Team profile: Mexico

'El Tricolour' are making their 13th appearance at the World Cup Finals, however should they reach the quarter finals for the third time it will be the first time they have done so without the benefit of playing on home soil. While few regard them a serious challenge to the European and South

    FIFA Ranking: 4

    Coach: Ricardo La Volpe

    Key players: Rafael Marquez, Jared Borgetti, Guillermo Franco

    World Cup record: 13th appearance

    Best finish: Quarterfinals 1970, 1986

    Last appearance: Second round 2002

    Qualifying route: Second in CONCACAF’s final group

    Key question: While the side has plenty of experience most play in the domestic league.  Will that be enough to satisfy a nation hungry for success?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Oswaldo Sanchez 1
    Jesus Corona 12
    Guillermo Ochoa 13
    Defenders
    Claudio Suarez 2
    Carlos Salcido 3
    Rafael Marquez 4
    Ricardo Osorio 5
    Gonzalo Pineda 14
    Jose Antonio Castro 15
    Mario Mendez 16
    Andres Guardado 18
    Francisco Rodriguez 22
    Midfielders
    Gerardo Torrado 6
    Zinha 7
    Pavel Pardo 8
    Rafael Garcia 20
    Luis Perez 23
    Forwards
    Jared Borgetti 9
    Guillermo Franco 10
    Ramon Morales 11
    Jose Fonseca 17
    Omar Bravo 19
    Jesus Arellano 21

    Group matches:

    v Iran, 16:00 GMT, Sunday 11th June - Nuremberg

    v Angola, 19:00 GMT, Friday 16th June - Hanover

    v Portugal, 14:00 GMT, Wednesday 21st June - Gelsenkirchen


     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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