juan Arnoldo Cayasso and Hernán Medford. They were drwan against Mexico in the second round, but advanced automatically when their opponents were disqualified for youth player age tampering.

Costa Rica started the final qualifying group stage with a home victory and an away defeat against both Guatemala and the United States. They drew 1–1 with Trinidad and Tobago and then beat the same opponents 1–0 at home with a goal by Cayasso. They achieved an important away win, 4–2 against El Salvador at the Estadio Cuscatlán, with goals from Carlos Mario Hidalgo, Cayasso and a double from Leonidas Flores, before beating El Salvador 1–0 in San José with a goal from Pastor Fernández. They finished first in the group table, ahead of the United States on goal difference.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Costa Rica 8 5 1 2 10 6 +4 11
 United States 8 4 3 1 6 3 +3 11
 Trinidad and Tobago 8 3 3 2 7 5 +2 9
 Guatemala 6 1 1 4 4 7 −3 3
 El Salvador 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2
Source:

Placed in Group C at the World Cup finals, Costa Rica began by beating Scotland 1–0 thanks to another goal by Cayasso. Although they lost to Brazil by the same score, they came from behind to beat Sweden 2–1 in their final group match to reach the knockout stages. There, they lost 4–1 to Czechoslovakia, for whom Tomáš Skuhravý scored a hat-trick.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Costa Rica 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 4
3  Scotland 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 2
4  Sweden 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

1990s and early 2000s

Costa Rica failed to qualify for World Cups in 1994 and 1998, but they were invited to the Copa América for the first time in 1997. In the tournament, held in Bolivia, they finished bottom of first round Group C behind Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, with just one point. Costa Rica's friendlies in this period included a 5–4 defeat against Uruguay in the Estadio Centenario.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 10 2 +8 9
 Mexico 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
 Colombia 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3
 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 2 10 −8 1
Source:

They returned to the Copa América in Colombia in 2001. On this occasion they finished top of their first round group, but lost 2–1 in the quarter-finals to Uruguay.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Honduras 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6
 Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Bolivia 3 0 0 3 0 7 −7 0
Source:

2002 World Cup

The Ticos won the qualification for the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea and Japan. During the qualifiers, Costa Rica were coached by the Brazilian, Gílson Nunes, and then by the naturalised Brazilian, Alexandre Guimarães. The first qualifying group stage began with an unexpected 2–1 defeat to Barbados. After this humiliation, Costa Rica beat the United States 2–1 at the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium, with goals from Rolando Fonseca and Hernán Medford. They then beat Guatemala 2–1 in the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, with two goals from Paulo Wanchope and Barbados 3–0 at the Ricardo Saprissa, with goals from Juan Soto, Fonseca and Medford. A draw against the United States and a 2–1 defeat to Guatemala forced Costa Rica into a play-off against Guatemala in Miami. Costa Rica won 5–2 with two goals from Fonseca and one each from Wanchope, Reynaldo Parks and Jafeth Soto.

Costa Rica displayed fine attacking form during the final qualifying round, beginning with a 2–2 draw against Honduras at the Ricardo Saprissa, with goals from Fonseca and Rodrigo Cordero, and a 3–0 defeat of Trinidad and Tobago at the Morera Soto. Their only loss in this round came when the United States beat them 1–0. Costa Rica bounced back with a 2–1 win against Mexico in Mexico City, a match known as the Aztecazo,[6] with goals from Fonseca and Medford. Further wins over Jamaica, Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago took Costa Rica to the brink of qualification, which they sealed with an emotional 2–0 win against the United States in the Saprissa, with a double from Fonseca.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Costa Rica 10 7 2 1 17 7 +10 23 Qualified to the 2002 FIFA World Cup
2  Mexico 10 5 2 3 16 9 +7 17
3  United States 10 5 2 3 11 8 +3 17
4  Honduras 10 4 2 4 17 17 0 14
5  Jamaica 10 2 2 6 7 14 −7 8
6  Trinidad and Tobago 10 1 2 7 5 18 −13 5
Source: FIFA

In the finals, Costa Rica were drawn into Group C with Brazil, China, and Turkey. Their campaign started in Gwangju, where the Ticos beat China 2–0. In their second game against Turkey in Incheon, Winston Parks scored an 86th-minute goal to earn a 1–1 draw. Against Brazil, Costa Rica fought back from 3–0 down to 3–2 early in the second half, only to concede two further goals and lose 5–2. With Turkey beating China 3–0, Costa Rica finished behind Turkey on goal difference and were eliminated.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 11 3 +8 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Turkey 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
3  Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4
4  China PR 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

2006 World Cup

Costa Rica again managed to qualify for the World Cup finals in 2006, albeit with difficulties that saw their American coach Steve Sampson depart after they required away goals to beat Cuba in the preliminary phase. The Colombian Jorge Luis Pinto took over for the next round, which began with a disastrous 5–2 defeat at home against Honduras and a 2–1 loss in Guatemala. Costa Rica recovered with two wins over Canada and a resounding 5–0 triumph over Guatemala, when Wanchope scored a hat-trick and Carlos Hernández and Fonseca added further goals. Costa Rica advanced to the hexagonal round by winning the group.

