MEX­ICO (15)

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

MEX­ICO are headed for their fifth con­sec­u­tive World Cup in South Africa with the goal of mak­ing it past the sec­ond round.

This is set to be Mex­ico's 14th World Cup par­tic­i­pa­tion, and only twice have they reached the quar­ter­fi­nals – in both cases on home turf, in 1970 and 1986.

A new gen­er­a­tion of self-con­fi­dent, go-get­ting Mex­i­can foot­ballers are al­ready thriv­ing in Euro­pean leagues, and coach Javier Aguirre hopes to make the most of their skills and am­bi­tions.

Mex­ico will be re­ly­ing heav­ily on the likes of Barcelona's vet­eran Rafael Mar­quez and a hun­gry group of youngsters like Gio­vani dos San­tos of Tot­ten­ham and Car­los Vela of Arse­nal.

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