WC 2018: Mexico

Group F

Mexico managed to qualify for the world’s greatest football tournament with all of 3 matches to spare. They booked an early passage to Russia when they triumphed 1-0 over Panama in Mexico City. In total, Mexico won 5 and drew 2 of their 7 matches. Mexico was the 5th side to qualify for the 2018 WC, and 2018 will be their 7th consecutive appearance in this popular tournament.

Team Members

  • Oswaldo Alanis - Defender
  • Edson Alvarez - Defender
  • Diego Reyez - Defender
  • Carlos Salcedo - Defender
  • Nestor Araujo - Defender
  • Hugo Ajala - Defender
  • Rafael Marquez - Defender
  • Jesus Gallardo - Defender
  • Hector Moreno - Defender
  • Miguel Layun - Defender
  • Andres Guardado - Midfielder
  • Jesus Molina - Midfielder
  • Erick Gutierrrez - Midfielder
  • Jurgen Damm - Midfielder
  • Hector Harrera - Midfielder
  • Javier Aquino - Midfielder
  • Giovani Dos Santos - Midfielder
  • Jonathan Dos Santos - Midfielder
  • Marco Fabian - Midfielder
  • Chicharito Hernandez - Forward
  • Hirving Lozano - Forward
  • Carlos Vela - Forward
  • Jesus Corona - Forward
  • Raul Jimenez - Forward
  • Oribe Peralta - Forward
  • Alfredo Talavera - GK
  • Jose de Jesus Corona - GK
  • Guillermo Ochoa - GK

Coach

Juan Carlos Osorio

Osorio is now 56 and is originally from Columbia. Osoria is notorious for his unorthodox training methods, and as a result has earned the nickname The Recreationist. Osorio started out on his football path first as a player, and later on as manager of a couple of teams. In 2010 he managed major league team Once Caldas, ultimately leading them to victory and a league title during that year. He has been the man in charge of Mexico since 2015.

Past WC History

Mexico is one of only 6 teams to have qualified for every WC since the 1994 Cup, which was played in the US. Mexico played their very first WC back in 1930, and it turned out to be a very tough showing indeed. During that year, they were grouped together with Argentina, Chile and France. It would be two decades (1950) before Mexico qualified to compete in another WC tournament. Mexico hosted the WC in 1970.

Stats

  • Mexico has made 15 first stage appearances
  • Their best achievement was having reached quarter-final stages in 1970 and 1986
  • Mexico holds an overall WC ranking of 15th placeo
  • 0 Semi-Finals
  • 0 Finals
  • 0 Championship titles

Kit

Mexico will be sporting green and white Adidas-produced colours during the 2018 WC. The home jersey will remain the traditional green, with the away jersey shirt white, deviating quite a bit from the red and black of last time round.