Costa Rica’s Luis Fernando Suárez: ‘We tried to be more European but lost our essence’ | World Cup 2022

The frightened face Luis Fernando Suárez feigns quickly slips into a smile. “I was scared,” the Costa Rica coach says, laughing. It was 1989, 10 days after he had been left out of the Atlético Nacional squad that became the first Colombian team to win the Copa Libertadores and the manager called. Francisco Maturana told Suárez he was leaving to focus on the national team and he wanted him to join his assistant Hernán Gómez in taking his place. “That morning I trained with my teammates; that afternoon they introduced me as coach,” he recalls. “Maturana believed in me before I…

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