The golden generation's swansong
At Qatar 2022, Costa Ricans will have the chance to bid farewell to the golden generation led by Keylor Navas, Celso Borges and Bryan Ruíz.
This will be Los Ticos’ third straight World Cup, after reaching the quarter-finals at Brazil 2014 and enduring an unsuccessful Russia 2018.
After flirting with elimination in World Cup qualifying, Luis Fernando Suárez’s side snuck into the playoffs with a final-matchday win over the US.
Costa Rica earned the right to fight for the final spot at the World Cup - and stamped their ticket to Qatar with a 1-0 victory over New Zealand in Al Rayyan.
With just three minutes on the clock, forward Joel Campbell scored the goal that sent a nation into raptures.
Costa Rica made their World Cup debut at Italia ’90, where they reached the last 16. Qatar 2022 will be only their sixth appearance at the tournament.
Costa Rica has a population of just 5.2 million. A little over 90% of its inhabitants declare themselves Christians, according to The Global Religious Landscape…
…but Costa Ricans also worship their football team and Keylor Navas - a true national idol who will be competing at the final World Cup of his career.