Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña, commonly referred to as Memo, is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Liga MX club América and the Mexico national team. Ochoa made his senior-level professional debut for Club América in 2004 in a Mexican league match against Monterrey. He won his first league title in 2005 and was the club’s first-choice goalkeeper up until 2011, making over 200 appearances for América. That summer Ochoa was transferred to Ajaccio in France. He spent three seasons with the club until their relegation from Ligue 1. In 2014, Ochoa joined Málaga but failed to establish himself in the team. In July 2016, he joined Granada on a season-long loan. In July 2017, he joined Standard Liège. A Mexican international since 2005, Ochoa received his first cap at age 20 in a friendly match against Hungary. He has been included in the squads for the 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 FIFA World Cups, the 2013 and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2007 Copa América, the Copa América Centenario, the 2007, 2009, 2015, and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and was originally in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup before being suspended from the competition due to false doping allegations.
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On 14 December 2005, at age 20, Ochoa made his debut for the Mexico national team in a friendly match against Hungary, which Mexico won 2–0. Ochoa was called-up by coach Ricardo La Volpe for the 2006 FIFA World Cup as the third-choice goalkeeper. After the World Cup, newly appointed manager Hugo Sánchez called Ochoa into the national side as a deputy to Mexico’s then-number one, Oswaldo Sánchez. Ochoa was a part of the squad which finished runner-up at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He also played for Mexico at the Copa América that same summer, being praised for his performance in the 2–0 victory over Brazil. Ochoa won the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup with Mexico. He started in every match, including the final against the United States. He made his 2010 World Cup qualification debut on 28 March 2009 against Costa Rica, eventually playing all qualification matches. Ochoa made the final 23-man cut for the 2010 World Cup, but was controversially named back-up goalkeeper to veteran Óscar Pérez by coach Javier Aguirre.
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Karla Villegas Gamas of Bleacher Report has described him “proven to be a save keeper, with confidence and leadership. Despite [then] being 28 years old, Ochoa knows how to organize the defense and push his teammates toward perfection; it’s no wonder why he wore El Tri’s captain armband last March . His experience is vast, and that is why he knows how to handle pressure. Paco Memo has played in some of the most important tournaments in world football, such as the Confederations Cup, Gold Cup and Copa America. Ochoa’s aerial game is enviable. He can catch a cross or a shot, but he can also deflect them with high dives with the top hand and punches. But those are not his only assets. His reflexes are so sharp that he can perform a collapse dive with one hand with ease, even if he has just rejected a shot. When the rivals made it past the defense, Ochoa knows how to work inside the box to cover his goal as much as possible by narrowing the angle.” In 2005, Ochoa dated Mexican actress, singer and songwriter Dulce María. The pair split a year later. After his move to France, Ochoa began dating Mexican model Karla Mora. On 8 February 2013, the couple gave birth to a girl, Lucciana, in Corsica. The couple welcomed their second child, a son, on 1 April 2015, one day after Ochoa’s national team teammate Andrés Guardado’s son was born. They were married in Ibiza, Spain on 8 July 2017. The couple’s second daughter was born in May 2019. Ochoa plays internationally with shirt number 13. The number is reference to his birthday which is on 13 July. He has appeared on the North American front cover of the FIFA games, FIFA 08 and FIFA 09. Ochoa is a graduate of the Football Management Degree online program from the Johan Cruyff Institute.