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 Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C.

Coach: Manuel LA PUENTE.

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vs. SOUTH KOREA

13.06.98 Lyon

vs. BELGIUM

20.06.98 Bordeaux

vs. HOLLAND

25.06.98 Saint-Etienne

Team Colors: Green with White and Red trims, White pants with Red trims.

Confederation: CONCACAF

Will be making their 11th start in the World Cup

Quarter-finalists in the World Cup in 1970 and 1986

Made the last 16 in 1994

Finalists in the Copa America in 1993

Key players: G Jorge Campos (Chicago Fire, Major League Soccer/Atlante),

D Ramón Ramírez (Guadalajara),

F Carlos Hermosillo (Cruz Azul). Scored 9 goals during qualifying.

Luís Hernandez

Keep an Eye on: Jorge Campos: Small but immensely agile goalkeeper who fancies himself as a striker. You won't be able to miss him...he dresses quite stunningly.

Luís Garcia: Fast, elusive and intelligent, impressed in 1994.

Luís Roberto Alves (Zaguinho): His father, a Brazilian professional, took him to São Paolo at the age of two but he chose to play for Mexico.

Luís Hernandez: Nicknamed "El Matador" (The Killer) because of his deadly finishes. Keeps his blonde mane together with a bandana.

Analysis: The Mexican squad is experienced and talented, but has been having a decline in performance as of late. Can they recharge in time? Players have to adapt to a new coach and a new system. Capable of many things, but which team will show up in France?

Bora Milutinovic led México to this World Cup, then got sacked after finishing with four consecutive ties. Play is inconsistent. Mexico rarely plays well in Europe. Good buildup on attack, but the defense can be overpowered. Playing against the CONCACAF is quite different than playing against the rest of the world.

History: Mexican football history begins at the start of the century with with migrants from France and England forming the first club, Pachuca AC. In 1902, an amateur league was formed with five teams and in 1932 a national competition, known as the Copa Mexico, was organized. It was not until 1943, however, that the first real league championship was formed featuring 10 clubs: America, Asturias, Marte, Atlante, Club España, Guadalajara, Atlas, ADO, Veracruz and Moctezuma. At that time, as is true today, the most popular teams were América and Guadalajara, followed by Atlas, Veracruz and Atlante.

At international level, Mexico will be participating in their 11th World Cup finals in France -- a record that stands among the best. The Mexicans' best results have been making the quarter-finals in 1970 and 1986 at home. They also made the finals of the 1993 Copa America in Ecuador. Mexican clubs have enjoyed considerable success in regional tournaments with America (4), UNAM (3), Cruz Azul (2), Guadalajara, Toluca, Atlético Español, Atlante and Puebla all having won CONCACAF titles.

In France, the Mexicans will be hoping to equal their best performances, but it will be difficult against some of the traditional international powerhouses.

Mysterious Mexico - what has caused their vertiginous decline? How is it that, having strolled away with the Concacaf qualifying group, they could not win their last two home matches at the high-altitude Azteca? The United States, who had lost on every previous visit, forced a 0-0 draw despite having a man sent off, then Costa Rica, 3-1 down, recovered to draw 3-3 - though that had much to do with the weakness of the Mexico goalkeeper. With Jorgé Campos back in France, Mexico will be better served there.

Bora Milutinovic, that wily coach, will not be finishing his fourth consecutive World Cup with this team. He was abruptly dismissed soon after México had qualified for the finals, their last three - drawn - games having made him a scapegoat for media and fans. In June, he had been widely praised after sending a young team to the Copa América in Bolivia that exceeded expectations; by October, the huge crowd at the Azteca watching the game against the United States, 114,000-strong, were chanting: "Bora fuera" - "Bora out".  

Nevertheless, the squad looks at once talented and experienced, with plenty of players from the last World Cup, in which the Mexicans did well, beating Ireland in the heat of Orlando before going out, unluckily, on penalties to Bulgaria. Campos will be in goal, gaudily attired as ever, Luis García up front, happier now that he is back home with América after an unhappy stay in Spain. Alongside them will be other familiar faces, García Aspe, Luis Alves - otherwise known as Zaguinho - and Carlos Hermosillo.

POSITION NAME AGE CAPS

G/F Jorge Campos 31 9

G Adolfo Ríos 30 1 

G Oswaldo Sanchez 24

D Francisco de Anda 26 3

D Duílio Davino 21 3

D Joaquín del Olmo 28 4

D Pavel Pardo 21 2

D Joel Sánchez 23 1 

D Claudio Suárez 28 98

M Alberto García Aspe 30 7

M Marcelino Bernal 35 6

M Alberto Coyote 30 5

M Benjamín Galindo 37 77

M Nicolás Ramírez 23 1

M Ramón Ramírez 27 78

F José Manuel Abundis 24

F Cuahtémoc Blanco 24 23

F Luís García 28 7

F Luís Hernandez 28 2 

F Carlos Hermosillo 33 9

F Ricardo Peláez 33 35

F Luis Alvés "Zaguinho" 30 8

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