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Mexico
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Nickname(s) El Tri (The Tricolor)
Association Federación Mexicana de Fútbol
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation NAFU (North America)
Head coach Gerardo Martino
Captain Andrés Guardado
Most caps Claudio Suárez (177)
Top scorer Javier Hernández (52)
Home stadium Estadio Azteca
FIFA code MEX
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First colours
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Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 11 Steady2.svg (27 May 2021) [1]
Highest4 (February – June 1998, August 2003, May – June 2006)
Lowest40 (July 2015)
First international
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 2–3 Mexico  Flag of the United Mexican States (1916-1934).svg
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 1 January 1923)
Biggest win
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 13–0 Bahamas  Flag of the Bahamas.svg
(Toluca, Mexico; 28 April 1987)
Biggest defeat
Flag of England.svg  England 8–0 Mexico  Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg
(London, England; 10 May 1961)
World Cup
Appearances16 (first in 1930 )
Best resultQuarter-finals (1970, 1986)
Gold Cup
Appearances23 (first in 1963 )
Best resultChampions (1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019)
Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2021 )
Best resultRunners-up (2021)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1995 )
Best resultChampions (1999)

The Mexico national football team (Spanish : Selección de fútbol de México) represents Mexico in international football and is governed by the Mexican Football Federation (Spanish : Federación Mexicana de Fútbol). It competes as a member of CONCACAF, which encompasses the countries and territories of North and Central America, the Caribbean, and part of South America. The team plays its home games at the Estadio Azteca.

Mexico has qualified to sixteen World Cups and has qualified consecutively since 1994, making it one of six countries to do so. The Mexico national team, along with Brazil are the only two nations to make it out of the group stage over the last seven World Cups. [2] Mexico played France in the 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 confederation titles, including eight CONCACAF Gold Cups and three CONCACAF Championships (the precursor to the Gold Cup), as well as two NAFC Championships, one North American Nations Cup, one CONCACAF Cup and two gold medals of the Central American and Caribbean Games. It is one of eight nations [lower-alpha 3] to have won two of the three most important football tournaments (the World Cup, Confederations Cup, and Summer Olympics), having won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup [3] and the 2012 Summer Olympics. [4] Mexico is also 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 was regularly invited to compete in the Copa América from 1993 to 2016, finishing runner-up twice – in 1993 and 2001  – 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.

Mexico's first match was played against Guatemala, which Mexico won 3–2. [5] 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. [6] The manager for this team was Rafael Garza Gutiérrez. [6]

It would be another four years before the national team would be represented in international friendlies. On 19 June 1927, Mexico faced Spain, drawing 3–3. During this series, the squad also played against the Uruguayan club Nacional de Montevideo, losing 1–3. [5]

Formation

The Mexico national team before the first ever World Cup game against France in 1930 Mexico 1930 vs france.jpg
The Mexico national team before the first ever World Cup game against France in 1930

In 1927, the official governing body 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. [7]

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. [8] 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. [9]

Post-WWII

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Mexico v Argentina in Los Angeles, 1985

Mexico did not appear again in a FIFA World Cup tournament until the 1950 World Cup. Before 1970, Mexico struggled to make much of an impact in the World Cup. It was by far the strongest team in the North American Football Confederation and its successor, CONCACAF, but found it difficult to compete 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. [10]

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 4–0 win over El Salvador. Mexico advanced to the next round with a victory against Belgium. At the quarter-finals stage, Mexico was eliminated by Italy, losing 4–1.

Mexico failed to qualify for the 1974 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.

1990s

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 Mexico national representatives of all FIFA-sanctioned tournaments. [11]

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 1994 FIFA World Cup, Mexico won its group on tiebreakers, emerging from a group composed of Italy, Ireland, and Norway. However, Mexico lost in the second round to Bulgaria on penalty kicks.

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 that round, Mexico lost 2–1 to Germany.

