Costa Rica's World Cup

Costa Rica's World Cup

Klinsmann willing to risk Ballack suspension

GERMANY will risk losing Michael Ballack to suspension in today's game against Ecuador, in the hope of maintaining their momentum and clinching top spot in Group A.

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Wanchope waves adios

PAOLO WANCHOPE put on a brave face after seeing his Costa Rica side crash out of the World Cup with a second straight defeat.

Surprise element key in Latin American tie

COSTA Rica and Ecuador know each other so well - they have met eight times since 1998 - that a tactical surprise could prove significant when the two Latin American countries clash in Hamburg this afternoon.

1.5bn tune in to World Cup kick-off

BAVARIAN goatherds marching to the crack of whips and the clang of ancient cowbells marked the official opening of the world's biggest sporting tournament yesterday.

Tough guy Paulo up for curtain-raiser battle against hosts in Munich

COSTA RICA'S star striker Paulo Wanchope isn't afraid of a scrap and insists the Ticos can land Germany a hammer blow in this evening's World Cup curtain raiser.

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STRENGTHS: In their previous two appearances in the finals, have shown themselves capable of causing upsets. Scotland will testify to that, having famously been beaten 1-0 on the Central Americans' World Cup debut in 1990. Were only ousted at the group stage on goal difference four year ago, after defeating China and drawing with Turkey. A team full of flair - as would be expected of a team labelled the Brazil of their region - they have powerful finishers in Paulo Wanchope and Alvaro Saborio.

Hosts wary in bid for pole position

GERMANY will be wary of a Poland side with fond memories of the last World Cup held in these parts, but the hosts have little to fear from their other Group A rivals, Costa Rica and Ecuador.

Wanchope eager to taste the real thing

RONALDO, Rivaldo and Roberto Carlos may be the most frightening collective force in this World Cup, but Costa Rica’s Paulo Wanchope is hoping Brazil field their strongest possible side in the central American team’s final group game.

Chinese wilt under weight of expectation on World Cup debut

COSTA RICA broke a billion Chinese hearts with a convincing victory in their opening Group C clash.

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