Mexico unveils new uniforms for 2010 World Cup
Quite some time remains until the Mexican national team figures out what players will represent the country in the 2010 World Cup.
But what the team looks like has already been settled.
The Mexican national team unveiled the uniforms they will use in South Africa in a glitzy and star-studded presentation in Mexico City on Monday night. FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter joined Mexican Football Federation officials and a slew of national team players at the ceremony.
"It's a great honor for the president of FIFA to be with the Mexican national team in such an historic moment," Mexico captain Gerardo Torrado said.
The ceremony was held at the National Museum of Anthropology, and being surrounded by artifacts from pre-Columbian times while displaying their new kits was also an important element, Torrado said.
"For me, it's emotional to have football as part of our culture," he said.
Unlike in previous years, when the uniform featured an image of the Aztec Sun Stone (commonly known as the Aztec Calendar) prominently displayed on the shirt, this version seems to have taken a page out of the tight-fitting Italian uniforms. The color scheme is unchanged -- green shits, white shorts and white socks -- but the shirts were form-fitting on players' chests and abdomens.
The players who donned the new-look uniforms: Torrado, Guillermo Ochoa, Juan Francisco Palencia, Andres Guardado, Jonny Magallon, Israel Castro, Pablo Barrera, Jesus Corona, Enrique Esqueda, Efrain Juarez, Omar Arellano, Miguel Sabah and Oscar Rojas.
Torrado had the responsibility of speaking with Mexico President Felipe Calderon as he was part of the contingent who visited the president to give him the World Cup jerseys.
"I told him that all Mexicans are warriors but that we wouldn't start a war in South Africa but rather with the spirit of Fair Play," he said. "We want the winner to not come from Europe or South America but rather North America."