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Costa Rica qualified automatically to the 1990 CONCACAF Championship after Mexico were disqualified because they used overage players in the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship.
Once in the final stage, Costa Rica led the five-team tournament with 11 points.
In Italy, they finished second to Brazil in Group C, with a 2-0-1 record. In the round of 16, Czechoslovakia beat them 4-1.
Los Ticos missed the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, but in 2001, they won the Hexagonal for the first time and secured a historic win against Mexico at the Estadio Azteca, securing their ticket to Korea-Japan 2002.
For the second time in a row, Costa Rica landed a spot in Brazil's group, but this time they couldn't qualify to the knockout stage.
In 2005, they finished third in the Hexagonal, but Germany 2006 was a mess. For the first time they lost all their games (Germany, Ecuador and Poland).
They missed the 2010 World Cup.
Top scorer at World Cup finals: Paulo Wanchope (one in Korea-Japan 2002 and two in Germany 2006) and Ronald Gomez (two in Korea-Japan 2002 and one in Germany 2006).
Most appearances at World Cup finals: Luis Marin, Mauricio Solis, Paulo Wanchope, Gomez and Walter Centeno (six).
Oldest player to feature at World Cup finals: Erick Lonnis (Korea-Japan 2002, 36 years, nine months and four days).
Most caps: Centeno (137)
Top scorer: Rolando Fonseca (47)
Previous World Cup meetings: Costa Rica have never faced any of their 2014 World Cup rivals.
Other meetings: Costa Rica have played against Uruguay eight times. Los Ticos have a 0-2-6 record against Los Charruas. Italy beat them 1-0 in the only friendly they've played (1994). England has yet to face Costa Rica.