Fanboy Government Agents Illegally Spied On Costa Rican World Cup Hero

Keylor Navas was the best player on a Costa Rica team that exceeded all expectations in this summer's World Cup. Because of the goalkeeper's heroics, neutrals fell in love with him, Real Madrid fell in love with him, and Costa Ricans especially fell in love with him—a little too much, it turns out. » 10/30/14 3:39pm 10/30/14 3:39pm

Robben Almost Strikes Again; Netherlands And Costa Rica Go To Extra Time

Robben went down very easily on this run—though perhaps he took a tiny shot to the pelotas?—and earned the Netherlands a free kick late in the game. Costa Rica were immediately unimpressed and called it a dive, but the ref showed yellow, anyway. Wesley Sneijder stepped up to take the shot and blasted it off the… » 7/05/14 6:08pm 7/05/14 6:08pm

Winking Kid During Costa Rican National Anthem Is The Best

This kid right here, he's a little bit of alright. Speaking as someone who looks afflicted with some kind of palsy when he tries to wink, this kid is a pretty smooth-ass operator. He follows the camera pan all the way around and just sells it, the whole time. Total confidence, with a care-free attitude. » 7/05/14 4:41pm 7/05/14 4:41pm

England Didn't Change After All

The new dawn, the changing of the guard, a new broom to sweep England clean. Call it whatever tired sporting cliché you like—this World Cup was meant to be the start of an exciting new era for the England team. The 1996 European Championship that so nearly ended in glory was meant to be the spark that set English… » 6/24/14 11:31am 6/24/14 11:31am

How Do Costa Rica Compare To The Biggest World Cup Surprises Ever?

You know the soccer superpowers—the likes of Brazil, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. When those teams get out of the group stage, no one bats an eye. But every four years, there's at least one country that explodes onto the scene. Sometimes, they become soccer's version of Gonzaga—a forceful upstart with the… » 6/21/14 1:48pm 6/21/14 1:48pm

Costa Rica Beat Italy And Knocked Out England, All With One Goal

In arguments about whether Group D or Group G was the true Group of Death, the answer mostly rested on how you thought about Costa Rica vs. the US. Italy, Uruguay, and England were probably a stronger top three than Germany, Portugal, and Ghana, but the thinking went that the US had a better shot to make the Round of… » 6/20/14 2:55pm 6/20/14 2:55pm

Italy-Costa Rica: England Be Damned, The Ticos Are In Search Of A Draw

Most would agree Brazil 2014 has been as exciting as any World Cup group stage in recent memory. The tournament began with an unbelievable twelve consecutive matches without a draw. Of those first twelve matches, five were come-from-behind victories with two of the five genuine upsets (Netherlands-Spain and… » 6/20/14 10:47am 6/20/14 10:47am

Costa Rica Score Two Goals In Three Minutes, Take 2-1 Lead

Joel Campbell scored the first goal for Costa Rica at 54 minutes and then three minutes later, Oscar Duarte scored again on a header off a set piece to give Costa Rica a 2-1 lead over Uruguay. Luis Suarez, not in the starting lineup as he recovers from knee surgery, apparently jumped up from his seat on the bench and… » 6/14/14 4:32pm 6/14/14 4:32pm