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5 Reasons Why Mexico Will Hoist the World Cup in 2014

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World Cup 2014: 5 Reasons Why Mexico Will Win

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As CONCACAF World Cup qualifying came to an end, Mexico was in a bit of turmoil. They were not getting results and had uncertainty in many spots on the field as well as at head coach. Now with renewed spirit they will head to Brazil with their heads held high. Mexico will have good opportunities to tune up for the World Cup with matches against Bosnia and Portugal in June after facing the USMNT in a little over a week.

5. Chicharito Will Get Playing Time at Manchester United

Javier Chicarito Hernandez
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5. Chicharito Will Get Playing Time at Manchester United

Javier Chicarito Hernandez
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Robin Van Persie is out for up to two months, giving Javier Chicharito Hernandez a chance to get playing time. He came into Saturday's match as a late substitute but now has an opportunity to start. Hernandez will be a key player for Mexico in Brazil, but like many El Tri players in Europe, he has struggled for playing time.

4. Emerging Depth

Marco Fabian
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4. Emerging Depth

Marco Fabian
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It is hard to believe after last year, but Mexico now has competition at many positions. Some players looking to make the roster for Brazil have represented Mexico in the past while others are making a name for themselves. Marco Fabian, Ulises Davila, Jesus Manuel Corona and Jesus Escoboza are among those trying to impress. Roster spots are still up for grabs, so some of these players will make the plane.

3. Confidence and Consistency

Miguel Herrera
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3. Confidence and Consistency

Miguel Herrera
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After dominating New Zealand in their World Cup qualifying playoff, Mexico has renewed confidence. They also have consistency at head coach as Miguel Herrera has staked his claim on the spot. Herrera is instilling more confidence now saying all 32 nations should believe they can win the World Cup. He's claimed that "we're going to make the final eight, and anything can happen from there."

2. Mexico Has a Good Draw

World Cup Group A
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2. Mexico Has a Good Draw

World Cup Group A
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Mexico got a favorable draw as they are expected to finish second in Group A. Brazil is the Cup favorite, but Mexico should advance. A good showing in their first match against Cameroon will give El Tri a springboard to move into the round of 16. Croatia had to win a playoff with Iceland to get into the field.

1. Carlos Pena is Ready for a Breakout Year

Carlos Pena
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1. Carlos Pena is Ready for a Breakout Year

Carlos Pena
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Herrera's tactics favor midfielders, so an injury to Giovanni Dos Santos has not concerned the coach. Perhaps that is because Carlos Pena is in the midst of a breakout year for Leon. He has been a rumored target of several European squads. Pena scored five goals in last year's Apertura competition and has added four goals in 10 Liga MX matches this season.