In 1999, Mexico won its first official FIFA tournament by becoming the first host nation to win the FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico defeated the United States 1–0 in the semifinals, and 1998 World Cup runners-up Brazil 4–3 in the final. [12]

Twenty-first century

2000s

Mexico was placed in Group G at the 2002 World Cup 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 round of 16, Mexico played rivals United States, losing 2–0.

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Mexico against Argentina at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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. Mexico saw another round of 16 loss, this time 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.

In July 2009, Mexico won their fifth Gold Cup, and eighth CONCACAF Championship overall, after beating the United States 5–0 in the final. [13]

2010s

Cuauhtemoc Blanco converting his penalty kick against France at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. FIFA World Cup 2010 France Mexico.jpg
Cuauhtémoc Blanco converting his penalty kick against France at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Mexico qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they were drawn into Group A alongside host South Africa, France and Uruguay. They drew 1–1 against South Africa, defeated France 2–0, and lost 1–0 to Uruguay, and advanced to the round of 16, where they were eliminated following a 1–3 defeat to Argentina.

The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup saw Mexico win their group with three wins and no losses. During the tournament, however, five players tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol and were suspended from the competition. [14] Mexico beat Guatemala in the quarter-finals 2–1, and beat Honduras 2–0. For the third-straight year, the final would be contested between Mexico and the United States; Mexico won the match 4–2, [15] and qualified for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, where they were eliminated at the group stage.

Mexico placed second in their group at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and advanced to the semifinals and faced Panama. [16] Mexico lost the match 2–1, their second defeat to Panama in the competition after losing to them in the group stage. The two losses to Panama were the first two times Panama had ever defeated Mexico in a Gold Cup match. [17]

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Mexico lining up prior to the group stage match against South Korea at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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. [18] They defeated New Zealand 9–3 on aggregate to qualify for a sixth consecutive World Cup. [18] The team reached the round of 16 where they were defeated 2–1 by the Netherlands. [19]

At the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico was drawn into Group C along with Triniad and Tobago, Cuba and Guatemala. The team placed second in the group, and won the quarterfinal match against Costa Rica and semifinal against Panama, both under controversial circumstances. [20] [21] [22] Mexico won the Gold Cup after defeating Jamaica 3–1 in the final. [23] Two days after the final, Miguel Herrera was released as coach of the national team after an alleged physical altercation with TV Azteca announcer Christian Martinoli. [24] On 10 October, Mexico defeated the United States 3–2 to win the inaugural edition of the CONCACAF Cup, thus earning qualification to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. [25] The following month, Juan Carlos Osorio was hired as Mexico's 16th manager, replacing interim manager Ricardo Ferretti. [26]

Mexico entered the Copa América Centenario, hosted in the United States, on a 13-match unbeaten streak that began in July 2015. [27] El Tri placed first in Group C, winning 3–1 over Uruguay and 2–0 over Jamaica, and drawing 1–1 with Venezuela. [28] In the quarterfinal against Chile in Santa Clara, California, the team lost 7–0, ending the unbeaten streak at 16 after nearly a year. [29] After the match, manager Osorio apologized to Mexico's fans for what he described as an "embarrassment, an accident of football". [30]

At the 2017 Confederations Cup, Mexico was drawn into Group A along with Portugal, New Zealand, and hosts Russia. El Tri advanced as runners-up of the group, and lost 4–1 to Germany in the semi-finals. [31] Mexico finished fourth in the tournament, losing 2–1 to Portugal in the third-place match. [32]

Hector Herrera and Mesut Ozil (Mexico v Germany) at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Ger-Mex (16).jpg
Héctor Herrera and Mesut Özil (Mexico v Germany) at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

In their opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mexico defeated defending champion Germany, thanks to a sole goal from Hirving Lozano, for the first time in a World Cup match. [33] They would go on to defeat South Korea 2–1 in the next game, [34] with goals from Carlos Vela and Javier Hernández, [35] [36] but would fall 3–0 to Sweden in the last group stage match. [37] Despite the loss, Mexico qualified to the round of 16 for the seventh-consecutive tournament. [38] In the round of 16, Mexico was defeated 0–2 by Brazil; [39] [40] the defeat meant that for the seventh tournament in a row, Mexico failed to reach the quarterfinals since they last hosted the World Cup in 1986. [41] On 28 July, Juan Carlos Osorio left as head coach on the expiry of his contract. [42]

