Spectator Sports

Soccer, or fútbol, as its referred to throughout Latin America, is one of Costa Rica's most popular pastimes. Whether it's watching regional teams duke it out in local stadiums, rooting for the national squad which will make its third World Cup appearance this year, or just juggling a makeshift ball around in the streets, a Tico's love for the game is said to be surpassed by only one other thing - their reverence and adoration to God.

The nation's highest national league, Primera División, is the cause of much excitement and rivalry among die-hard fans. Alajuela's La Liga and San José's Saprissa are the two leading teams in this league, and are almost always embroiled in fierce contention for first place. On the usual Wednesday and Sunday game-days, Ticos fill the stadiums, cheering, waving flags, and sounding horns. Those that can't make it are likely nail-biting in front of a TV.


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