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Costa Rica had pasta for breakfast last Friday

IVO HENFLING | JUNE 20, 2014

Costa Rica had pasta for breakfast Pasta is an unusual type of food to have for breakfast and Ticos usually have Gallo Pinto at that time of the day as you all know by now. You might not know that soccer is a religion in Costa Rica. Last Friday, the Costarican National Soccer Team had Italian for breakfast by winning 1 – 0 from Italy at  and head coach Jorge Luis Pinto put Costa Rica on the map AGAIN. Italy had never expected to be losing from Costa Rica and honestly, I didn’t either. See player Brian Ruiz, who scored, celebrating in the photo on left.

Soccer is has always been the number one sport in Costa Rica, we call it futból. If you are thinking of moving to Costa Rica, now is your chance of learning about soccer because as soon as you put a foot on Costarican soil, you will have to get used to soccer being more important than anything else in life. Costa Rica already has a #1 ranking on the Happy Planet Index and I invite you to enjoy the party with us and get a real feeling what Costa Rica is all about.  

Costa Rica was virtually unknown until President Oscar Arias received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1987 for his efforts to end the Central American crisis. The Nobel Prize in combined efforts with the start of green tourism has put Costa Rica on the map for the first time.  And now it has happened for the 2nd time.

 

Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Ortiz and soccer fans at San Pedro Mall

Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Ortiz and soccer fans at San Pedro Mall

 

During the classification for the Soccer World Cup 2014 in Brazil, head coach Jorge Luis Pinto, a Colombian national, was able to form a strong national team when they lost a doubtful game played during a blizzard in Denver, Colorado and finished second for the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). The 2014 Soccer World Cup 2014, organized by FIFA is divided in 8 groups, where Costa Rica ended up in Group D with Uruguay, Italy and England, all three former world cup winners. Anybody who knows a little bit about soccer (my home country Holland is also a soccer loving country) was sure that Costa Rica was in for an impossible world cup.

 

Heach coach Jorge Luis Pinto claiming his victory over Italy

Heach coach Jorge Luis Pinto claiming his victory over Italy

 

Surprise, surprise! The first game against Uruguay was won by Costa Rica 3 -1, an unexpected turn since Uruguay finished 4th in the last world cup. Right after the game, Costa Rica turns crazy and the people hit the streets. After two wins against known big teams, Costa Rica now believes history can be repeated as in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Costa Rica came through to the quarter finals and it was party time forever.

 

Thousands of fans hit the streets in the whole country

Thousands of fans hit the streets in the whole country

 

Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Ortiz allowed Governmental agencies and schools to stop working and studying to enjoy two hours for the next game against Italy. The unbelievable happened on Friday, June 20th 2014. Only the Ticos and those who have lived in Costa Rica long enough had the courage to dream of a victory for Costa Rica. Costa Rica is making history by winning two games in a row in a world cup. La Sele, as the national selection is called, not only surprised all soccer fans by winning 1 – 0 but also making it impossible for England to classify for the next rounds.

 

Every worker in the country was dressed in the national colors that day

Every worker in the country was dressed in the national colors that day

 

Head coach Jorge Luis Pinto did his homework, he studied videos and all the information he could find on the games played by Uruguay and Italy which enabled him to teach his players to play a perfect game, TWICE. If you do your homework before moving to Costa Rica as well as coach Pinto and work with GoDutch Realty, your move to Costa Rica will be as successful as the Costarican national team. Contact us now !

If you want to see Costa Rica making more history, join us and watch on June 24, the last game for Costa Rica in Group D, against England at 10:00 Costa Rica time. Costa Rica can finish first in their group and from there on…… we’ll even have more dreams.

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Ivo Henfling

If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the central Valley, or looking for any property for sale in Escazu, you need to call me. I have been selling real estate in Escazu for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and other areas. To me, a deal is not a good deal unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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