Costa Rica’s ‘Sele’ reaches its highest position ever in FIFA world ranking

February 12, 2015

Costa Rica’s National Football Team, known as “La Sele,” rose three spots to 13th on FIFA’s World Rankings, its best position ever, according to the most recent list released Thursday.

According to FIFA’s latest report, Costa Rica is still the best team in the CONCACAF region, followed by Mexico and the United States, which ranked 21st and 31st, respectively. Mexico dropped one position, and the U.S. dropped four from the January ranking.

La Sele’s new position is an improvement on the historic 15th place in August, following a surprising performance during the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, where Los Ticos made it through the quarterfinals. On February’s list the team surpassed England, Chile and Romania, according to FIFA’s statistics system.

Costa Rica’s new head coach Paulo César Wanchope, who officially took over the team on Jan. 31, said he is happy with the news and that FIFA’s report commits the team to maintaining or surpassing their new position.

“We must remain calm and focused to continue our work and continue growing,” Wanchope said in a press release.

The chance to either maintain or improve the team’s position starts on March 26, when La Sele will face Paraguay in San José. Next, CONCACAF’s Gold Cup 2015 will be held from June 7-26 in the U.S. and Canada. Qualifiers for World Cup Russia 2018 are schedule to start in November.

In the CONCACAF region, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, at 110th, is the team with the biggest improvement, jumping 11 positions, while Guatemala at 82nd is the team that dropped the most (nine positions). Overall, current World Football Champion Germany tops the ranking.

FIFA’s Top 15 National Teams, as of Feb. 12, are:

FIFA Men's World Ranking - Feb. 2015

You may be interested

5 questions for a Venezuelan artist in Costa Rica
Weekend Arts Spotlight
55 views
Weekend Arts Spotlight
55 views

5 questions for a Venezuelan artist in Costa Rica

Elizabeth Lang - July 15, 2018

Art as a passion and a tool for the communication of complex messages of hope, all influenced by the sociopolitical…

Heavy rains leave hundreds trapped on Route 32
Latin America
120 views
Latin America
120 views

Heavy rains leave hundreds trapped on Route 32

Alexander Villegas - July 15, 2018

Hundreds of vehicles were trapped on a section of Route 32 between San Jose and Limon after heavy rains battered…

Honduras identifies 459 children separated from families in US
Honduras
135 views
Honduras
135 views

Honduras identifies 459 children separated from families in US

AFP - July 15, 2018

A total of 459 Honduran children separated from their parents as a result of Washington's "zero tolerance" immigration policy have…