Tricolor Madness

Written by Marisol

Costa Rica in the World Cup Brazil 2014

A large red tide spread through La Hispanidad Fountain, in San Pedro de Montes de Oca, San José. There were reports in downtown San José, Heredia, Cartago, Alajuela, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, and Limón. It was reported throughout the country. We are not talking about the algae bloom in the sea, but about the soccer fever that made thousands of people took to the streets and major arteries of the country to celebrate what has become an historic feat of the most popular sport in the country: soccer.

In the World Cup Brazil 2014, the National Team has gone from being the least known team that everyone thought would be destined to receiving wide margins to one of the true revelations of the World Cup.

And it is no wonder after the success of “La Sele,” that went on to defeat two world champions, Uruguay and Italy, eliminating another, England, and becoming the leader of a group labeled as “of the Death “. Less than a week later, after beating the Greek team, Costa Rica managed to qualify for the quarterfinals and be placed among the top eight teams in the World Cup.

The frenzy on the streets, in workplaces, schools, and in every aspect of national life has gotten to the point that even the President of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solis, has joined the party at a place that is now iconic as a meeting place of great national events: La Fuente de la Hispanidad (La Hispanidad Fountain).

In social networks, the tricolor madness is filled with witty memes that evoke feelings of pride in the good performance of the national team, but also make jokes of many pejorative epithets such as “Costa Pobre” (Poor coast).

Costa Ricans in Brazil report that, upon arrival, many of the attendees at this global event could not even locate Costa Rica geographically and, now, there is a great identification. Costa Rica became visible and began to appear in major international media headlines.

We share some photos showing this time in recent history, only comparable with that achieved by our team in the World Cup Italy 1990.

The “Pura Vida” has permeated Brazil as a reflection of the effort and love for a shirt that, against all odds, is paving the way and screaming: Yes we can!

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