Costa Rica, the Land Where Tigres Have Never Known Defeat

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica, February 18th.- The UANL Tigres have been participating in the CONCACAF Champions League since 2012 and, throughout these years, have never known defeat in Costa Rica.

However, this CONCACAF Champions League Round of Sixteen match will be the first time they face Deportivo Saprissa.

Alajuelense was Tigres’ first Costa Rican opponent in the history of short tournaments, in August  2012, drawing 2-2 with goals by Alonso Zamora and Manuel Viniegra, within that era’s group phase.

After that our team’s Costa Rican opponent has been Herediano, three times, with two draws and one win, the latter in the Round of Sixteen with a 2-2 tie after Tigres had been ahead 2-0.

The only win in Costa Rican territory took place in August 2016, when the team defeated Herediano 3-1 with goals by Fernando Fernández, Damián Álvarez and Jonathan Espericueta, within the group phase that was played back then.

Saprissa’s history

Tigres’ rival this Tuesday evening is a club that was founded 84 years ago and regularly plays a leading role in the local league. In fact, right now it is in second place overall, with 20 points.

Their last match in the Costa Rica Liga was last Saturday, which resulted in a 4-2 defeat over Grecia, the team currently at the top of the general table with 23 points.

Saprissa plays at the Ricardo Saprissa Aymá Stadium, with a capacity of 23,112, and named, like the team itself, after the club’s founder. Their fanbase, known as the Ultra Morada, is the largest in the country.

Saprissa is the Costa Rican club with the highest number of official titles won, with a total of 50, and the most championships at the national level, with 34 Liga and 8 Copa titles.

In 2005, they participated in the FIFA Club World Cup played in Japan, obtaining third place, an achievement that earned them the honor of being designated as the Top CONCACAF Club of the 20th Century, according to IFFHS.