Costa Rica go into this World Cup with every right to be downhearted, a group that will see them face Italy, Uruguay and England will almost certainly seal a first round exit.
If there is anything the Costa Ricans can be optimistic about, they will find it. Inspiration could be taken from their last World Cup appearance in 2006 that, although they lost every game, they were fairly competitive.
A narrow 4-2 loss to hosts Germany in game one of the tournament showed how they can worry the big sides. Paulo Wanchope leveled the scores at 1-1 in Munich while two of Germany’s goals – Phillip Lahm’s opener and Torsten Frings’ sealer were truly unstoppable.
Costa Rica have reached round two on previous occasion though, finishing second in a group of Brazil, Sweden and Scotland in Italia 90 before a 4-1 thrashing by Czechoslovakia.
Joel Campbell, on loan at Olympiakos from Arsenal, will be the inspiration in Brazil but he, and the rest of La Sele will need to have the best three games of their lives if they are going to upset all the odds in group D.