World Cup Profile: Mexico
England fans had a 90 minute introduction to the Mexican team earlier in the week. They looked alright. But can they win the World Cup? Do they have any tricks up their sleeves? These are the questions. read on to find out.
After a stop-starty campaign, Mexico put in a pretty good show at the end, cruising in unbeaten in their last six qualifiers to make the World Cup. It’ll be their 14th time competing on the world stage, having made it as far as the quarter finals in 1970 and 1986. Conveniently, they were hosting the thing on both occasions. You will find their odds of winning at around 109/1 on Betfair.
World Cup Moment
They haven’t won the thing, but, as a nation, they put on a great World Cup in 1986. Here are just a few of the goals from that tournament…
Fairly comfortable on the ball, the Mexicans tend to struggle in defence, hence it’ll be up to Barcelona’s Rafael Marquez – the team captain – to steady the ship at the back. As England found out in the recent friendly, their wing backs just love bombing forward a la Roberto Carlos.
One to Watch
All eyes will be on Javier Hernandez, the first Mexican ever to sign for Man United. Known affectionately as “Chicharito” – which means “little pea” in Spanish – he has already scored four international goals in just nine games, and you can get odds of him top scoring at around 229/1 on Betfair. Here he is in action:
Least Graceful National Football Trick
Mexico’s old man at the front, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, is widely celebrated for creating a move known in the trade as “the Cauahtemina”. It involves gripping the ball between your ankles and gracelessly lunging over defenders, like a man with his feet tied together attempting to escape some thugs. Effective. But ugly.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Mexico proved against England that they are pretty decent at keeping hold of the ball, and they look particularly good blazing forward down the wings. Unfortunately, as previously mentioned, they look weak at the back, and with France and Uruguay to contend with, they could come unstuck.
Legendary Mexican Rock Music
Santana, Soul Sacrifice
To show your support…
If you’re considering a gentle afternoon spent watching the Mexicans going hard at it, perhaps partake in one of their tasty national beers, like a nice cold bottle of Sol. But, if it’s a real head-rush that you’re after, grab a bottle of Tequila, and don’t stop going until you’ve devoured the wiggly worm swimming around at the bottom. Students in Bristol in the 1990s used to swear that it made you have some kind of zany psychedlic freak out.
Most blatant use of sex to sell football…
A generous fan unleashes her breasts at a local football match. Cue much applauding, and men going “phwoar!”.
The Spoiler Predicts: They’ve made the last 16 in the four previous World Cups. They could well do it again. But no further.