A right-sided central defender who can also operate as a full-back, Giancarlo Gonzalez is one of the leaders of the current Tico line-up. Blessed with a gift for anticipating play, intercepting the ball, and holding his own against opposition strikers, he is also effective and secure when it comes to distributing possession and is adept at hitting long balls out to Costa Rica’s wing backs.
Gonzalez did not miss a single minute of Los Ticos’ five matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, turning in performances that did not go unnoticed and which earned him a return to European club football. He also scored in the penalty shoot-out that earned Costa Rica a historic win over Greece in the Round of 16. In the qualifiers for Russia 2018, meanwhile, he was among the defenders most used by coach Oscar Ramirez.