Mexico’s strong showing in Group A has marked them out as dark horses for the World Cup (along with Belgium, Colombia, Chile…basically any team that’s not Brazil or Argentina). Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa put on a stunning display against Brazil and the legendary skipper Rafael Marquez has led from the back.
However, the real star of the show has been the coach Miguel Herrera, a relatively small man (he’s coming in at 5ft 6in) but with the heart and guttural roar of giant.
Herrera’s pitch-side antics may lead some to see him as a figure of fun, a living, breathing, shouting, screaming, sun-kissed version of Family Guy’s Peter Griffin, if you will. However based on the below footage, from his playing days, very few would have the cojones to say it to his face.
Mexico will play the Netherlands in the round of 16 at 17:00 this Sunday in Fortaleza. The Mexicans haven’t got further than this stage of the World Cup since they hosted the tournament in 1986.
Just to clarify, Herrera’s the one in the green, sporting the truly awful mullet.