World Cup 2014 team preview – Costa Rica

Captain: Mario Yepes

Manager: Jose Pekerman

Costa Rica played solid defense on its way to qualification.Not a favorable group for them having England , Italy and Uruguay in the same group.


Notable Strength –Their defense pretty held up during the qualification.  Having Bryan Ruiz  and  Joel Campbell is a strength

Notable Weakness – Overall Costa Rica is a pretty decent squad , a pretty decent squad against big teams like Uruguay , Italy and England. Costa Rica


Projected Starting XI

Goalkeeper –  Keylor Navas  will start for them.

Defenders –Johnny Acosta  Giancarlo Gonzalez  Michael Umana  will be a sturdy defense.

Midfielders –  Celso Borges will expected to lead this midfield , who will expected to pressed in this talented group.

Forwards – Álvaro Saborío will be missing for Costa Rica at the forward line , Its not 100% attack , but Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell can give threats in going forward.

Key Player –Bryan Ruiz  At his best, he is a tremendously elegant player with a refined dribbling style and cultured left-foot. 

Notable Missing Players – Álvaro Saborío will be missing for Costa Rica , and that makes Costa Rica’s attack not 100%

Surprise – Bryan Ruiz could be surprise if he performs very well/


One to Watch –  Keylor Navas might underrated , but Costa Rica , but his shotstopping ability will be needed.

Young Star – Bryan Ruiz. 

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense) Daniel Cambronero (Herediano).

Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew), Michael Umana (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Bruges), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Heiner Mora (Saprissa), Junior Diaz (Mainz 05), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls).

Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK), Christian Bolanos (Copenhagen), Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano).

Forwards: Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven, on loan from Fulham), Joel Campbell (Olympiakos, on loan from Arsenal), Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Marco Urena (FC Kuban Krasnodar).

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