Mexico national football team
|Nickname(s)||El Tri (The Tri)
El Tricolor (The Tri-color)
La Verde (The Green)
|Association||Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF)|
|Most caps||Claudio Suárez (178)|
|Top scorer||Jared Borgetti (46)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Azteca|
|FIFA ranking||40 17 (9 July 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||4 (February – June 1998, May – June 2006)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||40 (July 2015)|
|Elo ranking||13 (July 2015)|
|Highest Elo ranking||5 (July 2011)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||47 (February 1979)|
| Guatemala 2–3 Mexico
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 1 January 1923)
| Mexico 13–0 Bahamas
(Toluca, Mexico; 28 April 1987)
| England 8–0 Mexico
(London, England; 10 May 1961)
|Appearances||15 (First in 1930)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 1970 and 1986|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||20 (First in 1963)|
|Best result||Champions, 1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, and 2015|
|Appearances||8 (First in 1993)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1993 and 2001|
|Appearances||6 (First in 1995)|
|Best result||Champions, 1999|
The Mexico national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de México) represents Mexico in international football. It is fielded by the Mexican Football Federation (Spanish: Federación Mexicana de Fútbol), the governing body of football in Mexico, and competes as a member of CONCACAF, which encompasses the countries of North and Central America, and the Caribbean. Mexico's home stadium is the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, and their head coach was most recently Miguel Herrera. The team is currently ranked 40th in the FIFA World Rankings and 13th in the World Football Elo Ratings.
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 in World Cups has been 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, having won eleven CONCACAF championships, including seven 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, winning the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Although Mexico is under the jurisdiction of CONCACAF, the national team has been regularly invited to compete in the Copa América since 1993, finishing runners-up twice – in 1993 and 2001 – and obtaining the third-place medal on three occasions.
- 1 History
- 2 Home stadium
- 3 Team image
- 4 Results and fixtures
- 5 Players
- 6 Player records
- 7 Competitive record
- 8 Honours
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Mexico's first match was played against Guatemala, which the Mexican team won 3–2. A series of international friendlies were played against the national representation of Guatemala on 9, 12 and 16 December 1923. The match on 9 December was played in Parque España which Mexico won 2–1. On 12 December, the match ended in a 2–0 win for Mexico, and the final game of the series ended in a 3–3 draw. The manager for this team was Rafael Garza Gutiérrez.
It would be another four years before the national team would be represented in international friendlies. On 19 June 1927, the Mexican squad faced Spain, drawing 3–3. During this series, the squad also played against the Uruguayan club Nacional de Montevideo, losing 1–3.
In 1927, the official governing body of the sport of football in Mexico was founded. The 1928 Summer Olympics was Mexico's first international tournament, where Mexico lost to Spain 1–7 in the round of 16.
Mexico participated in the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay, grouped with Argentina, Chile, and France. Mexico's first match was a 4–1 loss to France, with Mexico's first World Cup goal by Juan Carreño. In their second match, Mexico fell to Chile 3–0. Mexico's third match, against Argentina, featured the first penalty of the tournament, scored by Mexico's Manuel Rosas.
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.
In 1965, Mexico won the 1965 CONCACAF Championship 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. At the quarter-finals stage, Mexico was eliminated by Italy in a 4–1 match.
Mexico failed to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, but did make it into the 1978 finals. 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, drew 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 defeated Bulgaria 2–0. In the quarter-finals stage, Mexico lost to West Germany 1–4 in a penalty shootout after the match finished 0–0.
Mexico was disqualified from the 1990 FIFA World Cup (and other international competition) after using players over the age limit in the qualifying round for the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship, known as the "Cachirules" scandal. The punishment was applied to all Mexican national representatives of all FIFA-sanctioned tournaments.
In the 1990s, after hiring coach César Luis Menotti, Mexican football began experiencing greater international success. In the 1993 Copa América they finished second, losing to Argentina 2–1 in the final.
At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Mexico was placed in a group with the Netherlands, South Korea and Belgium. Mexico won their opening fixture 3–1 against South Korea. Mexico tied Belgium 2–2, and against the Netherlands earned another 2–2 draw, qualifying for the round-of-16. In the next round, Mexico lost 2–1 to Germany.
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. Mexico won its first official FIFA tournament by beating Brazil 4–3 in the final.
Mexico was placed in 2002 FIFA World Cup – 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. Mexico then achieved a 1–1 draw against Italy. In the second round Mexico played rivals United States, losing 2–0.
