11th of May 2010 02:02 PM
Experts and supporters alike are still bemused at how Mexico even qualified for the World Cup Finals in South Africa, due to the team having three coaches in the space of two years. However, Javier Aguirre – the current coach – got his team ready for one last charge in the South American qualifying round, and it duly paid off. The current Mexico squad is alive with young creative talent, alongside еstablished veterans, which has so far resulted in excellent results. As for star players, well, Mexico have them in abundance. Playmaker Cuauhtemoc Blanco should feature again, and it was namely his efforts that got Mexico to the finals. He was persuaded to come out of retirement when the team were looking likely to get eliminated, and the 36 year old was happy to help his country gain a place in South Africa.
Elsewhere, Guillermo Ochoa and ex Barcelona striker Giovani dos Santos will provide the team with spark and creativity, and captain Rafael Marquez will form the backbone of a side that is expected to compete. If there’s one thing to be said about the Mexicans, it’s that they wont go down without a fight, and they often adopt the ‘if you score three, we’ll score four’ mentality, which means their games are often a spectable for fans of the nation, and neutrals alike. Which this in mind, their group stage draw for South Africa should provide some tantalising viewing. They’ll face France, who have the likes of Theirry Henry and Patrice Evra in their team, South Africa, who will be looking to impress in front of their home fans, and Uruguay, who are anything but easy to beat. However, behind France, Mexico will be favoured to proceed to the knockout phase, and their odds reflect this.
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