Costa Rican president calls national team to wish success against Brazil

Costa Rican President, Carlos Alvarado (L), and First Lady, Claudia Dobles (R), pose with national soccer team player Bryan Ruiz (C), during a meeting at the Presidential House in San Jose, Costa Rica, May 28, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/Jeffrey Arguedas

San Jose, Jun 21 (EFE).- The president of Costa Rica on Thursday telephoned the national soccer team to wish them success and show his support for the players in the 2018 World Cup Group E match against Brazil on Friday.

“We are with you with all the support from our heart. In Costa Rica we are in a time of many challenges but we are also with the squad and we are going forward,” Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado was quoted as saying in the phone call to Captain Bryan Ruiz, in a video uploaded on the Presidential House’s YouTube channel.

Alvarado said the match against Brazil is “a big and difficult challenge” and reminded the players that, like the government, “the commitment” that the team must give “is to do their best” and “to represent the country with pride.”

“Come on, boys. We are with you and we are all going to get up early with our messy hair and we will not even take a shower to watch the game,” the president said, referring to the kick-off at 6am Costa Rican time.

After losing in the first match of Group E to Serbia 1-0, Costa Rica will face Brazil on Friday in Saint Petersburg.