The 2014 FIFA World Cup is finally less than a month away and copious amounts of fans around the world are bouncing on their seats in anticipation. Brazil is the host of the 2014 edition of the coveted tournament and the football crazed nation will hope that the tournament is a success-with the one goal of having the Brazilian national team lift the trophy at the end of it.
Along with Brazil are 31 other squads with their eyes on the prize. Spain won the title for the first time in its history at the 2010 competition in South Africa, and many will try to emulate that run. Mexico is a country with a rich history of football and the fans have hopes that their team can be victorious at this year’s tournament.
Mexico is in Group A
Mexico had to compete in a play-in set of matches against New Zealand to qualify for the tournament, but that doesn’t mean they can’t secure one of the two spots atop Group A and make it to the knockout portion of the tournament.
Along that notion, Mexico will definitely have its challenges in a group that also consists of hosts Brazil, Croatia, and Cameroon. This will be the fifteenth appearance in the big tournament for Mexico, who has been eliminated in the round of 16 in the last 5 World Cup Finals (1994,1998, 2002, 2006, 2010). They hope to not only escape from Group A, but also reach the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time since 1986.
Who to watch
Oribe Peralta is a goal scorer and his recent form for Club Santos Laguna shows that he is set to lead the attack for El Tri. One can’t forget Javier Hernandez who, like most of his Manchester United teammates, had a season to forget during the 2013/2014 campaign. Chicharito needs to come out of his shell in order to give the Mexican side a legitimate shot at World Cup glory. He is perhaps the most recognized Mexican player on the world stage and it is his time to shine. Rafa Marquez looks to captain El Tri for a fourth time in the World Cup, something no other footballer has ever done.
If Mexico wants to have World Cup success, they will need to have a strong effort in Group A.
Schedule: June 13 versus Cameroon in Natal
June 17 versus Brazil in Fortaleza
June 23 versus Croatia in Recife