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Costa Rica looks for new manager following Russia 2018   

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 the competition.

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.

The decision followed a meeting of Fedefutbol’s top officials in San Jose and comes just days after the team’s group-stage exit from the tournament.

“Oscar’s contract 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 Switzerland.

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.

“Oscar’s contract 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.

Villalobos thanked Ramirez for his work, but said it was “not convenient for him to remain.”

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. 

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