World Cup: Mexico
(Miguel Tovar / AP)
Mexico's national team poses before a qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 in Mexico City.
Men's ranking: 17
Overall World Cup record: 11-22-12
Coach: Javier Aguirre
Best performance: Quarterfinals, 1970, 1986
Overview: Many at home consider this squad to be the best El Tri has ever fielded. To prove those backers right, however, Aguirre's team, a blend of young (Javier Hernandez, Giovani dos Santos, Andres Guardado, Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa) and old (Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Rafael Marquez), will have to make it past the quarterfinals, something Mexico has never done. -- Kevin Baxter