AND THE CROWDS GO WILD. Across the nation yesterday Ticos and expats alike took to the streets to celebrate Costa Rica’s 2nd win in the FIFA World Cup, beating out two of the toughest competitors in their division.
For their second time ever, Costa Rica will now advance to to the knock-out round of the World Cup, quieting all of their critics. The entire country shut down so the crowds could celebrate in the streets. It is a site that many gringos have never seen. If you thought college football fans in the US were ecstatic about their team, you have seen nothing yet.
According to the TICO TIMES, a local English Speaking news paper in Costa Rica, Even President Luis Guillermo Solís took to the streets to celebrate.
President Luis Guillermo Solís predicted the final score of the World Cup match between Costa Rica and Italy.
In a tweet sent minutes before the Friday morning match, Solís asked Ticos to send their predictions for the match. Then he accurately predicted a Costa Rica victory 1-0 over four-time champions Italy.
Solís watched the game with staff and family members at the Casa Presidencial, in the southeastern San José district of Zapote.
After Costa Rica won, Solís invited Ticos to join him in a celebration at the La Hispanidad roundabout, a traditional point of celebration for residents of the capital.
Solís walked from Casa Presidencial to the roundabout and joined thousands of Ticos in a massive celebration that extended into the afternoon.
Meanwhile in the Jungle
In our little town of Santa Teresa, traffic stopped for twenty minutes so people could celebrate in the streets. Every man women and child celebrated the win in full festive flavor. Imagine if you will, a Super Bowl Sunday in the United States on steroids with no losers. Everyone, with the exception of the few Italian expats, was rooting for the same team, so everyone celebrated together as one family.
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