SAN JOSE Costa Rica (Xinhua) --
The Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefutbol)
announced on Wednesday that they will not extend the contract of
national team manager, Oscar Ramirez, after disappointing
results at the 2018 Russia World Cup.
Contrary to the
team’s success four years ago in Brazil; Costa Rica were beaten
twice (by Serbia and Brazil) and drew once against Switzerland
in Russia. The team did not advance to the knockout stages of
Prior to the poor
results, Fedefutbol president Rodolfo Villalobos said that
Ramirez’s contract ended with the last game of the competition
and decision was made that the manager would not continue.
“Thanks to Oscar’s
dedication, his professionalism, his teaching, Costa Rica gained
its World Cup experience. It isn’t convenient to continue. We
believe in his professionalism and ability but have decided not
to renew his contract,” the president said.
Villalobos said that
the federation will now search for a new manager to begin the
Qatar 2022 process.
The federation hopes
to have a new trainer in place before the friendly matches
against South Korea and Japan in September. “We’re less than two
months away but we’re not going to demand we have someone in
place by that time. If we manage to get someone, great, but
we’ll take the time to decide who will take control exclusively
for the two games in Asia,” he said.
Costa Rica part
ways with coach Ramirez
SAN JOSE Costa Rica (Xinhua) --
Coach Oscar Ramirez has parted ways with
Costa Rica’s national team following their elimination from the
World Cup in Russia, the Central American country’s football
federation (Fedefutbol) confirmed on Thursday.
followed a meeting of Fedefutbol’s top officials in San Jose and
comes just days after the team’s group-stage exit from the
ended after the last match against Switzerland and the executive
committee took the decision not to renew it,” Fedefutbol
President Rodolfo Villalobos said.
“I want to thank him
for all of his efforts and Costa Rica will now benefit from
having a coach that has had this international experience.”
Costa Rica finished
the tournament last in their group with two losses and a draw
from their three group matches. The team’s 2-2 draw with
Switzerland in their last fixture followed a 2-0 loss to Brazil
and a 1-0 defeat to Serbia.
Fedefutbol said it
hoped to name a replacement for Ramirez ahead Costa Rica’s next
international matches in September.
“We are going to
bring in a coach who is within our budget and we would like the
person to have World Cup experience,” Villalobos said.
Costa Rica coach Ramirez
becomes latest World Cup managerial casualty
By Paul Giblin MOSCOW (Xinhua) --
The Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDFUTBOL)
has confirmed that coach Oscar Ramirez will not have his
contract extended following their exit from the group stage of
the World Cup.
Costa Rica lost two
and drew one of their Group E games, falling 1-0 to Serbia,
before two injury time goals saw them beaten 2-0 by Brazil. That
meant they were already out of the tournament before a late
penalty earned them a 2-2 draw in the final group game against
A former player for
his country, Ramirez employed very defensive tactics in the
first two games, although against Switzerland his side adopted a
much more attacking style, suggesting that had he been braver
his side could have achieved better results.
expired after the game against Switzerland and the decision not
to renew it was taken by the executive committee,” said
FEDFUTBOL President Rodolfo Villalobos in the statement.
Ramirez took over
the Costa Rica side following Pablo Wanchope’s controversial
resignation in 2015 and led the side to nine wins, six draws and
four defeats in the 16 qualifying games and three games in the
World Cup finals.
Ramirez for his work, but said it was “not convenient for him to
Ramirez is the third
coach to date to lose his job in the wake of World Cup
disappointment following Hector Cuper (Egypt) and Adam Nawalka
(Poland), who were also informed that their contracts would not
be extended after their sides’ early exits.