Recife: Christian Bolanos never stops moving. The Costa Rica midfielder races up and down the right touchline in a blur. He may be the oldest player in the squad, at 30, but it’s not slowing him down.
An enthusiasm and electricity defines this team, a balance between young pretenders and those who’ve been around the block. Bolanos is a bridge to the past.
He is the only member of the current side who played at Germany 2006, the last time Los Ticos played the World Cup They lost all three of their games then.
“We’re hungrier now,” he said. “Back then we didn’t have many guys playing abroad. Now they all want to and they look to the guys who went before as an example. We are raring to go.”
“We try to stay focused all the time on the pitch,” the player who set up two of the three goals in Los Ticos’ opening win over Uruguay, said. (agencies)