All through the historical past of Mexico’s nationwide staff there have been instances of gamers who have been born elsewhere representing El Tri after changing into naturalized. Examples embody Antonio Naelson and Julián Quiñones, the latter being the newest to undergo the naturalization course of and is now accredited as Mexican. Let’s check out a number of the gamers born exterior of the nation who have been profitable within the nationwide staff.
Carlos Blanco Castañón
One of many first overseas gamers to symbolize Mexico on the worldwide stage was Carlos Blanco. Born in Madrid, Spain, the centre-forward spent his whole profession enjoying in Mexico with spells at Asturias, Necaxa, Marte and Toluca. He was naturalized and wore the Aztec shirt in two World Cups – 1954 Switzerland and 1958 Sweden. He additionally performed within the Pan American championship and World Cup qualifiers.
Gabriel Caballero was born in Argentina, however due to his love for Mexico (the place he emigrated in 1996) he determined to turn into a naturalized Aztec. He was known as up 9 occasions by nationwide staff coach Javier Aguirre, and performed friendlies towards Albania, america, Bulgaria, Colombia and Bolivia. On the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, he starred for Mexico in three group video games towards Croatia, Ecuador and Italy however El Tri ended up being eradicated within the Spherical of 16 by america.
Brazil-born Antonio Naelson is a kind of gamers who felt Mexican proper from the primary second they arrive to play within the nation and for that very same love he determined to turn into Mexican by naturalization. That earned him an virtually quick call-up to the nationwide staff the place he made a complete of 57 appearances, scoring six objectives. He was a part of the squad that took half on the 2006 World Cup in Germany – Mexico made it previous the group stage and have been eradicated by Argentina within the Spherical of 16. After that he continued to be known as up, however was omitted of the squad for South Africa 2010.
Argentine by beginning, however Mexican by naturalization, Guillermo Franco was one of many gamers who triumphed throughout his keep within the Liga MX and at worldwide stage with Mexico. He made his debut within the 5-2 win towards Guatemala in October 2005 and was included within the squad for the 2006 World Cup. In Germany, he was on track within the opening group sport towards Iran. 4 years later in South Africa 2010 he performed in all the staff’s 4 video games, up till Mexico have been dumped out – painfully for him, by Argentina.
- Naturalized gamers who triumphed with Mexico
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