Mexico Head Coach Miguel Herrera has officially announced the Mexico 2014 World Cup Squad that will travel to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Out of the 23 players selected for the World Cup, 35% of the players play for Club America or Leon. Mexico Head Coach Miguel Herrera has selected a side consisting mostly of Liga MX players. Key players Carlos Vela and Óscar Pérez Rojas will miss the bus to Brazil after Herrera decided to leave them out of the final squad.
Here is a look at the Mexico 2014 World Cup Squad.
Mexico 2014 World Cup Squad: Team Preview
Best Finish: Quarterfinals – 1970, 1986
Worst Finish: Group Stage (16th Position) – 1958
Current FIFA Ranking: 19
Strengths: During qualifying matches for the World Cup it became clear that Mexico is excellent at attacking right until the very end of a match. They scored around 35% of their goals in the last 15 minutes of matches. Furthermore, the team proved excellent at defending long-range shots and only allowed one goal to be scored that way.
The team’s midfield is particularly strong with players such as Carlos Pena and Luis Montes playing excellently during qualifying matches.
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Weakness: The team isn’t among the heaviest scorers out there. They failed to score in a third of qualifying matches and never managed to win a match once they’d fallen behind.
The team also suffers from defensive problems. Most of Mexico’s defenders are 30 plus and that that leads to a lot of chances being created for the opposite teams. The defender’s poor form will be a big worry for Miguel Herrera as Mexico look to surprise football pundits with an eye-opening run this summer.
Squad: Here is a list of 23 players that make up the Mexico 2014 World Cup Squad.
Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio)
Defenders: Paul Aguilar (América), Francisco Rodriguez (América), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Rafael Marquez (León), Miguel Layún (America), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen), Carlos Salcido (UANL)
Midfield: Juan Carlos Medina (America), Carlos Pena (León), Luis Montes (León), Juan José Vázquez (León), Hector Herrera (Porto), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul)
Strikers: Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna), Raul Jimenez (America), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Alan Pulido (UANL), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal)
Expected Starting X1:
Rafael Marquez*-Francisco Rodriguez-Paul Aguilar-Hector Moreno-Miguel Layun
Raul Jimenez-Juan Medina-Giovani dos Santos
Oribe Peralta-Javier Hernandez
Key Player: Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez
This was a list of 23 players that are a part of the Mexico Football Team for the 2014 World Cup. What do you think of Mexico’s chances at the 2014 World Cup. How much far will they be able to proceed in Brazil. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.