30. Costa Rica
Group E opponents: Spain, Germany, Japan
Odds to win World Cup: +75000
Costa Rica upended New Zealand 1-0 in the one-game playoff to reach the World Cup. After getting off to a very slow start in CONCACAF play, Los Ticos mounted a furious comeback to overtake Panama for the fourth spot in the region. Remember the miraculous run Costa Rica had in the 2014 World Cup? Well, many of those same guys are back (Celso Borges, Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas) yet are much older. There are some promising young players in the group (Manfred Ugalde, Jewison Bennette, Aaron Suarez, Alonzo Martinez). However, it’ll be up to the 35-year-old Navas to virtually carry this team (which is a tall task).
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