Country Report – Mexico

    A look at the country’s demographics, football history and its squad status prior to the Qatar World Cup 2022.

    Number of inhabitants: approx. 129 million.

    Continent: North America

    Confederation: CONCACAF

    National Football Association: FMF.

    Number of members: around 324,000. (0.25% of total population)

    International trophies won: 11x CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup, 1x Confederations Cup

    Best World Cup result: Quarter-finals in 1970 and 1986.

    Key Players

    In the past: Hugo Sanchez, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Rafael Marquez, Jared Borgetti, Jorge Campos.

    Key current players: Lozano, Jimenez, Alvarez, Guardado, Ochoa.

    Coach, formation and possible lineup

    Coach: Gerardp Martino. (since 2019)

    Typical formation: 4-3-3

    Possible lineup:

    • GK: Guillermo Ochoa (CF America)
    • LB: Jesus Angulo (Tigres)
    • RB: Kevin Alvarez (Pachuca)
    • LCB: Hector Moreno (Monterrey)
    • RCB: Cesar Montes (Monterrey)
    • DM: Edson Alvarez (Ajax)
    • CM: Andres Guardado (Betis Sevilla)
    • CM: Carlos Rodriguez (Cruz Azul)
    • RW: Hirving Lozano (Napoli)
    • LW: Alexis Vega (Dep. Guadalajara)
    • ST: Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton)

    Age Report

    Players aged 25 or under in the current lineup: 6

    Players aged 32 or over in the current lineup: 3

    There are 3 players in this lineup will (most likely) be playing their last World Cup this year: Guillermo Ochoa, Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno.

    Six players in this lineup can play (at least) two more: Kevin Alvarez, Jesus Angulo, Alexis Vega, Edson Alvarez, Cesar Montes and Carlos Rodriguez.

    The remaining 2 players (Jimenez and Lozano) could play in one (or two in Lozano’s case) more World Cup.

    Youngest player: Kevin Alvarez, born 15 January 1999 (23)

    Oldest player: Guillermo Ochoa, born 13 July 1985 (37)

    Average squad age: 28.1

    World Cup Qatar – Group C


    Tuesday 22 November Mexico vs Poland

    Saturday 26 November Argentina vs Mexico

    Wednesday 30 November Saudi Arabia vs Mexico

    Our view:

    Mexico is a regular on the World Cup stage, Qatar will be their 17th participation. Their last 7 participations, they have always made it past the group stage. If they want to make it 8 straight, they will have to put up their best performances. Good enough for second place at least, because I don’t see anyone in this group stopping Argentina. The battle for the second spot will be a tough one… Will Mexico win it and proceed to the next round? It will all depend on form of the day, but they definitely have the required quality.

    Prediction: Round of 16

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