The beauty and the ball

The beauty and the ball

Eyes fixed on Mexico’s upcoming season


The year 2013 will come chalk full of emotions, goals and spectacular play for those who love Mexican soccer and have waited patiently for a new season to begin.

Tournaments come and go and champions enjoy their titles only to leave them behind for someone else to sample the sweet taste of success. On January 4, the ball will start rolling at stadiums across Mexico and each of the 18 teams which make up the First Division put their mind and absolute focus on finding the ideal players to bolster their rosters and start the championship on the right foot and as they aspire to the highest reaches of the Liga MX.

In anticipation of what will be a great season, let’s go over some of the most important transfers which have taken place up till now.

Let’s start with América, as the “Águilas,” led by Miguel Herrera, are arming themselves to the hilt. The squad can count on an offensive attack that puts fear into opponents with Christian Benítez and the recently incorporated Narciso Mina. Additionally, the incorporation of Osvaldito Martinez will create a promising midfield, which should round out all facets of their game. On a side note, I’d like to congratulate Diego Reyes who will start a new adventure this summer in Portugal with Porto. It’s a move Reyes has earned and it will surely open the doors to more Mexicans in Europe.

Chivas can finally take a breath! After so much speculation, the club was finally able to secure the services of Miguel Sabah, as well as others like Sergio el ‘Cherokee’ Pérez and Adrián Cortés.

Cruz Azul is slowly but surely working on their roster including the acquisition of Teófilo Gutiérrez, a Colombian marksman who will look to become the team’s new goal machine. For its part, Pumas decided to renew the contract of Robin Ramírez, a Paraguayan forward who previously distinguished himself with Deportes Tolima in Colombia thanks to his offensive prowess which resulted in 12 goals this year.

And what can say about León, which brought back to our league Rafael Márquez, as well as procuring the services of Nery Castillo, a player who entered last season with great expectations but was never able to take off for Pachuca.

Other important transfers ahead of next season include those of Daniel Ludueña and Christian Suárez, who went from Santos to Pachuca; Omar Arellano and Leobardo López to Monterrey; and Héctor Mancilla, Sergio Santana and José María Cárdenas to Morelia. On the coaching front, Manuel Lapuente will be the new coach for Puebla, Pedro Caixinha will lead Santos while Emanuel Villa takes over Tigres after a forgettable stint with Pumas.

As you have seen and will continue to see, the winter transfer market in Mexico has been busy and we expect the new signings to have a major impact on their respective teams.


Ines Sainz Ines Sainz

Ines Sainz

Ines Sainz is one of the most popular sports journalists in Latin America. She has covered major events worldwide.
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