Costa Rica World Cup 2022 guide: Star player, fixtures, squad, one to watch, odds to win

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Costa Rica will head into the competition with next to no expectation on their shoulders.

Potentially a dangerous proposition due to low ranking and modest squad and resources, they will be hard pressed to repeat the feat of topping their group in 2014.

Here’s all you need to know about Costa Rica…

Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez. The Colombian is onto his sixth stint managing a different Latin American nation.

Captain: Bryan Ruiz. Former Fulham favourite now back where it all started at home club Alajuelense.

Star player: Keylor Navas. The Paris Saint-Germain stopper is on his second European super club after a stint with Real Madrid.

One to watch: Brandon Aguilera. Teen midfielder who has just broken into the national side, signed by Nottingham Forest but on loan at Guanacasteca.

World ranking: 31

Odds: 500/1

Best thing about them: Christian names like Yeltsin, Jewisson and Keysher.

Worst thing about them: Unpredictable group of players struggling for consistency.

Their prospects in three words: Group stage strugglers

Fixtures (all times GMT)

  • November 23 vs Spain (4pm)

  • November 27 vs Japan (10am)

  • December 1 vs Germany (7pm)

Squad

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Esteban Alvarado, Patrick Sequeira

Defenders: Francisco Calvo, Juan Pablo Vargas, Kendall Waston, Oscar Duarte, Daniel Chacon, Keysher Fuller, Carlos Martinez, Bryan Oviedo, Ronald Matarrita.

Midfielders: Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Youstin Salas, Roan Wilson, Gerson Torres, Douglas Lopez, Jewisson Bennette, Alvaro Zamora, Anthony Hernandez, Brandon Aguilera, Bryan Ruiz.

Forwards: Joel Campbell, Anthony Contreras, Johan Venegas.