Drawn into Group E, Costa Rica will have a difficult time progressing into the knock-out rounds at a second consecutive World Cup, with tough-as-nails opponents Japan, 2010 winners Spain, and four-time World Cup holders Germany.
Costa Rica's journey to the World Cup finals saw them finish outside automatic qualification in the third round of Concacaf qualifying, behind Canada, Mexica and United States. As a result, they progressed to inter-confederation play-offs which meant beating New Zealand in June to secure their spot in Qatar.
Coached by Luis Fernando Suarez, who has previously coached Ecuador and Honduras at the World Cup, they will have to capitalise on Japan's uneven form at international competitions since World Cup 2018, and harness the confidence they will have gained coming off seven wins out of 10 since the start of the year, losing only one match against regional rivals Panama.
Costa Rica World Cup 2022 squad
Each country’s final World Cup squad of 23-26 players must be submitted to Fifa by November 13. The replacement of injured or Covid-19 positive players is allowed up to 24 hours before a team’s first match. This year the World Cup will run from November 20 to December 18.
Barring injury, there may not be an enormous amount of change from Costa Rica's squad from the June and September international fixtures, which featured Real Salt Lake's Bryan Oviedo, previously of Everton and Sunderland, as well as national team veterans Celso Borges, Joel Campbell, and captain Bryan Ruiz.
Who is likely to be the star name in the squad?
Had World Cup 2022 be played in the summer as usual programming dictates, the accepted wisdom would have made Keylor Navas the squad standout. Six months later, the Paris St-Germain goalkeeper has struggled with back injury over the summer, and been demoted to second-choice keeper, with Gianluigi Donnarumma favoured as No 1.
This could mean Navas has difficulty with fitness in the run-up to Qatar, having had a move to Napoli this season thrown out due a chasm between current and future earnings.
Instead, attention might drift higher up the field, to Jewison Bennette. At only 18, the left-winger has already put in some persuasive performances for his national team during qualifying, and signed for Sunderland over the summer.
What are Costa Rica's fixtures
Costa Rica play in Group E, with Spain, Germany and Japan.
November 23: Spain v Costa Rica, Al Thumama Stadium, 4pm GMT, 7pm local time
November 27: Japan v Costa Rica, Al Rayyan Stadium, 10am GMT, 1pm local time
December 1: Costa Rica v Germany, Al Bayt Stadium, 7pm GMT, 10pm local time
See the full list of World Cup 2022 fixtures.
What is Costa Rica's World Cup record?
This is the sixth World Cup that Costa Rica have qualified for, with their highest finish coming in 2014. They reached the quarter-finals in Rio, after victories over Italy and Uruguay and a draw against England in the group stage, and a win against Greece, before going out on penalties in Salvador against Netherlands.
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Information correct as of November 1.