Mexico national football team

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Mexico
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) El Tricolor
El Tri
La Verde
Association Mexican Federation of Association Football (FMF)
Sub-confederation NAFU (North America)
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach Miguel Herrera
Captain Rafael Márquez
Most caps Claudio Suárez (178)
Top scorer Jared Borgetti (46)
Home stadium Estadio Azteca
FIFA code MEX
FIFA ranking 20
Highest FIFA ranking 4 (February–June 1998, May–June 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking 33 (July 2009)
Elo ranking 11
Highest Elo ranking 5 (July 2011)
Lowest Elo ranking 47 (February 1979)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Guatemala 2–3 Mexico Mexico
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 1 January 1923)
Biggest win
Mexico Mexico 13–0 Bahamas 
(Toluca, Mexico; 28 April 1987)
Biggest defeat
 England 8–0 Mexico Mexico
(London, England; 10 May 1961)
World Cup
Appearances 15 (First in 1930)
Best result Quarter-finals, 1970 and 1986
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 20 (First in 1963)
Best result Champions, 1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009 and 2011
Copa América
Appearances 8 (First in 1993)
Best result Runners-up, 1993 and 2001
Confederations Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1995)
Best result Champions, 1999

The Mexico national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de México) represents Mexico in association football and is governed by the Mexican Federation of Association Football (FMF), the governing body for football in Mexico. Mexico's home stadium is the Estadio Azteca and their head coach is Miguel Herrera. The team is currently ranked 20th in the FIFA World Rankings[1] and 16th in the World Football Elo Ratings.[2]

Mexico has qualified to fifteen World Cups and has qualified consecutively since 1994, making it one of six countries to do so. The Mexican national team, along with Brazil and Germany, are the only nations to make it out of the group stage over the last six World Cups. Mexico played France in the very first match of the first World Cup on 13 July 1930. Mexico's best progression was reaching the quarter-finals in both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, both of which were staged on Mexican soil.

Mexico is historically the most successful national team in the CONCACAF region, holding nine CONCACAF championships, including six CONCACAF Gold Cups, one North American Nations Cup and three NAFC Championships. Mexico is the only team from CONCACAF to have won an official FIFA competition, the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Although Mexico is under the jurisdiction of CONCACAF, the national football team has been regularly invited to compete in the Copa América since 1993 finishing as runner-up twice and obtaining the third place medal on three occasions.

History

Early years

Football in Mexico was first organized in the early 20th century by European immigrant groups, notably miners from Cornwall, England, and in later years Spanish exiles fleeing the Spanish Civil War. Their very first match was played against Guatemala, which the Mexican team won 3–2.[3]

A series of international friendlies were played against the national representation of Guatemala on December 9, 12, and 16 of 1923. The match on December 9 was played in Parque España and was won by Mexico with a final score of 2–1. On December 12, the match ended in a 2–0 win for Mexico, and the final game of the series ended in a 3–3 draw.[4] The manager for this team was Rafael Garza Gutiérrez, and the assistant coach was Adolfo Frías.[4] The fourteen players selected for this friendly series include: Nacho de la Garza, Pedro "Perico" Legorreta, Manuel "Güero" Yáñez, Enrique "La Matona" Esquivel, Agustín Ojeda, Roberto Jardón, Carlos Garcés, Horacio Ortiz, Adeodato López, Mauro Guadarrama "La Venada" Alatorre, Cornelio Cuevas, and Alfredo García Besné.[4]

It would be another four years before the national team would be represented in international friendlies. In preparation for a friendly against Spain, the team played a friendly against their "B" squad on 12 June 1927, winning 4–2. On 19 June 1927, the Mexican squad faced a selection from Spain, drawing 3–3. During this series, the squad also played against the Uruguayan club Nacional de Montevideo, losing 1–3.[3]

Formation

Picture of the Mexican national team before the first ever World Cup game at the FIFA World Cup 1930 v. France.

On 9 August 1927, the official governing body of the sport of football in Mexico was founded. From its inception, the federation has been the main body in charge of the promotion, administration, organization, management, and funding of the Mexican national football team as well as all football competition within Mexico. Club representatives from the federation's first division all vote on the direction, management, and coaching staff of the national football team. The 1928 Summer Olympics were hosts to Mexico's first international tournament. Prior to the tournament, the Mexican squad held friendlies against a representative Asturias side as well as two friendlies against Spain. These matches resulted in two draws and one loss. At the Olympic tournament, Mexico faced Spain in the round-of-16 on 30 May 1928, resulting in Mexico's defeat of 1–7.[5]

