Los Ticos set a new personal best when reaching the Brazil 2014 quarter-finals but there are still some big prices on offer in the Costa Rica World Cup 2018 odds.
That tough draw will temper expectations in many Costa Rica World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions, but the exploits of four years ago are still fresh in the memory.
Los Ticos were also rank outsiders in a daunting pool on that occasion, but victories over Uruguay and Italy and a draw against England saw them upset the odds to progress as group winners.
The Central American outfit then edged out Greece on penalties, before eventually bowing out via spot-kicks following a goalless draw with Holland.
Ramirez took over as manager in August 2015 and is no stranger to World Cup success himself.
The 53-year-old played four times at Italia ’90, when Los Ticos beat Scotland and Sweden to finish second in their group behind Brazil, before losing 4-1 to Czechoslovakia.
Qualifying for this summer’s tournament went well enough, with 16 points from 10 games proving enough to finish as runners-up behind Mexico in the CONCACAF region.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is the most recognisable name in the Costa Rica squad, but there are other familiar faces in an experienced set-up.
Captain Bryan Ruiz, once a £10.6million recruit for Fulham, is still going strong at Sporting Lisbon and has more than a century of international caps on his CV.
The 32-year-old had an outstanding campaign in Brazil and is the type to rise to the occasion again in Russia.
Deportivo La Coruna’s Celso Borges is another evergreen veteran who regularly pops up with important goals from midfield.
Cristian Gamboa of Celtic and Sunderland’s Bryan Oviedo feature among a settled defence.
Talented forward Joel Campbell showed plenty of promise in his early days with Arsenal and has performed with credit during loan spells in France, Greece, Portugal and Spain.
The 25-year-old caught the eye four years ago and in qualifying for this tournament, notably when bagging a brace in his side’s 4-0 demolition of the USA.
Los Angeles FC striker Marco Urena struck in qualifiers against Mexico, the USA and Panama.
Rank (world): 26
WC appearances: 4
Best effort: Quarter-finals in 2014
Road to Russia
Panama 2-1 CRC
CRC 1-1 Honduras
CRC 1-1 Mexico
USA 0-2 CRC
CRC 2-1 Trinidad & T
CRC 0-0 Panama
Honduras 1-1 CRC
Mexico 2-0 CRC