Top 5 moments of 2014
As voted by you guys, here is #1 in the top 5 most memorable moments of 2014 in Mexican soccer.
#1 “No Era Penal”
Here we are again at the mercy of that cruel cruel day that will forever be remembered in the hearts and minds of El Tri fans everywhere, day 185 since “No Era Penal”.
On June 29, 2014, Mexico made their return to Fortaleza to face the Netherlands in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup. It would be a day that will forever be engraved in Mexican soccer folklore. Mexico was only two minutes away from reaching the last eight of a World Cup for the first time since 1986, but a man by the name of Arjen Robben came to the Dutch’s rescue.
You probably don’t need to be retold exactly what happened. Was it a penalty or not? That is totally up for you to decide.
As voted by you guys, here is #2 in the top 5 most memorable moments of 2014 in Mexican soccer.
#2 “Memo” Ochoa vs. Brazil
Few things from 2014 resonate more in the minds of El Tri fans than Guillermo Ochoa’s magnificent performance against Brazil in Fortaleza. After sitting in the bench in 2006 and 2010, 2014 was the moment for Ochoa to shine. It was the game against the hosts, Brazil, that Ochoa finally arrived on the international stage.
Prior to the game, hundreds of Mexicans stood outside the team’s hotel to serenade the team. In a beautiful act of engagement with the fans, the players went outside to the hotel’s balcony and sang along. That moment was memorable in itself, but what would transpire hours later would be even more memorable.
As voted by you guys, here is #3 in the top 5 most memorable moments of 2014 in Mexican soccer.
#3 Mexico vs. Croatia
From the start, Mexico vs. Croatia was always going to be the deciding game in Group A of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With the hosts, Brazil, almost guaranteed a place in the round of 16, Mexico only needed a draw to go through against Croatia.
Before the game, the Croatians were confident. Modric took it a step further and said, “We are a better team and we have better individuals than Mexico.”
About Mexico’s hero in the previous game against Brazil, Modric explained, “With all due respect to Ochoa, Mandzukic has scored against better goalkeepers than him.”
As voted by you guys, here is #4 in the top 5 most memorable moments of 2014 in Mexican soccer.
#4 The injury to Luis Montes
Not every memorable moment of 2014 can be remembered with fondness. On May 31,204, the Mexico National team defeated Ecuador 3-1 in a friendly before the World Cup, but the game was marred by an awful injury to Luis Montes. Nobody likes to see a player have his World Cup dream shattered, but this one hit home specially hard.
In all honesty it was a tackle that should had never taken place, but it was the kind of play that defined “Chapo” Montes as a player. Before the injury he was known as the kind of player who always gave his best and put in the extra mile. The kind of player that never gave a ball as lost. The kind of style that fans fall in love with.
As voted by you guys, here is #5 in the top 5 most memorable moments of 2014 in Mexican soccer.
#5 Ronaldinho arrives to Queretaro
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho, surprised the footballing world this year by announcing his move to Mexico. The 34-year-old bucked-tooth magician took his talents to Queretaro on September 6, 2014, to the delight of many of his North American admirers.
Past his prime, people still lined up for tickets with the hope to catch that one moment of brilliance that characterized Ronaldinho through his 16-year career as a professional.