In January 2019, Gerardo Martino was appointed as Mexico's new head coach, becoming the third Argentine to coach the national team. [43] In that year's Gold Cup tournament, they won all three group stage matches, defeated Costa Rica in penalties 5–4 following a 1–1 draw in the quarter-final and won against Haiti in the semi-final. Mexico won the Gold Cup after defeating the United States 1–0 in the final. [44]

2020s

Mexico will play Costa Rica in the 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals. In the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico will play against El Salvador, Curaçao and the winner of the preliminary match 9 in Group A.

Home stadium

Azteca Stadium is the home of the Mexico national team. Estadio Azteca1706p2.jpg
Azteca Stadium is the home of the Mexico national team.

The Estadio Azteca, also known in Spanish as "El Coloso de Santa Úrsula", was built in 1966. It is the official home stadium of the Mexico national team, as well as the Mexican club team Club América. It has a capacity of 87,000 seats (after renovation works) [45] making it the largest football-specific stadium in the Americas and the third largest stadium in the world for that sport. The stadium hosted the FIFA World Cup Final in 1970 and 1986.

Friendly matches hosted by the Mexico national team often take place in stadiums across the United States as well as throughout Mexico, including the Azteca.

Team image

Kits and crest

The Mexico 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. [46] Until the mid-1950s, Mexico wore a predominantly maroon kit, with black or dark blue shorts.

In 2015, Adidas released a new all-black color scheme for Mexico's home kit. Green, white and red remain as accent colors. [47]

In 2017, the Mexico national team's jerseys were updated to reflect their Spanish names correctly spelled, with the diacritic mark. [48]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplierPeriodNotes
Levi's 1978–1979 [49]
Pony 1980–1983
Adidas 1984–1990 [50]
Umbro 1991–1994 [51]
ABA Sport1995–1998 [52]
Garcis1999–2000 [53]
Atletica 2000–2002 [54]
Nike 2003–2006 [55]
Adidas 2007–present [56]

Rivalry with United States national team

Mexico and the United States are widely considered as the two top teams in CONCACAF. Matches between the two nations often attracts media attention, public interest and discourse in both countries. Although the first match was played in 1934, their rivalry was not considered major until the late 1990s, when the USA emerged as a solid international side. On 15 August 2012, the United States defeated Mexico at Estadio Azteca in the first victory for the U.S. against Mexico on Mexican soil in 75 years. [57]

Since their first meeting in 1934, the two teams have met 67 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 36–19–15 (W–L–D), outscoring the U.S. 138–79. However, since the 1990s, the series has become much more competitive, largely due to the rapid growth of soccer in the United States. In the 2000s, Mexico continued to hold an edge over their arch-rivals but the series favored the U.S. 13–9–6 (W–L–D). Since 2011, however, the rivalry has been marked by Mexican dominance, with the Mexicans defeating the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final in 2011 and 2017, the CONCACAF Cup in 2015, and even winning on American soil for the first time since 1980.

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. [58] [59] 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. [60]

Supporters

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Mexico's fans at 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Mexico's fans are infamously known for the chant "¡eeeh puto!", which is typically screamed when an opponent's goalkeeper is about to perform a goalkick, and is believed to have originated at a club match in 2007. [61] [62] Due to the homophobic meaning of the word puto in Mexican Spanish (a vulgar term for a male prostitute), the chant received negative attention in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Mexico's fans defended it as being traditionally used in the Liga MX. [63] On 23 June 2014, FIFA dropped an investigation, concluding that the chant "was not considered insulting in the specific context". Football Against Racism in Europe, an anti-discrimination organization, criticized the ruling as "disappointing". [64] In 2017, in advance of the 2018 World Cup, FIFA fined the Mexico football federation over fans' use of the chant and introduced escalating sanctions, [62] which were first applied in Liga MX games in 2019. [61] In 2021, three Mexico international matches in the United States were halted because of fan behaviour, including the CONCACAF Nations League final, in which fans also threw things onto the pitch and Giovanni Reyna was hit in the face by a heavy object. [61] [65] On June 18, 2021, FIFA announced that as a penalty for the use of the chant in a pre-Olympics tournament in Guadalajara, spectators would be barred from Mexico's first two qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup. [61]

Results and fixtures

The following matches have been played within the past 12 months.

