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Arsenal and Liverpool eyeing Guillermo Ochea

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Mexico more than held their own in Fortaleza when they held their more fancied opponents, and World Cup hosts, Brazil to a goalless draw.

Unsurprisingly, with Brazil throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at them, it was goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa who emerged as the deserving man of the match. To an average football fan, the name Ochoa was previously unknown and it is a safe bet no one would have put their money on their team signing him.

However all that seems to be about to change if reports in the Express are to be believed. Apparently Arsenal and Liverpool are both after the signature of the young Ajacio star, who is now a free agent. There is history, especially with Liverpool on signing players at the back of their performance at major tournaments and unfortunately most of it isn't good.

Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger might be in need of goalkeeping cover for their first choice goalkeepers but as shown below, signing a player on the back of a tournament display is a road fraught with many dangers.

EL-Hadji Diouf

Signed for Liverpool by Gerard Houllier on the second day of the 2002 World Cup after running France ragged in the opening match, creating the goal for Papa Bouba Diouf that saw Senegal post a shock 1-0 win over defending world champions. Senegal qualified for the last 16, beating Sweden 2-1 to reach the quarter finals where the spirited Africans lost to a Turkey golden goal.

Diouf was named in the Fifa All Star Team for the 2002 and deservedly so. It seemed like Houllier had bagged a bargain for £10million when, on his Anfield debut, Diouf scored a brace in a 3-0 win over Southampton. Where it all went wrong, no-one knows, but after 80 appearances for the Kop, Diouf had scored a magnificent six goals in all competitions. Due to his ineffectiveness as a striker, Houllier had moved him into a right wing position.

Diouf's conduct off the pitch was no better as well and after three years at Anfield, he was loaned and eventually sold to Bolton Wanderers

Salif Diao

The defensive midfielder was once described by African sports commentators as the unsung hero of the Senegalese team, the dam that provided the more skilful players like Khalilou Fadiga, El-Hadji Diouf and Henry Kamara with the base they needed to shine. After a stellar performance at the 2002 World Cup where he seemed at home against world class players like Thierry Henry, Henrick Larson and Zinedine Zidane, Houllier brought him to Anfield for a steal at £5million. Diao never managed to hold a first team place in his three years at Anfield, and after 37 appearances and three goals he left on loan to Birmingham and never returned.

Karel Poborsky

The winger was a star for the Czech Republic at Euro '96, where they finished as runners-up to Germany. He was signed by Manchester United in July 1996 from Sparta Prague. In his defence maybe is the fact that he was in direct competition with two of the greatest wingers ever to grace the theatre of dreams, a certain Mr .David Beckham and Ryan Giggs. After one and a half seasons, having made 32 appearances, scoring five goals, Porbosky joined Benfica.

Tomas Brolin

The attacking midfielder caught the eye with a brilliant display for Sweden at USA '94 where Sweden finished 3rd. Leeds United were quick to pounce and he joined the Eland Road outfit in 1995 and was seen as the perfect support for top man, Tony Yeboah. Injury problems and major fallouts with the manager saw Brolin make 20 appearances and score four goals in the two years that he was with the club. The Leeds supporters still remember Brolin and in a poll for BBC Sport in 2003, they voted him the club's worst player in living memory.

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