|Mexico enters the tournament riding a wave of confidence after finishing runners-up at the CONCACAF championship (including an upset victory over the U.S. in the semifinals)… The Mexicans have a great deal of flair and speed, making them difficult for opponents to try to contain… Leonardo Cuellar is an experienced and tactically astute coach.||Other than Maribel Dominquez, Mexico doesn't have a proven goal-scorer to rely on… Defence is all an issue. The Mexicans aren't exactly sound at the back (seven goals against in the qualifiers)… Mexico is also inexperienced at this level, bowing out in the first round in 1999, it's only previous World Cup appearance.||Mexico could be a dark horse in Germany. There is flair and pace in this team which, on its day, can beat the very best. What it lacks is experience which, at this level, can be quickly exposed. Unlike 1999, Mexico has avoided most of the heavy hitters and will feel confident it can hold its own in Group B. The Mexicans will be determined to finally beat the Japanese, who denied them in the qualifying playoffs in both 2003 and 2007.||Leonardo Cuellar has suffered enough. The Mexican maestro, a former World Cup player himself in 1978, has finally got his reward. Cuellar has been the catalyst for growth of the women's game in Mexico for well over a decade. He has overseen the development of under-17 and under-20 teams that are now regular World Cup participants. Many of the players he has nurtured will be with him in Germany as part of the senior roster.|
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