This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams. This blog was one of them. It was my Russia All-Time Team here. His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017. His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. He also copied many many of my blog entries.
|Costa Rica World Cup 2014|
USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador
Central America without Costa Rica and Honduras.
I also created an all-time CONCACAFA team that excluded players from the big three.
|World Cup 1990|
Luis Gabelo Conejo was the hero of Los Ticos' World Cup run in 1990, where they reached the 2nd round. He made the Team of the Tournament. He had 29 caps for Costa Rica. For his club career, he played mainly for Ramonense and Albacete, during a 17-year professional career. He was a n idol with Albacete as the club reached La Liga for the first time ever in 1991.
GK: Erick Lonnis
Erick Lonnis was the all-time leading cap leader for a keeper in Costa Rica. He captained the national team at the Korea/Japan 2002. He played moots his career with Deportivo Saprissa. He was the captain for Saprissa during several seasons, where he won four national championships, as well as two CONCACAF Champions Cup in 1993 and 1995. He is an all-time great at there.
RB: Christian Gamboa
CB: Giancarlo González
Giancarlo González had been capped over 87 times at the time of writing. He was included in the BBC's team of the tournament for World Cup Finals in 2014. He went to Russia for the World Cup Finals four years later. He earned a big move to Palermo in Italy after the 2014 World Cup Finals. In 2017, he joined Bologna. He previously played domestic football in Norway and the USA.
Mauricio Solis was an important player during the late 1990's and 2000's. He was capped 110 times between 1993 and 2006. Solís was the second Costa Rican behind Luis Marín to reach 100 caps. He went to both World Cup Finals in 2002 and 2006. He also played at the 1997 and 2001 Copa América. For his club career, he played in England, the MLS and Mexico. He played mainly for C.S. Herediano in Costa Rica.
CM: Celso Borges
His father Alexandre Guimarães who was born in Brazil represented Los Ticos at the World Cup in 1990, where Costa Rica reached the second round. Celso Borges himself helped Costa Rica to reach the quarter-final at World Cup Finals in 2014. He was one of the best players at the World Cup U-16 in 2005. He played professionally with Deportivo Sarprissa and AIK in Sweden. At the time of writing, he plays for Göztepe S.K. in Turkey.
Walter Centeno is the cap record holder for Costa Rica, having gained 137 cap. He is considered one of the best players of his generation. He played in the World Cup Finals of 2002 and 2006. He went to three Copa America tournaments. For his club career, he played mainly for Saprissa, winning a CONCACAF Champions League. He also had a brief spell in Greece.
FW/RW: Hernán Medford
After three years at Deportivo Saprissa, Hernán Medford headed to Europe in 1990. He played in several different leagues worldwide, including Foggia Calcio, Dinamo Zagreb, Rapid Wien, Rayo Vallecano, and in the Mexican Primera Division, with Pachuca, León and Necaxa. Pachuca decided to retire Medford's number 17 after he scored his 100th goal in his career. Medford gained international flame at the World Cup in 1990 when Los Ticos reached the 2nd round.
Bryan Ruiz was the captain of the national team that reached the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup Finals. At the time of writing, he has over 100 caps. He played with Alajuelense at home before moving abroad in 2006. He played for Genk, Twente, Fulham, PSV and now, Sporting CP. He is the CONCACAF Player of the Year in 2016. He is the only Central American footballer to have played in the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, and the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores.
SS: Rolando Fonseca
Nicknamed El Principito, Rolando Fonseca earned 113 caps for his country. He is also the all-time leading scorer for Costa Rica. He went to the World Cup Finals in 2002, but was not selected for 2006. For club football, Fonseca played for Comunicaciones in Guatemala, Independiente Medellín and América de Cali in Colombia, Pachuca and Pachuca in Mexico, as well as having home spells with Deportivo Saprissa, Alajuelense and Municipal Liberia.
He was one of the greatest Costa Rican players. He was capped 93 times. He went to the WC in 2002 and 2006. He played in 6 countries. He started with Alajuelense before heading to play in Europe. He has played in 6 different countries: in Spain with Sporting Gijón and Hercules of Alicante, in Guatemala with Municipal, in Greece with OFI Crete, in Kuwait with Al Qadsia, in Mexico with Irapuato and in Cyprus with APOEL. He also played for Saprissa at home.
FW: Alejandro Morera Soto
Alejandro Morera Soto started his career with Alajuelense in 1925. He first joined Espanyol before joining Barcelona FC in 1933. He was a part of the legendary Barcelona of the 1930's, where he was their top scorer for the 1933-1934 season. He earned the nickname "El fenomeno costarricense" ("The Costa Rican phenomenon") in Barcelona. He scored over 60 goals for them. He also played for Hercules and La Havre. He played 7 times and scored 6 goals for Costa Rica.
|Alejandro Morera Soto|
FW: José Rafael Meza
He was one of the greatest players in Costa Rica during the 1940's. He started his career with Club Sport Cartaginés. He went to play for Moctezuma in Mexico, where he was the top league scorer in his first season. He later joined Estudiantes de La Plata in Argentina and Atlante in Mexico, where he was a top player in the Mexican league. He also played in Colombia and Honduras. The Club Sport Cartaginés' stadium was named after him.
FW: Paulo Wanchope
Paulo Wanchope was probably the most successful Costa Rican player playing in Europe in the modern era. He played for Derby, West Ham. Manchester City, Malaga, FC Tokyo, Chicago Fire, etc. Internationally, he had 73 caps for Los Ticos between 1996 and 2008. He also played in the 2002 World Cup Finals in Korea/Japan 2002 and then, the World Cup Finals four years later in Germany. He is Costa Rica's second all-time leading scorer at the World Cup Finals.
Mario "Flaco" Pérez , Hermidio Barrantes, José Francisco Porras, Ronald González, Óscar Duarte, Luis Marín, Mauricio Wright, Michael Umaña, Vladimir Quesada, Bryan Oviedo, Harold Wilson, Javier Jiménez, Álvaro Saborío, Christian Bolaños, Francisco “Chico” Hernández Ramírez, Marco Ureña, Errol Daniels, Juan Cayasso, Óscar Ramírez, Alonso Solis, Juan Ulloa, Evaristo Coronado, Jorge Monge, Mauricio Montero, Errol Daniels.
-- The original team was created in December, 2014. At that time, I was influenced by Costa Rica's World Cup run about 6 months earlier. It was one of the teams that badly needed a review. This version was created in June, 2023. "Nearly 9 years later, it would be interesting how time has changed my perspective," I told myself right before I reviewed this team. This team had the most changes from the original team.
|Luis Gabelo Conejo|