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From Mess To Success: Mexico’s 2014 World Cup Journey

From Mess To Success: Mexico’s 2014 World Cup Journey

Although a familiar face in the World Cup, Mexico had a hard time making it to this year’s tournament. Find out how they made it through and the preparations they perform in order to make a good run in the competition.

 

The qualification

A certified CONCACAF top performer, it is surprising to see EL Tri struggle their way through the qualifiers.
Aspirants of the highly anticipated World Cup tournament literally bleed before they seal their competition’s berth. However, going through such difficulty was quite unlikely for the squad.

 

Mexico did an impressive demolition job during the initial stages of the qualifying round. Yet, going against Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica and Jamaica made their journey difficult.

 

Their poor performance generated doubts and criticisms from their supporters. It witnessed a seemingly never-ending orchestra of rants, taunts and disappointments. Soon, El Tri found themselves confronting New Zealand in the two-legged play-offs. Fortunately, it was the Mexican side that prevailed and proved that they can defy even the (impossible).

 

Current preparations

As part of their preparations, the club’s new head honcho, Miguel Herrera looks forward to having friendlies against other qualified squads.
First on the Herrera’s list is South Korea. The match is expected to take place on January 29. There is no news yet about their starting XI. However, Herrera hinted that he will be using the players who participated during the New Zealand play-offs.

 

Next in the line is Stephen Keshi’s Super Eagles. El Tri is set to meet Nigeria on March 5.

 

Other than Korea and Nigeria, Herrera is also eyeing for a friendly against Ecuador and other European squads. But these match-ups are yet to be confirmed.

 

The above-mentioned friendlies do not only give El Tri the opportunity to explore their strengths and weaknesses, it is also a deciding factor in terms of choosing the best starting XI. Hopefully, this will help them have a stronger finish—something that is much better than occupying the quarterfinals slot.

 

 

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