World Cup 2014: Mexico – Key Players

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Oribe Peralta

Perlata

Age

30

Club

América

Position

Striker

Int. Caps

26

Int. Goals

16

 

A bit of a late bloomer to the international stage, Oribe Peralta is currently one of the most dangerous strikers that Mexico possess. The 30-year old was key in guiding the El Tri to victory in the London Olympics as well as in the World Cup play-off victory over New Zealand and has been in scintillating form at club level in the past few years.

Peralta has spent majority of his career at Santos Laguna but recently transferred to América for a Mexican record fee of £6million, which is a great indicator of his quality despite his advancing age. At 30, Peralta is certainly at the peak of his powers and the Mexico fans will certainly be hoping that the striker will have his scoring boots on in Brazil.

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez

Age

25

Club

Manchester United

Position

Striker

Int. Caps

58

Int. Goals

35

 

Although Javier Hernandez has not played as nearly as much as he deserves to for Manchester United, there is no doubting that he is a predator in front of goal.

A testament to this is the fact that the striker is currently third in Mexico’s all time leading goalscorer list, having scored an amazing 38 goals in just 58 appearances.

Hernandez would certainly have been regarded as one of the world’s top strikers by now if he were allowed regular first team football at United but the 25-year old is certainly a valuable player for the Mexico national team and will undoubtedly be looking to make an impact at the World Cup.

In Oribe Peralta and Hernandez, Mexico posses a fine strike force but will certainly have to improve on their efforts during the qualifiers, where both the strikers were disappointing.

Rafael Marquez (Captain)

Rafael Marquez

Age

35

Club

León

Position

Defender

Int. Caps

118

Int. Goals

15

 

Despite entering the twilight of his career, defender Rafael Marquez remains an integral part of the Mexican National team. The vastly experienced defender has amassed over 100 caps for the El Tri and the World Cup in Brazil is surely going to be his final appearance at a major tournament.

The former Barcelona star endured a tough time in the MLS a few years back, which led to many questioning if the defender was past his best. However, Marquez has proven during his spell at Leon that he is still capable of performing consistently at the highest level and his assured presence at the back will be vital if Mexico are to do well during the World Cup.

World Cup Key Players –

Group A – BrazilCroatiaMexicoCameroon

Group B –  SpainNetherlandsChileAustralia

Group C – ColombiaGreeceIvory CoastJapan

Group D – UruguayCosta RicaEnglandItaly

Group E – SwitzerlandEcuadorFranceHonduras

Group F – ArgentinaBosnia & HerzegovinaIran,  Nigeria

Group G – GermanyPortugalGhanaUnited States

Group H – BelgiumAlgeriaRussiaSouth Korea

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