Finally the Mexican stopper and free agent Guillermo Ochoa has signed the papers for a new club to join this upcoming new season. Officially he was assigned for the Spanish side Malaga on Friday.
After a sensational performance at the 2014 World Cup, he made himself the hottest free agent on the market. Although he spent the last few seasons playing for French minnows Ajaccio, it came as no surprise at all that he held out for a club of much bigger stature, like Spanish club Malaga.
Guillermo Ochoa signed a three-year deal with Malaga after passing a medical on Friday. He is likely expected to become Malaga’s new starter after Willy Caballero’s transfer to English Club Manchester City.
” I’m happy to be in this club that opened the doors to the Spanish league, which is a dream for me. It’s a great project.”
The Spanish club, Malaga ran into some financial difficulties in 2012. They were forced to sell top players like Joaquin, Isco and Jeremy Toulalan last year. But since then they have done an excellent job rebuilding their squad.
While Malaga won’t challenge the likes of the giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona for the La Liga title, they will be expected push for one of Spain’s European slots in the new season.
Guillermo Ochoa, who is he?
At the age of 20 Ochoa was called up by the Mexico team as the third choice goalkeeper in 2006 FIFA World Cup. Hugo Sanchez, the then newly appointed manager called Ochoa as a deputy of Mexico’s no 1 goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez. Ochoa made his debut on 2010 World Cup qualification and in 2010 FIFA World Cup he controversially remained the back-up goal keeper to veteran Oscar Perez.
Guillermo Ochoa in World Cup 2014:
For the 2014 World Cup, Guillermo Ochoa was named in Mexico’s 23-man squad. Ochoa started in Mexico’s opening match against Cameroon. The match ended in a 1-0 victory for Mexico. It was the debut match for Ochoa in a World Cup, having been called up for the previous two tournaments with no appearances.
In the second group stage match, the match against Brazil, Ochoa made four stunning saves, including a Neymar’s powerful header. The match result was draw and Ochoa was awarded man of the match.
In the knock-out match against Netherlands, Ochoa made several crucial saves to hold on to Mexico’s 1-0 advantage. However, the Dutch took the match by 2-1. His performance and skills were well praised and awarded second man of the match. So, this is our Guillermo Ochoa.
The transfer and The Right Man:
It was their biggest need to find a replacement for Caballero for the upcoming new season. Guillermo Ochoa becomes the right man for them with World Cup experience and the skill set to thrive at the highest level.
It is a great chance for Ochoa to show he truly is one of the elite players at the position in undoubtedly the strongest league in the world, so this transfer truly feels like a match made in paradise.