San José, Costa Rica, since 1956
Jorge Luis Pinto

Jorge Luis Pinto meeting with Costa Rican Football Federation this week to determine future with Ticos

After a brief trip back to his native Colombia, Jorge Luis Pinto is back in Costa Rica to determine his future.

Pinto coached Costa Rica’s national football team, La Sele, to its greatest-ever World Cup performance this year. He’ll be meeting this week with Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefut) President Eduardo Li to decide if the 61-year-old manager will remain in charge of La Sele.

With his contract set to expire, it seems unlikely that Pinto will stay. His name already has been tied to managerial jobs with Venezuela and Perú. But Li said he and Pinto will meet Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss ways to keep the coach in Costa Rica.

“We hope to sit ourselves down and see definitively the position of both parties and if we can come to an agreement,” Li told the daily La Nación.

Although they’ve exchanged some emails, Li said Fedefut and Pinto have not yet any formal contract talks. Pinto expects to meet with the press at the end of the week after discussions have been completed with Fedefut.

Contact Matt Levin at

Log in to comment

Ken Morris

I like the guy, and would like to see him stay, but I suspect that it will be best to let him go.

Given his accomplishments with La Sele, he is in a position to command a huge salary, but in general stars at the peak of their earning power aren’t worth the money. There is after all no guarantee that he does as well four years from now, and in fact it’s unlikely that he does. Some things are fluke. Also, the Ticos and the world now know his game plan, so anyone can copy it. It’s no longer a secret. Not least, his game plan is not ultimately a winning one, since it relies almost exclusively on defense while minimizing offense. Face it, La Sele only made it to the final 8 because Keylor happened to be able to block a final kick, and it didn’t make it beyond the final 8 because Holland managed to block one of its final kicks. Either game could have gone either way, making the outcome of both essentially luck. At the end of the day, Pinto’s strategy is not a winning one.

Again, I’d love for Costa Rica to keep him, but not at the price it will probably have to pay. I say offer him a substantial raise and otherwise let him know he’s wanted, but don’t get into a crazy bidding war trying to keep him.

0 0
Don Blake

Costa Rica should try and keep him!……surely he will only leave for Peru or Venezuela for a larger pay check, as neither of these teams has the future potential of the Costa Rican team!…..hope he stays!

0 0