All 32 teams participating in the World Cup in Qatar
This time, we will be looking at the Costa Rican team from Group E, which became the 32nd country to participate in the tournament after defeating New Zealand in the intercontinental playoffs.
|Number of appearances||6th (3rd consecutive)|
|Highest score||Quarter finals|
|Capital city||San José|
|Manager||Luis Fernando Suarez|
＜Results of last 6 games＞
|6/15||World Cup Playoffs||New Zealand||〇||1-0||N|
|9/23||Friendly match||Republic of Korea||△||2-2||A|
|11/17||Friendly match||Republic of Iraq||Cancel||ー||A|
・Although they stumbled in the early stages of the North, Central America and Caribbean qualifiers, they continued to fight tenaciously and made it to the intercontinental playoffs. And we won the deadly battle with New Zealand and decided to participate in the World Cup for the 6th time in a row for 3 tournaments.
・It is an advantage that there are members who have experienced a strong advance to the top 8 in the 2014 tournament, centering on the guardian deity Navas, but on the other hand, all of them are over 30 years old and aging is progressing. status quo. Therefore, Suarez proactively appointed young players. As a result, he succeeded in discovering young artists such as Bennett and Contreras.
・Speaking of Costa Rica, it cannot be underestimated in this tournament as it has a track record of passing the “group of death” in which Italy, England and Uruguay live together in the 2014 tournament. The current team uses 5 backs and 4 backs depending on the opponent, and the number of goals conceded in the final qualifying is tied for second place next to Canada, and the firmness of defense is guaranteed. They will continue to defend tenaciously in the main tournament, and will face the situation with a few chances.
|（Name）||Luis Fernando Suarez|
|（Date of birth）||December 23, 1959（62）|
・A great coach who led the Ecuador national team to the last 16 in the 2006 tournament
・In June 2009, after gaining experience as a leader in his home country of Colombia and many other countries in Latin America, he was appointed as the national coach of Costa Rica.
・It was the third World Cup appearance, following the Ecuador national team in 2006 and the Honduras national team in 2014.
Basic Formations & Tactics
The basis of the team is a passionate defense and simple attack. The challenge is the linkage when switching from offense to defense.
・When building an attack from their own positions, both the back four and back five should begin to pillage up from the rear with three final lines and carefully build up by depositing the ball to Borges on the right. If the press is tight, CB Waston in the final line distributes the ball to the front line with long passes, and FW Campbell and A. Martinez aim for the goal with their individual skills.
・The main pattern, centered on Borges and Tejeda, is to cut into the enemy line from the side and aim to score with crosses from deep positions.
・At set pieces, opponents will have a hard time narrowing down their targets due to the large number of tall players with strong aerial skills, such as Waston, Vargas, Duarte, Calvo, and Borges, which will provide great opportunities.
・When the ball is taken away from them, they try to regain possession, but because of their lack of solidarity, they are in a pinch when their opponents break through.
・When the opponent is in possession of the ball, both wings drop back and retire deep into a [5-4-1] formation, building a strong barrier in front of the goal and using manpower tactics to stop the opponent from breaking through.
Star players（Top 3）
Keylor Navas（GK/Paris Saint-Germain）
・”Heroes of Costa Rica”
・He has a great deal of international experience, having risen to become one of the world’s finest goalkeepers after his performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and has won three consecutive Champions League (CL) titles with Real Madrid.
・What is indispensable in describing him is his astonishing reflexes. His reaction to shots is superb, and he has the frightening ability to stop a close-range finish with ease. His reflexes are undoubtedly among the best in the world.
Joel Campbell（FW/FC León）
・The Team’s Scorer.
・He has been a member of the Costa Rican national team’s front line for more than 10 years. He became a hero when he scored the final goal in the intercontinental playoff against New Zealand.
・His speedy dribble penetration and counter-attacks with his left foot are powerful enough. He also has good timing when breaking out from the back and is capable of providing assists.
・During his professional career, he has played for 11 clubs in 8 countries (Arsenal, Villarreal, Betis, Sporting, etc.).
・Although it is difficult for him to play all the time, he is a chance maker who can change the flow of the game with a single pass when he starts in the middle of the field. He used to play on the wing, but in recent years he has settled in at the top position, where his technical ability and ability to keep the ball in play are his strong points.
