Rogelio Funes Mori and how it went for other naturalized who sought to reach the World Cup
Rogelio Funes Mori will be the ninth naturalized player to attempt to reach the World Cup with the Mexican national team, a destination only Guille Franco, Sinha and Gabriel Caballero can boast of.
Rogelio Funes Mori He is the ninth naturalized footballer who is fighting to reach the World Cup with the Mexican teamsince the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup.
Over the past 20 years, only Gabriel Caballero, Antonio Naelson Sinha and Guillermo Franco have been able to reach a world representing the Mexicowhile another eight fnaturalized utbolists received their first calls with the Mexican team in different World Cup processes, but they did not reach the big fair.
Rogelio Funes Mori debuted with Mexico in July 2021, on appeal from Tata Martino, but due to an injury that will keep him away from the courts for at least a month, the tricolor coach confirms that he cannot promise the Rayados striker a place for Qatar 2022, in particular because of the A good time for the attackers with whom he competes for the place, such as Henry Martín, Santiago Giménez and Raúl Jiménez.
Rogelio Funes Mori – Process in Qatar
The Argentina-born but naturalized Mexican forward made his debut in a friendly against Nigeria where he scored one goal. Since then, he has accumulated 15 games with the Habs, where he scored five goals.
Rogelio Funes Mori was one of the alternatives promoted Nanny Martino due to Raúl Jiménez’s injury and long-term recovery from a fractured skull. The Rayados striker has made eight appearances in the World Cup and six in the Gold Cup.
He is the ninth player naturalized who will try to reach the World Cup with Mexico, over the past 20 years. Currently, with Rayados, he has accumulated nine games at the start of the season, but the injury has stopped him in his attempt to show his level and his alternative in the Mexican attack.
Numbers with the Mexican national team: 15 matches and 5 goals
Numbers last season before the World Cup: 35 games, 14 goals in 2,756 minutes with Monterrey.
Christian Giménez – Process in Brazil 2014
The ‘Chaco’ Giménez reaches the Mexican team amid the contentious World Cup qualifier for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. José Manuel de la Torre called it out for the first time as he tried to give a change of direction, in the face of the results crisis that kept the Habs away from the World Cup.
Christian Giménez was also summoned by Víctor Manuel Vucetich when Mexico they beat Panama and lost in Costa Rica, a result that sent them to the continental qualifiers against New Zealand.
With the arrival of Miguel Herrera and the base of América and León, without European footballers to request the ticket for Brazil 2014, “Chaco” received no more calls and had no chance of reaching the World Cup .
Numbers with the Mexican national team: 5 evenings.
Numbers last season before the World Cup: 36 games, 7 goals in 2,419 minutes with Cruz Azul.
Damián Álvarez – Process in Brazil 2014
The striker has become a benchmark for Tigres, as one of the players who has won the most titles with the team. The results crisis Mexico going to Brazil in 2014 motivated Chepo de la Torre to call up Chilindrina in 2012, where he only played two games and was no longer considered in the World Cup process.
Although the season preceding the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he had accumulated more than 36 games, his incidences on the pitch with the Tigers ceased to weigh and he converted only 4 goals.
Numbers with the Mexican national team: 2 games in (friendly)
Numbers last season before the World Cup: Tigers: 36 games, 4 goals in 2,221
Leandro Augusto – Process for South Africa 2010
The Brazilian midfielder has established himself as one of the references of the Pumas. His on-court performance caught the eye of Sven-Goran Ericksson who was trying to give a generational change to the Mexican national team, with the inclusion of U-17 world champions and new faces in the tricolor.
His time with the national team was short-lived, four World Cup qualifiers and two friendlies. After the arrival of Javier Aguirre after the departure of the Swedish coach, the passage of the midfielder naturalized by the Mexican team.
Numbers with the Mexican national team: 6 games, 1 goal.
Number last season before the World Cup: 39 games, 1 goal in 3,495 minutes with the Pumas.
Sinha – World Cup Germany 2006
The naturalized soccer player with the biggest impact on the Mexican national team was Sinha. The Brazilian-born was brought to the Habs by Antonio LaVolpe and was a key player in reaching the World Cup in Germany in 2006. He was the second player not born in Mexico who has reached a World Cup, since 2002.
Sinha was yet to be considered for the World Cup process for South Africa in 2010, but in the end he was not taken on by Javier Aguirre.
Numbers with the Mexican national team: 59 games, 5 goals.
Numbers last season before the World Cup: 28 games, 5 goals in 2,103 minutes with Toluca.
Lucas Ayala – Process in South Africa
With an anecdotal passage through the Mexican teamAt the call of Sven-Goran Ericksson, the Argentinian midfielder, naturalized Mexican, barely played a friendly match with the Habs.
His call caused controversy, because with the Tigers he did not enjoy a starting place and never had a real chance of playing a World Cup with Mexico.
Numbers with the Mexican national team: 1 party.
Numbers last season before the World Cup: 25 games, for 1,877 with the Tigers.
Matías Vuoso – Process for South Africa 2010
The ‘Toro’ was a longtime striker who had highlights in his performance that allowed him to be considered in the Mexican team. Your most viable option to represent Mexico in the World Cup, he went on the heels of South Africa 2010.
His goal against Canada in the round preceding the Concacaf Hexagonal Final allowed Mexico overcome this phase, which meant failure for Mexican football.
Also in 2015, he was again called up to the Habs for the Copa América in Chile, but he was part of a substitute team led by Miguel Herrera.
Numbers with the Mexican national team: 15 games and 6 goals.
Numbers last season before the World Cup: 36 games, 9 goals in 2,220 minutes with Santos.
Guillermo Franco – Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010
He is the only naturalized Mexican footballer to have played in two World Cups in the past 20 years. The Argentine striker has become a benchmark for Rayados and caught the eye of Villarreal, where he enjoyed his best moments in Europe.
His World Cup performance with Mexico did not live up to his expectations as in seven World Cup games he could not score a goal.
He spent five years on the French radar, with coaches such as LaVolpe, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Javier Aguirre.
Numbers with the Mexican national team: 25 games and 7 goals
Numbers last season before the World Cup: 2010 — 23 games, 5 goals in 1,369 minutes with West Ham and 2006 — Monterrey and Villarreal: 39 games, 17 goals in 2,810 minutes
Gabriel Caballero – Korea-Japan 2002
He was the first naturalized to participate in a World Cup with Mexico. Vasco Aguirre called him up because of his knowledge of Pachuca, and he reached the World Cup with just four friendlies before the tournament.
He made an ephemeral stint with the Tricolores, from March to June 2002, after which no other coach called him up to the national team.
Numbers with the Mexican national team: 8 games
Numbers last season before the World Cup: 40 games, 10 goals in 3,545 minutes with Pachuca.
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