Costa Rica coach strikes upbeat note

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Costa Rica coach Alexandre Borges Guimaraes says his team would try to emulate his team's performance in Italy 1990 at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

New Delhi:

Costa Rica coach Alexandre Borges Guimaraes says his team would try to emulate his team's performance in Italy 1990 at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. "This World Cup is a very good opportunity for us, to the national team, because we have almost the same players that we have in the last World Cup in Korea-Japan and we are trying to emulate what we did in Italy 1990," said Guimaraes. Brazil-born Guimaraes moved to Costa Rican at the age of eleven to become one of the most loved football figures in Costa Rica's history. Making the national squad as a player, he played a pivotal role in the Costa Rican's 1990 World Cup crusade. He was made the coach for the 2006 team following the deposition of coach Horge Luis Pinto. Pinto's tenure saw a string of poor performances from the Costa Ricans and at one time they looked like they would not even qualify for the World Cup. But with Guimaraes at the helm, Costa Rica went on to defeat Guatemala, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and the US at home to secure a berth in Germany, finishing with five wins, a draw and four losses.

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