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11 Things You Need To Know About Costa Rica’s World Cup Team

The ticos are awesome!

1. Their jersey has the perfect balance of red and blue:

2. The country is located in Central America and has been called, “the happiest place on earth.

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3. Their first World Cup appearance was in 1990:

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They did so well that they made it to the Knockout rounds.

4. Their best player ever was Hérnan Medford:

He scored a goal against Sweden in the 1990 World Cup, which resulted in qualification for the second round, Costa Rica’s best World Cup performance.

5. Sadly, they have never hosted a World Cup. But if they did, tourists would have an awesome time.

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6. This will be their fourth time attending the World Cup.

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7. Although they have never won a World Cup competition, they have a really solid team competing this year.

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8. Bryan Ruiz, the star of the team, is an amazing midfielder.

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He is also the team’s captain.

9. Just look at him score this goal!

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AWESOME!

10. This year they are part of competitive Group D:

11. Their current coach, Jorge Luis Pinto, is confident that Costa Rica will surprise many at the World Cup.

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And we wish them the best of luck!

Their chances of winning this year:

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