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Friday, 25 May 2001
A Nationwide International Friendly Match

England 4 Mexico 0 [3-0]

Match Summary
England Squad
Mexico Squad
Team Records
The Mexico Squad for the matches against Ecuador, England & The Confederations Cup  May 2001
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
Abundis Sandoval, Jose Manuel 11 June 1973 27 F CF Atlante SA de CV - -
Arellano Alcocer, Jose de Jesus 8 May 1973 28 M CF Monterrey - -

Jesus Arellano withdrew from the squad because of dental problems.

Beltran Vargas, Joaquin 29 April 1977 24 D CF Universidad Nacional AC - -
Borgetti Echavarria, Jared Francisco 14 August 1973 27 F Club Santos Laguna SA de CV - -

Jared Borgetti was picked for the Confederation Cup matches only.

Cabuto Garcia, Erubey 6 September 1975 25 G Atlas FC - -
Campos Navarrete, Jorge Francisco 15 October 1966 34 G CF Atlante SA de CV - -

Jorge Campos withdrew from the squad due to club commitments.

Carmona Alvarez, Jose Salvador 22 August 1975 25 D CF Atlante SA de CV - -

Salvador Carmona withdrew from the squad due to club commitments.

Chavez Fernandez, Hugo Guillermo 16 October 1976 24 D CA Monarcas Morelia - -
Coyote Tapia, Hector Alberto 26 March 1967 34 M CD Guadalajara - -
Dautt Bojorquez, Oscar Manuel 8 June 1976 24 G CF Puebla - -
Davino Rodriguez, Dulio Cesar Jean Pierre 21 March 1976 25 D CF America SA de CV - -
de Nigris Guajardo, Antonio 1 April 1978 23 F CF Monterrey - -
del Olmo Blanco, Joaquin Alberto 20 April 1969 32 M CF Tigres de la Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon - -

Joaquin del Olmo withdrew from the squad to undergo surgery.

Osorno Calvillo, Daniel 16 March 1979 22 F Atlas FC - -
Oteo Rojas, David Alejandro 27 July 1973 27 D CF Tigres de la Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon 0 0
Pardo Segura, Pavel 26 July 1976 24 D CF America SA de CV - -
Perez Gomez, Luis Ernesto 12 January 1981 20 M CF Monterrey - -
Rangel Torres, Jose David

12 November 1969

31 M Deportivo Toluca FC SA de CV - -
Reyes Chavez, Joaquin

20 February 1978

23 M Club Santos Laguna SA de CV - -

Joaquin Reyes was picked for the Confederation Cup matches only.

Rodriguez Guerrero, Juan Pablo 7 August 1979 21 M Atlas FC - -
Ruiz del Valle, Victor 7 June 1969 31 M Deportivo Toluca FC SA de CV - -
Ruiz Garcia, Marco Antonio 12 July 1969 31 M CD Guadalajara - -
Sanchez Ibarra, Oswaldo Javier 21 September 1973 24 G CD Guadalajara - -
Suarez Sanchez, Claudio 17 December 1968 32 D CF Tigres de la Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon 155 -
Valdez Martinez, Octavio 7 December 1973 27 D Club Atletico Pachuca - -

Octavio Valdez was picked for the Confederation Cup matches only.

Victorino Mungaray, Cesareo 19 March 1979 22 M Club Atletico Pachuca - -

Cesareo Victorino was picked for the Confederation Cup matches only.

Villa Castaneda, German 2 April 1973 28 M CF America SA de CV - -

German Villa was unavailable for the England injury due to injury.

Squad details correct up to and including Mexico's match against Trinidad & Tobago on 25 April 2001.


