Of all the Mexican players at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, Andres Guardado has by far the most overseas club experience. The skilful 26-year-old left winger has spent most of his career in Europe, making his name with a successful spell at Deportivo La Coruna before joining current club Valencia, where he continues to impress in the Spanish top flight.


El Principito (little prince) first caught the world's attention at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, as a surprise inclusion in former Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe's line-up for the Round of 16 match against Argentina. The pacy winger proved a constant menace to the Argentinian defenders, who were no doubt relieved to see him withdrawn with an injury midway through the second half.

 

Since then Guardado has been an ever-present for Mexico, surviving the various managerial changes that have taken place since his first outings. Over the years he has come to be considered one of El Tri's most potent attacking threats, thanks in no small part to his speed and dribbling ability.

 

Guardado also has some unfinished business at international level. Indeed, having been first-choice for most of Mexico's qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he lost his starting role at the very end and was on and off the bench throughout the finals in South Africa. 

 

At this summer's FIFA Confederations Cup he will be determined to show why he is now such a key figure for Mexico. A strong showing would also help him towards finding his best form ahead of Brazil 2014, which is now only a year away.