Joel Campbell Is The World Cup's First Breakout Star And Might Be Arsenal's Next One (VIDEO/GIF)

06/15/2014 01:51 pm ET | Updated Jun 15, 2014
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World, meet Joel Campbell.

The 21-year-old striker for Costa Rica emerged as an early breakout star at the 2014 World Cup by contributing an emphatic goal, an incisive assist and an epic celebration to his team's 3-1 upset of Uruguay at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza during the third day of the 32-team tournament.

"Happiness," is the word Campbell chose to describe his feelings after the match, via MLSSoccer.com. "Despite the fact that they were winning 1-0 we stayed positive. We knew that we were going to win."

A rising star on in the international stage, Campbell had scored for his country in the Gold Cup, Copa America and U-20 World Cup before arriving in Brazil. The San Jose-born attacker was signed by Arsenal as a 19-year-old in 2011 after making his professional debut with Saprissa in his hometown in 2009. Having been loaned out to other clubs in each of his three seasons since being signed, he has yet to make his debut for manager Arsene Wenger's Premier League side. That may change after what happened in Fortaleza.

Here is everything you need to know about Campbell's unforgettable World Cup debut:

Campbell Scored The Game-Tying Goal For Costa Rica

Joel Campbell scores Costa Rica, tying the game at 1-1 [GIF]:  on Twitpic

Another look at Joel Campbell's goal that equalized the ... on Twitpic(GIFs via @FlyByKnite)

Campbell Executed An ... Interesting ... Goal Celebration

GIF: Joel Campbell's goal celebration - the pregnant thu... on Twitpic

GIF: More of Joel Campbell's goal celebration on Twitpic(GIFs via @cjzero)

Campbell Created Costa Rica's Third Goal With A Beautiful Pass

Everyone Went Nuts Calling For Campbell To Head For North London

Even The Official Arsenal Twitter Account Noticed Campbell

Campbell Made Everyone Happy By Talking About His Arsenal Return

"Of course I have to go back because I have a contract with Arsenal," Campbell told reporters after the game on Saturday, via Goal.com. "But the most important thing just now is my country and the World Cup."

He Also Told His Fans -- The Old And New -- That He's Not Done In Brazil

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