Mexico participated in the 1930 FIFA World Cup, having been grouped together with Argentina, Chile, and France. Mexico's first match was played against France at Estadio Pocitos in Montevideo, Uruguay on 13 July 1930. The match ended in a 4–1 win for France, but witnessed Mexico's first World Cup goal by Juan Carreño.[6] This match occurred simultaneously with the United StatesBelgium match. In their second match of the tournament, Mexico fell to Chile 3–0 at Montevideo's Estadio Gran Parque Central. Mexico's third match, against Argentina, featured the first penalty of the tournament, awarded in the 42nd miniute and scored by Mexico's Manuel Rosas. A total of five penalties were awarded during the match which was refereed by the Bolivian coach Ulises Saucedo, three of them controversial.[7]

Post-WWII

Mexico did not appear again in a FIFA World Cup tournament until the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Before 1970, Mexico struggled to make much of an impact in the World Cup when competing against European and South American teams. However, goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal has the distinction of being the first player ever to appear in five consecutive World Cups.[8]

In 1965, Mexico won the 1965 CONCACAF Championship held in Guatemala to become continental champions for the first time.

In 1970, Mexico hosted the World Cup and kicked off their campaign with a scoreless draw against the Soviet Union. This was followed by a win over El Salvador (4–0). Mexico advanced to the next round with a victory against Belgium thanks to a penalty scored by Gustavo Peña in the 14th minute. At the quarter-finals stage, Mexico was eliminated by Italy in a 4–1 match despite Mexico taking an early lead.

Mexico failed to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup but did make it into the 1978 finals in Argentina. Mexico suffered an early exit after three defeats: 0–6 against West Germany, 1–3 against Tunisia, and 1–3 to Poland. Mexico failed to qualify for the 1982 World Cup.

In 1986, Mexico again hosted the World Cup. Coached by Bora Milutinović, Mexico was placed in Group B where they defeated Belgium 2–1, draw 1–1 with Paraguay, and defeated Iraq 1–0. With this performance, Mexico won the top spot in its group and advanced to the next round where they faced Bulgaria in a 2–0 win. In the quarter-finals stage, Mexico lost to West Germany 1–4 in a penalty shootout after the match finished 0–0.

The Cachirules scandal

Mexico was disqualified from the 1990 FIFA World Cup (and any other international competition) after using players over the age limit allowed by FIFA in the qualifying round for the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship. The punishment originally was only going to be applied to the FIFA World Youth team and not the World Cup or Olympic Games team, but the penalty was applied to all Mexican national representatives of all FIFA-sanctioned tournaments.

1990s

In the 1990s, after hiring coach César Luis Menotti, Mexican football began experiencing greater international success. An important turning point was its participation in the 1993 Copa América, where they finished second in the tournament, losing to Argentina 2–1 in the final. For the 1994 FIFA World Cup, players such as Carlos Hermosillo, Hugo Sánchez, Alberto García Aspe, Adrián Chávez, Félix Fernández, Benjamín Galindo and Zaguinho were named on the team roster even though not in their best conditions to do so. Mexico went on to win its group on tiebreakers, emerging from the tournament's "Group of death", composed of Mexico, Italy, Ireland, and Norway. However, Mexico eventually lost in the second round to Bulgaria on penalty kicks. Miguel Mejía Barón led this team into one of its most distinguished performances in a World Cup.

Since their second place finish in the 1993 Copa América, Mexico has been a regular participant in the South American tournament and has competed well. It earned third place in 1997, 1999 and 2007 and another second-place finish in 2001. Mexico has never failed to reach the quarter-finals of the Copa América up until 2011 and twice has had the leading scorer in the tournament (Luis García in 1995 – sharing the title with Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta – and Luis Hernández in 1997).

After its participation at the 1995 King Fahd Cup (which would eventually become the FIFA Confederations Cup) and being coached again by Bora Milutinović then eventually Manuel Lapuente, Mexico came in first place in CONCACAF in qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. At the World Cup, Mexico was placed in Group E, with the Netherlands, South Korea and Belgium. Mexico came from 0–1 down to win 3–1 in their opening fixture against South Korea. Belgium had started beating Mexico 2–0 but they came back to tie 2–2. The third game against Netherlands ended in another 2–2 result which resulted in qualification to the round-of-16. In the next round, Mexico faced Germany. Although having the lead Mexico did not manage to hold onto it and lost the game 2–1.

In 1999, Mexico became the first host nation to win the FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico defeated the United States 1–0 in the semi-finals thanks to a spectacular "Golden Goal" from Cuauhtémoc Blanco. Mexico won its first official FIFA World Championship tournament trophy by beating Brazil with a final score of 4–3. Mexico's star, Blanco, shared the tournament's Golden Shoe award as top scorer with Ronaldinho, and was also awarded the Silver Ball.

Twenty-first century

2000s

After a tough qualifying campaign for the 2002 World Cup, Mexico reached the finals and was placed in Group G alongside Italy, Croatia, and Ecuador. Mexico started with a 1–0 win over Croatia. In the second match, Mexico earned a 2–1 win over Ecuador with goals from Jared Borgetti and Gerardo Torrado. Mexico then achieved a 1–1 draw against Italy with a goal from Borgetti. In the second round Mexico played continental rivals United States, losing 2–0 in a controversial game, where Mexican captain Rafael Márquez was sent off for a brutal foul on Cobi Jones.[9]

Mexico v. Argentina in the knockout stage at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Mexico was one of eight seeded teams in the first round at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. This was the second time a non-hosting CONCACAF nation was seeded. Mexico was put in Group D with Iran, Angola and Portugal. Mexico won their opening match 3–1 against Iran, with two goals from Omar Bravo and one by Antônio Naelson. In their second match, Mexico played to a 0–0 draw against Angola. Mexico joined Portugal as a qualifier in the round-of-16, despite losing to the Portuguese 2–1.

In the second round, Mexico played against Argentina. Mexico scored in the fifth minute with a goal by captain Rafael Márquez assisted by Pável Pardo. Four minutes later, Argentina equalized the match with a goal from Hernán Crespo. The score remained 1–1 after ninety minutes, and in extra time, a volley by Maxi Rodríguez in the second period of extra time brought about a 2–1 win for Argentina.

Argentine coach Ricardo Lavolpe, who was coaching Mexico at the time, stepped down as coach after the tournament, and was succeeded by Hugo Sánchez.

After losing the final match of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup 1–2 against the United States, Mexico successfully rebounded with a remarkable first-round performance at 2007 Copa América. Beginning by beating the recent champions Brazil 2–0 (goals from: Nery Castillo 23' and Ramón Morales 28') in their first match, they then went on to defeat Ecuador 2–1 (goals from: Nery Castillo 21' and Omar Bravo 79'). For their final match they tied 0–0 with Chile. With those results Mexico came first in Group B with seven points. In the quarter-finals, Mexico beat Paraguay 6–0 but lost in the semi-finals 3–0 to Argentina. With this defeat, Mexico was left to fight for third place against Uruguay, winning 3–1 and claiming the bronze trophy.

In July 2009, Mexico won their fifth Gold Cup, and eighth CONCACAF Championship overall, after beating the United States 5–0 in the final at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

2010 World Cup

On 10 October 2009, Mexico qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup after defeating El Salvador 4–1 at the Estadio Azteca.

Mexico vs France at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

For the 2010 World Cup, Mexico was drawn into Group A along with the host South Africa, France and Uruguay. In the first match of the tournament, they drew 1–1 against South Africa with a late strike from Rafael Márquez. The second match was against France, whom they defeated 2–0 thanks to a strike from Javier Hernández and a penalty by Cuauhtémoc Blanco, who with this goal became the first Mexican player ever to score in three different World Cups. Their last group game was against Uruguay where Mexico were defeated 1–0, but still advanced to the round-of-16 thanks to a better goal differential than South Africa.

In the second round, Mexico faced Argentina in a rematch of their round-of-16 loss at the hands of the Argentine team four years earlier. The Mexican team fell behind when a controversial goal was scored by Carlos Tevez in an offside position but it was declared a fair play. Gonzalo Higuaín scored a second for Argentina. Tevez later scored, giving Argentina a three-goal lead, before Hernández scored Mexico's only goal of the match. As a result of their 1–3 defeat, the Mexican team was eliminated in the round-of-16 for the fifth straight World Cup.

Road to Brazil 2014

The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup saw Mexico placed in Group A along with Costa Rica, El Salvador and Cuba. After the 5–0 win against Cuba, it was reported that five Mexican players tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol: Guillermo Ochoa, Francisco Javier Rodríguez, Antônio Naelson, Édgar Dueñas, and Christian Bermúdez.[10] Mexico won the group with three wins and no losses and scored 14 goals, and were scored only once. They beat Guatemala in the quarter-finals 2–1, and beat Honduras in extra-time 2–0. For the third-straight year, the final was against the United States. After trailing 0–2, Mexico came back and scored four goals to win the match 4–2, thus being crowned champions, and earning a spot in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, where they were eliminated at the group stage.

On 28 June 2011, eight players from the Under-22 squad that was to participate in the 2011 Copa América in Argentina were expelled from the squad after it was discovered the players had brought prostitutes to the hotel the team was staying at in Quito, Ecuador.[11]

In 2012, Mexico won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, defeating Brazil 2–1 at Wembley Stadium.

