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FOOTBALL: Costa Rica appoints Wanchope as head coach

Published:Monday | February 2, 2015 | 2:02 PM

The Costa Rican Soccer Federation has announced that Paulo Wanchope will continue to coach their team on a permanent basis following a successful stint as caretaker coach.

Wanchope, a former Costa Rican striker, was handed the job after Jorge Luis Pinto stepped down in the wake of a successful 2014 World Cup campaign.

Pinto exceeded all expectations by leading Costa Rica, who had been grouped with Uruguay, Italy and England, to the quarterfinals in Brazil last year.

However, he was subsequently unable to reach an agreement over a new contract and Wanchope has since overseen six unbeaten matches at the helm, and victory in last year's Copa Centroamericana tournament.

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