Soccer or fútbol as it is called here, is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. and Canada. This is mainly due to an increased interest among the youth and the number of devastating injuries associated with American-style football.
Many retired expats become avid fans soccer league while living here. Most important matches are televised locally. Although, attending a match in person is quite an experience. The pageantry around the sport has to be seen to be believed. The general public bubbles with passion and enthusiasm during every game. In fact, a lot of expats end up becoming fervent supporters or fiebres of a particular professional team.
Emotions are high when the country’s national team, fondly referred to as the Sele, plays against another country’s all-star team. Last week our team upset a highly-favor U.S. squad in a game that was played in the States. Prior to the game the Costa Rican had not won in 32 matches on U.S. soil. Afterwards the celebration of this historic feat lasted into the wee hours of the night.
Costa Rica has a long-standing football culture and tradition, has always been a powerhouse in the region and is by far the most successful soccer team in Central American history. Considering that the country only has around five million people and a small talent pool, its dominance in the sport is remarkable. In the last World Cup Costa Rica barley lost to Holland on penalty shots in the quarter finals. On the way, Costa Rica defeated three formar world champions: England, Uruguay and Italy.
Many of the country’s outstanding soccer stars play internationally. Keylor Navas, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Keylor_Navas the county’s premier goalkeeper, plays for Real Madrid which is one of the best teams in the world. A number of players are members of professional teams in the United States and other countries around the world.
The Costa Rica national football team (Selección de fútbol de Costa Rica) represents Costa Rica in men’s international football competition. The country also has a highly-competitive women’s team. Costa Rican men’s and women’s soccer is administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation called FEDEFUTBOL, the governing body for football in Costa Rica. The country a member of the International Federation of Association of football or FIFA since 1917.
Hopefully, if you move to Costa Rica you will become a fan of this incredibly passionate game. Soccer is just one of the hundreds of interesting activities available to retirees here.
I have enclosed a link to a list of Costa Rican soccer vocabulary to help any English speakers understand the nuances of the games:
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