Guadalupe

Club Name: Guadalupe FC

Stadium: Estadio Coyella Fonseca

Nickname(s): Guadalupanos

Manager: Alexander Vargas

Club Honors

NONE

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. 

Best XI

Key Players

Royner Rojas

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.

Dario Delgado

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

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. 

Squad Overview

#Player NamePositionPlaying Style
18Luis BarrientosGKN/A
22Jorge JaraGKN/A
1Luis TorresGKShot Stopper
4Rene MirandaRBDefending Fullback
2Haxzel QuirosRBBalanced
21Brandon BonillaLBCrossing Specialist
16Lautaro AyalaCBStopper
14Dario DelgadoCBSweeper
12Marcos MenesesCBStopper
20Eduardo JuarezDMDestroyer
26Andrey MoraDMAnchor
6Luis GutierrezCMBox-to-Box
11Aaron MurilloCMBox-to-Box
10Mateo Hernandez10Creative Playmaker
15Sergio NuñezRMWide Midfielder
19Darryl ArayaLMN/A
24Jorkaeff AzofeifaLMWide Midfielder
34Elian MoralesLMWide Midfielder
28Ariel ArauzWingerPlaymaking Winger
31Jose MoraWingerPlaymaking Winger
7Royner RojasWingerPlaymaking Winger
27Alberth VillalobosFWDMobile Striker
23Nicolas Azofeifa9Mobile Striker
9Lisandro Cabrera9Target Man
17John Vizcaino9Target Man
30Diego Huacuja9Target Man