The World Cup 2006 Germany left a significant mark for Mexican soccer. Although the team coached then by Ricardo Antonio Lavolpe failed to advance past the quarterfinals, the image it left on the international stage was enough to turn the heads of European teams who began to seek out their players.
In an unprecedented move, Mexican players found themselves following the footsteps of Rafael Márquez, Guillermo Franco and Jared Borgetti to play in the Old Continent.
Suddently, we saw Carlos Salcido join PSV (Holland), Ricardo Osorio and Pavel Pardo at Stuttgart (Germany), Andrés Guardado at Deportivo La Coruña (Spain), and Francisco Fonseca at Benfica (Portugal). Later, it was Carlos Vela at Osasuna (Spain), Omar Bravo at Deportivo La Coruña and Francisco Rodríguez at PSV.
Additions to this list include Giovani Dos Santos at Barcelona (Spain) and Aaron Galindo who bounced around various European clubs before ending up at Frankfurt (Germany).
Sixteen months before World Cup South Africa 2010, the migratory movement not only stopped suddenly, but began to reverse its course.
The first to return were Jared Borgetti who went from Bolton (England) to the Chivas, and 'Kikín' Fonseca who went from Portugal to the Tigres. Pavel Pardo returned to América, and Aaron Galindo to the Chivas. It is expected that Omar Bravo will shortly join the Tigres.
Carlos Salcido, Dos Santos and Neri Castillo have gotten firm offers from Mexican clubs, but at the moment are remaining in Europe.