Club Name: Municipal Grecia
Stadium: Estadio Allen Riggioni
Nickname(s): Los Griegos
Manager: Johnny Chaves
Liga de Ascenso Titles: 2
Promotion: 1 (2017)
Style of Play
If chicks dig the long ball, they will love the shit out of Grecia.
The team plays a 4-4-2 like U13 players who just discovered the field is 40 yards longer. In its simplest form, Grecia’s approach to generating attack is:
- Winning possession
- Recycling it (if necessary) by playing the ball to the GK or center back
- Waiting for him to carry and boot it
- If not, wait for him to pass to a fullback who will eventually boot it
That’s assuming the ball wasn’t sent directly by the midfielder who regained possession.
It’s a relentless series of hail marys that don’t connect nearly as often.
Countering the route-one tactic many futbol purists will admonish is the freedom for certain personnel to “find the game.” 1v1s are strongly encouraged for the wingers. Watching the ball carried 40 yards from goal to create a chance is not improbable. Technical midfielders also have the freedom to roam, finding the ball to place more precise penetrating passes to one of the two strikers.
There are moments where one of the two strikers drops in midfield to create central combinations, which eventually leads to the ball sprayed out wide; however, overlapping fullback runs, or darting runs from the wingers, end up with the same result. It’s the same hopeful ball into the box.
Jean Carlos Aguero
Winning the ball cleanly is paramount for Grecia to counterattack. No center back on this roster possesses that quality more than Jean Carlos Aguero. Much of that has to do with the fact that he is slow of foot, but his anticipation and positioning allow Grecia to quickly transition from defense to attack.
There is a lot of dirty work to be done for Grecia. Youstin Salas is always up for the task. Despite his destroyer attributes, Salas protects the ball in possession and doesn’t allow the urgency of transition to culminate in a reckless turnover.
Grecia cycled through mobile strikers and target men last season like a Kardashian seeking romance. It was a revolving door of meaningless strike partnerships. Kenneth Vargas was the one saving grace. A mobile striker, Vargas is in need of the target man of his dreams. He can carry in transition, but still lacks the finishing quality to become one of the promising prospects in Costa Rica.
Note: Players with less than 200 minutes in 2021 are not listed. Not all numbers have been confirmed by the club.
|#||Player Name||Position||Playing Style|
|1||Antonny Monreal||GK||Shot Stopper|
|17||Marvin Obando||RB||Attacking Fullback|
|70||Jefferson Rivera||RB||Attacking Fullback|
|25||Jean Carlos Sanchez||LB||Defending Fullback|
|22||Jean Carlo Aguero||CB||Ball-Playing Defender|
|10||Anthony Lopez||CM||Creative Playmaker|
|20||Jose Mora||CM||Deep-Lying Playmaker|
|21||Alejandro Bran||10||Creative Playmaker|
|99||Joshua Parra||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|11||Raymond Salas||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|9||Luis Rodriguez||9||Target Man|
|–||Rafael Najera||9||Target Man|
|15||Kenneth Vargas||9||Mobile Striker|