Mexico was one of eight seeded teams at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Mexico was in Group D with Iran, Angola and Portugal. Mexico won their opening match 3–1 against Iran. In their second match, Mexico played to a 0–0 draw against Angola. Mexico reached the round-of-16, despite losing to Portugal 2–1. In the second round, Mexico lost to Argentina 2–1.
Mexico's coach Ricardo Lavolpe stepped down 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 at the 2007 Copa América. Beginning by beating Brazil 2–0, they then defeated Ecuador and tied with Chile to come first in Group B. In the quarter-finals, Mexico beat Paraguay 6–0, but lost in the semi-finals 3–0 to Argentina. Mexico secured third place against Uruguay, winning 3–1.
2010 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, they drew 1–1 against South Africa. The second match they defeated France 2–0. Their last group game Mexico were defeated by Uruguay 1–0, but still advanced to the round-of-16. In the second round, Mexico faced Argentina. As a result of their 1–3 defeat, the Mexican team was eliminated in the round-of-16 for the fifth straight World Cup.
2014 World Cup cycle
The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup saw Mexico win the group with three wins and no losses. During the tournament, five Mexican players tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol and were suspended. Mexico beat Guatemala in the quarter-finals 2–1, and beat Honduras 2–0. For the third-straight year, the final was against the United States. Mexico won 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.
Mexico went 2–1 in the group stages of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing to Panama. Mexico then defeated Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 in the quarter-final match, before facing Panama again in the semi-final. Mexico lost the semi-final match, 2–1. The two losses to Panama were the first two times Panama had ever defeated Mexico in a Gold Cup match.
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. They defeated New Zealand 9–3 on aggregate to qualify for a sixth consecutive World Cup. The team reached the round of 16 where they were defeated 2–1 by the Netherlands.
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, 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 held many important sporting events, including hosting the FIFA World Cup final in 1970 and again in 1986.
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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. On 30 January 2013, English language network ESPN and Univision announced an agreement to telecast the Mexico national team home World Cup qualifiers and international friendly matches in English in the United States.
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. On 23 June 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."
The Mexican national team traditionally utilizes a tricolor system, composed of green shirts, white shorts and red socks, which originate from the national flag of Mexico, known as the tricolor. Until the mid-1950s, Mexico wore a predominantly maroon kit, with black or dark blue shorts.
Results and fixtures
|Friendly 28 March||Mexico||1–0||Ecuador||Los Angeles, United States|
|18:30 UTC−8||Hernández 14'||Report||Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Referee: Christopher Reid (Belize)
|Friendly 31 March||Mexico||1–0||Paraguay||Kansas City, United States|
|20:00 UTC-6||E. Herrera 3'||Report||Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
Referee: Walter López (Guatemala)
|Friendly 15 April||United States||2–0||Mexico||San Antonio, United States|
|19:30 CT||Morris 49'
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
|Friendly 30 May||Mexico||3–0||Guatemala||Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico|
|17:00 UTC−5||E. Herrera 30', 63'
J. M. Corona 74'
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Víctor Manuel Reyna
Referee: Baldomero Toledo (United States)
|Friendly 3 June||Peru||1–1||Mexico||Lima, Peru|
|20:00 UTC-5||Farfán 62'||Report||Valenzuela 75'||Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Lima
Referee: Omar Ponce (Ecuador)
|Friendly 7 June||Brazil||2–0||Mexico||São Paulo, Brazil|
|17:00 UTC−3||Coutinho 28'
|Report||Stadium: Allianz Parque
Referee: Julio César Quintana (Paraguay)
|2015 Copa América 12 June||Mexico||0–0||Bolivia||Viña del Mar, Chile|
|20:30 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Estadio Sausalito
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
|2015 Copa América 15 June||Chile||3–3||Mexico||Santiago, Chile|
|20:30 UTC−3||Vidal 22', 55' (pen.)
