2017 Confederations Cup Mexico profile
FootyOn provide a 2017 Confederations Cup Mexico profile, as we analyse all eight nations taking part at the tournament, which kicks-off on June 17th.
El Tri come into this tournament as joint-most appearance makers with seven.
They will be hoping to become champions in this competition for a second time, and are 11/1 fifth-favourites with Paddy Power to do so.
Colombian boss Juan Carlos Osorio has gone with a strong looking initial 32-man squad for the Confed Cup in Russia, which will eventually be shed down to 23.
Centurions Rafael Marquez (now 38) and Andres Guardado have made the cut, as have the likes of former Premier League names Javier Hernandez (who has become his country’s all-time top scorer), Giovani dos Santos, Carlos Vela and Miguel Layun.
Other stars such as Hector Herrera, Guillermo Ochoa, Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and highly-rated young attacker Hirving Lozano also feature.
It’s a largely foreign-based squad, but it remains to be seen how many of their top players will make the cut as they also have two friendlies and as many World Cup qualifiers prior to the Confederations Cup.
In any case, the Aztecs’ line-up and tournament odds look tasty, so read on for our 2017 Confederations Cup Mexico profile…
Confederations Cup record
Mexico first took part at the Confederations Cup in 1995, when it was known as the King Fahd Cup, and have taken part in all but two editions since (in 2003 and 2009).
In total, this is their seventh appearance, which puts them level in first with Brazil, who didn’t qualify this time around.
Mexico’s only Confederations Cup success came in 1999, when they were hosts and had a young Marquez in their squad, while they also reached the semis in 1995 and 2005.
They were unable to get past the group stages in the last edition in 2013, as they lost to Brazil and Italy, before beating Japan to finish third in their group.
How they qualified: 2015 CONCACAF Cup winners
El Tri qualified for this tournament, after beating USA in a 2015 CONCACAF Cup play-off.
Both were the two previous champions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, in 2015 and 2013 respectively, and Mexico triumphed 3-2 after extra-time in California.
Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio
Colombian Osorio, 55, took over the Mexican reins in 2015, after the sacking of maverick manager Miguel Herrera, who lead them to their Gold Cup triumph and spirited 2014 World Cup run to the last 16.
However, it was interim Brazilian boss Ricardo Ferretti who was in charge of their CONCACAF Cup play-off win.
Osorio has so far lost just once from his opening 20 matches in charge – winning 16 of them (a huge 80 per cent win record), and beating the likes of Chile, Uruguay, USA and Costa Rica along the way.
It’s a remarkable record, given that his only previous stint in Mexico latest less than three months with Puebla, after winning only two of 11 matches.
The former midfielder has also won many titles in his homeland with Once Caldas and Atletico Nacional, as well as claiming the MLS Western Conference in 2008 with New York Red Bulls.
Osorio was also previously an assistant manager for Manchester from 2001-05 under Kevin Keegan, and was briefly boss of Brazilian giants Sao Paulo in 2015.
Key player: Andres Guardado
Aztecs captain fantastic Guardado can always be relied upon when called up to the national team, as his 132 caps to date prove.
At only 30, he has plenty more years turning out for Mexico, though it’s unlikely he’ll carry on for as long as the icon Marquez (now 38 and still in the squad).
Versatile midfielder Guardado was their top scorer during their successful 2015 Gold Cup campaign, with six.
He was a regular for Dutch heavyweights PSV Eindhoven this term in the centre of midfield, and skippered them during the end of the season.
With two goals and nine assists for PSV in 27 league appearances, he is set to be the heartbeat for El Tri too.
Player to watch: Hirving Lozano
One player who’ll be keen to showcase his talent this summer is 21-year-old forward Lozano, who’s been linked with a move to Europe – with Manchester United among his suitors.
Despite his young age, he has become a prolific scorer for Pachuca mainly from the left wing.
Lozano has just 13 caps to date, with a sole goal, but will hope to replicate the likes of Guardado eventually, and certainly has plenty of experienced players around him to help him achieve his potential.
Mexico have been placed in Group A, along with hosts Russia, Euro 2016 champions Portugal and 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners New Zealand.
They face the Portuguese first on June 18, followed by the Kiwis on June 21, and then the home nation and 2018 World Cup hosts on June 24.
The top two teams qualify for the semi-finals.
Full Mexico at 2017 Confederations Cup squad (32)
Guillermo Ochoa (Granada), Jose de Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Miguel Layun (Porto), Diego Reyes (Espanyol), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Carlos Salcedo (Fiorentina), Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Moreno (PSV), Oswaldo Alanis (Chivas), Luis Reyes (Atlas), Raul Lopez (Pachuca)
Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Jesus Duenas (Tigres), Jorge Hernandez (Pachuca), Andres Guardado (PSV), Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Hector Herrera (Porto), Orbelin Pineda (Chivas), Elias Hernandez (Leon)
Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Manuel Corona (Porto), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Jurgen Damm (Tigres)