Club Name: Guadalupe FC
Stadium: Estadio Coyella Fonseca
Manager: Alexander Vargas
Style of Play
Guadalupe plays the 5-4-1 formation abused by most lower-level clubs in Costa Rica. Out of possession, 10 men sit in a predictable low block, looking to spring the counter when possible.
Second-ball pickups are imperative in the build-out phase. The target man is tasked with winning aerial duels, or knocking the ball down cleanly into midfield. Width becomes the primary focus from here. The outside center backs join the attack to provide more options in possession and push the wingbacks further up the pitch, into the final third. Chances are created with service from wide areas and aggressive dribbles from the wingers.
Unlike most teams in this system, Guadalupe will aggressively counterpress when losing possession in the attacking half. Touches that close to goal are few and far between, so there is an emphasis on keeping the ball in desired areas. The defense will not immediately retreat into a low block.
The system is too pragmatic at times and is better served with two natural wingers, but it is still effective, especially against the traditional powerhouses in the country.
There is no greater attacking threat on the ball for Guadalupe than Royner Rojas. The 19-year-old winger carries with purpose in transition, aggressively beats defenders on the dribble and makes timely runs in the box to finish chances of his own. He lacks consistency, but on form, can be a nightmare for opposing defenders.
A stubborn defense needs its anchor. That is where Dario Delgado comes in. His stopper-like qualities are on constant display as the sweeper of the formation. At his apex, he transforms into a dead zone for opposing attacks.
Eduardo Juarez isn’t as technically proficient as some of his counterparts in midfield, but he is as solid a defender as any other. Despite being paired with another defensive midfielder, Juarez is often responsible for most of the ball-winning responsibilities. He won’t play between the lines and forward in transition consistently enough, but most of the positive things in attack begin with his work rate.
|#||Player Name||Position||Playing Style|
|1||Luis Torres||GK||Shot Stopper|
|4||Rene Miranda||RB||Defending Fullback|
|21||Brandon Bonilla||LB||Crossing Specialist|
|10||Mateo Hernandez||10||Creative Playmaker|
|15||Sergio Nuñez||RM||Wide Midfielder|
|24||Jorkaeff Azofeifa||LM||Wide Midfielder|
|34||Elian Morales||LM||Wide Midfielder|
|28||Ariel Arauz||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|31||Jose Mora||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|7||Royner Rojas||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|27||Alberth Villalobos||FWD||Mobile Striker|
|23||Nicolas Azofeifa||9||Mobile Striker|
|9||Lisandro Cabrera||9||Target Man|
|17||John Vizcaino||9||Target Man|
|30||Diego Huacuja||9||Target Man|