In Qatar 2022, Rogelio Funes Mori will become the sixth naturalized soccer player to attend a World Cup wearing the Tri jersey
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In Qatar 2022, Rogelio Funes Mori will become the sixth naturalized footballer to attend a World Cup dressed in the Tri shirt. Photo: REUTERS/Albert Gea
Everything is ready for the start of the XXII edition of the FIFA World Cup. With Mexico as one of the last teams to announce their representatives in the sports fair, the panorama for the 32 participating teams has been completed . In the tricolor case, the presence of Rogelio Funes Mori stands out, who will become the sixth nationalized soccer player to play for the national team in a World Cup.
One of the controversies that have surrounded the call-up of coach Gerardo Martino, and in general during his process in charge of the bench, is the call to Melli. And the fact is that the Monterrey striker has Mexican citizenship after having obtained it through the naturalization process, a subject that is still taboo in the National Team scene. In addition, that a Qatar 2022 he will attend with little activity after recovering from an injury in recent months.
Born in Mendoza, Argentina, Funes Mori legally became Mexican in June 2021 and after completing the corresponding procedure before FIFA, made his debut with Mexico that same summer. Since then, the footballer has recurred in the teams made up of Tata, who has justified his call due to the way he plays and what he can contribute.
Antonio Naelson “Sinha”. Photo: FIFA
However, as controversial as his call-up may have been, Melli will not be the first naturalized man to represent Mexicoofficially, let alone do it in a World Cup. As soon as he has minutes with the Tri on a Qatari pitch, Funer Mori will become the sixth footballer in this condition to do so.
The first to do so were Jorge Romo, who was born in Cuba and attended the World Cups in Switzerland in 1954 and Sweden in 1958 with the Mexican National Team, and Carlos Blanco Castañónborn in Spain with participation in Switzerland in 1954 and Sweden in 1958. Then, more recently, there are Gabriel Caballero, from Argentina, in Korea-Japan 2002; Antonio Naelson Sinha, from Brazil, in Germany 20016 and South Africa 2010; and Guillermo Franco, also from Argentina in Germany 2006.
Other naturalized soccer players who have worn the Mexican jersey are Julio Lores ( Peru), Lorenzo Camarena (Spain), Antonio López Herranz (Spain), Carlos Lara (Argentina), Leandro Augusto (Brazil), Matías Vuoso(Argentina), Lucas Ayala (Argentina), Damián Álvarez (Argentina) and Christian Giménez (Argentina). However,none with activity in World Cups.
William Franco. Photo: Tv Azteca/Los Protagonistas
Mexico's official roster for Qatar 2022:
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (América), Alfredo Talavera (FC Juárez) and Rodolfo Cota (León)
Defenders: Jorge Sánchez (Ajax), Kevin Álvarez (Pachuca), Néstor Araujo (América) , Johan Vásquez (US Cremonese), Héctor Moreno (Monterrey), César Montes (Monterrey), Gerardo Arteaga (KRC Genk) and Jesús Gallardo (Monterrey).
Midfielders: Andrés Guardado (Real Betis), Héctor Herrera (Houston Dynamo), Carlos Rodríguez (Cruz Azul), Erick Gutiérrez (PSV Eindhoven), Luis Chávez (Pachuca), Edson Álvarez (Ajax), Orbelín Pineda (AEK Athens) , Luis Romo (Monterrey), Roberto Alvarado (Guadalajara) and Uriel Antuna (Cruz Azul).
Forwards: Alexis Vega (Guadalajara), Hirving Lozano ( Napoli), Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton), Henry Martín (America) and Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey).