Since making his debut in the Mexican top flight at the tender age of 18, Guillermo Ochoa has always been regarded as one of his country’s top goalkeepers. However, his experiences with the national team have been bittersweet at times.
Third-choice ’keeper at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany, he looked set to be given the nod at South Africa 2010 but, to the surprise of many, Mexico coach Javier Aguirre placed his confidence in veteran shot-stopper Oscar Perez instead.
Jose Manuel de la Torre’s arrival at the helm coincided with a change in fortunes for Ochoa, who regained the No1 jersey, only to be promptly replaced by Jesus Corona ahead of the start of the Brazil 2014 qualifying campaign.
But after a remarkable season with French outfit Ajaccio, he found himself reinstated to the starting line-up in recent matches against Honduras and USA, and even donned the captain’s armband in the latter encounter following the suspension of Francisco Javier Rodriguez.
It is as yet unclear which ’keeper will start El Tri’s opening match at the FIFA Confederations Cup, but there is no doubt that, if Ochoa is selected, the Mexicans will be in safe hands.