  Win  Draw  Loss  Postponed/Cancelled

2020

30 September Friendly Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg3–0Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala Mexico City, Mexico
21:00 (UTC−5)
Report Stadium: Estadio Azteca
Referee: Fernando Hernández Gómez (Mexico)
13 October Friendly Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg2–2Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria The Hague, Netherlands
14:00 (UTC−5)
Report
Stadium: Cars Jeans Stadion
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
17 November Friendly Japan  Flag of Japan.svg0–2Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Graz, Austria
14:00 (UTC−6) Report
Stadium: Merkur-Arena
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)

2021

27 March Friendly Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg1–0Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Cardiff, Wales
14:00 (UTC−6)
Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ian McNabb (Northern Ireland)
30 March Friendly Costa Rica  Flag of Costa Rica.svg0–1Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Wiener Neustadt, Austria
14:00 (UTC−6) Report
Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
Attendance: 0
Referee: Christian-Petru Ciochirca (Austria)
29 May Friendly Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg2–1Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Arlington, United States
19:30 (UTC−5)
Report
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Attendance: 44,892
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
6 June Nations League F United States  Flag of the United States.svg3–2 (a.e.t.)Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Denver, United States
19:00 (UTC−5)
Report
Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High
Attendance: 37,648
Referee: John Pitti (Panama)
12 June Friendly Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg0–0Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg  Honduras Atlanta, United States
20:00 (UTC−4) Report Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Attendance: 70,072
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
30 June Friendly Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg3–0Flag of Panama.svg  Panama Nashville, United States
19:00 (UTC−7)
Report Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 30,386
Referee: Kevin Morrison (Jamaica)
3 July Friendly Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg4–0Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Los Angeles, United States
20:00 (UTC−7)
Report Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Referee: Oliver Vergara (Panama)
14 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Guatemala  Flag of Guatemala.svg0–3Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Dallas, United States
21:30  UTC−5 Report
Stadium: Cotton Bowl
Attendance: 15,391
Referee: Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)
18 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg1–0Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador Dallas, United States
22:00 (21:00 UTC−5) Report Stadium: Cotton Bowl
Referee: Said Martínez (Honduras)
2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svgvFlag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Mexico
Stadium: TBD
Attendance: 0 [66]
Note: The match is expected to be played behind closed doors in response to the behavior of the fans from the 2020 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship.
8 September 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Panama  Flag of Panama.svgvFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Panama
Stadium: TBD
7 October 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svgvFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Mexico
Stadium: TBD
Attendance: 0 [66]
Note: The match is expected to be played behind closed doors in response to the behavior of the fans from the 2020 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship.
10 October 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svgvFlag of Honduras (darker variant).svg  Honduras Mexico
Stadium: TBD
16 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svgvFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Canada
Stadium: TBD

2022

27 January 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Jamaica  Flag of Jamaica.svgvFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Jamaica
Stadium: TBD
2 February 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svgvFlag of Panama.svg  Panama Mexico
Stadium: TBD

Coaching staff

As of 7 January 2019 [67]
PositionName
Manager Flag of Argentina.svg Gerardo Martino
Assistant Manager Flag of Argentina.svg Jorge Theiler
Assistant Manager Flag of Argentina.svg Norberto Scoponi
Assistant Manager Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Giovagnoli
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of Argentina.svg Gustavo Piñero
Fitness Coach Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Alfano
Fitness Coach Flag of Argentina.svg Rodolfo Paladini

