Mexico national under-17 football team

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Mexico U-17
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) El Tricolor (The Tricolor) Los Niños Héroes (The Hero Boys)
Association Mexican Football Federation
(Federación Mexicana de Fútbol)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Mario Arteaga
FIFA code MEX
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Hungary 0–0 Mexico 
(Shanghai, China; 31 July 1985)
Biggest win
 Mexico 7–0 Trinidad and Tobago 
(Tijuana, Mexico; 22 April 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Soviet Union 7–0 Mexico 
(St.John's, Canada; 14 July 1987)
World Cup
Appearances 11 (First in 1985)
Best result Winners Gold medal icon.svg : 2005, 2011
Mexico national under-17 football team
Medal record
U-17 World Cup
Gold 2005 Peru Team
Gold 2011 Mexico Team
Silver 2013 UAE Team

The Mexico U-17 national football team is one of the younger teams that represents Mexico in football, and is controlled by the Mexican Football Federation (Spanish: Federación Mexicana de Fútbol). A two time FIFA U-17 World Cup champion, the team has enjoyed recent success as it was crowned in the 2005 and 2011 editions of the tournament. In 2011, Mexico hosted and subsequently won the tournament by defeating Uruguay, becoming the only time a host nation has ever won this tournament. Mexico has participated in 11 of 15 FIFA U-16/U-17 World Cup events.

Individual awards[edit]

In addition to team victories, Mexican players have won individual awards at FIFA World Youth Cups.

Year Award Player
2005 Golden Shoe Carlos Vela
2005 Silver Ball Giovani Dos Santos
2011 Golden Ball Julio Gómez
2011 Silver Ball Jonathan Espericueta
2011 Bronze Ball Carlos Fierro
2013 Bronze Ball Ivan Ochoa

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pts
China 1985 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Canada 1987 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 9 4
Scotland 1989 Banned
Italy 1991 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 5 6 3
Japan 1993 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 4 7 3
Ecuador 1995 Did Not Qualify
Egypt 1997 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 8 6 3
New Zealand 1999 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 2 0 2 7 7 6
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Did Not Qualify
Finland 2003 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 5 5
Peru 2005 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 16 3 15
South Korea 2007 Did Not Qualify
Nigeria 2009 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 4 3 7
Mexico 2011 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 17 7 21
United Arab Emirates 2013 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 1 2 11 11 13
Chile 2015 To Be Determined
Total 2 Titles 11/15 47 26 6 15 83 67 84

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks

Honours[edit]

FIFA U-17 World Cup
CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
  • Winners (5): 1985, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2013
  • Runners-up (1): 1992

History[edit]

2005[edit]

Mexico was placed in Group C along with Australia, Turkey and Uruguay in which Mexico came in second behind Turkey. In the knockout stage an extra-time victory over zone rivals Costa Rica let to a then convincing victory over the Netherlands. Mexico ended up defeating Brazil 3–0 in the final.

2011[edit]

Mexican U-17 players of the 2011 generation

The 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup was held in home soil. Mexico was placed in Group A together with North Korea, Congo and the Netherlands. Mexico eventually finished first of their group after winning their three matches and advanced to the Round of 16 and the Quarter-Finals, where they won their matches against Panama and France respectively. In the semifinals, Mexico had to face Germany, the only other team in the competition who had not lost any of their matches. Germany had advantage during the first minutes of the second time, but Mexico came back to equalize the score after Jonathan Espericueta scored a second goal from a corner kick, where Julio Gómez was injured and left the field. However, Gómez came back in the dying minutes to score an overhead kick, the decisive goal in the final minute, the final score was 3-2 which translated into the first significant victory over Germany in history. Mexico faced Uruguay in the final, defeating them 2-0 in a very closed match where the balance could have tilted any way. Briseño scored the first goal in the first half when Uruguay was the dominating side. During the second half Uruguay kept pressing on and started to dominate again looking for the equalizer however, during the last advances their defense became disorganized and in a counterattack Giovani Casillas scored the finishing goal. With this result Mexico became champions without losing a single game in the tournament and also became the first host nation to win the U-17 World Cup.

2013[edit]

As defending champions, Mexico was defeated 6-1 by Nigeria in their first match of the group stage. Despite being defeated by a large amount of goals, Mexico could still advance to the next round by defeating rivals Iraq and Sweden in the group stage. In their way to the final match, Mexico won their matches against favorites Italy, Brazil and Argentina. In the final round, Mexico faced Nigeria for a second time, but the team lost once again and was left in second place of the tournament.

