Fifa World Cup Costa Rica coach Pinto quits

Last updated 10:24 25/07/2014
Jorge Luis Pinto
TOP COACH: Jorge Luis Pinto.

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Jorge Luis Pinto has decided to quit as coach of World Cup quarterfinalists Costa Rica because of differences with the soccer federation.

''I realised I would not be able to count on conditions to carry out my work,'' the 61-year-old Colombian said on his personal website overnight.

Pinto's contract ended after the World Cup.

''It wasn't possible to reach an agreement,'' he added.

''I ask myself, 'What use are the victories obtained in Brazil?''.

Federation president Eduardo Lee confirmed at a news conference that the two parties had not managed to agree fresh terms.

Costa Rica had their most successful ever World Cup in Brazil, reaching the last eight for the first time before going out on penalties to the Netherlands earlier this month.

Pinto, who had steered Costa Rica to their fourth finals, watched his team go out 4-3 in a shootout following a 0-0 draw after extra-time.

Rank outsiders Costa Rica began the tournament with a stunning 3-1 upset victory over twice champions Uruguay in their opening Group D match.

They followed up with a 1-0 win over four-times World Cup winners Italy before drawing 0-0 with England.

The 'Ticos' then beat Greece 5-3 in a penalty shootout in the last 16 following a 1-1 draw after extra-time.

One of Pinto's contract requests this month was to be able to choose his own staff.

He will now look at other options after attending an international congress for coaches in Germany, read the statement on his website.

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- Reuters

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