Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Watch the trailer for ‘Italia 90’, a film on Costa Rica’s improbable run in the 1990 World Cup

May 11, 2014

The Costa Rica-made film “Italia 90” released its first trailer this week. Sorry, no subtitles, but the story is simple enough to follow. Here’s the background: Costa Rica participated in its first-ever World Cup in Italy in 1990. The debutants faced overwhelming odds in a group with Brazil, Scotland and Sweden.

But due to the spectacular play in net by goalie Luis Gabelo Conejo — who features prominently in the trailer, outdated hairdo and all —  the Ticos upset Scotland and Sweden (and lost to Brazil in a tight match).

With the victories over the two European squads, Costa Rica advanced to the Round of 16. However, an injury kept Conejo out of the team’s next match with Czechoslovakia. Costa Rica promptly lost without its star goalkeeper, 4-1. Twenty-four years later, the Ticos have never repeated the feat of advancing past the tournament’s opening round. And the Italy 1990 team continues to live in Costa Rica folklore, representing the country’s lone successful run at the World Cup.

Italia 90 will have its premiere May 28, and will open countrywide on June 5. The film’s Tico director Miguel Gómez has promised a precise retelling of the team’s Cinderella tale, and the way it captivated the country. While the trailer looks a little heavy on the melodrama, the movie should be a lively and faithful look back at Costa Rica’s best performance at the world’s most popular sporting event.

And speaking of great performances, a tipster tell us a Tico Times writer makes a cameo in the film as the Scottish coach. (We’ll have a feature on his role Sunday morning.)

You may be interested

Travel uncertainty cancels Costa Rica’s upcoming soccer friendly against Mexico
Costa Rica
3274 views
Costa Rica
3274 views

Travel uncertainty cancels Costa Rica’s upcoming soccer friendly against Mexico

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 22, 2020

The Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefutbol) on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the men's national team's planned friendly match against…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Tuesday, September 22
Costa Rica
5463 views
Costa Rica
5463 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Tuesday, September 22

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 22, 2020

Costa Rica announced 15 new coronavirus-related deaths over the last day for a total of 760, according to official data…

Costa Rica extends tourist visas until March 2021
Costa Rica
3347 views
Costa Rica
3347 views

Costa Rica extends tourist visas until March 2021

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 22, 2020

Costa Rica's Immigration Administration on Monday published a resolution which, among other items, extends the validity of tourist visas until…