Cesar Ivan Lopez De Alba

FIFA U17 World Cup: Two-time champions Mexico arrived at the City of Joy

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Kolkata: Two-time FIFA U17 World Cup champions Mexico has arrived at the City of Joy on Wednesday to take part in the FIFA U17 World Cup 2017, which will start from October 6. The Mexico team management conducted a pre-conditioning camp in Spain before coming to India.

Mexico will face Iraq in their first match of the campaign against Asian champion Iraq in four days time. They are the side to arrive at the venue from Group F.

Mexico has been regarded as one of the most consistant teams of the U17 World Cup. They won the FIFA U17 World Cup for the first time in Peru back in 2005 and achived the same feat on their home soil seven years later. They were the second best team of the tournament in 2013 where they lost to Nigeria by 0-3. The same team again eliminated them in the semi-finals in Chile back in 2015.

With no Nigeria this time, the seven-time CONCACAF champions will be one of the favourites as it remains to be seen how the Arteaga's boys cope with the unfamiliar Indian conditions.

Goalkeepers: Victor Andre Alcaraz Diaz, Cesar Ivan Lopez De Alba (Guadalajara); Cesar Rafael Ramos Becerra (Monterrey).

Defenders: Alan Maeda Luevanos (Santos), Luis Alejandro Olivas Salcedo (Guadalajara), Oscar Haret Ortega Gatica (America), Carlos Alejandro Robles Jimenez (Atlas), Adrian Vazquez Hernandez (Pachuca), Sergio Villarreal Lozano (Monterrey), Raul Martin Sandoval Zavala (Tijuana).

Midfielders: Luis Javier Gamiz Avila (Tijuana), Carlos Eduardo Guerrero Zavala (Leon), Alexis Hazael Gutierrez Torres (Guadalajara), Diego Lainez Leyva (America), Deivoon Alexander Magana Rico (Guadalajara), Jesus Andres Perez Alvarez (Queretaro), Marco Antonio Ruiz Zarco (Atlas).

Forwards: Ian Jairo Misael Torres Ramirez (Atlas), Roberto Carlos De la Rosa Gonzalez (Pachucha), Cesar Saul Huerta Valera (Guadalajara), Daniel Guadalupe Lopez Valdez (Tijuana).

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