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The coach is chain-smoking Argentine Ricardo La Volpe, who will know the host nation well. The 'Moustachioed one' coached Boca Juniors and Velez Sarsfield in his native country, and has enjoyed a successful career predominately in Mexico.
The 18-year-old Saprissa youngster is considered the hottest prospect in Costa Rican football. At 1.77m tall, Campbell is an explosive forward, naturally left-footed, a great dribbler and has a great eye for goal.
Born in the Desamparados neighbourhood on the fringes of the Costa Rican capital, Campbell starred in the youth system of Alajuelense, one of the two biggest clubs in the nation. His contract belongs to Saprissa, but he played the last season on loan at Puntarenas.
COPA AMERICA HISTORY
- Best finish: Quarter finals (2001 & 2004)
- Biggest victory: 4-0 vs Bolivia, Copa America 2001
- Biggest defeat: 5-0 vs Brazil, Copa America 1997
HOW THEY PLAY
Costa Rica are a team that looks to impose an organised attack, with play emanating from the midfield and building slowly towards the opposition area. La Volpe uses either a 4-3-3 or a 4-4-2 system, occasionally opting for a back-line of five if the situation warrants it.
A balance between positions is the key, with collective excellence always taking precedence over individual brilliance. La Volpe has prepared a team that is ready to be flexible and react immediately to any eventuality on the field, and the Argentine coach values a winning mentality that he hopes will see them through a tournament which will be a tough challenge.
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He began his career in Costa Rica's Club Sport Herediano, making the leap over to Europe with Mauricio Solis to Derby County in England, before moving on to West Ham and Manchester City. His first Premier League goal came against Manchester United, making him the second-ever Latin American to find the net in the history of English football. His career would then lead him to Malaga, and eventually on to Al-Gharrafa in Qatar.
He was a key player in the Costa Rica set-up for many years. In the World Cup qualifying campaign of Germany 2006 he scored against Mexico and Guatemala, and also hit a brace in the finals against the hosts in the opening game. Wanchope scored 45 goals in 73 matches for the Costa Rican national side.
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