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were named to the final roster for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. [68]
Caps and goals correct as of 24 July 2021, after the match against Honduras.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Alfredo Talavera (1982-09-18) 18 September 1982 (age 38)360 Flag of Mexico.svg UNAM
121 GK Rodolfo Cota (1987-07-03) 3 July 1987 (age 34)50 Flag of Mexico.svg León
201 GK Jonathan Orozco (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 35)90 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana

22 DF Néstor Araujo (1991-08-29) 29 August 1991 (age 29)473 Flag of Spain.svg Celta Vigo
32 DF Carlos Salcedo (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 27)461 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL
52 DF Osvaldo Rodríguez (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 24)40 Flag of Mexico.svg León
82 DF Kevin Álvarez (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 (age 22)10 Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca
152 DF Héctor Moreno (Captain) (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 33)1154 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
192 DF Gilberto Sepúlveda (1999-02-04) 4 February 1999 (age 22)40 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara
212 DF Luis Rodríguez (1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 (age 30)312 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL
232 DF Jesús Gallardo (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 26)580 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey

43 MF Edson Álvarez (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 (age 23)442 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
63 MF Jonathan dos Santos (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 (age 31)565 Flag of the United States.svg LA Galaxy
73 MF Érick Sánchez (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 21)20 Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca
103 MF Orbelín Pineda (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 25)354 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul
133 MF Alan Cervantes (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 23)20 Flag of Mexico.svg Santos Laguna
143 MF Érick Gutiérrez (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 (age 26)261 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV
163 MF Héctor Herrera (Vice-captain) (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 31)868 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
183 MF Efraín Álvarez (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 (age 19)40 Flag of the United States.svg LA Galaxy
243 MF Rodolfo Pizarro (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 (age 27)325 Flag of the United States.svg Inter Miami

94 FW Alan Pulido (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 30)195 Flag of the United States.svg Sporting Kansas City
114 FW Rogelio Funes Mori (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 30)54 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
174 FW Jesús Corona (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 28)549 Flag of Portugal.svg Porto
224 FW Hirving Lozano INJ (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 25)4814 Flag of Italy.svg Napoli

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Guillermo Ochoa (1985-07-13) 13 July 1985 (age 36)1140 Flag of Mexico.svg América v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
GK Sebastián Jurado (1997-09-28) 28 September 1997 (age 23)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
GK Luis Malagón (1997-03-02) 2 March 1997 (age 24)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Necaxa v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
GK Hugo González (1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 (age 30)50 Flag of Mexico.svg Juárez 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

DF Jorge Sánchez (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 23)150 Flag of Mexico.svg América v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
DF César Montes (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 24)141 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
DF Jesús Alberto Angulo (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 23)50 Flag of Mexico.svg Atlas v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
DF Johan Vásquez (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 22)20 Flag of Mexico.svg UNAM v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
DF Vladimir Loroña (1998-11-16) 16 November 1998 (age 22)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
DF Gerardo Arteaga (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 22)100 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Genk v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021 WD
DF Miguel Layún (1988-06-25) 25 June 1988 (age 33)726 Flag of Mexico.svg América 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Diego Reyes (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 28)652 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Alan Mozo (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 24)20 Flag of Mexico.svg UNAM 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Víctor Guzmán (2002-03-07) 7 March 2002 (age 19)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Alejandro Mayorga (1997-05-29) 29 May 1997 (age 24)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Jesús Alejandro Gómez (2002-01-31) 31 January 2002 (age 19)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Atlas v. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 13 October 2020

