Some might rightly criticize Mexico’s Football Federation and its boss Justino Compean because of its obvious lack of professionalism and passion. It is important to point out that Mexico’s football federation is run by the owners of all the individual teams in Mexico, and has become a means to add to their wealth.
This has led the “Tri” to the bottom of the world’s least competitive zone CONCACAF. Mexico had their worst World Cup qualifying campaign ever under former boss Chepo de la Torre and has to play New Zealand in a two-way playoff in order to reach Brazil 2014.
The man trusted to lead Mexico back to FIFA‘s elite global competition is Club America boss Miguel Herrera. He is known for his hard-fought attacking style and will definitely add some much-needed passion and spirit to a lousy Mexico team.
His first critical decision has been to only call upon players who ply their trade in Mexico for the first game at least, thus excluding all of Mexico’s European contingent. He will have the opportunity after the first game on Nov. 13 at the Azteca Stadium to call upon the likes of Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Javier Aquino and Giovanni Dos Santos (Villareal), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio) and Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad) if he is willing to put his ego aside to help is country.
I believe Herrera is the ideal candidate because even though he has been severely criticized for dropping the European contingent and taking 10 — yes, that’s right, 10 — of his America players, he is working with a team that has a clear idea of what it is doing. It may not be dazzling, but it doesn’t have to be; the goal is to qualify for the World Cup next June, whatever happens after that is another issue.
Herrera is the perfect man to lead Mexico to Brazil, and his passion and work ethic will rub off on his players. He is a man who does not take no for an answer and will not allow his players to be careless or cocky. Hate him or love him, he loves his country and takes soccer seriously, and it is quite refreshing to have someone who actually wants to win leading Mexico.