Posted on June 11, 2014
Match number: 24
Nicknames: Gli Azzurri “The Blues” (Italy), Ticos “Costa Rican natives” (Costa Rica)
Coaches: Cesare Prandelli (Italy), Jorge Luis Pinto (Costa Rica)
Key players: Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Bryan Ruiz, Álvaro Saborío, Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
Best ever FIFA World Cup™ finishes: Italy has won the FIFA World Cup™ four times: 1934, 1938, 1982 and in 2006. They are looking to equal Brazil’s record five crowns. Costa Rica reached the Round of 16 in 1990, their first appearance.
Rivalry history: The only ever meeting between Italy and Costa Rica came in a 1994 friendly in Connecticut that Italy won 1-0.