Mexico – World Cup 2010 – Betting
Manager: Javier Aguirre
Captain: Rafael Marquez
FIFA World Ranking: 17
World Cup appearances: 13
Best World Cup: Quarter-Finals; 1970 & 1986
Mexico Team Profile
Mexico, from the North America zone of qualifying, finished second in the CONCACAF qualifying sector after a strong finish to qualifying ensured Mexico would make the cut and go to their fifth World Cup in succession – what would be their fourteenth overall once they touchdown in South Africa. However, it has been turbulent times for a nation which has always been thereabouts in the FIFA Rankings – Currently ranked 17th – with several managers coming and going since their previous World Cup in 2006, but the Mexican’s appear to have the natural born leader they were so desperate for in Javier Aguirre, who has steadied the Mexican ship to guide them to another World Cup after early signs were that Mexico might not even make the cut after a sloppy start to qualifying.
Javier Aguirre really has been a revelation for Mexico, changing the entire complexity of the team which had been massively under performing for several years before his arrival at the helm. He’s found the right blend of players which works for him and Mexico, with a mixture of both experience and youthful exuberance working in qualifying while it has the locals back home all excited about the prospect of a big campaign in South Africa. The objective for Aguirre will be to guide El Tri further than they’ve ever been before in a World Cup and that’s past the Round of 16 stage of the tournaments. Mexico have fallen at that same Round of 16 stage in the previous four tournaments, and fans back home simply cannot take another last-sixteen heartache in South Africa.
Nickname: El Tri
A right mixture of combative and inspirational knowledge from some of their more experienced internationals and some of their younger stars, has worked wonders for Javier Aguirre, who masterminded Cuauhtemoc Blanco’s decision to come out of retirement in a bid to save Mexico’s faltering qualifying bid. It was a decision which paid huge dividends as Blanco’s emergence back into the Mexico fold sparked a Mexican revival, while the young stars in the Mexico set up; Dos Santos, Carlos Vela and Andres Guardado have all slowly but surely found their footing.
What you have to consider is Mexico was a team drained of any self belief and confidence, they were on their knees before Aguirre pleaded with Blanco, a Mexican legend, to come out of retirement in a bid not only to save their faltering campaign, but to also provide the new generation of stars with the inspiration needed to kick-start their prosperous futures. Mexico finished qualification with plenty of winning momentum, which leads us to believe that Mexico are well on their way to recovery and that they’ll head to South Africa with plenty of positive and optimistic momentum.
However, in terms of positives on the field, Mexico’s passing game is second to none. They are quick, slick and damn effective at getting forward at pace and in numbers. Aguirre has got this Mexico team playing some crisp football, very pleasing on the eye, and with some tricky customers within their ranks, players like Guardado, Dos Santos and Vela, Mexico will cause even the most well-drilled defences plenty of problems.
The sheer fact Mexico are seemingly cursed whenever they get to the Round of 16 stage is a big worry for start – Exiting at the last-sixteen stage in their previous four World Cup’s, but this Mexico team, despite enjoying a strong finish to qualifying, were a team who had to endure several low points during qualifying and often took a while to fully recover and bounce back. They are a team which need a lot of confidence and momentum before their games, and definitely require a lot of love and caring attention from their manager. A bad start to the tournament and it could be curtains for Mexico, as they do tend to be a team which dwell on their mistakes.
Also, we would have to say Mexico are arguably the most wasteful team we know in terms of doing all the hard work in creating cracking openings only yo fluff their lines on multiple occasions. Clincal is a word best used to describe Mexico and if El Tri are to make some serious inroads at South Africa; Franco, Hernandez, Vela, Dos Santos and Blanco will all need to find some inner confidence, and more importantly the goal.
Mexico Qualification for the World Cup
Mexico didn’t get off to the best of starts in their bid to qualify for South Africa, 2010. They started qualifying with back-to-back defeats following defeats away at USA & Honduras, and by the mid-way stage of proceedings, Mexico were in a precarious position after losing four of their opening five qualifiers. However, they finished qualifying strongly, beating Trinidad & Tobago, USA, Costa Rica & Honduras in a four match winning streak which evidentially sent them to South Africa before they played out a 2-2 draw with Trinidad & Tobago in their final qualifiers.
It was a poor start, drastic actually, from Mexico but they finished the campaign strongly with four consecutive wins, a run which didn’t just salvage their qualifying campaign, it sent them up to second in the CONCAFAF qualifying zone table and through to South Africa 2010. The poor start to proceedings was, however, a bag indication that this Mexico team still isn’t at the level needed to really challenge some of the world’s best teams. Moreover, were they to get off to a similarly bad start in South Africa, there could be no coming back.
World Cup Potential: 3/5
The Mexicans have always been a tricky nation to follow in previous World Cup’s. They seem to boast a deceiving FIFA World Ranking most of the time, often leading to El Tri massively underachieving. However, Mexico are one of those nations which are capable of springing a surprise, defeating a big name when everyone turns up and performs. The problem is, Mexico generally disappoint in the crunch games, while the squad Aguirre will be taking to South Africa is arguably the weakest, or at least unproven, that Mexico have had in the finals for quite some time.
Mexico are currently ranked 17th in the world, and that’s generous. El Tri were woeful and utterly helpless at times during qualifying, while some of their big names, their future stars, haven’t performed to the standards expected by the eccentric Mexico fans. There’s every chance Mexico could edge their way through Group A, but the knock-out stage is where Javier Aguirre and Mexico will find one too strong.
Mexico World Cup Betting Odds
Mexico to win the World Cup: 40/1 bWin
Before the World Cup the odds on Argentina were 100/1
Official Mexico World Cup Squad
Luis Ernesto Michel (Deportivo Guadalajara)
Óscar Pérez (Jaguares de Chiapas)
Guillermo Ochoa (CF América)
Rafael Marquez (Barcelona)
Ricardo Osorio (VfB Stuttgart)
Francisco Javier Rodriguez (PSV Eindhoven)
Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven)
Jorge Torres (Atlas Guadalajara)
Efraín Juárez (UNAM Pumas)
Jonny Magallón (Deportivo Guadalajara)
Paul Aguilar (CF Pachuca)
Héctor Moreno (AZ Alkmaar)
Israel Castro (UNAM Pumas)
Andrés Guardado (Deportivo La Coruna)
Alberto Medina (Deportivo Guadalajara)
Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul)
Pablo Barrera (UNAM Pumas)
Adolfo Bautista (Deportivo Guadalajara)
Guillermo Franco (West Ham United)
Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz)
Carlos Vela (Arsenal)
Giovani dos Santos (Galatasaray)
Javier Hernandez (Deportivo Guadalajara)
last update: 18 June 2010
World Cup 2010 Mexico Fixtures – Group A
|Date - Time||Group||Match||Result|
|11/06 - 15.00||A||South Africa - Mexico||1-1|
|11/06 - 19.30||A||Uruguay - France||0-0|
|16/06 - 19.30||A||South Africa - Uruguay||0-3|
|17/06 - 19.30||A||France - Mexico||0-2|
|22/06 - 15.00||A||Mexico - Uruguay||0-1|
|22/06 - 15.00||A||France - South Africa||1-2|
27/06 – 19.30 – Round of the last 16: Mexico – Argentina: 1-3
World Cup 2010 Group A - Table
|Rank||Team||Matches / Points|
|1||Uruguay||3 Matches / 7 Points|
|2||Mexico||3 Matches / 4 Points|
|3||South Africa||3 Matches / 4 Points|
|4||France||3 Matches / 1 Point|