Despite all the theatrics and worry that Mexico might not qualify for the 2014 World Cup, it turned out to be an easy task with only New Zealand standing in their way. With a 4-2 victory over New Zealand early Wednesday, Mexico is booked for Brazil on a 9-3 aggregate score line.
Mexico's decisive victory over New Zealand over two legs proves that despite the woeful year and constant mismanagement of the side, El Tri still has the quality to do damage in Brazil. The decision to field a completely domestic based side with many relatively inexperienced internationals reaped dividends as far as squad chemistry and harmony were concerned.
Congratulations to Mexico on qualifying for World Cup 2014.
During the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil, Mexico will be wearing its new green, red and white home shirt that's designed by adidas.
The new jersey features a bi tonal green base, to form a unique and premium design, while the elegant white touches on the chest, sleeves and the iconic three stripes add to the overall look of the jersey.
Mexico take a commanding 5-1 victory from the first leg of their World Cup playoff into tonight's game against New Zealand. The Kiwis may as well go on the attack and hope for an avalanche of goals to give the nation any chance of qualifying for the tournament.
For viewers in the United States, here are the TV and Internet options:
New Zealand vs Mexico 2nd leg, Wednesday 1am, ESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes and WatchESPN.
The opening games of the World Cup playoffs on Wednesday were massively disappointing as Mexico and Uruguay thrashed New Zealand and Jordan respectively.
I understand FIFA's idea of giving more teams from different parts of the world the ability to qualify for the World Cup Final, but what we learned on Wednesday was that there is a huge variation on competitiveness between the different federations.
For the last fifty years, Mexicans and Americans have lied to ourselves. At least about soccer. That is to say, we've constructed elaborate narratives to explain, gloss over, and/or glorify the sport at home. In the US, the story is simple: between the fall of the NASL and the rise of MLS, soccer ceased to exist.
Brazil 2014 suddenly looks far away for the land way under - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The All Whites celebrating their historic draw against defending champions Italy in South Africa 2012
As the titans of world football played out the final chapters in their seemingly never-ending road to World Cup 2014 in Brazil a small, rather insignificant dot on the football world's heel watched on.
You know the story by now. As the seconds drained away in Costa Rica and Panama, Mexico had completed their final and ultimate capitulation: Needing just a point to seal a playoff berth, El Tri — under their third manager in three months —were losing 2-1 in the rain against a Costa Rica side with nothing to play for.
The Unrivaled Drama Of The World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
You know the story by now. As the seconds drained away in Costa Rica and Panama, Mexico had completed their final and ultimate capitulation: Needing just a point to seal a playoff berth, El Tri were dreadfully losing 2-1 in the rain against a Costa Rica side with nothing to play for, under their third manager in three months.
After an almighty glut of crucial World Cup fixtures, we've a whole new set of countries to welcome to a rather large party in Brazil next summer. More ecstatic than most will be Colombia. After 16 years in World Cup exile, they are finally back in the hunt to get their hands on the Jules Rimet trophy.
After the United States defeated Costa Rica 3-2 last night in World Cup qualifying, the victory meant that Mexico — despite losing 2-1 to Costa Rica — qualified for the World Cup playoffs, to play New Zealand in a home and away matches next month.
Amazingly, newspapers in Mexico — the United States's fiercest rival — essentially got down on their knees and thanked their neighbors to the north for keeping their World Cup dreams alive.
Mexico and Manchester United striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez says that God has given Mexico another chance, after his nation were defeated last night against Costa Rica but still managed to qualify for the World Cup playoff due to the United States defeating Panama.
In an interview with ESPN, here's what Chicharito said post-game:
"This was not the best way to win but neither was it the worst.
México venció por tercera vez en la historia a Brasil en un Mundial Sub-17. Ahora fue en penales. Primero un tanto de Iván Ochoa y Nathan empató por lo que se fueron a los tiros desde los once pasos. El partido fue muy tenso, pocas llegadas pero muy disputado. Raúl Gudiño se mostraba seguro para cortar los centros, pero un error suyo al final de la primera parte casi costaba el primero del partido, pero Caio no concretó poco antes Indio mandó una al travesaño.
Mexico is a country of 119 million people, and has the world's 11th largest economy. It has more people than Germany, the Netherlands, The United Kingdom, France, Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, or Colombia. It is also soccer crazy- no sport even comes to matching the support El Tri gets in Mexico.
