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.
June 16, 2002 |
There are reasons Mexico should beat the United States in Monday's second-round World Cup encounter. Good reasons. Sound reasons. Reasons that include history, tradition, momentum, motivation, form and reputation. Of course, none of that has meant a plugged yen at this World Cup--don't wave goodbye, Argentina--so forget all that. We need to restart, retrench, scale back and return to the basics. At least until the dart board clears customs.
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.
May 31, 2010 |
Reporting from Herzogenaurach, Germany -- Mexico trimmed its roster to the World Cup limit of 23 players Monday, cutting a top young player it may now lose for the future. Midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, a precocious 20-year-old who seemed assured of a place in South Africa before being slowed the last month by a torn muscle, was sent home after meeting with Coach Javier Aguirre and Nestor de la Torre, executive director of the Mexican soccer federation. "Jonathan … is a player with a great future," De la Torre said.
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.
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.
June 11, 2002 |
Mexico and Italy are bracing for Thursday's important Group G finale with mental stability on their minds. After beating Ecuador, 2-1, Sunday, Mexico Coach Javier Aguirre praised his team's newfound mental toughness. After losing to Croatia, 2-1, Saturday, Italy Coach Giovanni Trapattoni defended his sanity in a contentious meeting with Italian media. "I've not lost my marbles yet," Trapattoni said in response to questions about his lineup selection.
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.
June 25, 2001 |
Goalkeeper Brad Friedel was dropped Sunday from the U.S. roster for the Americans' World Cup qualifier at Mexico next Sunday. The move means Kasey Keller probably will start in goal for the U.S. (4-0-1), which could virtually clinch a berth in next year's tournament with a victory in Mexico, where the Americans are 0-20-1. Keller and Friedel had been thought to be co-No.
August 23, 2002 |
The death threat that this week forced midfielder Neil Lennon to withdraw from Northern Ireland's game against Cyprus on Thursday prompted the 31-year-old to quit international soccer. Saying "enough is enough," Lennon said he could no longer put his family through the ordeal every time the national team plays. "My parents are pretty distraught, really," Lennon told Ulster Television. "I've got a 10-year-old daughter who knows nothing about this ...