World Cup 2014 team preview – Mexico

Manager: Miguel Herrera
Captain – Rafael Marquez (León)


Mexico has plenty of attacking but they failed to score goals , until the playoff  win against New Zealand. With new coach its not known how Mexico will play a attacking brand of football. Since the core of the team is playing domestically you can expect them to have more cohesion. And playing wide and dribbling to unlock  the opposing teams.


Notable Strength – Given the talent of Mexico , they are expected to play attacking football. With the new three center back line lead by Rafael Marquez .

Notable Weakness – Javier Hernándezno he’s not a weakness but a strength for mexico , but given his club form and limited playing time , It  will be crucial for mexico to score goals. Given the talent , scoring goals is major concern for mexico.

Projected Starting XI




Goalkeeper-  José de Jesús Corona will be expected to start ahead of Guillermo Ochoa

Defender  – Mexico will have three man center back anchored with veteran Rafael Márquez , he will be played alongside with Francisco Javier Rodríguez and Héctor Moreno. On the wingback position Paul Aguilar and Miguel Layún. Another possible option on that wingback position is the vastly experienced Andrés Guardado 


Midfielder – The mexican midfield will anchored with José Juan Vázquez. Also playing a important role in the midfield is Héctor Herrera who will be played alongside Andrés Guardado. Javier Aquino could provide width on the already width playing mexico.

Forward –  El Tri will have Giovani dos Santos and Oribe Peralta on the forward line. But the crucial player is Javier Hernández , can their star man regain his form ? T


Key Player –  Javier Hernández  is the key player for mexico. Can he poached goals for his side ? for sure he will get plenty of help from Giovani dos Santos if they play alongside.

Notable Missing players – Luis Montes is the most notable name missing in the Mexican team.

Surprise – Not scoring goals . that’s a surprise . despite of having a attack oriented team. they failed to score.  Diego Reyes a defender could surprise be surprised package at the defense. But not maybe a surprised inclusion given the raw talent he has.  Well there’s no big name player for them , except Javier Hernández. That could be surprise and not surprise as a well.

One to Watch –  Hector Herera is classic box-to-box midfielder that has energy and incisive passing.

Young Star – Diego Reyes is the youngest player in this squad but he’s not part on the major rotation on defense  for now.


Given the talent of mexico has , making it to Round 16 could be a good achievement for them. grabbing a point or win is the least they could do.



Complete Squad

Caps and goals updated as of June 3, 2014.

# Pos. Player age Caps Goals Club
1 GK José de Jesús Corona 33 33 0 Mexico Cruz Azul
12 GK Alfredo Talavera 31 14 0 Mexico Toluca
13 GK Guillermo Ochoa 28 58 0 France Ajaccio
2 DF Francisco Javier Rodríguez 32 94 1 Mexico Cruz Azul
3 DF Carlos Salcido 34 122 10 Mexico Guadalajara
4 DF Rafael Márquez 35 119 15 Mexico León
5 DF Diego Reyes 21 14 0 Portugal Porto
7 DF Miguel Layún 25 14 2 Mexico América
15 DF Héctor Moreno 26 52 1 Spain Espanyol
16 DF Miguel Ponce 25 8 1 Mexico Toluca
18 DF Andrés Guardado 27 103 14 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
22 DF Paul Aguilar 28 29 3 Mexico América
6 MF Héctor Herrera 24 12 0 Portugal Porto
8 MF Marco Fabián 24 14 6 Mexico Cruz Azul
17 MF Isaác Brizuela 23 7 0 Mexico Toluca
20 MF Javier Aquino 24 21 0 Spain Villarreal
21 MF Carlos Peña 24 16 2 Mexico León
23 MF José Juan Vázquez 26 4 0 Mexico León
9 FW Raúl Jiménez 23 25 4 Mexico América
10 FW Giovani dos Santos 25 75 14 Spain Villarreal
11 FW Alan Pulido 23 5 4 Mexico UANL
14 FW Javier Hernández 26 61 35 England Manchester United
19 FW Oribe Peralta 30 32 16 Mexico América
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