|Report||Vuoso 21', 66'
|Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Víctor Hugo Carrillo (Peru)
|2015 Copa América 19 June||Mexico||1–2||Ecuador||Rancagua, Chile|
|18:00 UTC−4||Jiménez 63' (pen.)||Report||Bolaños 25'
E. Valencia 57'
|Stadium: Estadio El Teniente
Referee: José Argote (Venezuela)
|Friendly 27 June||Mexico||2–2||Costa Rica||Orlando, United States|
|18:00 (UTC-4)||G. dos Santos 53'
J. Hernández 55'
Layún 36' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic (United States)
|Friendly 1 July||Mexico||0–0||Honduras||Houston, United States|
|20:30 (UTC-6)||Report||Stadium: NRG Stadium
Referee: Armando Villarreal (United States)
|2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup 9 July||Mexico||6–0||Cuba||Chicago, United States|
|21:30 (UTC-5)||Peralta 17', 37', 62'
G. dos Santos 75'
|Report||Stadium: Soldier Field
Referee: Wálter Quesada (Costa Rica)
|2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup 12 July||Guatemala||0–0||Mexico||Glendale, United States|
|18:00 (UTC-7)||Report||Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium
Referee: Armando Castro (Honduras)
|2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup 15 July||Mexico||4–4||Trinidad and Tobago||Charlotte, United States|
|20:30 (UTC-4)||Aguilar 32'
K. Jones 90+1' (o.g.)
|Report||Cummings 55', 67'
K. Jones 58'
|Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
|2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup 19 July||Mexico||1–0 (aet)||Costa Rica||East Rutherford, United States|
|19:30 (UTC-4)||Guardado 120+4' (pen.)||Report||Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Referee: Walter López (Guatemala)
|2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup 22 July||Panama||1–2 (aet)||Mexico||Atlanta, United States|
|21:00 (UTC-4)||R. Torres 57'||Report||Guardado 90+10' (pen.), 105+1' (pen.)||Stadium: Georgia Dome
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
|2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup 26 July||Jamaica||1–3||Mexico||Philadelphia, United States|
|20:00 (UTC-4)||Mattocks 80'||Report||Guardado 31'
J. Corona 47'
|Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
|Friendly 4 September||Mexico||v||Trinidad and Tobago||Sandy, United States|
|20:00 (UTC-7)||Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium
|Friendly 8 September||Mexico||v||Argentina||Arlington, United States|
|21:00 (UTC-6)||Stadium: AT&T Stadium
|Confederations Cup play-off 9 October||United States||v||Mexico||Pasadena, United States|
|Stadium: Rose Bowl
The following players have also been called up to the Mexico squad within last 12 months.
- INJ Withdrew due to injury.
- PRE Preliminary squad.
Previous World Cup squads
Players in bold text are still active with Mexico. As of July 26, 2015.
|Francisco Javier Rodríguez||2004–||109|
Players in bold text are still active with Mexico. As of 26 July 2015.
|7||Luis Roberto Alves||1988–2001||84||30||0.35|
This section shows Mexico's results at major tournaments. To see Mexico's results at minor tournaments, see the History of the Mexico national football team main page.
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1934||Did not qualify|
|1974||Did not qualify|
|1982||Did not qualify|
|1994||Round of 16||13th||4||1||2||1||4||4|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|2003||Did not qualify|
|2009||Did not qualify|
CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record|
|1985||Hosted 1986 World cup|
|CONMEBOL Copa América record|
|Olympic Games record|
|1936||Did not enter|
|1952||Did not qualify|
|1980||Did not qualify|
|2000||Did not qualify|
|2008||Did not qualify|
|Total||1 gold medal||10/25||37||12||11||14||45||64|
- FIFA Confederations Cup
- CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup
- Copa América
- Summer Olympics
- NAFC Championship / North American Nations Cup
- Pan American Games
- CONCACAF Pre-Olympic Tournament
- Toulon Tournament*
- Winners (1): 2012
- Winners (1): 1979
- Central American and Caribbean Games
- United States Cup Championship
- Azteca 2000 Tournament Championship
- Winners (1): 1985
- Marlboro Cup Championship
- Winners (1): 1989
- Milk Cup Elite Championship
- Winners (1): 2001
- Lunar New Year Cup
- Winners (1): 1999 Carlsberg Cup
- Mexico national football team record
- Mexico national football team schedule and results
- Mexico national under-17 football team
- Mexico national under-20 football team
- Mexico national under-23 football team
- Mexico national beach football team
- Mexico national futsal team
- Mexico and United States football rivalry
- After 1988, the tournament has been restricted to squads with no more than 3 players over the age of 23, and these matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
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- "World Football Elo Ratings". World Football Elo Ratings. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
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- "Six countries entered bidding for first World Cup. Hello.". India Times. Retrieved 7 May 2007.
- FIFA.com – Antonio Carbajal, el eterno Cinco Copas
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- "Holland come from behind to snatch last-gasp victory against Mexico". The Guardian. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
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- "Univision Deportes and ESPN Announce Agreement to Increase Reach of Mexican Soccer in the U.S.". TVBytheNumbers.com. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- Adidas Releases Mexico’s 2010 World Cup Kit – Mexico
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