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Mexican National Team Players Fulfilling European Dreams

Mexican National Team Players European Moves

Photo Courtesy of the Official Malaga CF Facebook Page

Before, during, and after the 2014 World Cup, several members of the Mexican National Team were plotting their next moves with regards to either taking the next step in their European playing adventures, trying to maintain their European footballing adventures, and a few hoping to do well enough to secure and or open up the chance to emigrate to Europe in the next step of their career(s). For a player like Hector Moreno who was poised to make the move to a bigger club, this dream and opportunity has been put on hold as the fractured tibia he suffered in the Round of 16 match against the Netherlands put said move on hold for at least six months.

On the other hand, for a player like Andres Guardado who went into this past World Cup with his future in Europe uncertain, his strong display has ensured that he will stay in Europe with his current club Valencia CF or if as rumored potentially joining Everton. Another player who appeared likely to be moving to Europe after the World Cup was midfielder Carlos Peña but his dip in form and only having played 12 minutes during the tournament cooled off a potential moves as well. While the players above where ones whom we knew about with regards to interest of and potential future in Europe, other Mexican National Team players saw their European futbol dreams given a boost and or reincarnated. The first of these players is goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa who had a fantastic tournament highlighted by his display against Brazil in Mexico’s second group game.

Ochoa entered the World Cup having just completed his contract with relegated Ligue 1 side Ajaccio and looking to become the starter of the team in goal. Fast forward to now and Ochoa’s display at the tournament lead to him signing with La Liga side Malaga CF. The move to Malaga represents a good one as he will be joining a mid-table side in one of Europe’s top 3/4 leagues and it puts him now in the clear view of a “bigger” club should his play catch their eye and lead to another career advancement for Ochoa in the future. While Ochoa’s step up in Europe was one that was not surprising, the move back to Europe for defender Rafael Marquez caught many by surprise.

Earlier this week, Serie A side Hellas Verona announced they had acquired the playing services of 35-year-old Marquez, who after four years of last having played in Europe, returns to the continent to close out his playing career, two years after many figured his club and playing career was essentially over. The fact that Hellas Verona were interested in Marquez at this stage of his career shows how well he has played in the last 18 months with Leon and that he still can play for a team in one of Europe’s top leagues speaks well of him as a player.

Another potential Mexican player who can also potentially follow Marquez to Europe is Club America forward Raul Jimenez. Jimenez comes off a sensational game against Puebla and is without a doubt a great young talent whose play at club level warrants a club like FC Porto being interested in signing him. Whether it be that because Porto’s offers have not been “sufficient” or that Club America are over-valuing the young forward, Jimenez still has not been sold to Porto. This non-transfer along with the rumored interest and non-transfer of Marco Fabian to Stuttgart has again lead to discussions of whether Mexican soccer executives are overvaluing Mexican players and in the process hurting the progress of Mexican players and the national team in the process. The hope and desire is that enough people will eventually wake up and allow more Mexican talent to head to Europe.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing Mexican National Team and Liga MX writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan

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