World Cup 2018 Preview: Mexico

Mexico comfortably qualified for Russia 2018 to make their 8th consecutive World Cup appearance.

Nickname(s): El Tricolor, El Tri

Best Finish: Quarter-finals (1970, 1986)

How they qualified: Mexico assured their place at Russia 2018 with three games to spare, completely avoiding the final day madness of the CONCACAF ‘Hex’. A 3-2 away defeat to Honduras was the only blemish on an otherwise respectable qualifying record. A 2-1 victory on U.S. soil courtesy of an 88th minute Rafael Marquez bullet header was a highlight.

Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio

Mexico have been eliminated in the last-16 in the last six World Cups. With the trust of his players, Osorio is looking to prove the doubters wrong and push his side one step further. Despite attracting widespread criticism for frequently tinkering with his starting eleven, the Colombian has Mexico competing as a cohesive team. A tactical wonk, Osorio has designed individual training regime for each individual player to take back to their clubs, riling the mood of coaches across the world.

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Key Man: Javier “Chicharito” Hernández

The West Ham United poacher became the country’s all-time top goalscorer in May 2017. The forward, who is a third-generation footballer, is a tournament specialist, scoring in every competition he has taken part in, including twice at World Cup 2010 and once at World Cup 2014. His move to the Premier League began brightly but has been hampered by managerial uncertainty.

Opening fixtures:

17 June vs Germany

23 June vs South Korea

27 June vs Sweden

Squad: TBD

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