In the final round they started with a 2–1 defeat against Mexico at the Saprissa, before beating Panama by the same score, with goals from Wayne Wilson and Roy Myrie. Pinto was dismissed after a goalless draw with Trinidad and Tobago, and Guimarães returned as coach. His first match ended in a 3–0 defeat to the United States, but wins followed against Guatemala, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. Costa Rica decisively beat the United States in the Saprissa, 3–0, with a goal from Wanchope and two from Hernández, to guarantee their third World Cup qualification.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 10 7 1 2 16 6 +10 22[a] 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
 Mexico 10 7 1 2 22 9 +13 22[a] 2–1 2–0 2–0 5–2 5–0
 Costa Rica 10 5 1 4 15 14 +1 16 3–0 1–2 2–0 3–2 2–1
 Trinidad and Tobago 10 4 1 5 10 15 −5 13 1–2 2–1 0–0 3–2 2–0
 Guatemala 10 3 2 5 16 18 −2 11 0–0 0–2 3–1 5–1 2–1
 Panama 10 0 2 8 4 21 −17 2 0–3 1–1 1–3 0–1 0–0
Source:
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Tied on head-to-head points (3). Head-to-head goal difference: United States +1, Mexico −1.

On 9 June 2006, Costa Rica made their debut in Munich in the opening match of the World Cup against the hosts, Germany. Wanchope scored to equalise an early goal from Philipp Lahm, and later added another, but Costa Rica lost 4–2. However, they failed to match this encouraging performance in their remaining two games, losing 3–0 against Ecuador and 2–1 against Poland in a dead rubber.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany (H) 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Ecuador 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3  Poland 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4  Costa Rica 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
(H) Host.

2010 World Cup

Costa Rica began the qualifying competition for the 2010 World Cup against Grenada, winning 5–2 on aggregate (2–2, 3–0). They won all six games played in the next phase, against El Salvador (1–0, 3–1), Haiti (3–1, 2–0) and Suriname (7–0, 4–1).

With two games left in the Hexagonal round, Costa Rica trailed Honduras by one point in trying to win the third automatic qualification place behind the United States and Mexico. When Honduras lost 3–2 at home to the United States, Costa Rica overtook them with a 4–0 win against Trinidad and Tobago. Needing to win the final match in Washington, D.C. against the United States to ensure qualification, the Ticos led 2–0 at half-time, but Jonathan Bornstein scored an injury-time equaliser to draw the match 2–2. Meanwhile, Honduras's 1–0 victory over El Salvador moved them into third place in the group table on goal difference.

Costa Rica finished fourth, pushing them into a play-off with the fifth-placed team from the CONMEBOL region, Uruguay. The Ticos lost the first leg in San José 1–0, after a goal by Diego Lugano, and finished with ten men after Randall Azofeifa was sent off. In the second leg, played at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Sebastián Abreu put Uruguay ahead twenty minutes from time, and although Walter Centeno equalised, the 1–1 draw sent Uruguay to the World Cup finals, 2–1 on aggregate.

After failing to qualify, the team began a new era, with the young talent of players such as Azofeifa, Keylor Navas, Cristian Bolaños, Michael Barrantes and Joel Campbell. Rónald González was the interim coach before Ricardo La Volpe was appointed in September 2010. He lasted only ten months before being replaced replaced by the Colombian, Jorge Luis Pinto, in his second spell in charge. During this period, Costa Rica played many friendlies against the top-ranked teams in the world, including the world champion Spain, most of them in the new national stadium, the Estacio Nacional, which was opened in 2011.

2014 World Cup

The Ticos' 2014 World Cup campaign began with a 2–0 loss against El Salvador in the third round of the qualifiers. They followed this with a 4–0 win over Guyana with a hat-trick by Álvaro Saborío. Two defeats to Mexico put the Ticos one defeat away from elimination, but they resurrected their campaign with a 1–0 win against El Salvador, with the only goal scored by José Miguel Cubero. They clinched a final round berth with a 7–0 win over Guyana, with goals scored by Randall Brenes, Saborío, Cristian Bolaños, Celso Borges and Cristian Gamboa.

