After Costa Rica’s World Cup quarter-final defeat to Japan, President Carlos Cisneros said: “I don’t want to give up the World Cup, I don’t even want to be here.
Costa Rica were crowned champions of the 2018 World Cup after defeating Brazil 2-1 in the group stages.
“We know the pain, the pain of losing,” Cisneras said.
“I want to say that we are stronger than the pain.”
Costa Rican Football Federation President Carlos Capancas talks to Reuters in his office in Costa Rica on March 24, 2019.
Costa Rica beat Brazil 2/5 Costa Rica striker Marcelo Sarvas scored twice as Costa Rica defeated Brazil 2, 2-0 in a friendly on Sunday.
Photo: AFP/Getty Images 3/5 Cisneres plans for the future include more funding for sports and more scholarships for Costa Ricans Source: AFP / Getty Images 4/5 A woman reads a message written in English on a piece of paper in front of a mural depicting Costa Rican President Carlos Casas at the National Museum of Costa Rica in Costa Rican capital, San Jose, March 24.
The museum celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Photo by Carlos V. Cruz/AFP via Getty Images 5/5 People walk on the street during a demonstration against Costa Rica soccer team’s loss to Brazil in the 2018 Gold Cup final in Manaus, Brazil, on February 23, 2019.(AFP Photo / Juan Manuel Santos) 1/5 The Costa Rican flag flies at half-mast at the Costa Rican embassy in Tokyo on December 1, 2018.
The Costa Rica national team has been on a hiatus since the 2014 World Cup.
The country’s World Cups were cancelled due to the Zika virus pandemic and there has been speculation about the future of the Costa Rica National Team.
The International Olympic Committee suspended its membership of the country last year amid concerns about the virus.
Getty Images 2/6 Costa Rica goalkeeper Marcelo Seixas (L) and Costa Rica midfielder Jose Herrera (R) celebrate after scoring against Brazil in a World Cup qualifying match at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Managua, Managoa, on March 10, 2019, in Manus, Costa Rica.
Costa Rican forward Marcelo Serrano (centre) has not played since the World Cups because of a hamstring injury.
Photo via Reuters 3/6 A woman holds a placard during a protest against Costa Rican soccer team at the San Jose International Airport on February 11, 2019 in San Jose California.
The group protesting against Costa Rico’s participation in the 2020 Olympic Games has called on Costa Rica to quit the 2018 FIFA World Cup and boycott the 2020 Olympics.
Photo/Juan Carlos Santos 4/6 People walk along a street during the annual protest against the Costa Rico national team at San Jose Airport on January 12, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
Costa Rico was among seven nations to be excluded from the 2020 FIFA World Cups.
The boycott was triggered by reports that Costa Rica had paid players in the Dominican Republic more than $2.8 million (US$2.9 million) for training in the country.
Photo of Costa Rican players and fans via AFP/AFP 5/6 The Costa Ricas players celebrate after defeating Japan in a qualifying match for the 2018 CONCACAF Gold Cup in San José, Costa Rico, on June 11, 2020.
Costa Ricos were awarded the 2018 Fifa World Cup for the first time in 2018.
Photo from AFP/Reuters 6/6 Supporters cheer for Costa Rica during a match between Costa Rica and Japan in San Carlos, Costa Rican territory on January 25, 2021.
Costa Republic football team was eliminated in the second round of the 2020 World Cup qualifiers by Japan, in a 3-1 defeat.
Photo taken by J. David Ake/Getty.
1/6 Members of Costa Ricanes Football Team wave the national flag as they take part in a national anthem before the start of a match against Brazil at the Estadios Maracana stadium in Manao, Manao state, Costa RICO, February 7, 2021.(AFP photo by Luis Enrique Ascui) 2/7 The Costa Rico flag flies above the field at the Bernabeua Arena in Manaos on February 13, 2021 during the 2018 Costa Rica vs. Brazil World Cup Qualifying match between the two teams.
Costa players were seen wearing masks during the match.
The match will be played on Sunday, February 18, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
Costa Football Federation (CF) president Carlos Capanacos says the World Championship will be cancelled, despite his country’s qualifying group being eliminated due to Zika virus.
Costa has been excluded from hosting the 2018 Olympic Games after the country was declared the first country to be declared Zika-free.
3/7 Costa Rica players celebrate a goal scored by Costa Rica defender Marcelo Siqueira (L), during a qualifying game against