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Mexican international goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa joins Málaga CF

Málaga Club de Fútbol has reached an agreement to sign one of the best goalkeepers from the recent World Cup in Brazil, Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 13/07/85), who will wear the Blue and Whites’ shirt for the next three seasons. Ochoa has successfully passed the routine medical checks and will be presented today, Friday 1st August at 5 p.m. at La Rosaleda’s press room.

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01/08/2014 09:04

Career in Mexico
Guillermo Ochoa began his footballing career with Club América de Mexico, where he made his first team debut in 2003/04 at 18 years of age, under coach, Leo Beenhakker.  The Mexican goalkeeper took part in almost 300 matches over eight seasons in the Club based in the Mexican capital, winning one Closing Tournament and one Copa de Campeones.  Ochoa finished in 30th place in the Ballon d’Or 2007 with Club Ámerica.

Move to Europe
During the 2011/12 campaign, Guillermo Ochoa became the first and only Mexican to play in Europe.  The goalkeeper was signed to AC Ajaccio in France’s Ligue 1, and at the end of the season was named the second best keeper in the tournament, behind Hugo Lloris.
Ochoa remained with the French side until the end of this season, playing over 100 League and Cup games.

National team
Guillermo Ochoa took part in the Olympics in Athens in 2004, and in 2005 made his debut with Mexico’s first team, at just 20 years old.  A year later, the Club Ámerica keeper was part of Mexico’s selection for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
 
Ochoa was part of the last three World Cup competitions, with Mexico reaching the knockout stage in South Africa in 2010.  The Mexican-born keeper won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2009.
 
Brazil World Cup 2014
Guillermo Ochoa was one of the stars of the recent World Cup in Brazil, with great performances against the host team, Cameroon and Croatia, taking Mexico to the knockout stage of the tournament.  In this match, after taking the lead, Holland turned the result around in the final minutes to bring an end to the Mexican dream of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals.