The Costa Rican team, known at home simply as the "Ticos," had a
somewhat difficult time qualifying out of a group in which they were considered
the favorites. They lost the first two matches to US and
eventually recovered to win their last five. In order to advance beyond
the group stage, Costa Rica will have to survive it's first match against the
heavily favored Germans, and outplay
Poland and Ecuador. The stars of the
squad appear to be Ronald Gomez, who is a threat on the left, and Paulo Wanchope with his 67 career caps and 43 goals.
The Ticos gave Germany
a run for their money in the opening match of the 2006 World
Cup. Paulo Wanchope's 2 goals kept the game close and
interested, and only added to his lore. Costa Rica then
proceeded to lose subsequent matches to Ecuador
and bowed out of the tournament without a point.