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 3:38pm 10/30/14 3:38pm

Netherlands Beat Costa Rica On Penalties

Tim Krul replaced Jasper Cillessen at the end of extra time for penalties and made two saves, the last one on Michael Umaña above. Every man who took a shot for the Netherlands scored and they won 4-3. » 7/05/14 6:55pm 7/05/14 6:55pm

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 6:02pm 7/05/14 6:02pm

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 4:37pm 7/05/14 4:37pm

Your Netherlands-Costa Rica Open Thread

Here it is, the quarterfinal match-up that looked the most predictable going in, which probably means Costa Rica breeze past the Netherlands into the next round, 3-0. Either way, talk about it here. » 7/05/14 3:57pm 7/05/14 3:57pm

Ruiz Goal Gives Team 1-0 Lead; Here's How It Sounded In Costa Rica

Bryan Ruiz's 52nd-minute goal gave Costa Rica a 1-0 lead on a shot that seemed to surprise everyone on the pitch. Here's how announcers for Repretel Canal 6 in Costa Rica called it. (Spoiler: it involves a lot of ¡GOL!) » 6/29/14 5:25pm 6/29/14 5:25pm

Can Joel Campbell Keep His (And Costa Rica's) Breakout Rolling?

You could make an argument that, of all the Arsenal players at this World Cup, the best performance has been from a player with a grand total of zero minutes playing for the Gunners: Joel Campbell. » 6/29/14 2:30pm 6/29/14 2:30pm

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 11:30am 6/24/14 11:30am

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 1:45pm 6/21/14 1:45pm

Costa Rica, Ecuador Announcers Issue Open Challenge To Colombia

We noted yesterday how awesome Colombian broadcast goal calls are, but Costa Rica and Ecuador are offering just as stiff a challenge. Here's every goal scored yesterday, as heard back in that country. (Costa Rica is above, from national radio. It includes singing.) » 6/21/14 10:10am 6/21/14 10:10am

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 2:51pm 6/20/14 2:51pm

Your Italy-Costa Rica Open Thread

We start off the day with Italy and Costa Rica. Everyone is still alive in this group, though the result of this match could change that. We shall see. » 6/20/14 11:59am 6/20/14 11:59am

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 10:45am 6/20/14 10:45am

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 4:27pm 6/14/14 4:27pm

Overmatched, Costa Rica Can Still Make It Rough For Everyone Else

FIFA Doesn't Care About Diving

If FIFA cared about diving, it would have A)rescinded the yellow card and resulting suspension for Matt Besler for this phantom foul, or B) punished Joel Campbell in some way, any way, for this obvious dive. » 10/03/13 6:55pm 10/03/13 6:55pm