The fourth round began with a 2–2 draw against Panama. In March, Costa Rica lost 1–0 against the United States in Denver, and launched an unsuccessful appeal against the match because of inclement weather.[7] Costa Rica again fell 1–0 to the United States in the Gold Cup that June.[8] Costa Rica then won 2–0 against Jamaica, beat Honduras 1–0 against, drew 0–0 at the Azteca against Mexico and won at home 2–0 against Panama. In September, they won 3–1 against the United States in San José.

On 10 September 2013, Costa Rica drew 1–1 with Jamaica, thanks to a goal from Brenes, to qualify with two games to spare. After a 1–0 loss at Honduras and 2–1 win over Mexico in October, Costa Rica finished second in the table, behind the United States.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States (Q) 10 7 1 2 15 8 +7 22 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–0
 Costa Rica (Q) 10 5 3 2 13 7 +6 18 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0
 Honduras (Q) 10 4 3 3 13 12 +1 15 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–0
 Mexico (A) 10 2 5 3 7 9 −2 11 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–0
 Panama 10 1 5 4 10 14 −4 8 2–3 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–0
 Jamaica 10 0 5 5 5 13 −8 5 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1
Source:
(Q) Top three teams qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.; (A) Fourth-placed team advanced to the CONCACAF v OFC play-off.

Costa Rica were drawn in finals Group D against three previous tournament winners – Italy, England and Uruguay – and were given odds of 2500–1 to win the tournament. However, they beat Uruguay and Italy and drew 0–0 with England to finish top of the group and qualify for the knockout stage.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Uruguay 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
3  Italy 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
4  England 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

In the second round, they beat Greece 5–3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw, seeing them through to the quarter-finals for the first time. There, they held the Netherlands to a 0–0 draw after extra time, before losing 4–3 on penalties. Costa Rica rose 12 places to 16th in the FIFA World Rankings. The former Federation member Farabundo Fidel Calderón cited their long-term progress since 2007 as the reason for their achievement.[9]

2018 World Cup

The Ticos' qualification for the 2018 World Cup started with a bye to the fourth qualifying round, where they won five games and drew one, winning their group. In the final round, they finished second behind Mexico to qualify automatically, winning four matches, drawing four and losing two.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico 10 6 3 1 16 7 +9 21 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
2  Costa Rica 10 4 4 2 14 8 +6 16
3  Panama 10 3 4 3 9 10 −1 13
4  Honduras 10 3 4 3 13 19 −6 13 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs
5  United States 10 3 3 4 17 13 +4 12
6  Trinidad and Tobago 10 2 0 8 7 19 −12 6
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Costa Rica were drawn in Group E alongside Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia. Many key players from 2014 tournament remained in the squad, but they made a disappointing exit at the group stage. Costa Rica lost their first two games, against Serbia and Brazil, without scoring, but drew 2–2 with Switzerland in their last match after equalising in injury time.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Switzerland 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
3  Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4  Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Costa Rica national football team History articles: 140

Home stadium

Estadio Nacional is a home stadium of Costa Rica national team it was opened in 2011.

They play most of the World Cup qualifying matches against North and Central American teams like Mexico, Panama, USA, Honduras, Canada, Cuba, Jamaica and many more, They play their friendly matches against teams across the globe and train in the stadium.

Following the demolition of the old stadium they've played every matches at the old stadium after they've moved to the new stadium in 2011 and they play their every matches and train in the new stadium.

Competitive record

* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
1930 Did not enter Did not enter
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958 Did not qualify 6 4 1 1 16 7
1962 9 5 1 3 22 14
1966 8 5 2 1 17 3
1970 4 2 1 1 7 3
1974 2 0 1 1 4 5
1978 6 1 4 1 8 6
1982 8 1 4 3 6 10
1986 8 2 5 1 10 8
1990 Round of 16 13th 4 2 0 2 4 6 10 6 2 2 13 7
1994 Did not qualify 8 4 0 4 16 11
1998 16 7 3 6 22 17
2002 Group stage 19th 3 1 1 1 5 6 17 11 3 3 31 10
2006 Group stage 31st 3 0 0 3 3 9 18 8 4 6 30 25
2010 Did not qualify 20 12 3 5 41 22
2014 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 3 0 5 2 16 8 4 4 27 12
2018 Group stage 29th 3 0 1 2 2 5 16 9 5 2 25 11
2022 To be determined To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 5/21 18 5 5 8 19 28 153 77 37 41 274 160
* Uruguay beat Costa Rica 2–1 in the 2010 CONCACAF vs CONMEBOL play-off.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1963 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 14 2
1965 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1 11 4
1967 Did not enter
1969 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 2
1971 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 6 5
1973 Did not qualify
1977
1981
1985 Third place 3rd 8 2 5 1 10 8
1989 Champions 1st 8 5 1 2 10 6
1991 Fourth place 4th 5 1 0 4 5 9
1993 Third place 3rd 5 1 3 1 6 5
1996 Did not qualify
1998 Group stage 5th 2 1 0 1 8 4
2000 Quarter-finals 6th 3 0 2 1 5 6
2002 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 8 5
2003 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 10 8
2005 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 6 4
2007 7th 4 1 1 2 3 4
2009 Fourth place 4th 5 2 2 1 10 6
2011 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 8 6
2013 5th 4 2 0 2 4 2
2015 7th 4 0 3 1 3 4
2017 Fourth place 4th 5 3 1 1 6 3
2019 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 4
Total 3 Titles 20/25 95 41 28 26 154 97

