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There were a number of friendly games played over the past weekend, as warm-ups before the various big tournaments and World Cup qualifiers begin. One interesting match was between Mexico and Wales. Both teams were missing key players. A number of the Welsh players (including Gareth Bale) are actually being considered for inclusion in Stuart Pearce's U-21 England squad, while a lot of top Mexicans are taking part in the Toulon Tournament, currently taking place in France. The Mexican U-23 team will also be playing in the Olympics later this summer. :)

Here are some photos of both teams.

Mexico 2-0 Wales


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My NEW Favourite Teams



I always like to feel good. I hate that feeling of being down when it comes to my teams' losses. I always like to have a lot of teams around me. I don't know - my feeling has always been that if I had only ONE team and they lost and made me feel bad, then I would have no other teams I could watch that might be able to cheer me up. Therefore I have always watched a lot of matches from a lot of different leagues with a view to finding teams that interest me and are fun to watch and get involved with.

And this year, at season's end for most leagues, I've decided that I am no longer going to cheer for the biggest teams. In the beginning I think I, like most people, got sucked in to thinking I had to get behind teams like Real Madrid or Manchester United because they were the ones I could see the most on TV. Or Barcelona. Or Liverpool, or Chelsea. AC Milan. Etc., etc. But once I got Pay TV and discovered streaming, there was no excuse NOT to follow other, 'lesser' teams. And once I got started doing that, what did I discover? That these teams are much more fun to follow. Their players are not the big headed 'superstars' that the BIG teams seem to swallow up like so many jelly beans until some of the disappear into what seem like black holes, never to be seen again.

It seems that these superstars are usually too 'professional' for me to like them very much. It's like they are playing only for the money and the stardom, to see how many goals they can rack up in a season, as if that is the only reason they are playing, certainly not for the team that hired them. They tend to change teams a lot as well, maybe because it's a way of staving off boredom. I don't know. To each his own, I guess. I am not knocking these teams or players, but just writing about what's interesting for me and what isn't.

So, okay. The teams I REALLY, really like based on what I've seen during the past season, are:


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EDIT: I forgot to mention CONCACAF! I love the Mexico NT with all my heart, and I like Costa Rica. I also like the Venezuela NT. Forgot to mention them as well. ;)
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CONCACAF OLYMPICS 2012 QUALIFYING

Well, it's over. Done and dusted. Canada didn't make it. Of course, that was a given considering that our boys had to play the formidable Mexico in the semi-finals. However, we did a GREAT job and the game ended 3 - 1. We created several chances but the ball didn't want to go in the net, and we made a couple of defensive errors that resulted in at least one Mexican goal. Oh, well. Our boys proved that they are a fantastic team, and although it was an Under-23 team, most of the players were 21, with some 18 and 19 year olds in the mix. One player, Bryce Alderson, just turned 18 in February.

So Mexico and Honduras, being the two finalists, will be going to London in the summer as representatives of North and Central America. Good luck to them.

In the final, Mexico beat Honduras 2 - 1. It didn't mean anything, but the result seems fitting.

Of course, I have pictures:

Mexico with the tournament trophy:

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Today I am going to forego the usual picspam to concentrate on my favourite teams for today's matches. Mexico and Uruguay.

This is my Mexico picspam.

One of the most disturbing stats that I discovered was that the host team at every single World Cup has NEVER LOST THEIR OPENING MATCH. However, there is (1) always a first time, (2) I KNOW 'El Tri' (Mexico) can do this! and (3) maybe they could tie at least!

VAMOS, El Tri!!!

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Pre-game festivities included these dancers in decorative masks.

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Two of my favourite National Teams are in the same group! That would be Mexico and Uruguay, both in Group A along with France and New Zealand. That's a tough group for sure, but my hope is that Uruguay will end top with Mexico second. I thought I'd do a tribute post for each team. Right now Mexico (known as 'El Tri') is playing a series of friendlies before the WC begins. They played Ecuador yesterday with the result being a scoreless draw. I don't think that Javier Aguirre, Mexico's coach, will go with this squad to the World Cup, but there's a good chance most of them will be there.

Okay, so here's a little picspam, and I'll name the players.

This is the stadium where last night's friendly match was played. The player on the billboard is Javier Hernandez, known as 'Chicharito', who has just been signed by Manchester United.

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NEXT: AN URUGUAYAN PICSPAM
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I managed to find some good pics from today's training for the South American and CONCACAF qualifiers. Here's one, and the rest are under the cut.

RAFA MARQUEZ OF MEXICO JOGS

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OMFG! OH, RENE.....!!!

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Oh, to be Manuel Friedrich's hand!!!

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Wow! I am ecstatic because Canada (my country) tied Mexico in the CONCACAF qualifiers for the World Cup 2010. Okay, it's still just the Group Stages and Mexico did not field any of their stars except for Memo Ochoa, their goalkeeper, but I'm thrilled because Mexico is No. 16 in the FIFA World national team rankings and Canada is 62nd.

CONCACAF stands for Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. Yes, this is our group for qualifying for the World Cup. It's tough because we are up against many excellent teams, including the USA, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, to name a few.

Here is a small picspam from the match. Canada has many cute players and I'm so proud of them!

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