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Costa Rica

Gaining some important wins in the second round of qualifiers, the team entered the finals. They share Group-space with hosts and three-time World Champions Germany. To remain in the tournament they will have to work real hard.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 16:55 IST

FIFA world ranking 26
Coach Alexandre Guimaraes
Group A Costa Rica, Germany, Poland, Ecuador
Previous appearances 2
Key player Paolo Wanchope
Odds 350/1

Costa Rica is a small country, which will come to the World Cup with big dreams - of going as far as they can in Germany. This is in fact the third time that they have qualified for the mega event.

Their road to Germany was not smooth though. They struggled to play consistently in the qualifiers against Mexico, USA and Trinidad & Tobago. But managed to win the automatic berth, registering some very important wins in the second legs.

Costa Rica's players are not exactly known at the world stage. But in Paulo Wanchope, the team has one inspirational player.

Paula has already announced that he would be retiring after the World Cup. He would obviously want to go out with a fine performance.

Costa Rica are in Group A with hosts and three-time World Champions Germany, Poland and Ecuador. They have to produce their very attacking form if they wish to enter the knockout stage.

COMPLETE SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Mesen Alvaro, Porras Jose, Alfaro Wardy

Defenders: Drummond Jervis, Marin Luis, Umana Michael, Martinez Gilberto, Gonzalez Leonardo, Wallace Harold, Badilla Gabriel, Rodriguez Michael

Midfielders: Fonseca Danny, Bolanos Cristian, Solis Mauricio, Centeno Walter, Azofeifa Randall, Hernandez Carlos, Sequeira Douglas

Forwards: Wanchope Paulo, Gomez Ronald, Bernard Kurt, Saborio Alvaro, Nunez Victor.