Mexico at the FIFA World Cup

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Mexico national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

This is a record of the results of the Mexico national football team at the FIFA World Cup. The World Cup is the premier competitive international football tournament, first played in 1930, and then every four years since, except 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The Mexico national team has competed in the tournament since the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup, and has entered ever since, for a total of 16 tournaments, although it has failed to qualify for the finals proper on 3 occasions: 1934 (Italy), 1974 (West Germany), and 1982 (Spain). In addition, it withdrew from the finals in 1938 (France), and was banned by FIFA from entering the 1990 World Cup (Italy) after fielding over-aged players during the 1988 Olympic Games qualifiers, which was a youth tournament.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.[1] Along with Brazil, Mexico holds the record for most consecutive 2nd round appearances.[2][3]

Records[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld 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 Group stage 14th 2 0 0 2 2 8
Sweden 1958 Group stage 16th 3 0 1 2 1 8
Chile 1962 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 3 4
England 1966 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 1 3
Mexico 1970 Quarterfinal 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 Quarterfinal 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 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 8 7
South Korea Japan 2002 Round of 16 11th 4 2 1 1 4 4
Germany 2006 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 5 5
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 4 5
Brazil 2014 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 5 3
Russia 2018 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 3 6
Qatar 2022 To be determined
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026 To be determined
Total Quarterfinal 16/21 57 16 14 27 60 98

By match[edit]

World Cup Round Against Score Scorers
1930 Group stage  France 1–4 Carreño
 Chile 0–3
 Argentina 3–6 Manuel Rosas (2), Gayón
1950 Group stage  Brazil 0–4
 Yugoslavia 1–4 Héctor Ortiz
  Switzerland 1–2 Casarín
1954 Group stage  Brazil 0–5
 France 2–3 Lamadrid, Balcázar
1958 Group stage  Sweden 0–3
 Wales 1–1 Belmonte
 Hungary 0–4
1962 Group stage  Brazil 0–2
 Spain 0–1
 Czechoslovakia 3–1 Díaz, del Águila, Hernández
1966 Group stage  France 1–1 Borja
 England 0–2
 Uruguay 0–0
1970 Group stage  Soviet Union 0–0
 El Salvador 4–0 Valdivia (2), Fragoso, Basaguren
 Belgium 1–0 Peña
Quarterfinal  Italy 1–4 González
1978 Group stage  Tunisia 1–3 Vázquez Ayala
 West Germany 0–6
 Poland 1–3 Rangel
1986 Group stage  Belgium 2–1 Quirarte, Hugo Sánchez
 Paraguay 1–1 Luis Flores
 Iraq 1–0 Quirarte
Round of 16  Bulgaria 2–0 Negrete, Servín
Quarterfinal  West Germany 0–0 (AET), 1–4 (p)
1994 Group stage  Norway 0–1
 Republic of Ireland 2–1 García (2)
 Italy 1–1 Bernal
Round of 16  Bulgaria 1–1 (AET), 1–3 (p) García Aspe
1998 Group stage  South Korea 3–1 Peláez, Hernández (2)
 Belgium 2–2 García Aspe, Blanco
 Netherlands 2–2 Peláez, Hernández
Round of 16  Germany 1–2 Hernández
2002 Group stage  Croatia 1–0 Blanco
 Ecuador 2–1 Borgetti, Torrado
 Italy 1–1 Borgetti
Round of 16  United States 0–2
2006 Group stage  Iran 3–1 Bravo (2), Zinha
 Angola 0–0
 Portugal 1–2 Fonseca
Round of 16  Argentina 1–2 (AET) Márquez
2010 Group stage  South Africa 1–1 Márquez
 France 2–0 Javier Hernández, Blanco
 Uruguay 0–1
Round of 16  Argentina 1–3 Javier Hernández
2014 Group stage  Cameroon 1–0 Peralta
 Brazil 0–0
 Croatia 3–1 Márquez, Guardado, Javier Hernández
Round of 16  Netherlands 1–2 G. Dos Santos
2018 Group stage  Germany 1–0 Lozano
 South Korea 2–1 Vela, Javier Hernández
 Sweden 0–3
Round of 16  Brazil 0–2

Record players[edit]

Mexico's record World Cup player, Rafael Márquez, and goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal have appeared in five FIFA World Cups each, a record they only share with German midfielder Lothar Matthäus.

Rafael Márquez is Mexico's record World Cup player and one of only three players with appearances in five tournaments.
No. Name Matches World Cups
1 Rafael Márquez 19 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018
2 Andrés Guardado 12 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018
Javier Hernández 12 2010, 2014 and 2018
4 Antonio Carbajal 11 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962 and 1966
Cuauhtémoc Blanco 11 1998, 2002 and 2010
Gerardo Torrado 11 2002, 2006 and 2010
7 Carlos Salcido 10 2006, 2010 and 2014
8 Chava Reyes 9 1958, 1962 and 1966
Giovani Dos Santos 9 2010, 2014 and 2018
Héctor Moreno 9 2010, 2014 and 2018

Top goalscorers[edit]

No. Name Goals World Cups
1 Luis Hernández 4 1998
Javier Hernández 4 2010 (2), 2014 (1), and 2018 (1)
3 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 3 1998, 2002 and 2010
Rafael Márquez 3 2006, 2010 and 2014
5 Manuel Rosas 2 1930
Javier Valdivia 2 1970
Fernando Quirarte 2 1986
Luis García 2 1994
Alberto García Aspe 2 1994 and 1998
Ricardo Peláez 2 1998
Jared Borgetti 2 2002
Omar Bravo 2 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage In 2018 mexico created one of the biggest upsets after defeating World champions Germany 1-0 in the opening game of the World CupArchived 2007-06-14 at the Wayback Machine. (PDF), FIFA.com, Retrieved on 6 June 2007
  2. ^ "Sports News & Articles – Scores, Pictures, Videos - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 2014-12-02. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  3. ^ [https://archive.is/20140702031132/http://www.newsday.com/sports/soccer/netherlands-vs-mexico-netherlands-wins-2-1-in-2014-fifa-world-cup-elimination-game-1.8606268

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