César Montes becomes the fifth Mexican player at Espanyol de Barcelona, after reaching an agreement between the Spanish team and Rayados de Monterrey, for which the defender begins his adventure in European soccer.
How are the Mexicans doing at Espanyol?
The Catalan team is usually a special destination for Mexican players, who usually find continuity, especially defensesbut not only the Mexican players have left a good image in the Catalan team, also Javier Aguirre, who turned Espanyol into a competitive and often uncomfortable team.
Spanish is a team that usually fights in the middle of the table and in the relegation places. Although Montes arrives with continuity conditional on the team avoiding relegation, so far no Mexican player has been relegated.
In addition, Few are the Mexicans who arrive at Espanyol and then have an interesting future projection in Europe, except for the case of Aguirre and perhaps that of Héctor Moreno.
Mexicans at Espanyol
It all started with Villa, after the 1998 World Cup in France, but continuity was difficult for the former player of America and in one season he managed to play 12 games, without goals.
After Espanyol, the midfielder He returned to Mexican soccer to reinforce Necaxa.
El Gatillero is the only Mexican player of a purely offensive nature and the first to score goals. He was signed after Cruz Azul’s historic season in 2021 in the Copa Libertadores and scored six goals in 30 games.
Despite playing in Europe, Palencia was not a starter in the Tri for the 2002 World Cup in Korea-Japan (the place was won by Jared Borgetti) and he returned to Mexico to play for Chivas.
He is the Mexican player who has achieved the most games and goals with Espanyol. In four seasons he played 136 duels, and scored seven goals.
After his adventure in La Liga, the defender he left for PSV Eindhovenwho although he plays in a lower-ranked league, won titles, played in the Champions League, and was one of the most beloved players, along with Andrés Guardado.
During the 2016-17 season he continued as a central defender and played 34 games and scored a goal. He left a good image in the Catalan club, but there was no agreement with Porto, owner of his letter, to make a definitive purchase.
After Espanyol he went to Fenerbaçe and returned to Spain to play for Leganés.
He was the strategist of the Periquito team between 2012 and 2014 and He not only saved the club from relegation, but also came to fight for European cup positions.
After finishing his contract with the Spanish team, he was hired as a coach for the Japan National Team.
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