FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter was deeply saddened by the death of former coach Antonio Moyano Reina on 9 March. The Spaniard, who was aged 82, was a highly respected figure in Costa Rican football, where he spent almost four decades.

In a letter of condolences sent to Eduardo Li, President of the Costa Rican Football Association, the head of world football’s governing body highlighted the important role Moyano Reina had played in Costa Rican football over the years.

"He was the coach that put Costa Rican football on the international map, as he guided Los Ticos at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournaments in Moscow in 1980 and four years later in Los Angeles, where they recorded an historic victory over Italy," said Blatter.

As coach of Club Sport Herediano, Moyano Reina won the Costa Rican league title in 1987, though he also enjoyed successful spells in charge of a number of the county’s other top flight sides. In June of 2009, he was awarded the Medal of Merit for his work by Costa Rica’s National Olympic Committee.

The FIFA President asked the head of Costa Rican football to pass on his condolences to “all the family and friends” of Moyano Reina, adding: “We share with them a profound sense of grief.”