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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Group A - Mexico

NICKNAME – EL TRI

World Cup Qualifying

Mexico making part of the CONCACAF, was runners-up of the final stage with 19 point just behind USA. Scoring 18 and conceding 12 goals.

Head To Head

Jun 11 Johannesburg South Africa v Mexico - Mexico 2 Wins / South Africa 1 Win ( 4-9 Goals Scored ) South Africa Won 2-1 in their last match played.

Jun 17 Polokwane France v Mexico - Mexico lost 5 games against France and drew only 1 ( 15-4 Goals Scored ) France Scored 4 goals in each of their last 3 encounters with Mexico.

Jun 22 Rustenburg Mexico v Uruguay Mexico won 7 times against Uruguay, losing only 3 times. They have 7 draws. (25-21 Goals Scored) – Uruguai was defeated in their last meeting 1-3.

Javier Aguirre compiled a player’s list:

Goalkeepers: Memo Ochoa (America), Luis Ernesto Michel (Chivas), Oscar Pérez (Chiapas)

Defenders: Rafael Márquez (Barcelona), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Héctor Moreno (AZ Alkmmar), Francisco Rodríguez (PSV Eindhoven), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Paul Aguilar (Pachuca), Efrain Juarez (Pumas UNAM)

Midfielders: Jonny Magallón (Guadalajara), Jorge Torres Nilo (Atlas), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Andrés Guardado (Deportivo La Coruña)

Forwards: Pablo Barrera (Pumas UNAM), Adolfo Bautista (Guadalajara), Alberto Medina (Guadalajara), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz), Javier Hernández (Guadalajara), Giovani dos Santos (Galatasaray), Guillermo Franco (West Ham), Carlos Vela (Arsenal)

FORMATION

Javier Aguirre is a motivational coach that builds his team around charismatic purposes reason why he brought in Blanco for instance. Aguirre plays an attacking football under a 4-3-3 formation.

BEST PLAYERS

Blanco, the 36 years old once Mexican player of the year is back to bring his cheeky dribbles to the FIFA World Cup Stage. His charisma unveils a symbol of respect among the other young Mexican world cup called-up players. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez newly bought by Manchester United will make part of the renewed squad alongside left-winger from La Coruña, Andrés Guardado and the attacking midfielder Giovani dos Santos ex-Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur player that is currently on loan to Frank Rijkaard’s Galatasaray. Barcelona’s Rafael Marquez will make sure the Mexican defense will not be demoralized against fellow World Cup opponents.

SURPRISE

Morelia striker Miguel Sabah is omitted due to injury.

STATEMENT

"I feel relaxed. Whenever you reach an objective you've been brought in to achieve you have the satisfaction of knowing that you haven't let down the people who put their faith in you. I am happy and proud. When I came into the job we were fifth and nine points away from first place, and now we're in the World Cup." Coach Javier Aguirre reacts to his side second-place finish in the CONCACAF Zone.

- Javier Aguirre -

“El Vasco” was Manager of the Year in 2006 when coaching Osasuna in Spain; 1 Intertoto Cup with Atletico Madrid; 1 Gold Cup.

334 Matches played, 43% Win, 26% Draws, 31% Losses; GS 1,38; GA 1,15.

SWOT ANALYSYS

Strength – A combination of charisma and experience through Marquez & Blanco mixed with individual technique & creativity brought by their young talent’s Giovani dos Santos, Hernandez & Guardado.

Javier Aguirre coaching skills.

Weaknesses – Even though they often use an attacking formation, the man upfront tend to not deliver goals, meaning that wasted chances in a World Cup Stage could cost them dearly.

Opportunities - Take advantage of South Africa’s weak last third using their high talented players. Winning the first match even though they will be playing against the host is a must-winning game, otherwise things can get complicated. Their approach to the first game will give room for what will be next.

Threats – Their first match against all-time qualified host (yet we are to know if South Africa can deliver, but Korea has done that in 2002 and no one was expecting).

Uruguay’s attack;

FIFA WORLD RANKINGS – Mexico currently lay on the seventieth position behind Serbia and ahead of Uruguay.

ACHIEVEMENTS

13 appearances in World Cups; 1 FIFA Confederations Cup in 1999; The Far they went was the Quarter-Finals in 1970 and 1986;

1 Confederations CUP; 5 Concacaf Gold Cups

CASTROL INDEX

According to Castrol Predictions, Mexico will finish 3rd and has a overall chance of 49,5% of progressing to the knockout stages.

LATEST MATCHES

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