Team profile: Mexico
Coach: 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.
Goalkeepers: Erika Vanegas, Pamela Tajonar, Cecilia Santiago
Defenders: Kenti Robles, Rubí Sandoval, Alina Garciamendez, Natalie Vinti, Natalie Garcia, Monica Alvarado, Luz del Rosario Saucedo, Charlyn Corral
Midfielders: Juana Lopez, Guadalupe Worbis, Dinora Garza, Nayeli Rangel, Liliana Mercado, Teresa Noyola
Forwards: Maribel Domínguez, Veronica Perez, Monica Ocampo, Stephany Mayor
1ST ROUND MATCHES (GROUP B)
- June 27 — vs. England in Wolfsburg
- July 1 — vs. Japan in Leverkusen
- July 5 — vs. New Zealand in Insheim
Strengths: 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.
Weaknesses: 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.
Player to watch: Maribel Dominquez — Dominguez combines classic goal-poaching instincts, power and strength, and great technical skill. A threat to score every time she's in the penalty area, the experienced Mexican is also capable of dropping back and creating her own scoring chances by using her speed to take defenders on one-on-one.
Prospects in Germany: 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.
- Soccer Confederation: Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)
- Current FIFA world ranking: 22
- Team nickname: El Tri
- Team colours: green jerseys/white shorts
ROAD TO THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
2011 qualification route: The CONCACAF qualifying campaign will be remembered for the night Mexico turned the world of women's soccer on its head. The hosts jumped into an early lead against the mighty USA and held their nerve to beat the world's #1 ranked team. Having reached the final, the Mexicans couldn't repeat the magic, falling by a single goal to Canada who had earlier beaten them in group play.
- Qualification record: 3 wins, 2 losses, 0 ties
- Goals for: 11
- Goals against: 7
- Top goal-scorer in qualifying: Maribel Dominquez (6)
- Oct. 29, 2010 — Mexico 7, Guyana 2
- Oct. 31, 2010 — Mexico 2 Trinidad and Tobago 0
- Nov. 2, 2010 — Canada 3, Mexico 1
- Nov. 5, 2010 — Mexico 2, United States 0
- Nov. 8, 2010 — Canada 1, Mexico 0
WOMEN'S WORLD CUP HISTORY
Mexico's only previous World Cup appearance came in 1999 in the United States.
The Mexicans didn't exactly wrap themselves in glory, losing all three of their games (to Brazil, Germany and Italy) by a combined score of 15-1.
- Hosted the Women's World Cup: Never
- Number of previous Women's World Cup appearances: 4
- All-time record: 0 wins, 3 losses, 0 ties
- Goals for: 1
- Goals against: 15
- All-time top scorer: Maribel Dominquez (1)
- 1991 — Did not qualify
- 1995 — Did not qualify
- 1999 — First round
- 2003 — Did not qualify
- 2007 — Did not qualify