Mexico went 2–1 in the group stages of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, defeating Canada and Martinique but losing to Panama. Mexico then defeated Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 in the quarter-final match, before facing Panama again in the semi-final.[12] Mexico lost the semi-final match, 2-1, in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a Gold Cup semi-final match held in the United States (over 81,000 were in attendance).[citation needed] The two losses to Panama were the first two times Panama had ever defeated Mexico in a Gold Cup match.[13]

Mexico won only two of ten matches during the fourth round of 2014 World Cup qualifying, but qualified for an intercontinental play-off as the fourth-highest placed team in the CONCACAF region after the United States defeated Panama in the final round of matches.[14] They defeated New Zealand 9–3 on aggregate to qualify for a sixth consecutive World Cup.[14]

Home stadium

Main article: Estadio Azteca
Azteca Stadium is the home to the national team

The Estadio Azteca, (Aztec Stadium in English), also known in Spanish as "El Coloso de Santa Úrsula" is a stadium in Mexico City, Mexico built in the 1960s. It is the official home stadium of the Mexico national football team and the Mexican club team Club América. It has a capacity of 105,000 seats,[15] making it the largest association football-specific stadium in the Americas and the third largest stadium in the world for that sport.

The stadium has carried out many important sporting and historical events in its existence including the FIFA World Cup in 1970 where Pele won his last championship. The earthquake of 1985, which destroyed most of the city, did not damage the stadium. Thus, the stadium could host the FIFA World Cup in 1986 where Argentina won the cup.

It was the primary venue for association football at the 1968 Summer Olympics and is only one of two stadiums to host two FIFA World Cup final matches, in 1970 and 1986. It also hosted the 1986 quarter-final between Argentina and England in which Diego Maradona scored the "Hand of God goal" . The stadium also hosted the "Game of the Century", when Italy defeated West Germany 4–3 in extra time.

Team image

Media coverage

All of Mexico's matches are shown live on over-the-air networks Televisa and TV Azteca in Mexico. In the United States all of Mexico's international friendlies and home World Cup qualifiers are shown on Spanish language network Univision while away World Cup qualifiers are shown on Telemundo.[16][17] On January 30, 2013, English language network ESPN and Univision announced and agreement to telecast the Mexico national team home World Cup qualifiers and international friendly matches in English in the United States.[18]

Supporters

Mexican fans are infamously known for the chant "¡eeeh puto!," which is typically screamed when an opponent's goalkeeper is about to perform a goalkick. Due to the homophobic meaning of the word puto in Spanish (a vulgar term for a male prostitute), the chant received negative attention in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Amid an investigation conducted on the subject by FIFA authorities, Mexican fans defended the chant by claiming that it was traditionally used in the Liga MX.[19] On June 23, 2014, FIFA dropped the case against Mexico, concluding that the chant "was not considered insulting in the specific context." Nonetheless, Football Against Racism in Europe, a leading anti-discrimination organization, criticized FIFA's ruling as "disappointing."[20]

Kit

The Mexican national team utilizes a tricolor system, composed of colors Green, White and Red. The team's three colors originate from the national flag of Mexico, known as the tricolor. As of November 2009, the shirt now has two red trims on the shirt near the shoulders. Away colors are all black with red and gold trim. The team also designed an all-white jersey that celebrates 200 years since Mexico achieved freedom from the Spanish Crown, their independence starting in 1810. Two centuries later, the Mexican Football Association had asked Adidas to design a special home kit that the team would use in 2010. However, an all-green kit and an all-white kit have been used in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Also, in the 1966 FIFA World Cup the kit consisted of a white shirt with navy blue shorts. In the 1970 FIFA World Cup the away kit was a wine red shirt with navy blue short. An all white kit was also used in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in the group stage games against the Netherlands and Belgium. The Women's team still uses the old kit before November 2009. Socks have usually been red, as to resemble Mexico's flag, but this has been changed to white socks.[21] In current kit, the socks reverted to red.[22]