・One of the key players in reaching the last eight in the 2014 World Cup. He has announced his retirement from the tournament now.
|Name||Age||Club team||Representative Results (Goals)|
|GK||Keylor Navas||35||Paris Saint-Germain||107 Caps||・As a child, she was raised by her grandmother along with her sister.|
|Leonel Moreira||32||Alajuelense||23 Caps||・Inspire the team with fighting spirit|
・Longtime second goalkeeper for the national team.
|Esteban Alvarado||33||Herediano||23 Caps||・Despite his attractive physical appearance, he is sluggish due to problematic behavior in his private life.|
|Patrick Gilmar Sequeira Mejías||23||Lugo||1 caps||・A new GK who possesses amazing physical spring and also has foot skills.|
|DF||Francisco Calvo||30||San Jose Earthquakes||74 Caps（8）||・Have confidence in capturing the ball by making the most of their tough defense|
・Supporting the final line of the Costa Rica national team for many years
|Bryan Oviedo||32||Real Salt Lake||72 Caps（2）||・Features high-precision cross|
・It also has speed
|Oscar Duarte||33||Al-Wehda FC||68 Caps（3）||・He was described as the “Costa Rican Pique”|
|Kendall Waston||34||Saprissa||60 Caps（6）||・Confident in aerial and interpersonal combat|
|Ronald Matarrita||28||FC Cincinnati||52 Caps（3）||・Excellent kicking accuracy, hard working defensively|
|Keysher Fuller||28||Herediano||28 Caps（2）||・Right SB running hard on defense|
・Scoring in set pieces
|Juan Pablo Vargas||27||Millonarios||11 Caps（1）||・Above average aerial strength and mobility|
|Daniel Chacon||21||Cartaginés||7 Caps||・Showing skillful ball winning and development|
|Carlos Martinez||23||San Carlos||4 Caps||・ Plays right SB and defensive MF|
・In the match against South Korea in September, Son Heung-min was shut out
|Ian Lawrence||20||Alajuelense||3 Caps||・A growing stock who made his representative debut at the age of 19|
・It is difficult to defend because the offensive performance is too high
|MF||Celso Borges||34||Alajuelense||151 Caps（25）||・Fixed volunteers with scoring ability|
・ Responsible for assembling attacks by scattering long and short passes
|Bryan Ruiz||37||Alajuelense||143 Caps（29）||・play the joker|
|Yeltsin Tejeda||30||Herediano||72 Caps||・Characterized by accurate long passes|
|Gerson Torres||25||Herediano||12 Caps（1）||・Creating chances from the side with his unique dribbling skills.|
|Orlando Galo||22||Herediano||9 Caps||・Creating attack rhythm with simple passwork|
・Struggle in defense
|Jewison Bennette||18||Herediano||6 Caps||・Treasure of Costa Rica|
・Dribble breakthrough at speed is attractive
・The youngest player in Costa Rica’s history to make his international debut at the age of 17 years and 2 months
|Anthony Hernandez||21||Puntarenas||2 caps|
|・An up-and-coming striker with speed and courage|
|Álvaro Zamora||20||Saprissa||2 caps||・A 20-year-old up-and-coming attacker who brings a unique rhythm to attacks with his skillful passes|
|Youstin SALAS||26||Saprissa||3 caps||・Existence entrusted by the manager with the task of containing important players of the opposing team|
|Roan WILSON||20||Grecia||2 caps||・A MF that is troublesome for opponents due to its unique tempo|
|Brandon AGUILERA||19||Guanacaste||4 caps||・”Costa Rica’s future”, which has high potential for offensive sense such as propulsion, passing, and shooting.|
|Douglas LOPEZ||24||Herediano||1 caps||・Hold the ball with exquisite and calm technique and create chances with vertical passes|
|FW||Joel campbell||30||FC León||117 Caps（25）||・A Christian reading the Old Testament before a game|
|Johan Venegas||33||Alajuelense||79 Caps（11）||・A veteran who scores goals with bold plays in front of the goal|
・Pre-match video analysis
|Alonso Martinez||24||Lommel||12 Caps||・Characterized by speedy dribbling and accurate crossing|
|Anthony Contreras||20||Herediano||7 Caps（2）||・Costa Rica’s New CF Struggling with Striker Shortage|
・Score goals with dynamic play
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