After a long period as third-choice goalkeeper at Chivas de Guadalajara, and a short spell on loan at Santos Laguna which brought little action, Luis Michel came to prominence in the 2006/07 season thanks to an unexpected turn of events.
After Chivas's Mexican international custodian, Oswaldo Sanchez, got injured and his replacement, Alfredo Talavera, suffered a loss of form, Michel did not let the opportunity pass. A solid, secure presence between the posts, he fast made himself first-choice at the Guadalajara club, and has retained that status through his impressive consistency, becoming one of the team's key figures in the process.
Michel played no part in the qualifying campaign for South Africa but his superb performances in the domestic championship drew the attention of Mexico coach Javier Aguirre, who handed him his debut in the friendly win against New Zealand on 3 March this year.
He may lack international experience but the 31-year-old is without doubt in the best form of his career. His chief qualities are his quick reflexes, his domination of the penalty area and his composure in heated moments. He will be ready to answer his coach's call if required.