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  1. Should Herrera continue to lead El Tri?

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Ricardo Pelaez had let it slip a few days earlier: "Yes, I have a voice and a vote to personally recommend [to Televisa mogul Azcarraga Jean] that Miguel ['Piojo' Herrera] should continue as coach of the Mexican national te...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  2. Herrera reached out to European-based players

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Miguel Herrera sought out eight of the Europe-based players. Carlos Vela was not on his list. Herrera reached eight of the five. And his chat with them, he says, had a positive outcome. "They all understood [their not...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  3. Mexico is no more a lousy team

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    MEXICO CITY -- Mission accomplished. But not completed yet. True, that 5-1 looks irrevocable. It's an inscription on a headstone. An epitaph. And it doesn't look like a miracle will be needed to write New Zealand's anticipated obituary. Miguel Her...

    Blog | November 14, 2013
  4. Herrera guarantees a win and a ticket to Brazil

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    MEXICO CITY -- Demented. Rash. Arrogant. Silly. Cheeky. This is how Mexico manager Miguel Herrera can appear based on the prophetic tone he used on Tuesday at his news conference on the eve of the team's match against New Zealand. He guarantees so...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  5. Herrera dares to go where none have gone before

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    SAN DIEGO -- Miguel Herrera dares where others gave in. With a show of testosterone, he decides to not call up the Europe-based players for the playoff against New Zealand. "El Piojo" does this without hesitation and runs risks that the previous coac...

    Blog | November 01, 2013
  6. If Herrera can't guide El Tri to World Cup, no one else can

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    Miguel Herrera is grabbing the controls and assuming the role of kamikaze. He's swearing that Mexico will play in the World Cup. He's promising epic battles in Mexico and New Zealand. He's making a vow to satisfy the ruined appetite of the Mexico...

    Blog | October 21, 2013
  7. El Tri awakens from one nightmare and into another

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Mexico awakens from one nightmare to find itself in another. The oneiric transition has been a scene of horror and disaster. The Mexican national team can find no peace in any sequel after an unbroken sequence of lost wars, ...

    Blog | October 17, 2013
  8. Undeserving Mexico breaks into the playoff phase

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Mexico is going to the playoff, but it is going in an outrageous way. It is going as a laughingstock. It is going with bloodstained knees. It wasn't able to win its own battle. It wasn't even able to draw in its own war. ...

    Blog | October 16, 2013
  9. Mexicans playing in Europe have made no difference in El Tri

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    MEXICO CITY -- Has the time come? Europe for the "Europeans" and Mexico for the "Mexicans"? The double meaning of the quotation marks should not be missed. Hugo Sanchez stated: "When we have 40 Mexicans playing in Europe, we can be champions of t...

    Blog | October 13, 2013
  10. El Tri's best XI

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    MEXICO CITY -- It's dangerous to meddle in the work of a soccer coach. It's dangerous and crazy to try to do it in the middle of the urgent business of a national team coach. It's dangerous, crazy, and suicidal to meddle in the avalanche of ideas, no...

    Blog | October 10, 2013
  11. Vucetich insists he has no fear

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    MEXICO CITY -- He had behaved with perfect decorum. Serious. Cautious. Courteous. Smiling. Friendly. Indeed, a complete turnaround from "Chepo" de la Torre. And suddenly, he slipped. Or perhaps more accurately, he revealed himself. He came out of...

    Blog | October 09, 2013
  12. The stars are aligning for Mexico

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    MEXICO CITY -- Let's not be suspicious. Let us rather believe that the stars have aligned in a sudden, surprising, accidental, and strange way to aid Mexico's World Cup pretensions. We must be careful to not get carried away by suspicions, nor fal...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  13. Conditions favor Mexico in its crucial World Cup qualifying quest...

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    MEXICO CITY -- Let's not be suspicious. Let us rather believe that the stars have aligned in a sudden, surprising, accidental, and strange way to aid Mexico's World Cup pretensions. We must be careful to not get carried away by suspicions, nor fall ...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  14. Vucetich represents an open door to World Cup

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    Victor Manuel Vucetich just recovered the 'Notebook' with the 'Guidelines' and 'Requirements' that team owners gave to 'Chepo' de la Torre. A plucked notebook, by the way; certainly, an unfulfilled one, with many missing pages and obviously, lots ...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  15. Carlos Vela's refusal to answer the call

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    Carlos Vela left out, banished from El Tri. The Real Sociedad attacker had said yes, according to Victor Manuel Vucetich, but in the end, someone said no. Vela had said yes, according to Mexico national team director Gonzalez Inarritu, but when th...

    Blog | September 27, 2013
  16. El Tri's mental preparation will be vital

    Rafael Ramos Villagrana

    It could be that fate doesn't weigh on King Midas (Mexico national team manager Victor Manuel Vucetich) in the same way it weighs on former manager Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre. And it was a week of good news for Vucetich. 1. Javier Hernand...

    Blog | September 27, 2013