Costa Rican Success A World Cup Heartwarmer

Costa Rica managed to shackle Uruguay and Italy through hard work, belief and discipline. Daniel Storey describes this World Cup's greatest good news story...

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paddy7s (Manchester United) says...

"I'm not a longballist but......"

Posted 9:55am 23rd June 2014

Jay_D says...

The advantage of having a team without superstars is that you don't feel the need to shoehorn players into roles that don't fit them. It allows tactics and strategy to dominate over cramming as many big names as possible. I won't elaborate on how England are an example of this because plenty has been said already but even F365's world cup ladder is indicative of how we as a country value the individual over the team.

Posted 1:35pm 21st June 2014

ronmanager says...

Costa Rica can now rest players against England which will probably deny the netral viewer the specticle of seeing Campbell put the fear of God into the english defense

Posted 8:13pm 20th June 2014

spuzzell (Fulham) says...

Hopefully all the Rooney apologists will now consider the idea that setting out to maximise a team beats setting out to maximise a single player. Before the match I thought England could still scrape through, but my word Italy were poor. Costa Rica harried and hassled and with Pirlo having a bad day and the Italians competing amongst themselves for Brazil 2014 Most Offside Player.. well, it just seemed to be fated that Italy would lose and we would go home. Now I just hope Uruguay go out too.

Posted 7:49pm 20th June 2014

lfcfan80 (Liverpool) says...

What if y'know Costa Rica are actually better footballers than England are? This oh didn't they do so well and work so hard for each other is a bit demeaning.

Posted 7:42pm 20th June 2014

Editor says ...

I don't think that there is any real doubt in saying that, say, Wayne Rooney is better than Joel Campbell, or Gary Cahill is better than Giancarlo Gonzalez. It's about the team rather than individuals, is I think the point. They played as a better team.

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