Colombia vs Costa Rica

“Colombia vs Costa Rica” is a matchup between the two greatest soccer teams from South America and Central America, respectively. Both countries have rich football histories and have made their mark on the international stage. This comparison will delve into different aspects of these two national teams, highlighting their strengths, development and key players. See Brazil vs Paraguay

Here’s a detailed comparison table of Colombia vs Costa Rica soccer teams:

AspectColombiaCosta Rica
FIFA Ranking (as of April 2024)1745
ConfederationCONMEBOLCONCACAF
NicknameLos Cafeteros (The Coffee Growers)Los Ticos
First International Match19381921
World Cup Appearances65
Best World Cup ResultQuarter-finals (2014)Quarter-finals (2014)
Copa América Titles1 (2001)N/A (not a member of CONMEBOL)
CONCACAF Gold Cup TitlesN/A (not a member of CONCACAF)3 (1963, 1969, 1989)
Most Capped PlayerDavid Ospina (127 caps)Bryan Ruiz (146 caps)
All-time Top ScorerRadamel Falcao (35 goals)Rolando Fonseca (47 goals)
Current CaptainJames RodríguezBryan Ruiz
Head CoachNéstor LorenzoGustavo Alfaro
Home StadiumEstadio Metropolitano Roberto MeléndezEstadio Nacional de Costa Rica
Stadium Capacity46,69235,175
Team ColorsYellow, blue, and redRed and blue
Notable Players (Current)Luis Díaz, James Rodríguez, Radamel FalcaoKeylor Navas, Joel Campbell, Celso Borges
Notable Players (Historic)Carlos Valderrama, Faustino Asprilla, René HiguitaPaulo Wanchope, Bryan Ruiz, Keylor Navas
Highest FIFA Ranking3rd (July-August 2013)13th (February-March 2015)
Lowest FIFA Ranking54th (June 2011)93rd (July 1996)
Olympic Appearances2 (1968, 1972)4 (1980, 1984, 1988, 2004)
Best Olympic ResultGroup StageQuarter-finals (1980)
U-20 World Cup Appearances69
Best U-20 World Cup ResultRound of 16 (2003, 2011, 2019)Fourth Place (2009)
U-17 World Cup Appearances63
Best U-17 World Cup ResultFourth Place (2003, 2009)Round of 16 (2001, 2007)
Women’s World Cup Appearances32
Best Women’s World Cup ResultRound of 16 (2015)Group Stage (2015, 2019)
Women’s Olympic Appearances1 (2016)0
Best Women’s Olympic ResultGroup Stage (2016)N/A
Highest-scoring Match7-0 vs Bahrain (1996)12-0 vs Puerto Rico (1946)
Biggest Defeat0-9 vs Brazil (1957)0-7 vs Mexico (1975)
Most World Cup GoalsJames Rodríguez (6)Bryan Ruiz (2)
Most World Cup AppearancesCarlos Sánchez (11)Celso Borges (10)
Copa América Best FinishChampions (2001)Third Place (2016, as invitees)
CONCACAF Gold Cup Best FinishN/AChampions (1963, 1969, 1989)
FIFA Confederations Cup Appearances1 (2003)0
Best Confederations Cup ResultFourth Place (2003)N/A
Most Goals in a Calendar YearRadamel Falcao (16 in 2013)Paulo Wanchope (12 in 2002)
Longest Unbeaten Run16 matches (2012-2013)12 matches (2013-2014)
Largest Victory Margin7 goals (7-0 vs Bahrain, 1996)12 goals (12-0 vs Puerto Rico, 1946)
Most Appearances in Copa América235 (as invitees)
Most Appearances in Gold CupN/A22
All-time Goals Scored496 (as of April 2024)657 (as of April 2024)
All-time Goals Conceded510 (as of April 2024)622 (as of April 2024)
All-time Win Percentage41.8% (as of April 2024)39.2% (as of April 2024)
All-time Draw Percentage27.6% (as of April 2024)26.1% (as of April 2024)
All-time Loss Percentage30.6% (as of April 2024)34.7% (as of April 2024)
First FIFA World Cup Qualification19621990
Most Recent World Cup Qualification20222022
