This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams. This blog was one of them. It was my Russia All-Time Team here. His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017. His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. He also copied many many of my blog entries.
|Confederation Cup 1999|
USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador
Central America without Costa Rica and Honduras.
This is my all-time team for Mexico. If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.
Mexico successfully hosted a WC in 1970, but it was Hugo Sanchez who put Mexico on the football map. He starred for Real Madrid in the 1980's and led "El Tri" to the quarterfinal of the WC in 1986. In 1990's, Mexico enjoyed a period of successes. They first reached the Final of Copa America in 1993, followed by great runs at the WC in 1994 and 1998. In 1999, they won the Confederation Cup. In 2000's, Mexico also did well, but expectations are much higher. They managed to win the Gold medal at the Olympics.
If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament. The team is not an All-Star team. I tried to be as realistic as possible. A few of the players are selected for tactical reasons at the expense of more famous players.
|World Cup 1986|
GK: Jorge Campos
From Acapulco, Jorge Campos was known for his colorful attire and his stint as an effective forward for his club team. He was the most iconic goalkeeper and Mexican footballer of his generation. He played in two World Cup Finals (1994 and 1998) and won the 1999 Confederation Cup. He was capped 130 times between 1991 and 2004. He played mainly in Mexico. His longest career was with UNAM. He also played in the MLS.
GK: Antonio Carbajal
Antonio Carbajal was the first player to play in 5 World Cup Finals from 1950 to 1966. That record was equaled by German player Lothar Matthäus in 1998 and by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in 2014. He was also called "El Cinco Copas", in reference to his record of five World Cups played. He was capped 48 times. He played with Club Espana, but spent most of his cub career with Leon in Mexico.
Raul Cárdenas played for C.D. Guadalajara, Club Deportivo Marte and Puebla F.C., before joining Zacatepec for 10 seasons. He played in three World Cup Finals: 1954, 1958 and 1962. He also competed for Mexico at the 1948 Summer Olympics. He is best remembered for the being the coach for Mexico in the 1970 World Finals. He had a total of 37 caps. He was on IFFHS CONCACAF Men's Team of All Time.
DM/LB/LW: Ramon Ramirez
Ramon Ramirez was a left winger and attack midfielder for his club, but played mainly as a leftback for Mexico. He was one of Mexico's most capped players. He had 121 caps between 1991 and 2000. He played in both 1994 and 1998 World Cup Finals. He also won CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1993, 1996 and 1998. For his domestic career, he played his club football in Mexico and in the United States. His best years were spent with Guadalajara.
AM/LW/LB: Andrés Guardado
Popularly known as Principito (Spanish for Little Prince), Andrés Guardado started with Atlas. Then he played with Deportivo La Coruna for 5 seasons between 2007 and 2012 and then, Valencia for 3 seasons. He won two Eredivisie titles with PSV. He also played with Real Betis. He represented Mexico in five World Cups,and two Copa Americas. He won 4 Gold Cups in 2011, 2015 and 2019. He won over 150 caps.
Alberto García Aspe was an icon of the 1990's. He is one of the all-time appearance leaders for the Mexico national team. He participated in 109 matches, scoring a total 21 goals. He made his international debut against Guatemala in 1989. He played in 3 World Cup Finals from 1994 to 2002, earning over 100 caps. For his club career, García Aspe played for UNAM Pumas, Necaxa, Argentine club River Plate, América, and Puebla. His career with River Plate was very short.
|Alberto García Aspe|
Luis de la Fuente was the first Mexican player to play in four countries (Mexico, Spain, Paraguay and Argentina). After he played in the World Cup Finals in 1934, he went to play in Spain with Racing Club de Santander. He also played with Club Atlético Corrales in Paraguay and Vélez Sarsfield in Argentina. He was widely considered to be one of Mexico's greatest players.
Salvador Reyes was Chivas de Guadalajara's all-time top scorer with 122 goals. He was the last member from the club to win Campeon de Goleo (Goal scorer champion) until Omar Bravo won it on April 28, 2007. He had 49 caps. He played in three World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1966. It had been 45 years since a player from Guadalajara won the Campeon de Goleo.
SS/FW: Cuauhtemoc Blanco
Cuauhtemoc Blanco was part of the Mexican national team at France '98, Korea-Japan 2002 and South Africa 2010. He won the Silver Ball and the Silver Shoe awards in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, where Mexico won. He is tied with Ronaldinho as the all-time leading Confederations Cup goalscorer. He is also remembered for the Cuauhtemiña (also spelled Cuauhteminha), or Blanco Trick, which he performed notably at the 1998 World Cup.
Known by his nickname "El Matador", Luis Hernandez was among the top scorers at France 1998. He was also Mexico's highest scorer in the World Cup Finals. He was twice named Mexico's Player of the Year in 1997 and 1998. Hernández played with Querétaro F.C., Cruz Azul, C.F. Monterrey, Necaxa, Club América, UANL Tigres, CD Veracruz, and Chiapas in Mexico. He had a very unproductive stint with Boca Juniors. He also played with LA Galaxy.
ST: Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez began his career in 2006, playing for Guadalajara, before becoming the first Mexican player to join Manchester United in July 2010. He spent the 2014–15 season on loan to Real Madrid, and then moved permanently to Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. At the time of writing, he has over 100 caps for Mexico. His father also played for Mexico at the 1986 World Cup Finals. His grandfather from the mother side represented Mexico in the 1954 World Cup Finals.
Horacio Casarin was a football icon in 1940's and 1950's. He was Atlante's greatest player. He also played for Necaxa, Leon, Asturias, Club América, Real España, CF Monterrey and Zacatepec in his country, as well as FC Barcelona in Spain. He represented his country at the 1950 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil and scored a goal during the run of the tournament.
ST: Hugo Sanchez
Hugo Sanchez is considered to be the best Mexican player of all-time. He is remembered for his career in Spain where he played for both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. He won 5 straight Pichichi title in Spain. With Real Madrid, he won five consecutive league titles (from the 1985-86 to 1989-90 season), the Copa del Rey in 1989, and the UEFA Cup in 1986, playing alongside La Quinta del Buitre . The team was the dominant team in Spain during the 1980's. His nickname was "Hugoal".
Oswaldo Sanchez, Jaime Gómez, Pablo Larios, Oscar Pérez Rojas, Ignacio Calderon, Salvador Carmona, Raúl Servín, José Villegas
-- The original team was created in November, 2014. I did in dept review of the team in December, 2021 seven years after its creation. I expanded this section. The biggest chances came from the defense. I then did another big review in June, 2023.
Jorge Campos might no longer be the best Mexican keeper ever, but I will start him. Blanco could move up and play as a secondary striker behind Sanchez. Ramirez normally played leftback for Mexico, but I pushed him to the midfield where he could provide more width to the attack. I could also use Andrés Guardado as a left wingback. He could play on the left instead of Luis de la Fuente who might not be comfortable there.