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5 Costa Rica players to watch at the World Cup

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 9, 2014 at 4:23 am •  Published: April 9, 2014
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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Three of the teams in Group D are loaded with famous players, like Italy striker Mario Balotelli, England forward Wayne Rooney and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez. The odd one out is Costa Rica.

Perhaps PSV Eindhoven forward Bryan Ruiz is the biggest name in the Costa Rica squad headed to Brazil. That will make it difficult for Costa Rica to advance from a difficult group.

On its side is the fact that half of the Central American country's squad is made up of players who are based in Europe.

Here are five players to watch:

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KEYLOR NAVAS

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas is likely to have a lot to do, but he has had his best season for Levante and is considered one of the top 'keepers in the Spanish league.

There are reports in Spanish media that Navas could move to a higher-profile club, something a good performance at the World Cup might secure.

"You always want to play in the big teams, but at the moment I am a Levante player," Navas said.

Navas left Costa Rica for Spain in 2010, but only made his first-division debut in May 2012.

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BRYAN RUIZ

Bryan Ruiz is the most established Costa Rican player in Europe and its best known after his stint in the Premier League with Fulham.

Ruiz, Costa Rica's most creative player, is allowed to stray inside from his right midfield position.

Ruiz joined PSV from Fulham in January. He moved to Europe in 2006 to join Belgian side Gent before moving to FC Twente in the Netherlands and then Fulham in 2011.

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BRYAN OVIEDO

Everton left back Bryan Oviedo has been in a race to be fit for Brazil after breaking his leg in January, although the Premier League club stated in March that he is on course to be back playing in time for the World Cup.

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