FMF Announce Mexico's Plan For Preparation

Plan includes a total of 12 pre-World Cup friendlies across three continents and could see Mexico play against such teams as Italy, Germany or England.
Mexico's path to the World Cup went through such places as Edmonton, Kingston, San Pedro Sula and San Salvador, but El Tri will only add names to such places before finally settling down in South Africa.

Mexico federation officials announced their plan for the Mexican national team ahead of the 2010 World Cup. The plan calls for a total of 12 friendlies, the first of which will be played on American soil on Feb. 24.

The plan calls for six games to be played in the United States, two games to be played in Mexico, three more in Europe and one friendly in South Africa. The last match, scheduled for early June, will be against a local South African side and will probably take place behind closed doors.

No opponents were announced for the matches, although officials said the European teams Mexico could face will be three of the following: Belgium, England, Germany, Italy or the Netherlands.

Per FIFA regulations, teams in the same World Cup group cannot play friendlies against one another prior to the World Cup. Thus, all friendly opponents will be finalized at some point after the World Cup draw, slated for Dec. 4.

Mexico will play games on American soil on the following dates: Feb. 24, March 3 and 24 as well as May 7, 10 and 13. Games on Mexican soil will be played on March 17 and May 16, the team's sendoff from Estadio Azteca.

Mexico will depart for Europe afterward and will stay in Herzogenaurach, Germany, which is the base of sporting goods giant adidas. Mexico will play friendly matches on May 23, 27 and 30 before leaving for South Africa.

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