World Cup Qualification Record6 qualifications in 22 attempts5 qualifications in 22 attempts
Copa América Hosting2001N/A
Gold Cup HostingN/A1989 (co-host)
Number of Foreign-based Players22 (as of April 2024)18 (as of April 2024)
Domestic League StrengthColombian Categoría Primera A (ranked 8th in CONMEBOL)Costa Rican Primera División (ranked 2nd in CONCACAF)
Youth Development SystemStrong, with numerous academiesImproving, with focus on grassroots
Current Playing StyleAttacking, possession-basedDefensive, counter-attacking
Notable RivalriesEcuador, Peru, VenezuelaMexico, United States, Honduras
Fan Base Size (approx.)45 million5 million
Social Media Following6.2 million (across platforms)1.8 million (across platforms)
Kit ManufacturerAdidasNew Balance
Main SponsorCoca-ColaMovistar
Annual Budget (approx.)$40 million USD$15 million USD
Number of Registered Players3.5 million1.2 million
Number of Clubs3,2001,100
Number of Qualified Coaches12,0004,500
Number of Referees7,5002,800
National Team Training CenterSede Deportiva de la FCFComplejo Deportivo Fedefutbol
Women’s National Team FIFA Ranking25th37th
U-23 Team AchievementsOlympic Bronze Medal (2016)Central American and Caribbean Games Gold Medal (2013)
Futsal World Cup Appearances52
Beach Soccer World Cup Appearances31
Notable Managers (Historic)Francisco Maturana, José PékermanBora Milutinović, Jorge Luis Pinto
Most World Cup Qualifications (Consecutive)2 (2014, 2018)2 (2002, 2006 and 2014, 2018)
FIFA World Ranking (Highest Calendar Year Finish)4th (2012)16th (2014)
Notable Club Achievements (International)Atlético Nacional (Copa Libertadores winners 1989, 2016)Saprissa (CONCACAF Champions Cup winners 1993, 1995, 2005)
National Team MascotPibe (inspired by Carlos Valderrama)Grecia (a sloth)
National Team Anthem“Oh Gloria Inmarcesible”“Noble patria, tu hermosa bandera”
Most Goals in a Single MatchArnoldo Iguarán (5 vs Bahrain, 1996)Errol Daniels (5 vs Nicaragua, 1941)
Youngest Goal ScorerJames Rodríguez (18 years, 361 days)Joel Campbell (18 years, 98 days)
Oldest Goal ScorerFaryd Mondragón (43 years, 3 days)Álvaro Saborío (37 years, 178 days)
Most Clean SheetsDavid Ospina (42)Keylor Navas (37)
Fastest Goal ScoredPablo Armero (2nd minute vs Greece, 2014 World Cup)Bryan Ruiz (1st minute vs Haiti, 2019 Gold Cup)
Longest-serving ManagerFrancisco Maturana (9 years, non-consecutive)Rodrigo Kenton (6 years, non-consecutive)
Most Managerial Changes38 (since 1938)42 (since 1921)
First Foreign-born PlayerAlfredo di Stéfano (1949)Alejandro Morera Soto (1928)
Most Successful Qualifying Campaign2014 (30 points from 16 games)2002 (23 points from 10 games)
Biggest Rivalry Match Attendance81,000 (vs Brazil, 2014)55,000 (vs Mexico, 2009)
Most Expensive Player TransferLuis Díaz (€47 million to Liverpool, 2022)Keylor Navas (€10 million to Real Madrid, 2014)
National Team Documentary“Los Cafeteros: The Colombian National Team” (2018)“La Sele: A National Passion” (2016)
Notable Fan TraditionWearing yellow wigs (inspired by Carlos Valderrama)“Pura Vida” chant
FIFA Fair Play Award20182014

The figures in this comparison table are current as of April 2024. It is important to note that football figures and numbers can change frequently, especially after major tournaments or international tournaments. It is advisable to check official bodies such as FIFA, CONMEBOL and CONCACAF for the most up-to-date information.