Mexico national under-17 football team

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Mexico U-17
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)El Tri (The Tri)
El Tricolor (The Tricolor)
Los Niños Héroes (The Hero Boys)
AssociationMexican Football Federation
(Federación Mexicana de Fútbol)
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Head coachMario Arteaga
FIFA codeMEX
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
Appearances13 (First in 1985)
Best resultWinners Gold medal icon.svg : 2005, 2011
CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
Appearances16 (first in 1983)
Best resultWinners Gold medal icon.svg : 1985, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2013, 2015, 2017
Mexico national under-17 football team
Medal record
U-17 World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2005 Peru Team
Gold medal – first place 2011 Mexico Team
Silver medal – second place 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 champions 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 13 of the 17 FIFA U-16/U-17 World Cup events.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA U-17 World Cup 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 Did not participate
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 Fourth Place 4th 7 4 1 2 14 9 13
India 2017 Round of 16 16th 4 0 2 2 4 6 2
Peru 2019 To be determined
Total 2 Titles 13/17 58 30 9 19 101 82 99

CONCACAF U-17 Championship[edit]

CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
Trinidad and Tobago 1983 Third place 4 3 1 0 13 0
Mexico 1985 Champions 7 6 1 0 37 1
Honduras 1987 Champions 6 6 0 0 16 2
Cuba 1988
Did not participate
Trinidad and Tobago 1991 Champions 6 3 3 0 8 2
Cuba 1992 Runners-up 6 4 2 0 21 6
El Salvador 1994 Fourth Place 6 4 0 2 17 4
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Champions 6 6 0 0 23 2
Mexico 2009
Cancelled due to the 2009 flu pandemic outbreak
Jamaica 2011
Did not participate/World Cup Host
Panama 2013 Champions 5 5 0 0 14 3
Honduras 2015 Champions 6 4 2 0 16 3
Panama 2017 Champions 6 4 1 1 22 7
Total 7 Titles 58 45 10 3 187 30

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks

Honours[edit]

FIFA U-17 World Cup
CONCACAF Under-17 Championship

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 led to a then convincing victory over the Netherlands. Mexico ended up defeating Brazil 3–0 in the final.

2011[edit]

Mexico 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 number 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.

2015[edit]

Mexico was lucky enough to make it to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup which was held in Chile. They were placed in Group C along with Germany, Australia, Argentina and won two of their three matches of the group stage. Finishing number 1 on group stages they advanced to Round of 16. In order to make it to quarter finals, they had to defeat Chile and they dominated them by beating them 4-1. Mexico got the chance to go to semi-finals with a familiar rival from 2013, they went against Nigeria, unfortunately Nigeria defeated them in an intense game and they didn't make it to the Finals. Mexico had the chance on finishing strong with a Third Place title against Belgium in which they lost. The 17-year old, Diego Cortés from the Mexico national football team finished the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup being known as making the best goal of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Current squad[edit]

The following 21 member squad was announced for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK César López (2000-06-10) 10 June 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara
12 1GK Andrés Alcaraz (2000-01-08) 8 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara
21 1GK César Ramos (2000-06-14) 14 June 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Monterrey

2 2DF Adrián Vázquez (2000-01-09) 9 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Pachuca
3 2DF Carlos Robles (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Atlas
4 2DF Luis Olivas (2000-02-10) 10 February 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara
5 2DF Raúl Sandoval (2000-01-18) 18 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Tijuana
13 2DF Sergio Villarreal (2000-01-10) 10 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Monterrey
14 2DF Haret Ortega (2000-05-19) 19 May 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico América
15 2DF Alan Maeda (2000-02-05) 5 February 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Santos

6 3MF Marco Ruíz (2000-03-14) 14 March 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Atlas
8 3MF Alexis Gutiérrez (2000-02-26) 26 February 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara
11 3MF Andrés Pérez (2000-04-11) 11 April 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Querétaro
16 3MF Luis Gamíz (2000-04-04) 4 April 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Tijuana
17 3MF Carlos Guerrero (2000-02-14) 14 February 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico León
18 3MF Deivoon Magaña (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara
19 3MF Diego Lainez (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Club America

7 4FW Jairo Torres (2000-07-05) 5 July 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Atlas
9 4FW Daniel López (2000-03-14) 14 March 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Tijuana
10 4FW Roberto de la Rosa (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Pachuca
20 4FW César Huerta (2000-12-03) 3 December 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Mexico U-17 squad within last 12 months.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
2DF Andrés Catalán (2000-08-20)August 20, 2000 (aged 17) 0 0 Mexico Morelia

3MF Alan Torres (2000-02-19)February 19, 2000 (aged 18) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara
3MF Víctor Reyes (2000-01-17)January 17, 2000 (aged 18) 0 0 Mexico Morelia

4FW José Alvarado (2000-03-15) March 15, 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Monterrey

Player records[edit]

Top appearances[edit]

Rank Player Year(s) U-17 Caps
1 Diego Cortés 2015 13
1 Joaquín Esquivel 2015 13
1 Alan Cervantes 2015 13
1 Pablo López 2015 13
1 Eduardo Aguirre 2015 13
1 Kevin Magaña 2015 13
1 José Gurrola 2015 13
1 Abraham Romero 2015 13
2 Francisco Venegas 2015 12
2 Ulises Torres 2015 12
2 Claudio Zamudio 2015 12

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Year(s) U-17 Goals
1 Daniel López 2017 6
2 Claudio Zamudio 2015 5
2 Marco Granados 2013 5
2 Ever Guzmán 2005 5
2 Carlos Vela 2005 5
6 Roberto de la Rosa 2017 4
6 Ulises Torres 2015 4
6 Iván Ochoa 2013 4
6 Ulises Jaimes 2013 4
6 Carlos Fierro 2011 4
6 César Villaluz 2005 4
6 Francisco Venegas 2015 4

Individual awards[edit]

2011 Golden Ball Med 1.png Julio Gómez

2005 Silver Ball Med 2.png Giovani Dos Santos

2011 Silver Ball Med 2.png Jonathan Espericueta

2011 Bronze Ball Med 3.png Carlos Fierro

2013 Bronze Ball Med 3.png Ivan Ochoa

2005 Golden Shoe Med 1.png Carlos Vela

2017 fixtures and results[edit]

Date Tournament Location Home team Score Away team Scorers for Mexico
8 October 2017 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup India Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata Iraq Iraq 1 - 1 Mexico Mexico R. de la Rosa 51'
11 October 2017 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup India Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata England England 3 - 2 Mexico Mexico D. Lainez 65', 72'
14 October 2017 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup India Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati Mexico Mexico 0 - 0 Chile Chile
17 October 2017 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup

References[edit]

The U-17 Mexico National Soccer Team made it to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.