Evolution

1928 Home

1950 Away

1950 Home

1954 Home

1958 Home

1962 Home

1962 Away

1966 Home

1966 Away

1970 Home

1970 Away

1978 Home

1978 Away

1986 Home

1986 Away

1994 Home

1994 Away

1995 Home

1998 Home

1998 Away

1999 Home

2002 Home

2002 Away

2003 Home

2003 Away

2004 Home

2004 Away

2006 Home

2006 Away

2007 Home

2007 Away

2008 Home

2008 Away

2010 Home

2010 Away

2010 Bicentennial

2011 Home

2011 Away

2013 Third

2014 Home

2014 Away

Past crests

Results and fixtures

2014

Players

Current squad

The following players were selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[24]
Caps and goals updated as of June 29, 2014 after the game against Netherlands.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK José de Jesús Corona (1981-01-26) January 26, 1981 (age 33) 34 0 Mexico Cruz Azul
12 1GK Alfredo Talavera (1982-09-18) September 18, 1982 (age 31) 14 0 Mexico Toluca
13 1GK Guillermo Ochoa (1985-07-13) July 13, 1985 (age 29) 63 0 Unattached
2 2DF Francisco Javier Rodríguez (1981-10-20) October 20, 1981 (age 32) 99 1 Mexico Cruz Azul
3 2DF Carlos Salcido (1980-04-02) April 2, 1980 (age 34) 124 10 Mexico Guadalajara
4 2DF Rafael Márquez (Captain) (1979-02-13) February 13, 1979 (age 35) 124 15 Mexico León
5 2DF Diego Reyes (1992-09-19) September 19, 1992 (age 21) 15 0 Portugal Porto
7 2DF Miguel Layún (1988-06-25) June 25, 1988 (age 26) 19 2 Mexico América
15 2DF Héctor Moreno (1988-01-17) January 17, 1988 (age 26) 57 1 Spain Espanyol
16 2DF Miguel Ponce (1989-04-12) April 12, 1989 (age 25) 8 1 Mexico Toluca
18 2DF Andrés Guardado (1986-09-28) September 28, 1986 (age 27) 108 15 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
22 2DF Paul Aguilar (1986-03-06) March 6, 1986 (age 28) 34 3 Mexico América
6 3MF Héctor Herrera (1990-04-19) April 19, 1990 (age 24) 17 0 Portugal Porto
8 3MF Marco Fabián (1989-07-21) July 21, 1989 (age 24) 18 6 Mexico Cruz Azul
17 3MF Isaác Brizuela (1990-08-28) August 28, 1990 (age 23) 7 0 Mexico Toluca
20 3MF Javier Aquino (1990-02-11) February 11, 1990 (age 24) 23 0 Spain Villarreal
21 3MF Carlos Peña (1990-03-29) March 29, 1990 (age 24) 17 2 Mexico León
23 3MF José Juan Vázquez (1988-03-14) March 14, 1988 (age 26) 8 0 Mexico León
9 4FW Raúl Jiménez (1991-05-05) May 5, 1991 (age 23) 26 4 Mexico América
10 4FW Giovani dos Santos (1989-05-11) May 11, 1989 (age 25) 80 15 Spain Villarreal
11 4FW Alan Pulido (1991-03-08) March 8, 1991 (age 23) 6 4 Mexico UANL
14 4FW Javier Hernández (1988-06-01) June 1, 1988 (age 26) 66 36 England Manchester United
19 4FW Oribe Peralta (1984-01-12) January 12, 1984 (age 30) 37 17 Mexico América