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected to contest the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[1]

Head coach: Mexico Raúl Gutiérrez
caps and goals correct as of November 5, 2013

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Raúl Gudiño (1996-04-22) April 22, 1996 (age 18) 11 1 Portugal Porto B
2 2DF Francisco Calderón (1996-05-29) 29 May 1996 (age 18) 5 0 Mexico UNAM
3 2DF Salomón Wbias (1996-03-09) 9 March 1996 (age 18) 11 2 Mexico Pachuca
4 2DF Pedro Terán (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 18) 11 1 Mexico Atlas
5 2DF Osvaldo Rodríguez (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 18) 6 0 Mexico Pachuca
6 3MF Erich Hernández (1996-03-16) 16 March 1996 (age 18) 4 0 Mexico Guadalajara
7 3MF Luis Hernández (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 18) 10 2 Mexico Pachuca
8 2DF José Almanza (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 18) 7 1 Mexico Pachuca
9 4FW Alejandro Díaz (1996-01-27) 27 January 1996 (age 18) 10 3 Mexico América
10 4FW Marco Granados (1996-09-29) 29 September 1996 (age 18) 11 5 Mexico Guadalajara
11 4FW Iván Ochoa (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 18) 6 4 Mexico Pachuca
12 1GK Edson Resendez (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Monterrey
13 2DF José Robles (1996-07-16) 16 July 1996 (age 18) 7 0 Mexico Pumas UNAM
14 3MF Erick Aguirre (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 (age 17) 7 0 Mexico Morelia
15 3MF Christian Tovar (1996-01-13) 13 January 1996 (age 18) 6 0 Mexico Santos Laguna
16 3MF Ulises Rivas (C) (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 18) 11 1 Mexico Santos Laguna
17 3MF John González (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico América
18 3MF Omar Govea (1996-01-18) 18 January 1996 (age 18) 5 0 Mexico América
19 4FW Ulises Jaimes (1996-04-20) 20 April 1996 (age 18) 8 4 Mexico Morelia
20 4FW Victor Zúñiga (1996-03-21) 21 March 1996 (age 18) 6 1 Mexico Cruz Azul
21 1GK Antonio Torres (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Mexico U17 squad within last months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Ramsés Gómez (1996-01-13) January 13, 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Atlas 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
MF Manuel Tejeda (1996-02-10) February 10, 1996 (age 18) 4 0 Mexico Santos Laguna 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
MF Juan Carlos Ortega (1996-02-29) February 29, 1996 (age 18) 3 0 Mexico Pachuca 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

2011 fixtures and results[edit]

Date Tournament Location Home team Score Away team Scorers for Mexico
30 June 2011
2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup
Mexico Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca Mexico Mexico
2:0
Panama Panama
Fierro Goal 2'
Bueno Goal 89'
4 July 2011
2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup
Mexico Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca France France
1:2
Mexico Mexico
Escamilla Goal 14'
Fierro Goal 50'
7 July 2011
2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup
Mexico Estadio Corona, Torreón Germany Germany
2:3
Mexico Mexico
Gómez Goal 3'90'
Espericueta Goal 76'
10 July 2011
2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup
Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City Uruguay Uruguay
0:2
Mexico Mexico
Briseño Goal 31'
Casillas Goal 90+2'
18 July 2011
International Youth Tournament in Niigata
Japan Niigata Stadium, Japan Japan Japan
3:2
Mexico Mexico
Gómez Goal 37'
Hernández Goal 86'
21 July 2011
International Youth Tournament in Niigata
Japan Niigata Stadium, Japan Slovakia Slovakia
0:2
Mexico Mexico

2012 fixtures and results[edit]

Date Tournament Location Home team Score Away team Scorers for Mexico
27 March 2012
40 Mondial Minimes de Montaigu
France Paris, France France France
3:1
Mexico Mexico
Fierro Goal 16'
31 March 2012
40 Mondial Minimes de Montaigu
France Paris, France South Africa F.C Africa
0:2
Mexico Mexico
Hernández Goal 17' Goal 27'
3 April2012
40 Mondial Minimes de Montaigu
France Paris, France Mexico Mexico
4:0
China China
9 April 2012
40 Mondial Minimes de Montaigu
France Paris, France Mexico Mexico
0:1
United States USA

2013 fixtures and results[edit]

Date Tournament Location Home team Score Away team Scorers for Mexico
7 April 2013
2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Panama Panama City, Panama Cuba Cuba
1:5
Mexico Mexico
A. Díaz Goal 19'
L. Hernández Goal 23' Goal 36'
M. Granados Goal 71' Goal 86'
11 April 2013
2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Panama Panama City, Panama Mexico Mexico
2:0
Honduras Honduras
U. Jaimes Goal 30'
P. Terán Goal 32'
14 April 2013
2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Panama Panama City, Panama Mexico Mexico
2:0
Guatemala Guatemala
U. Jaimes Goal 9'
M. Granados Goal 82'
17 April 2013
2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Panama Panama City, Panama Honduras Honduras
1:3
Mexico Mexico
M. Granados Goal 43'
S. Wbias Goal 44'
V. Zúñniga Goal 85'
19 April 2013
2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Panama Panama City, Panama Panama Panama
1:2
Mexico Mexico
P. Terán Goal 57'
S. Wbias Goal 69'

References[edit]

  1. ^ "México Sub 17". fifa.com. 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.