November 15, 1985 |
In its third tie in its last three Coliseum appearances, the Mexican national soccer team survived Argentina, 1-1, Thursday night before 42,501 fans. Diego Armando Maradona, the 25-year-old Argentine captain, is thought of as one of the world's best players and is expected to lead his country to a respectable showing at next summer's World Cup in Mexico. Although Maradona did not disappoint, the man who now plays for the Napoli club of Italy did not produce anything spectacular, either.
March 16, 1988 |
Demetrio Madero scored a goal early in the second half to give a Guadalajara club team a 1-0 victory over the Honduran national team in an exhibition soccer match Tuesday in front of an estimated 9,000 fans in Santa Ana Stadium. Madero's goal, which was scored with 10 minutes played in the period, was set up by Manuel Lopez, who maneuvered past a string of Honduran defenders and then passed the ball to Madero, who lined his shot past lunging goalkeeper Julio Arzu.
January 22, 2002
Raising the level of its play, Mexico swept into the quarterfinals of the sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup on Monday night by defeating Guatemala, 3-1, in front of a boisterous crowd of 31,244 at the Rose Bowl. The fans, evenly split between both nations, were treated to a fast-paced game and a three-goal first half. Mexico Coach Javier Aguirre's team, which will play Croatia, Ecuador and Italy in the World Cup this summer, took the lead in the 27th minute on a penalty kick by Adolfo Bautista.
May 5, 2004 |
South Africa emerged as the clear front-runner to host the World Cup in 2010 when FIFA released a 94-page technical report Tuesday evaluating the bids by five competing countries. Also in the running, but not as strongly now, are Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. The FIFA document, prepared after visits to the five nations by a team headed by Jan Peeters, president of the Belgian soccer federation, produced one surprise when it ranked Egypt ahead of Morocco.
May 31, 2002 |
Mexico earned a half-victory Thursday when FIFA, international soccer's governing body, decided to reduce midfielder Jesus Arellano's World Cup match suspension from two games to one. Arellano, the closest thing Mexico has to a playmaker, was initially suspended by FIFA for three games for his part in a shoving incident during a qualification match against Costa Rica last October.
May 15, 2010 |
Mexico's World Cup team got a visit from the president Saturday, part of a whirlwind of farewell ceremonies that concludes Sunday when Mexico meets Chile in front of a sellout crowd of more than 100,000 at Estadio Azteca. In an hourlong ceremony at the team's training center on the edge of Mexico City, President Felipe Calderon presented a Mexican flag to goalkeeper Memo Ochoa then challenged the team to play "like warriors" in next month's tournament in South Africa. "Putting on the jersey of the national team is an honor, a great privilege, an enormous responsibility.
March 3, 2010 |
Add Rafael Marquez's name to the growing list of people who think Mexico will surprise critics in this summer's World Cup. "Realistically, I think the team can go really far," said Marquez, Mexico's captain in the last two World Cups. "We have that hunger, that desire. It's the mental aspect we have to work on. "A quality soccer team we have. We just have to work on the mental toughness." Oh, and getting a little more playing time for budding 21-year-old stars Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela might be a good idea too. On Wednesday, Hernandez and Vela came off the bench to score goals three minutes apart, sparking Mexico to a 2-0 win over New Zealand in a pre-World Cup friendly played before a vocal – if chilly — sellout crowd of 90,526 at the Rose Bowl.
April 1, 2008 |
Mexico's national soccer coach, Hugo Sanchez, was fired Monday after only 16 months on the job. During a three-hour meeting in Mexico City, owners of the Mexican soccer league decided that Sanchez was not the right man to lead Mexico into the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, which begin later this year. The move comes after Mexico failed to qualify in the regional Olympic qualifiers in March in Carson.
June 27, 2010 |
The talk around Mexico's World Cup camp last week was as much about respect as it was about Argentine star Lionel Messi. And for good reason. The Argentines rolled through group play unbeaten while Mexico struggled, losing to Uruguay and tying South Africa. Argentina has won two World Cups; Mexico has never made it past the quarterfinals — and it hasn't even made it that far in 24 years. Plus Argentina has Messi, the world's best player. And Mexico doesn't.
May 30, 2010 |
Reporting from Bayreuth, Germany -- It's unlikely any of Mexico's World Cup hopefuls felt more pressure going into Sunday's game with Gambia than Adolfo Bautista. Time had robbed the 31-year-old striker of much of his speed, and a lack of playing time this spring robbed him of much of his opportunity to show Coach Javier Aguirre what he had left for South Africa. But it was the calendar more than the clock that has weighed heaviest on him lately. Before May turns to June, Aguirre has to trim one player from his roster to get down to the World Cup limit of 23. And the smart money said that player would be Bautista — a bet Bautista tried to change Sunday with a pair of second-half goals in a 5-1 win. Yet afterward it was hard to tell whether Aguirre, referring to Bautista by his nickname, was welcoming him to the team or reading his eulogy.