The gold medal obtained by the Mexican National Team Sub 23 in the London 2012 Olympics is certainly one of the ‘golden moments’ in the history of national sport.
the tricolor won Olympic glory by overcoming 2-1 Brazil at Wembley Stadium, where it shined Oribe Peralta, author of a brace at minute 1 and 75; the discount for “The Canarinha” was the work of Hulk at 90+1′, but nothing prevented the Mexican celebration that August 11, 1992 with echoes that reach our days.
Here are some of the best photos from that day.
The ‘Verdeamarela’ featured several current superstars: Neymarthe most expensive player in football history; Marcelo, five times Champions League champion; Thiago Silva, former captain of ‘La Canarinha’; Oscar, two-time champion of the Premier League, among others.
The starting XI chosen by the technical director Luis Fernando Tena was: José de Jesús Corona (Captain), Israel Jiménez, Hiram Mier, Diego Reyes, Darvin Chávez, Carlos Salcido, Héctor Herrera, Marco Fabián, Jorge Enríquez, Javier Aquino and Oribe Peralta.
The starting XI chosen by Mano Menzes was: Gabriel, Rafael, Thiago Silva (Captain), Juan Jesus, Sandro, MarceloRomulo, Leandro Damiao, Oscar, Neymar and Alex Sandro.
Minute 1: In Mexico’s first option in attack, Oribe Peralta shot from outside the Brazilian area and won with a great shot placed on the post by goalkeeper Gabriel.
Marcelo battling against Mark Fabian.
Neymar facing Carlos Salcido and Israel Jimenez.
Minute 63: Marco Fabian connects a Chilean that ends up hitting the crossbar.
Minute 74: after a free kick from the right wing by Marco Fabian, Oribe Peralta appears alone in the area and with a strong header he scored the second goal for Mexico and his brace.
Final whistle. Mexico is consecrated and Brazil is resigned to letting go of the only title that was elusive until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Where are the gold medalists?
Jesus Crown: At 41, he is the substitute goalkeeper for Cruz Azul.
Israel Jimenez: It has not officially retired, however since 2021 it does not have a team.
Darwin Chavez: At 32, he plays for SJK Seinäjoki, in the Finnish League.
Carlos Salcido: he retired in Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz, in 2019.
Hiram Mier: At the age of 32, he plays for Chivas.
Jorge Enriquez: He retired from the courts in 2021, after playing for the Venados de Mérida.
Diego Reyes: At 29, he is a starter at Tigres.
Hector Herrera: After spending time in Europe at Porto and Atlético de Madrid, he arrived this summer at the Houston Dynamo of the MLS.
Xavier Aquino: At the age of 32, he plays for Tigres.
Marco Fabian: He belongs to Mazatlán FC but has not seen regular activity since his departure from FC Juárez, in 2020.
Oribe Peralta: he retired in January 2022 his last team was Chivas.
Raul Jimenez: Wolverhampton player in the Premier League.
Giovani Dos Santos: he is without a team after not being renewed by America at the end the Closing Tournament 2022.
Javier Cortes: He has not officially retired but has not played an official match since 2020 with Atlético de San Luis.
Anthony Rodriguez: part of the Gallos Blancos de Querétaro.
Nestor Glass: It belongs to Mazatlan.
Michael Ponce: Chivas player.
Nestor Araujo: common in America.