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War & Football 2010: Mexico

Mexican FansOperation Desert Eagle 

The General:

Javier Aguirre has had his fair share of successful experiences as the side’s national team coach and the former Mexican league coach guided his side to a second round berth his first time around the final in 2002 Korea/Japan.  After a successful league stint with Osasuna and a brief stay at , Aguirre is back leading his Mexican side this summer in South Africa.  

The Plan of Attack:

El Tri is expected to play a version of the 4-2-3-1 with four defenders, two defensive midfielders, two wingers, a center forward/secondary striker, and the lead striker up top.  is one of the better defensive minded squads in the tournament and this formation will likely create low scoring battles.

The Key Troops:

Mexico is a defensive minded squad for all the right reasons.  Captain and center back Rafael Marquez is one of the few star defenders of the CONCACAF division and the Barca star will assisted defensively by keeper Guillermo Ochoa who is slightly above average for the tournament. Aging center forward Cuauhtemoc Blanco will make one more Cup run and the old man will be joined on offense by underrated performers Andres Guardado and Giovani dos Santos.

The Mission:

Mexico has great depth on their roster and several domestic and world renowned stars.  They also have a nice blend of experienced players and fresh players to the World Cup final.  Their defense is above average and they have plenty of weapons to choose from on the offensive side of the ball.  Mexico hopes to make it to at least the quarterfinals this season.

Potential Duds:

Mexico is renowned for their ability to get past the first round of the tournament, but they are infamous for being defeated countless times in the second round.  The team is heavily underrated, but they will be lucky to advance past the first round this year playing against the team with homefield advantage and Diego Forlan and Uruguay as well as a France team that has something to prove after all the controversy.

Final War Movie Rank:

Mexico hopes to earn a proper title like The Wild Bunch this summer with tenacious defense and a relentless effort against the rest of an offensively talented group A, but if the squad doesn’t advance past the second round then they there will be no fiesta and the squad will hear the troubling sound of When Trumpets Fade.  Mexico will be lucky to make it to the second round and expect nothing more from the squad.

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