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Mexico squad within last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Moisés Muñoz (1980-02-01) February 1, 1980 (age 34) 13 0 Mexico América 2014 FIFA World Cup (Standby)
GK Jonathan Orozco (1986-05-12) May 12, 1986 (age 28) 6 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  Panama, October 11, 2013
GK Cirilo Saucedo (1982-01-05) January 5, 1982 (age 32) 1 0 Mexico Tijuana 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Juan Carlos Valenzuela (1984-03-15) March 15, 1984 (age 30) 19 0 Mexico América 2014 FIFA World Cup (Standby)
DF Miguel Ángel Herrera (1989-04-03) April 3, 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Mexico Pachuca 2014 FIFA World Cup (Standby)
DF Enrique Pérez (1988-10-13) October 13, 1988 (age 25) 3 0 Mexico Atlas v.  United States, April 2, 2014
DF Rogelio Chávez (1984-10-28) October 28, 1984 (age 29) 1 0 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  United States, April 2, 2014
DF Jorge Torres Nilo (1988-01-16) January 16, 1988 (age 26) 38 1 Mexico UANL v.  South Korea, January 29, 2014
DF Adrián Aldrete (1988-06-14) June 14, 1988 (age 26) 14 0 Mexico Santos Laguna v.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
DF Hugo Ayala (1987-03-31) March 31, 1987 (age 27) 11 0 Mexico UANL v.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
DF Edwin Hernández (1986-07-10) July 10, 1986 (age 28) 1 0 Mexico León v.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
DF Hiram Mier (1989-08-25) August 25, 1989 (age 24) 10 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  New Zealand, November 13, 2013
DF Jonny Magallón (1981-11-21) November 21, 1981 (age 32) 54 3 Mexico León v.  Costa Rica, October 15, 2013
DF Severo Meza (1986-07-09) July 9, 1986 (age 28) 16 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  Costa Rica, October 15, 2013
DF Joel Huiqui (1983-02-18) February 18, 1983 (age 31) 14 1 Mexico Morelia 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Leobardo López (1983-09-04) September 4, 1983 (age 30) 9 1 Mexico Veracruz 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Israel Jiménez (1989-08-13) August 13, 1989 (age 24) 6 0 Mexico Tijuana 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Alejandro Castro (1987-03-27) March 27, 1987 (age 27) 5 0 Mexico Cruz Azul 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Efraín Velarde (1986-04-18) April 18, 1986 (age 28) 5 0 Mexico Monterrey 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Dárvin Chávez (1989-11-21) November 21, 1989 (age 24) 3 0 Mexico Monterrey 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Jair Pereira (1986-07-07) July 7, 1986 (age 28) 1 0 Mexico Guadalajara 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Luis Montes (1986-05-15) May 15, 1986 (age 28) 12 3 Mexico León 2014 FIFA World Cup (Injury)
MF Juan Carlos Medina (1983-08-22) August 22, 1983 (age 30) 7 0 Mexico Atlas 2014 FIFA World Cup (Injury)
MF Alonso Escoboza (1993-01-22) January 22, 1993 (age 21) 3 1 Mexico Santos Laguna 2014 FIFA World Cup (Standby)
MF Jesús Zavala (1987-07-21) July 21, 1987 (age 26) 30 2 Mexico Monterrey v.  United States, April 2, 2014
MF Rodolfo Pizarro (1994-02-15) February 15, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Mexico Pachuca v.  South Korea, January 29, 2014
MF Sinha (1976-05-23) May 23, 1976 (age 38) 59 6 Mexico Querétaro v.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
MF Jesús Molina (1988-03-29) March 29, 1988 (age 26) 8 0 Mexico América v.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
MF Luis Ángel Mendoza (1990-02-03) February 3, 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Mexico América v.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
MF Rodrigo Salinas (1988-05-09) May 9, 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Mexico Pachuca v.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
MF Lucas Lobos (1981-08-03) August 3, 1981 (age 32) 0 0 Mexico Toluca v.  Finland, October 30, 2013
MF Gerardo Torrado (1979-04-30) April 30, 1979 (age 35) 146 6 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  Costa Rica, October 15, 2013
MF Fernando Arce (1980-04-24) April 24, 1980 (age 34) 47 7 Mexico Guadalajara v.  Costa Rica, October 15, 2013
MF Christian Giménez (1981-02-01) February 1, 1981 (age 33) 5 0 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  Costa Rica, October 15, 2013
MF Ángel Reyna (1984-09-19) September 19, 1984 (age 29) 25 2 Mexico Guadalajara v.  Panama, October 11, 2013
MF Damián Álvarez (1979-05-21) May 21, 1979 (age 35) 2 0 Mexico UANL v.  Panama, October 11, 2013
MF Jorge Enríquez (1991-01-08) January 8, 1991 (age 23) 8 0 Mexico Guadalajara 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF José María Cárdenas (1985-04-02) April 2, 1985 (age 29) 4 1 Mexico León 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF David Cabrera (1989-09-07) September 7, 1989 (age 24) 3 0 Mexico UNAM 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Javier Cortés (1989-07-20) July 20, 1989 (age 24) 2 0 Mexico UNAM 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Aldo de Nigris (1983-07-22) July 22, 1983 (age 30) 28 9 Mexico Guadalajara 2014 FIFA World Cup (Standby)
FW Omar Bravo (1980-03-04) March 4, 1980 (age 34) 65 15 Mexico Guadalajara 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Rafael Márquez Lugo (1981-11-02) November 2, 1981 (age 32) 16 1 Mexico Guadalajara 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Javier Orozco (1987-11-16) November 16, 1987 (age 26) 7 0 Mexico Santos Laguna 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Previous World Cup squads

     

Player records

Most appearances

Claudio Suárez is the most capped player in the history of Mexico with 178 caps.

Players in bold text are still active with Mexico. As of June 29, 2014.

# Player Period Caps
1 Claudio Suárez 1992–2006 178
2 Pável Pardo 1996–2009 148
3 Gerardo Torrado 1999– 146
4 Jorge Campos 1991–2004 130
5 Rafael Márquez 1997– 124
Carlos Salcido 2004– 124
7 Ramón Ramírez 1991–2000 121
8 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 1995–2014 120
9 Alberto García-Aspe 1988–2002 109
10 Andrés Guardado 2005– 108

Top goalscorers

Jared Borgetti is the top scorer in the history of Mexico with 46 goals.

Players in bold text are still active with Mexico. As of June 29, 2014.

# Player Period Caps Goals Average
1 Jared Borgetti 1997–2008 89 46 0.51
2 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 1995–2014 120 39 0.32
3 Javier Hernández 2009– 66 36 0.55
4 Carlos Hermosillo 1984–1997 90 35 0.38
Luis Hernández 1995–2002 85 35 0.41
6 Enrique Borja 1966–1975 65 31 0.47
7 Luis Roberto Alves 1988–2001 84 30 0.35
8 Luis Flores 1983–1993 62 29 0.46
Luis García 1991–1999 79 29 0.36
Hugo Sánchez 1977–1998 58 29 0.50
Benjamín Galindo 1983-1998 65 29 0.44