México se impuso a Argentina por 3-0 en la semifinal del Mundial Sub 17 para alcanzar su tercera final y segunda consecutiva en el torneo juvenil. Los primeros dos goles fueron de Iván Ochoa y ceró la cuenta Marco Granados. El Tri espera al ganador de Nigeria contra Suecia para conocer a su rival en la final.
If Mexico qualifies for the World Cup, they'll do it without their European-based stars.
On Friday evening, Mexico National Team head coach Miguel Herrera announced his 23-man squad for the World Cup playoff matches against New Zealand, featuring only domestic-based players including 10 players from Herrera's club side, Club America.
The best tournaments are won either by the best team or the best story. So the 2013 World Under-17s Cup was bound to feature in the "best"column, regardless of the result of the final. Nigeria were eventually so far and away the best team that it almost seems churlish to criticise their triumphalism towards the end of their 3-0 win over Mexico.
So. Hello, then, a Mexico/Nigeria Under-17 World Cup final. This engaging tournament is back almost where it started after three weeks of football largely and refreshingly free of cynicism and, at least in my case, predictability. Mexico and Nigeria, who met on the tournament's third day, were worthy and ultimately convincing winners of two entertaining semi-finals which followed similar patterns – lively first halves, scrappy third quarters and fractionally flattering victory margins.
So. Farewell, then, a Brazil/Nigeria Under-17 World Cup final. As I predicted here, Mexico had next-to-no chance of beating Brazil. So they did. Just to spite me. And Eurosport's Wayne Boyce was left almost tearfully lamenting the loss of "the dream final." Boyce's commentary colleague Tim Caple had breathlessly recommended to viewers of Sweden's surprisingly entertaining 2-1 quarter-final win over Honduras that they stick around to watch "this Brazilian team" in action.
Semi-finals | Argentina vs Mexico Sweden vs Nigeria
It has been a relatively interesting U-17 World Cup tournament in the UAE, although favourites Brazil tragically crashed out last week. Instead, South America's other representatives Argentina and Mexico are set to battle it out in the semi-finals today.
I know a lot of people may have watched the USA vs. Panama game on Tuesday night, but did everyone catch the significance of this game for Mexico? Soccer gods must still exist.
I remember when I was under 15 playing in regionals for soccer in Cary, North Carolina. In the US youth soccer system, teams go through state cup where the winner advances to regionals and then if fortunate enough to win they advance to nationals.
The U.S. Men's National Team finished off a record-setting World Cup qualifying campaign with yet another victory on Tuesday night, but their win against Panama was made even more special because of the fact it helped save arch-rival Mexico's qualifying chances.
Telemundo's coverage of Costa Rica against Mexico on US television reached a total viewing audience of 8 million on Tuesday night.
Called by Andres Cantor alongside Sammy Sadovnik providing analysis and commentary, the match ranked as the highest-rated Mexican National Team match of the year among total viewers in any network, and reached a cumulative audience of eight million total viewers and 4.
Mexico has for decades been the leading footballing nation in North America. But over the last ten years, the USA, their neighbour from the north, with all the historical and social ties that bind them and separate them, has also become the arch-rivals of Mexico on the football pitch. In spite of the USA's massive advances, Mexico has also enjoyed success, taking the Gold Cup title in 2009 and
In a night of bizarre happenings for Mexico they'll be heading to the CONCACAF World Cup playoffs on the back of a late goal by their besties, the Americans Chicharito placed himself right in the center of the theme. Because technically, he scored. But the finish was so poor he actually forced his teammate into the action and the goal was chalked off.
Barcelona midfielder Jonathan dos Santos received potentially devastating news recently that he would be ruled out of football for up to six months after a cruciate ligament injury. But it was all smiles and sunshine for the midfielder, who underwent surgery this morning and even found the time to snap "before" and "after" photos.
FIFA's U-17 World Cup kicked on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates and CONCACAF was represented by Mexico, Canada, Honduras, and Panama. Of those four teams, the region's best chances for a deep run in the competition had to ... Continue reading →
The Mexico national team will have its fourth manager in just over a month, according to media reports.
Miguel "El Piojo" Herrera has been tipped by Record to replace Victor Manuel Vucetich, who has only been in the job since September 12. Vucetich led Mexico to a last gasp win against Panama, and a 2-1 defeat to Costa Rica.