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: Al Jazeera