Four Mexican World Cup Greats

Mexico has a great track record of qualifying for the World Cup finals and has put in some memorable performances over the years. In-spite of being constantly over shadowed by their illustrious South American neighbors Brazil and Argentina; they have punched above their weight and earned respect. In honor of such a great footballing legacy, let us today honor 4 top World Cup performers for Mexico, the criteria could be anything from a single performance to performance in a tournament or years and decades of excellence, as long as it’s great.

Antonio Carbajal, (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966)

Shot stopper Antonio Carbajal was probably the greatest goalkeeper Mexico ever had. He was one of the few men in the history of the game to feature in five consecutive World Cups. Nicknamed El Cinco Copas, Carbajal dominated the CONCAF scene. During the four qualifying campaigns, he had an amazing record – he conceded only 9 goals while he kept a record 16 clean sheets. It was a pity that he could not be part of the World Cup in 1970, when it was played in Mexico- he was 41 by then.

Jared Borgetti, (2002, 2006)

Borgetti holds the record for being Mexico’s all-time highest International scorer with 46 goals. Known to be a fierce header of the ball, Borgetti bought his A game in his two appearances against USA in 2001. He headed home the lone goal in the game against the US on July, 2001. In the return game against the same opposition, Mexico was in a do-or-die situation needing the win badly. Borgetti, duly obliged, once again with his precision heading scored two goals and took his team to a 2-1 victory.

Peyton Manning’s Elite Level of Play

The Super Bowl that recently took place was quite a spectacle.  The battle for the Lombardi trophy was between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

It was a heated contest that came down to an exciting finish where the quarterback of the Giants, Eli Manning, threw a perfect pass to his wide receiver, threading the needle between two defenders.  Eli talked about the pass he made that will leave people talking for a long time.

“It changes the whole thought process right there…It was big-time; there’s nothing else you can say. I didn’t have many options and I saw the safety cheat inside a little, and I decided to take a shot and try to fit it in there. And oh, what a catch.”

Lionel Messi for Ballon D’ or Award for a Hattrick

In the game of soccer or football or whatever it is called across the world, there are some names that have left their indelible mark in the minds of their fans and on the pages of worldclass sporting history. Maradonna and Pele started the tradition of showmanship garnering emotional support from sport lovers who idolized them to great extents and still do. The madness and euphoria is seldom witnessed in any other sport as it is in soccer and the rivalries can break families and friends apart as loyalties to a footballer are oftentimes more important to these crazed and enthusiastic lovers of the sport and its sportsman than their ties of blood.

100th Ton not a distraction – Tendulkar

His worshippers across the world refer to him as ‘God’, and they’ve all been waiting with bated breath for him to score the elusive 100th century, no prizes for guessing, we are indeed talking about the ‘Little Master’ Sachin Tendulkar. On the contrary, the great man says he would just prefer to enjoy the game rather than being weighed down by all the hype.

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Drew Brees Makes History Passing Dan Marion’s Record

Drew Brees recently surpassed Dan Marino’s NFL record for yards passing in a season, which had previously held up strong for 27 years.  He broke it on a Monday Night Football game in which his New Orleans Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons 45-16.  Marino praised the quarterback in a tweet complimenting, “Great job by such a special player.”  It is admirable that after the game, Drew Brees remained humble and only pressed the issue that football is a team game and the record could never have been broken if it wasn’t for his teammates.  He is quoted saying, “This record isn’t about one person.  There might be just one name that goes in ledger under the record, but it’s really about the team.  I want everyone to feel a huge part of this, the record would not have been possible with out them.”

The Summer Olympics puts London on Center Stage

The heavily anticipated Summer Olympics Games 2012 are approaching and are going to be held in London starting on July 27th running up to August 12th.  This is an auspicious time where more than 200 countries are represented by their best athletes for the whole world to see and cheer for.  The International Olympic Committee, founded in 1894, makes the important decision where the games will be held as well as raises funding, and decides what sports will be on display.  What has evolved is a spectacular showcase that consists of elaborate opening and closing ceremonies, and the famous carrying of the Olympic flag and torch.

Formula 1 will never be a huge phenomenon in the United States says Bernie Ecclestone

Formula one’s top man Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that, the motorsport will never be big in America.

Formula 1 is expected to return to the United States with a proposed race in Texas in 2012. There is also a second race in the offing from 2013 in New Jersey.

“The US has been slow to get F1 because they want to see a profit before they start.” Ecclestone, told Al Jazeera English. He also disclosed information about a possible race in South Africa from 2013. Ecclestone, 81 also expects the Bahrain Grand Prix to be back on track this year after the 2011 edition was a no-go.

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