Wednesday, 2 May 2001 - Coach Enrique Meza has announced an initial squad of eleven players for Mexico's friendly matches against Ecuador in Chicago on and England in Derby on 25 May and for the Confederations Cup 2001 tournament, which begins on 30 May in Japan and South Korea.  Meza will add to the squad as domestic clubs are eliminated from the ongoing Verano 2001 Tournament until the Confederations Cup squad limit of 23 players is reached.  The 11 selected players are:  Oswaldo Sanchez; Joaquin Beltran and Salvador Carmona; Marco Antonio Ruiz, Alberto Coyote, Victor Ruiz, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Hugo Chevez and David Rangel; Daniel Osorno and Jose Manuel Abundis.

Thursday, 10 May 2001 - Enrique Meza has named six more players to the Mexico squad
. Jorge Campos, who had fallen into disfavour during Mexico's continuing string of mediocre performances, was recalled after an absence of two months.  Also recalled after a much longer absence was Joaquin del Olmo, who earned caps during the coaching tenures of Miguel Mejia Baron, Bora Milutinovic and Manuel Lapuente. David Oteo was given a first call to the national side.  Also summoned were the veteran defender Claudio Suarez, Jesus Arellano and Antonio De Nigris.

Friday, 11 May 2001 - Mexico's match against Ecuador on 19 May at Soldiers Field in Chicago was cancelled as a result of the shooting last week of Ecuador's coach, the Colombian Hernan Dario Gomez.

Thursday, 17 May 2001 - Enrique Meza announce
s his 23-man squad for the Confederations Cup 2001 tournament that begins on 30 May in South Korea and Japan.  The squad includes the nineteen players who will be available for selection for the friendly match against England. Four players--Jared Borgetti, Joaquin Reyes, Octavio Valdez and Cesareo Victorino--will join the squad for the Confederations Cup after the England match.  Their clubs, Santos and Pachuca, are still involved in domestic competition; they play the second leg of the final of the Verano 2001 tournament Sunday. Meza made some adjustments to the 17-man provisional squad he named earlier, dropping three players and adding nine. Jorge Campos and Salvador Carmona withdrew because they will play in a promotional series for their club side, Atlante, in June. Joaquin del Olmo withdrew because he required nasal surgery. Three national team veterans, the 28-year-old forward Francisco Palencia, the 28-year-old goalkeeper Oscar Perez and the 31 year-old defender Alberto Macias, were left out because their club side, Cruz Azul, has advanced to the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores tournament, the Latin American equivalent of the European Champions tournament.
However, the most notable omission from the squad was the superb young Monaco defender Rafael Marquez, reportedly headed for Real Madrid this summer.  Meza gave no reason for his omission, but Marquez was sent off in April's World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago and will be suspended for Mexico's next qualifier against Costa Rica on 16 June.  He is eligible to play in the World Cup qualifiers against Honduras on 20 June and the USA on 1 July, but there has been speculation he may not be recalled to the national side until the Copa America tournament in Colombia later in July. 

Thursday, 24 May 2001 - The Mexican media report that Jesus Arellano failed to show up as the national team departed for England on Monday.  Enrique Meza reportedly said Arellano will be dropped from squad.  Arellano was quoted as saying he has had severe dental problems and that he notified national team officials he could not join the squad until they were resolved.

Friday, 25 May 2001 - The Mexican media report that midfielder Germ
an Villa will be unavailable for tonight's match because of an injury suffered in practice on Tuesday.

Mexico Form: last six games
L L D W W D  f 11:a 9 success: 50%
576 31 January 2001 - Colombia 3 Mexico 2 [1-2]
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
  Fr NL
577 28 February 2001 - USA 2 Mexico 0 [0-0]
Crew Stadium, Columbus
578 7 March 2001 - Mexico 3 Brazil 3 [1-0]
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
  Fr HD
579 25 March 2001 - Mexico 4 Jamaica 0 [2-0]
Estadio Azteca, ciudad de Mexico
580 11 April 2001 - Mexico 1 Chile 0 [0-0]
Estadio Tecnologico, Monterrey
  Fr HW
581 25 April 2001 -
Trinidad & Tobago 1 Mexico 1
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
- 19 May 2001 - Mexico vs. Ecuador Postponed
Soldier Field, Chicago
  Fr Pp


Enrique Meza, born on 3 March 1948 in ciudad de Mexico, was appointed national team coach on 14 September 2000 on the strength of his coaching credentials in Mexico's Primera Division.  After head coaching stints with Cruz Azul, Atletico Morelia and Toros Neza, he led Toluca to three straight titles in the Verano or summer segment of Mexico's dual league contests.  