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Group Stage 13th 3 0 0 3 4 13
Italy 1934 Did Not Qualify
France 1938 Withdrew
Brazil 1950 Group Stage 12th 3 0 0 3 2 10
Switzerland 1954 13th 2 0 0 2 2 8
Sweden 1958 16th 3 0 1 2 1 8
Chile 1962 11th 3 1 0 2 3 4
England 1966 12th 3 0 2 1 1 3
Mexico 1970 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 2 1 1 6 4
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify
Argentina 1978 Group Stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 12
Spain 1982 Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1986 Quarter-Finals 6th 5 3 2 0 6 2
Italy 1990 Banned
United States 1994 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 4 4
France 1998 13th 4 1 2 1 8 7
South Korea Japan 2002 11th 4 2 1 1 4 4
Germany 2006 15th 4 1 1 2 5 5
South Africa 2010 14th 4 1 1 2 4 5
Brazil 2014 10th 4 2 1 1 5 3
Russia 2018 TBD
Qatar 2022
Total Quarter-Finals 15/20 53 14 14 25 57 92

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position MP W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not Qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995 Third Place 3rd 3 1 2 0 4 2 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1997 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 8 6 Squad
Mexico 1999 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 6 Squad
South Korea Japan 2001 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 8 Squad
France 2003 Did Not Qualify
Germany 2005 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 2 1 7 6 Squad
South Africa 2009 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2013 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5 Squad
Total 1 Title 6/9 22 9 5 8 35 33 -

CONCACAF Gold Cup

Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Group Stage 7th 3 1 1 1 9 2
Guatemala 1965 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 2
Honduras 1967 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 10 1
Costa Rica 1969 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 2 2 4 5
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 6 1
Haiti 1973 Third Place 3rd 5 2 2 1 10 5
Mexico 1977 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 20 5
Honduras 1981 Third place 3rd 5 1 3 1 6 3
1985 Hosted 1986 World cup
1989 Banned
United States 1991 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 10 5
Mexico United States1993 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 28 2
United States 1996 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 9 0
United States 1998 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 8 2
United States 2000 Quarter-Final 7th 3 1 1 1 6 3
United States 2002 Quarter-Final 5th 3 2 1 0 4 1
Mexico United States2003 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 9 0
United States 2005 Quarter-Final 6th 4 2 0 2 7 4
United States 2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 7 5
United States 2009 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 15 2
United States 2011 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 22 4
United States 2013 Semi-Final 3rd 5 3 0 2 8 5
Total 9 Titles 20/22 94 64 16 14 211 57

Copa América

CONMEBOL Copa América record
Year Round MP W D* L GF GA
Ecuador 1993 Runners-up 6 2 2 2 8 7
Uruguay 1995 Quarter Final 4 1 2 1 5 4
Bolivia 1997 Third Place 6 2 2 2 8 9
Paraguay 1999 Third Place 6 3 1 2 10 9
Colombia 2001 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 7 5
Peru 2004 Quarter Final 4 2 1 1 5 7
Venezuela 2007 Third Place 6 4 1 1 13 5
Argentina 2011 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 4
Total Runners-up 38 17 10 11 55 44

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position MP W D L GF GA
Netherlands 1928 Round 1 14th 2 0 0 2 2 10
Germany 1936 Did Not Enter
United Kingdom 1948 Round 1 11th 1 0 0 1 3 5
Finland1952 Did Not Qualify
Australia1956
Italy1960
Japan1964 Group Stage 11th 3 0 1 2 2 6
Mexico1968 Fourth Place 4th 5 3 0 2 10 7
Germany1972 Round 2 7th 6 2 1 3 4 14
Canada1976 Group Stage 9th 3 0 2 1 4 7
Soviet Union1980 Did Not Qualify
United States1984
Korea1988 Banned
Spain 1992 Group Stage 10th 3 0 3 0 3 3
United States 1996 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 2 3
Australia 2000 Did Not Qualify
Greece 2004 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 3
China 2008 Did Not Qualify
United Kingdom 2012 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 12 4
Total 1 Gold Medal 10/25 37 12 11 14 45 64

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA
Argentina 1951 Did not enter
Mexico 1955 Final 2nd 6 1 3 2 10 13
United States 1959 Preliminary round 6th 6 1 1 4 13 20
Brazil 1963 Did not enter
Canada 1967 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 12 4
Colombia 1971 Preliminary round 7th 3 1 1 1 3 3
Mexico 1975 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 27 5
Puerto Rico 1979 Did not enter
Venezuela 1983 Preliminary round 6th 2 1 0 1 2 1
United States 1987 Semi-Finals 4th 4 3 0 1 10 2
Cuba 1991 Final 2nd 5 3 1 1 19 4
Argentina 1995 Final 2nd 6 5 1 0 13 5
Canada 1999 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 14 5
Dominican Republic 2003 Semi-Finals 3rd 5 1 2 2 7 7
Brazil 2007 Semi-Finals 3rd 5 3 2 0 6 1
Mexico 2011 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 12 4
Total 4 Gold Medals 13/16 64 34 18 12 148 74