Copa América

Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1993* Not invited
1995
1997 Group stage 10th 3 0 1 2 2 10
1999 Not invited
2001 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 7 3
2004 7th 4 1 0 3 3 8
2007 Not invited
2011 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 4
2015 Not invited
2016 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 6
2019 Not invited
2021
Total Quarter-finals 5/12 17 5 3 9 17 31
* Ecuador 1993 was the first time nations from outside CONMEBOL were invited.

Copa Centroamericana

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1991 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 10 1
1993 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 3 2
1995 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 6
1997 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 12 3
1999 Champions 1st 5 3 0 2 13 3
2001 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 8 5
2003 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 5 1
2005 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 8 2
2007 Champions 1st 4 2 1 1 5 2
2009 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 1 0 9 1
2011 Runners-up 2nd 4 1 2 1 6 5
2013 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 6 1
2014 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 7 3
2017 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 4 2
Total 8 Titles 13/13 59 34 16 9 103 37

CCCF Championship

CCCF Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1941 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 23 5
1943 Third place 3rd 6 3 0 3 20 15
1946 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 24 6
1948 Champions 1st 8 5 1 2 25 11
1951 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 13 5
1953 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 19 2
1955 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 19 4
1957 Withdrew
1960 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 14 4
1961 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 32 4
Total 7 Titles 9/10 51 40 4 7 191 56

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1900 Did not enter
1904
1908
1912
1920
1924
1928
1936
1948
1952
1956
1960
1964
1968 Did not qualify
1972
1976
1980 First round 16th 3 0 0 3 2 9
1984 First round 13th 3 1 0 2 2 7
1988 Did not qualify
1992
1996
2000
2004 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 8
2008 Did not qualify
2012
2016
2020
Total Quarter-finals 3/27 10 2 1 7 8 24

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1951 Silver medal 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 12
1955 Did not participate
1959 Round 1 5th 6 2 1 3 10 16
1963 Did not participate
1967
1971
1975 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 7 13
1979 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 8 7
1983 Did not participate
1987
1991
1995 Quarter-finals 6th 4 4 0 2 12 6
1999 Round 1 5th 4 1 3 0 5 4
2003 Did not qualify
2007 Round 1 9th 3 0 1 2 2 5
2011 Fourth place 4th 4 2 0 2 4 7
2015 Did not qualify
2019
Total 1 Silver medal 8/18 36 15 16 7 57 70

Panamerican Championship

Panamerican Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1952 Did not participate
1956 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 11 15
1960 Fourth place 4th 6 1 2 3 4 10
Total Third place 3/3 11 3 3 5 15 25

Honours

Costa Rica national football team players celebrating their classification at the FIFA World Cup 2014 for the round of 16 in first place of Group D at Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte after their draw with England.

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2019

6 September FriendlyCosta Rica  1–2  UruguaySan José, Costa Rica
20:00 (UTC−6) Borges  48' Report De Arrascaeta  42' (pen.)
Rodríguez  90'
Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica
Referee: Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)
14 November Nations League ACuraçao  1–2  Costa RicaWillemstad, Curaçao
18:30 Janga  20' Report Venegas  14' (pen.)
Calvo  84'
Stadium: Ergilio Hato Stadium
Referee: Marco Ortiz (Mexico)
17 November Nations League ACosta Rica  1–1  HaitiSan José, Costa Rica
18:00 Calvo  27' Report Nazon  38' (pen.) Stadium: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá
Referee: Saíd Martínez (Honduras)

2020

1 February FriendlyUnited States  1–0 Costa RicaCarson, United States
15:55 UTC−8
Report Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park
Attendance: 9,172
Referee: Oshane Nation (Jamaica)

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