Meza succeeded Manuel Lapuente, who had considerable success with the national team, leading them to their first major tournament victory in the Confederations Cup of 1999, which was held on their home soil.  But pressure for a coaching change mounted as Canada's elimination of Mexico in the quarterfinals of the 1999 Gold Cup tournament,  the CONCACAF national team championship, was followed by an away loss to Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF's second round of World Cup 2002 qualification.  Lapuente resigned on 4 September 2000.  

Meza took charge 10 days later, and Mexico turned in acceptable performances in friendly victories over Ecuador and Bolivia and a 7-0 trouncing of Trinidad & Tobago in the return match at Estadio Azteca.   The honeymoon quickly ended as Mexico failed to score in the next four matches, drawing with Canada in a World Cup qualifier and losing friendly matches against the U.S.A., Argentina and Bulgaria, the latter their first home loss in more than five years.  Mexico managed to lose to Colombia in a January friendly after holding a two-goal lead and then lost to the U.S.A. 2-0 in February in the first match of CONCACAF's final round of World Cup qualification.  Since then they have staged a modest recovery in drawing 3-3 with Brazil in a scintillating friendly, beating Jamaica 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier and Chile 1-0 in a friendly, and drawing 1-1 away to Trinidad & Tobago in another qualifier. 

While the results have improved somewhat, Mexico's performances, with the exception of the Brazil friendly, have not, and Meza now finds himself subject to the intense pressures that forced his predecessor to resign.  Mexico's  loss of form has coincided with the long-term absence of two key midfield players, Cuauhtemoc Blanco of Real Valladolid (Spain), who sustained serious knee ligament injuries in the October qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago, and Ramon Ramirez of Tigres, who suffered a broken right ankle and a left Achilles tendon injury in a car accident in December.  Still, the grumbling continues--the Mexican press and public are short on sympathy and patience when Mexico fail to beat their CONCACAF rivals--and if Meza does not turn things around soon, it is likely he will be gone.  

As Mexico approach their match with England, Meza's record stands at 5 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses, much worse than Lapuente's.  For the first time, there is fear not only that Mexico have lost their supremacy in the CONCACAF region, but also that they may even lose their customary place in the World Cup final tournament.  Mexico have a tenuous hold on the third and last qualifying place in the CONCACAF group.

Mexico remain accomplished at maintaining possession--their passing game is often mesmerising--but without the playmaking skills of Blanco and the drive of Ramirez, they have been unable to convert dominance in possession into goals.  Meza has experimented with a large number of new players, but is still seeking a solution for the team's inability to find openings against even modest opposition and their lack of thrust in front of the opposition's goal.  

At the same time, Meza must guide Mexico through a singularly grueling summer programme.  Immediately after meeting England, they fly to the Far East for the Confederations Cup tournament, where they are in the same group as World Cup and European champions France as well as South Korea and Australia and are likely to meet Brazil in the semi-finals should they advance from the group.  Immediately after their return in mid-June, they play three World Cup qualification matches over a two-week period against Costa Rica, Honduras and the U.S.A., which may well determine whether they return to the Far East next year for the final tournament.  Following friendlies against Chile and Uruguay in early July, they go to Colombia in mid-July for the Copa America tournament, the Americas' equivalent of the European Championship, where they are in the "group of death" with  Brazil, Paraguay and Peru.  That takes them through the end of July.  By then, Meza should know his fate. - PY

World Cup 2002 CONCACAF Final Round
The top three teams qualify for the World Cup finals.
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
USA 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
Mexico 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
Jamaica 3 1 1 1 2 5 -3 4
Honduras 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2
Trinidad & Tobago 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4 1