WORLD CUP: Costa Rica lifted expectations with run to last 8

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations This time, on its fifth appearance at a World Cup, Costa Rica will be taking on five-time champion Brazil in Group E, a team they also played in the group stage in the 1990 and the 2002 editions of the tournament.Here’s a closer look at the Costa Rica team:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCOACHCosta Rica’s qualifying path to Russia was riddled with doubts when coach Paulo Wanchope resigned after being involved in a fight at an under-23 game. Costa Rica’s biggest group game is against Brazil on June 22 in St. Petersburg, where it is also based for the tournament. The opener is against Serbia on Sunday in Samara. The team will also face Switzerland on June 27 in Nizhny Novgorod.SQUADGoalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Leonel Moreira (Herediano)Defenders: Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Ian Smith (Norrkoping), Ronald Matarrita (New York City), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johnny Acosta (Rionegro Aguilas)Midfielders: David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne-Sport), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Rodney Wallace (New York City), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), Christian Bolanos (Saprissa)Forwards: Johan Venegas (Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (Los Angeles FC)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WORLD CUP: Balanced Brazil reduces dependence on Neymar Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Former midfielder Oscar Ramirez took over, keeping the same base of players from the 2014 World Cup, even those that did not enjoy regular playing time in Europe. Ramirez’s main challenge will be finding a way to fit new players into this core group, especially in the attack.GOALKEEPERSKeylor Navas is Costa Rica’s best-known player and has the leadership qualities to match. His strong performance in Brazil secured a move in 2014 to Real Madrid, where he has been a regular starter despite criticism from fans.Navas has won three Champions League titles with the Spanish club since he joined.DEFENDERSADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Giancarlo Gonzalez and Bryan Oviedo are undisputed starters.Kendall Waston, who scored the qualifying goal in a last-gasp draw against Honduras in Central American qualifying, is likely to also be included in the starting lineup.Other options include veteran Oscar Duarte and versatile defender Francisco Calvo.MIDFIELDERSBryan Ruiz, now 32 but one of the team’s best players in 2014, is the captain and main attacking threat.The Sporting Lisbon midfielder, who can also play as a second striker, was key to the run to the quarterfinals four years ago.Celso Gamboa, a defensive midfielder for Deportivo La Coruna, should also be confident of making the starting team. Cristian Bolanos, who plays for Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa, is struggling to overcome injuries.FORWARDSJoel Campbell, who is on loan at Real Betis from Arsenal, scored twice when Costa Rica beat the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifying. Ramirez also searched for options in the Costa Rican league, including David Ramirez and Ariel Rodriguez, who play for Saprissa.GROUP GAMES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Costa Rica’s Oscar Duarte goes up against Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku during a friendly soccer match between Belgium and Costa Rica at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Monday, June 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)SAN JOSE, Costa Rica  — After reaching the quarterfinals at the World Cup four years ago, Costa Rica has high standards to match in Russia.The Central American nation, with a population of just under 5 million people, won a group in Brazil that included England, Italy and Uruguay and only lost to the Netherlands in a penalty shootout.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more