Jonny Magallon is another product of the talent factory at Chivas de Guadalajara, a club renowned for their supply line of central defenders. As happens to many defenders at Chivas, he had to bide his time on the bench because of the surplus of defensive talent, but eventually gained a starting place for the 2006/07 Apertura following Carlos Salcido's departure to PSV Eindhoven.
Since then he has maintained an enviable degree of consistency, only losing his place because of a serious injury which sidelined him at the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009.
Magallon is one of the few players whose position did not come under scrutiny during the series of coaching changes that have hindered the Mexico national team since the last FIFA World Cup™. Indeed, he will go into the tournament in South Africa with 50 caps to his name.
He may not have the physical qualities of some central defenders but Magallon compensates for this with his fierce tackling and excellent positional sense. In theory he will be a back-up to the European-based Rafael Marquez and Ricardo Osorio in South Africa, but given his vast international experience and defensive abilities, he has a good chance of making a telling contribution to Mexico's campaign.