Costa Rica men's football team enters friendlies with major questions to answer

By Michael Krumholtz

Two former world champions await as Costa Rica’s national football team looks to regain its giant-killer form that spurred it through last year’s historic World Cup run.

With its best player stuck in unprecedented contract drama in Spain and a head coach that was named to the position just two weeks ago, “La Sele” enters this week’s friendlies against Brazil and Uruguay void of continuity and filled with unknowns. For his first game as head coach, Óscar Ramírez gets the worst welcome gift ever with five-time champion Brazil on Saturday. The defensive-minded Ramírez will be charged with wrapping up the Brazilians’ aggressive attack, led by Barcelona striker Neymar.

Brazil’s 23-year-old captain will present major problems for a team that has been largely without a defensive identity for the past year. How Ramírez plans to stop one of the world’s best scorers with so little time to prepare may be the most interesting side note to Saturday’s action. And alongside Neymar, Brazil also brings star defenders David Luiz and Marcelo, as well as 32-year-old legend Kaká, who could be seeing his last action with Brazil’s national team.

Ever since its disastrous exit at home in the World … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times