COSTA RICA

  • World Cup players Gamboa, Davidson join West Brom August 6, 2014

    West Bromwich: Costa Rica right back Cristian Gamboa and Australia left back Jason Davidson have signed for West Bromwich Albion, weeks after playing for their countries at the World Cup. Gamboa moved from Norwegian side Rosenborg on a threeyear deal after the English Football Association's appeal panel approved his workpermit application....
  • World Cup 2014: Cool Tim Krul unapologetic about gamesmanship July 7, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul was back defending himself on Sunday, less than 24 hours after making two stunning penalty saves against Costa Rica to book his team's place in the World Cup semifinals. The towering Krul replaced firstchoice keeper Jasper Cillessen specifically for the shootout in Salvador after...
  • World Cup 2014: Not even Navas could rescue Costa Rica this time July 6, 2014

    Not even Keylor Navas could rescue Costa Rica this time. The goalkeeper who made so many wonderful saves in this World Cup was outclassed in the penalty shootout that decided the quarterfinal against the Netherlands. But for 120 minutes and for most of Costa Rica's previous four matches at the tournament...
  • The Beautiful Game: Netherlands beat Costa Rica on penalties to reach semis July 6, 2014

    Louis van Gaal put on reserve goalkeeper Tim Krul just before the shootout, and his move paid off with Krul pulling off two saves in the tiebreaker. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Pinto blames referees for owing Costa Rica two penalties July 6, 2014

    Salvador: Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto believed that his team should have been given two penalties from the referees in the match against the Netherlands in the World Cup quarterfinal on Saturday. Thanks to the substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul, the Netherlands defeated Costa Rica 43 in the penalty shootout to...
  • World Cup 2014: Van Persie's misses nearly cost Netherlands July 6, 2014

    Salvador: On the same ground where Robin van Persie's spectacular diving header earned him the nickname the Flying Dutchman, the Netherlands striker fell flat against Costa Rica on Saturday. Van Persie missed two chances from close range in stoppage time in a 00 draw before the Dutch prevailed 43 in penalty...
  • World Cup 2014: Holland beat Costa Rica on penalties to reach semis July 6, 2014

    Salvador: Substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul turned out to be the unlikely hero at the Arena Fonte Nova here Saturday as the Netherlands beat Costa Rica 43 on penalties to set up a mouthwatering FIFA World Cup semifinal clash against Argentina on Wednesday. In a masterstroke from Dutch coach Louis van Gaal...
  • As it happened: Netherlands vs Costa Rica, quarterfinal July 6, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from the fourth quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Prematch: The irresistible fairytale of Costa Rica faces a day of reckoning against Louis van Gaal's hard, calculating Dutch side on Saturday...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch in the last two quarterfinals July 5, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: The world's best player goes up against perhaps the world's best goalkeeper. The highestscoring lineup in the World Cup takes on the tournament's most surprising team. There are two remaining quarterfinals to be played on Saturday at the World Cup and both create intriguing matchups as Argentina face...
  • World Cup 2014: Van Gaal admits underestimating his own team July 5, 2014

    Salvador: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal admitted he may be guilty of underestimating his own World Cup squad but said his players would not be making the same mistake with regard to their quarterfinal opponents Costa Rica. The teams meet at the Fonte Nova arena on Saturday. Van Gaal told reporters on...
  • World Cup 2014: Watch out for Robben's dives, says Costa Rica coach July 5, 2014

    Salvador: Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto urged referee Ravshan Irmatov to keep a close eye on Dutchman Arjen Robben in Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal against the Netherlands. "We are really worried about Robben's diving," Pinto told reporters on Friday. "I would like to ask FIFA and the referees to watch out...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica fairytale faces Dutch reckoning July 5, 2014

    Salvador: The irresistible fairytale of Costa Rica faces a day of reckoning against Louis van Gaal's hard, calculating Dutch side on Saturday in the Brazil World Cup's most unlikely quarterfinal. Few believed that Costa Rica, a small Central American country with an undistinguished footballing record, would still be standing, especially after...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica's Navas playing out of this world, says Borges June 30, 2014

    Recife: With Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas in stellar form there is no telling how far they can go in the World Cup, midfielder Celso Borges said after they reached the quarterfinals. Borges, who blasted home the first spot kick in Sunday's 53 shootout win over Greece, praised Navas for his...
  • World Cup 2014: A look at the quarterfinalists so far June 30, 2014

    Brazil face Colombian challenge Four teams have made it to the quarterfinals Brazil will play Colombia and Netherlands will take on Costa Rica. Based on their performances in the prequarters Brazil has a tough task on their hands. In James Rodriguez, Colombia has one of the stars of the world cup....
  • World Cup 2014: Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis bows out after 139 caps June 30, 2014

    Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis announced his retirement from an international football career spanning 139 caps over 15 years following his team's World Cup round of 16 exit to Costa Rica on penalties on Sunday. "This was my last game for Greece," the 37yearold told reporters. "We wanted to stay on another week...
  • World Cup 2014: Greece pay the price for toothless attack June 30, 2014

    Greece's World Cup exit in the round of 16 on Sunday came as no real surprise after they again struggled for goals in a major international tournament, netting only three time in four games. Greece's 11 draw with exciting Costa Rica, who advanced after a 53 penalty shootout win, came after...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica dreams come true against Greece June 30, 2014

    Recife: For Costa Rica defender Michael Umana it was a case of dreams come true as he stepped up to take the decisive spot kick for his country in a World Cup last16 penalty shootout with Greece on Sunday. Umana calmly slotted the ball in the net to send Costa Rica...
  • World Cup 2014: Coach Santos rues waste of extra time as Greece exit June 30, 2014

    Greece wasted a golden opportunity to beat 10man Costa Rica in extra time before exiting the World Cup on penalties, coach Fernando Santos said on Sunday. Leading 10, the Costa Ricans struggled to hold on following the dismissal of defender Oscar Duarte after 66 minutes of the last 16 clash. Greece hauled...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica beat Greece on penalties, enter quarters June 30, 2014

    Recife: Tenman Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout on Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time. Michael Umana scored the decisive penalty as Costa Rica won the shootout 53 after the game ended 11 following extra time. Theofanis Gekas saw his penalty saved by Costa Rica...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Costa Rica vs Greece, Round of 16 June 30, 2014

    (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Costa Rica turned heads by finishing above Uruguay, Italy and England in ultracompetitive Group D, yet it was the manner in which the Central Americans accumulated seven points from their three games that proved the most surprising. Greece, who emerged into the knockout stages after...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on Day 18 June 29, 2014

    The Netherlands will put their perfect record on the line in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday, taking on a Mexico side aiming to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since hosting the 1986 tournament. The Dutch have scored 10 goals in their opening three matches, more...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica practising for penalties June 28, 2014

    Recife: Costa Rican players are practising penalties before facing Greece in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 Sunday in Arena Pernambuco here to determine who will qualify for the quarterfinals. Defender Cristian Gamboa said that his side trained on penalty shots because it could be a possible scenario, reports EFE. "We...
  • World Cup 2014: Newlook Greece and Costa Rica eye quarterfinals June 28, 2014

    A solid defence used to be Greece's modus operandi while Costa Rica traditionally relied on maverick individuals but the stereotypes have been shed in this World Cup where the two teams face a last16 clash on Sunday. A World Cup quarterfinal against either the Netherlands or Mexico is the prize on...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica top Group D after 00 draw with England June 24, 2014

    Belo Horizonte: Costa Rica finished first in what many considered the World Cup's toughest group after a dour 00 draw against a secondstring England side on Tuesday. Costa Rica only needed a draw to top Group D and played that way, setting up in a defensive 532 formation. The result gives...
  • As it happened: Italy vs Uruguay and Costa Rica vs England, World Cup 2014 June 24, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from both the Group D matches as Italy look to shackle Suarez in Uruguay showdown whereas England seek atonement against Costa Rica. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Italy must find a way to shut down Uruguay striker Luis Suarez when the teams clash at the...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on Day 13 June 24, 2014

    It's Day Two of the inorout matches of the World Cup, with five teams competing for two places in the knockout stages. Group D winds up in the two early fixtures, with Group C following later. Each pair of games is played simultaneously. The highlight of the early matches is Italy's game...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica coach calls for doping system changes June 23, 2014

    Upset after seven of his players were subjected to antidoping testing after a win over Italy, Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto called on FIFA to devise a more uniform system that won't generate suspicion. FIFA normally tests two players at random for postmatch testing and Costa Rica's football federation was...
  • World Cup 2014: England seek atonement against Costa Rica June 23, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: England return to Belo Horizonte on Tuesday, scene of the country's greatest sporting humiliation, where they will attempt to restore pride against Costa Rica after another chastening World Cup experience. Belo Horizonte's Estadio Independencia provided the setting for England's sensational 10 loss to the parttimers of the United...
  • World Cup 2014: Drug tests for Costa Rica players routine, says FIFA June 22, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: World football's governing body, FIFA said that the drug tests conducted for seven Costa Rican players after their 10 win over Italy was a "routine procedure". Costa Rica stunned Azzurri on Friday and qualified to the second round from the Group D. Only two players from Italy were...
  • Football World Cup 2014: How the world tweeted #ITA versus #CRC June 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Another European soccer heavyweight fell to Latin American opposition on Friday as Costa Rica shocked Italy 10, putting the fourtimes champions' qualification in doubt. While the match was on, the world was also simultaneously tweeting, vigorously. According to Twitter, there were a total of 3.2 million tweets about the...