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Costa Rica Super Bowl IV Tonight at Cuty Monge Stadium, Desamparados

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The Santa Ana Bulldogs and the Toros of Escazu will face off tonight at 6:00 pm at the Cuty Monge Stadium for the fourth edition of the Costa Rica Federation of American Football (FEFACR in Spanish). The Bulldogs are currently the top-rated team in the league, having won all eight games of the 2012 season. The Toros arrive to the Super Bowl with a record of 5 victories and 3 losses.

FEFACR and the league have been around officially since July 2009. FEFACR has been recognized by the Costa Rican Institute of Sports & Recreation (ICODER), a government-sponsored agency that supports organized sports and athletics. Interest in American football has been growing among Ticos over the last two years. ICODER has also recognized FEFACR for their work in promoting flag football in high schools and organizing a minor league. The federation and the league also enjoy recognition in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF).

The Bulldogs are coached by Ethan J Kelley, a defensive tackle who played in the United States National Football League (NFL) with the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns. He wears two Super Bowl rings: XXXVIII and XXXIX. Coach Kelley and wide receiver Benjamin Chaverri Lopez were interviewed by The Costa Rica Star back in February. The Bulldogs have already won two Super Bowls.

The Toros have been around since 2008. They won the Super Bowl in 2009 and are looking to catch up to the Bulldogs in terms of championships. They scored 62 touchdowns in 2009 and had a perfect season.

American football in Costa Rica is supported by two national television networks: Channel 9 and public broadcaster SINART (Channel 13).

Here’s the schedule of events for tonight’s Super Bowl:

  • Cuty Monge Stadium – Desamparados
  • Sabado 28 de Abril, 2012
  • 4:00 pm the stadium opens to the public
  • 5:00 pm warm-up for the teams
  • 6:00 pm National Anthem
  • 6:05 pm coin toss
  • 6:15 pm kickoff
  • 9:30 pm awards ceremony
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