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Celso Borges: Developing Brilliance

Mark O’Sullivan gives us an insight into the development of Costa Rica’s World Cup 2014 star - Celso Borges. In this fascinating journalistic piece, Mark manages to solidify a pattern of crucial influences and environmental factors that led to Celso’s success. When combined with Celso’s competitive nature and self belief, making it to the international stage seemed to be a certainty.

One of the constants in Costa Rica’s successful 2014 World Cup campaign was Celso Borges. He just always seemed to be there when things were about to happen. He was there on the periphery taking up a position to support a teammate, creating a passing option, distracting defenders with his movement. He was also there to make sure that nothing would happen if the ball was lost. Celso was a constant in a team full of variety.

We will surprise many - although I will not be surprised. We will qualify from our group. - Celso Borges, Quote from 2013, on Costa Rica’s upcoming World Cup Campaign

I first met Celso Borges in October 2013. His then teammate, Henok Goitom, brought him to the...

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