from si se puede to si se pudo: Mexico's impressive fútbol run

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from si se puede to si se pudo: Mexico's impressive fútbol run

  • Despite a 3-1 loss to France early in the competition, Mexico came back strong, defeating the Netherlands on their way to the finals against Turkey.
  • Earlier this summer, Mexico's U-23 team participated in the 2012 Toulon Tournament in France. Mexico used it as a tune-up for the Olympic games in London.
  • Mexico closed out the tournament in style, earning a 2-1 win against Honduras (both teams had already qualified for the Olympics).
  • Earlier this year, Mexico's U-23 team defeated Canada 3-1 in semifinals of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament to book a trip to London 2012.
  • A few months later, Mexico hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup, making them one of the favorites to bring the title back to Mexico. Led by standouts Julio Gomez, Carlos Fierro and Giovanni Casillas, Mexico defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the tournament final and celebrated its second U-17 World Cup championship.
  • Mexico celebrated its victory in front of thousands of fans who packed the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
  • Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez ended as the Gold Cup's top scorer (7 goals) and was named tournament MVP.
  • Pablo Barrera (L) scored two goals while Giovani Dos Santos (R) scored the fourth and final goal of the match.
  • American goalie Tim Howard showed his frustration after giving up four goals.
  • Last summer, Mexico met the U.S. in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. After giving up two early goals, Mexico tied the game by halftime and went on the win the match 4-2. The comeback was capped off by Giovani Dos Santos, who put the game out of reach with a brilliant goal in the 76th minute.
  • Despite a historic loss to the USA at the Estadio Azteca – it was the United States' first-ever victory at the Azteca – Mexico's fútbol program has enjoyed a solid run for the last couple of years, culminating with its first gold medal in Olympic history. With young talent like Marco Fabian, Hector Herrera and Hiram Mier, Mexico's fútbol future looks bright.
  • Mexico defeated Turkey 3-0 in the finals, with goals from Candido Ramirez, Hiram Mier and Alan Pulido.
  • Marco Fabian of Chivas Guadalajara, who bagged seven goals, was the top scorer of the 2012 Toulon Tournament.
  • At London 2012, Mexico was confident it could win the first Olympic medal in Mexican soccer history.
  • After Spain, Uruguay and Great Britain failed to get out of the group stage, Mexico and Brazil, led by rising star Neymar, were poised for a showdown in the gold medal match.
  • In the Olympic final, Oribe Peralta of Mexico shocked Brazil with a goal just 29 seconds into the match. "El Cepillo" added another goal in the second half to put Mexico further ahead.
  • Despite a late goal from Brazil, Mexico held on 2-1 to win its first Olympic gold medal. A gold medal eluded global fútbol powerhouse Brazil once again.
  • "I dreamed about this moment. It is one of those things you don't get to live every day," said Oribe Peralta, the 29-year-old forward who was one of three players over the age of 23 to play on the Olympic squad (along with Jose Jesus Corona and Carlos Salcido).
  • Mexico's Olympic coach, Luis Fernando Tena: "It is a great honor for a coach to see his players singing the national anthem with gold medals around their necks. It's a very important moment for Mexican football."
  • After the historic win, Mexico fans swarmed el Angel de la Independencia in Mexico City to celebrate. Mexico veteran Rafael Marquez tweeted: "Vamos México! Que grande! Muchas felicidades a @miseleccionmx todo el equipo cuerpo técnico y directiva son un orgullo para todo México!!" Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who missed the Olympics after his club team Manchester United, refused to let him go, also tweeted: "Viva México!!!!!!!!! Medalla de oro y en fútbol!!!!!!!! Gracias gracias gracias!!!! Orgullosamente mexicano en las buenas y en las malas!!"
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