Costa Rica comes to the 2014 World Cup with a solid defense, a talented goal keeper, and a couple of bonafide scoring threats in Byran Ruiz and Joel Campbell. Even with the most talented roster this country has put on the pitch for the World Cup they are the underdog of Group D with Italy, England, and Uruguay.
With the misfortune of the being in the same group as perennial powerhouses Italy and England, this squad will have to rely on a their defense to to lead to quick counter attacks for their goals if this team has a prayer to advance.
What are Costa Rica Betting Odds in the 2014 World Cup?
- To Win The Tournament + 100000
- To Reach the Final: +75000
- To Win Group D: +6600
- To Qualify: +900
- Not To Qualify: -2500
- To Finish Last In Group D: -550
- To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Tournament: +250000
- To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Group: +3300
How did Costa Rica qualify?
Costa Rica finished second in CONCACAF "Hex", ahead of Mexico, Honduras, Panama, and Jamaica, finishing behind only Team USA. They were able to compete so well by using their stingy defense that went an incredible 476 minutes without giving up a single goal.
However, in seven of their qualifying matches they did not score more than one goal.
Overall, in the qualification process they had five wins, two losses, and three draws. They cannot be taken lightly though, as they did beat the United States and Mexico, who are also both contenders in the World Cup this summer.
Who are Costa Rica opponents in the 2014 World Cup?
Costa Rica is in Group D along Italy (+175), Uruguay (+200) and England (+220); the Ticos are listed +6600 to finish in the first place.
What is Costa Rica schedule For The 2014 World Cup?
Costa Rica will open their World Cup dreams against Uruguay on June 14 at the Estádio Castelão, in Fortaleza as +900 underdogs; the Uruguayans are rated -225 in the money line to win the match.
On June 19, Costa Rica will meet Italy at the Arena Pernambuco, in Recife; the Italians are favorites in the money line listed at -285 while the Ticos are +900.
Costa Rica’s best chance to get points is against England on June 24 according to the soccer odds; the English are -187 favorites to win at the Estádio Mineirão, in Belo Horizonte, and the Central Americans are +650.
What’s Costa Rica Official Slogan For The 2014 World Cup?
‘My Passion Is Football, My Strength Is My People, My Pride Is Costa Rica’.
What’s Costa Rica List of Players for the 2014 World Cup?
GOALKEEPERS : Keylor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Daniel Cambronero (Herediano), Esteban Alvarado (AZ Alkmaar)
DEFENDERS : Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Giancarlo González (Columbus Crew), Michael Umaña (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Brujas), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Heiner Mora (Saprissa), Junior Díaz (Mainz 05), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls), Kendall Waston (Saprissa).
MIDFIELDERS : Celso Borges (AIK), Christian Bolaños (Copenhagen), Oscar Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (AAlesund), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga), José Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Carlos Hernández (Wellington Phoenix), Ariel Rodríguez (Alajuelense), Hansell Arauz (Saprissa).
FORWARDS : Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven), Joel Campbell (Olympiakos FC), Randall Brenes (Cartaginés), Marco Ureña (FC Kubán Krasnodar), Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew).
Who’s Costa Rica Most Important Player in the 2014 World Cup?
There are several players on the Tico roster that have had strong 2013-14 seasons with their own clubs, but none of them compare to what Keylor Navas has doen at Levante in the Spanish La Liga. Navas finished as the top goalkeeper in La Liga rankings this past season, and he’s used to looking down the best strikers in the world.
What are Costa Rica Betting Trends For the 2014 World Cup?
- This will be Costa Rica’s fourth World Cup invitation (1990, 2002 & 2006); they advanced just once to the second round, back in 1990 when they made their debut in Italy.
- Costa Rica has played 10 World Cup games with three wins, one draw and six losses, scoring 12 goals and allowing 21.
- Costa Rica has played eight times against Uruguay with six losses and two draws; these two team met in the South Africa 2010 playoffs with ‘charruas’ advancing with a 2-1 overall result.
- Costa Rica beat Italy in the 1984 Olympics with a 1-0 result; the only meeting these two countries have had.
- Costa Rica has never played England.
How far will Costa Rica go?
Costa Rica will need a lot of luck and prayer to advance to the second round considering the Group they drew into. With a couple of lucky bounces in tight games this team can make some noise.
Complete Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup:
- Brazil 3/1
- Argentina 9/2
- Germany 11/2
- Spain 13/2
- Belgium 14/1
- France 20/1
- Italy 22/1
- Uruguay 22/1
- Colombia 25/1
- Netherlands 25/1
- England 28/1
- Portugal 28/1
- Chile 40/1
- Russia 66/1
- Mexico 100/1
- Switzerland 100/1
- USA 100/1
- Ecuador 125/1
- Ivory Coast 125/1
- Croatia 150/1
- Japan 150/1
- Bosnia-Herzegovina 200/1
- Ghana 200/1
- Greece 200/1
- Nigeria 250/1
- South Korea 300/1
- Australia 500/1
- Cameroon 500/1
- Algeria 1000/1
- Costa Rica 1000/1
- Honduras 1500/1
- Iran 1500/1