Central American and Caribbean Games

Central American and Caribbean Games record
Year Position MP W D* L GF GA
Cuba 1930 Did not Participate
El Salvador 1935 1st 5 5 0 0 29 6
Panama 1938 1st 5 4 1 0 14 4
Colombia 1946 Did not Participate
Guatemala 1950 5th 6 1 3 2 8 10
Mexico 1954 2nd 4 3 0 1 11 3
Venezuela 1959 1st 4 4 0 0 10 3
Jamaica 1962 2nd 5 4 0 1 17 4
Puerto Rico 1966 1st 5 5 0 0 11 2
Panama 1970 Did not Participate
Dominican Republic 1974 4th 6 3 1 2 7 6
Colombia 1978 4th 6 2 2 2 11 7
Cuba 1982 2nd 5 3 1 1 8 3
Dominican Republic 1986 3rd 5 4 0 1 6 3
Mexico 1990 1st 5 5 0 0 20 1
Puerto Rico 1993 2nd 5 3 0 2 11 4
Venezuela 1998 2nd 6 5 0 1 11 4
El Salvador 2002 2nd 5 2 3 0 8 4
Colombia 2006 7th 3 1 0 2 2 4
Puerto Rico 2010 No Football Tournament
Total 5 Gold Medals 80 54 8 18 184 68

Honours

Friendly Cups

Managers

Manager Career Games managed Won Drawn Lost Win %
Mexico Adolfo Frías Beltrán 1923 6 4 1 1 66.6
Mexico Alfonso Rojo de la Vega 1928 2 0 2 0 00.0
Spain Juan Luque de Serrallonga 1930 3 0 3 0 00.0
Mexico Rafael Garza Gutiérrez 1934, 1937–1938, 1949 16 14 1 1 87.5
England Alfred C. Crowle 1935 5 5 0 0 100.0
Hungary Jorge Orth 1947 2 2 0 0 100.0
Mexico Octavio Vial 1950 5 0 4 1 00.0
Spain Antonio López Herranz 1950, 1952, 1953–1954, 1956–1958 22 9 10 3 40.9
Mexico Horacio Casarín 1953 1 1 0 0 100.0
Mexico Ignacio Trelles 1958, 1960–1969, 1975–1976 106 50 27 29 47.1
Mexico Fernando Marcos 1959 3 3 0 0 100.0
Hungary Árpád Fekete 1963 3 1 1 1 33.3
Mexico Raúl Cardenas 1968, 1969, 1970, 1979–1981 59 25 20 14 42.3
Mexico Diego Mercado 1969 5 1 2 2 20.0
Mexico Javier de la Torre 1970–1973 38 20 7 11 52.6
Mexico Ignacio Juáregui 1974 3 2 1 0 66.6
Mexico José Antonio Roca 1977–1978 20 11 3 6 55.0
Mexico José Moncebáez 1979 3 1 1 1 33.3
Mexico Gustavo Peña 1979 1 1 0 0 100.0
Mexico Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bora Milutinović 1983–1986, 1995–1997 104 52 32 20 50.0
Mexico Mario Velarde 1987–1989 15 13 0 2 86.6
Mexico Alberto Guerra 1989 3 3 0 0 100.0
Mexico Manuel Lapuente 1990–1991, 1997–2000 67 33 18 16 49.2
Argentina César Luis Menotti 1991–1992 19 7 7 5 36.8
Brazil Ricardo Ferretti 1993 1 1 0 0 100.0
Mexico Miguel Mejía Barón 1993–1995 54 25 17 12 46.2
Mexico Mario Carrillo 1999 1 0 0 1 00.0
Mexico Gustavo Vargas 1999 2 1 1 0 50.0
Mexico Enrique Meza 2000–2001, 2010 20 5 4 11 25.0
Mexico Hugo Sánchez 2000, 2006–2008 26 13 4 9 50.0
Mexico Javier Aguirre 2001–2002, 2009–2010 55 35 10 10 63.6
Argentina Ricardo La Volpe 2002–2006 71 38 16 17 53.5
Mexico Jesús Ramírez 2008 5 4 0 1 80.0
Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson 2008–2009 13 6 1 6 46.2
Mexico Efraín Flores 2010 3 1 1 1 33.3
Mexico José Manuel de la Torre 2011–2013 50 27 12 11 54.0
Mexico Luis Fernando Tena 2013 1 0 0 1 00.0
Mexico Víctor Manuel Vucetich 2013 2 1 0 1 50.0
Mexico Miguel Herrera 2013– 14 8 3 3 57.1

Current as of June 29, 2014.

See also

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