MF Uriel Antuna (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 23)218 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
MF Roberto Alvarado (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 22)213 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
MF Carlos Rodríguez (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 24)200 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
MF Diego Lainez (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 (age 21)143 Flag of Spain.svg Betis v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
MF Luis Romo (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 26)100 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
MF Érick Aguirre (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 (age 24)90 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
MF Sebastián Córdova (1997-06-12) 12 June 1997 (age 24)72 Flag of Mexico.svg América v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
MF Jesús Ricardo Angulo (1997-02-20) 20 February 1997 (age 24)21 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
MF Fernando Beltrán (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 (age 23)20 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
MF José Joaquín Esquivel (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 23)10 Flag of Mexico.svg Juárez v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
MF Andrés Guardado (1986-09-28) 28 September 1986 (age 34)16628 Flag of Spain.svg Betis v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021 INJ
MF Luis Chávez (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Erik Lira (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 21)00 Flag of Mexico.svg UNAM 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF David Ramírez (1995-12-14) 14 December 1995 (age 25)00 Flag of Mexico.svg León 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Marcel Ruiz (2000-10-26) 26 October 2000 (age 20)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Jairo Torres (2000-07-05) 5 July 2000 (age 21)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Atlas 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Alejandro Zendejas (1998-02-07) 7 February 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Necaxa 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Omar Govea (1996-01-18) 18 January 1996 (age 25)40 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Zulte Waregem v. Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria , 13 October 2020
MF José Iván Rodríguez (1996-06-17) 17 June 1996 (age 25)20 Flag of Mexico.svg León v. Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala , 30 September 2020 INJ
MF Mauro Lainez (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Mexico.svg América Training Camp, 16–23 September 2020

FW Henry Martín (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 28)133 Flag of Mexico.svg América v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
FW Alexis Vega (1997-11-25) 25 November 1997 (age 23)81 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
FW Eduardo Aguirre (1998-08-03) 3 August 1998 (age 22)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Santos Laguna v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021
FW José Juan Macías (1999-09-22) 22 September 1999 (age 21)54 Flag of Spain.svg Getafe v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 30 June 2021 INJ
FW Javier Hernández (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 33)10952 Flag of the United States.svg LA Galaxy 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Roberto de la Rosa (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 21)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Santiago Giménez (2001-04-18) 18 April 2001 (age 20)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Raúl Jiménez (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 30)8627 Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals INJ

COV Withdrew due to COVID-19
INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad
WD Withdrew for personal reasons

Player records

As of 24 July 2021 [69]
Players in bold are still active with Mexico.

Most capped players

Claudio Suarez is the most capped player in the history of Mexico with 177 caps. Claudio Suarez.jpg
Claudio Suárez is the most capped player in the history of Mexico with 177 caps.
RankPlayerCapsGoalsCareer
1 Claudio Suárez 17771992–2006
2 Andrés Guardado 166282005–present
3 Rafael Márquez 147171997–2018
4 Pável Pardo 146111996–2009
Gerardo Torrado 14661999–2013
6 Jorge Campos 13001991–2004
7 Carlos Salcido 124102004–2014
8 Ramón Ramírez 121151991–2000
9 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 120391995–2014
10 Héctor Moreno 11542007–present

Top goalscorers

Javier Hernandez is Mexico's all-time top scorer with 52 goals. Mex-Kor (31).jpg
Javier Hernández is Mexico's all-time top scorer with 52 goals.
RankPlayerGoalsCapsAverageCareer
1 Javier Hernández (list)521090.482009–present
2 Jared Borgetti (list)46890.521997–2008
3 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 391200.331995–2014
4 Luis Hernández 35850.411995–2002
Carlos Hermosillo 35900.391984–1997
6 Enrique Borja 31650.481966–1975
7 Luís Roberto Alves 30840.361988–2001
8 Hugo Sánchez 29580.51977–1998
Luis Flores 29620.471983–1993
Luis García 29780.371991–1999

Competitive record

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's head-to-head record page .

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Group stage13th3003413 Squad Qualified as invitees
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Did not qualify4301147
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Group stage12th3003210 Squad 4400172
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 13th200228 Squad 4400191
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 16th301218 Squad 6510213
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 11th310234 Squad 8431185
Flag of England.svg 1966 12th302113 Squad 8620204
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Quarter-finals6th421164 Squad Qualified as hosts
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Did not qualify9621188
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Group stage16th3003212 Squad 9621236
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Did not qualify9252148
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Quarter-finals6th532062 Squad Qualified as hosts
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Banned Disqualified
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Round of 1613th412144 Squad 12912388
Flag of France.svg 1998 13th412187 Squad 168623713
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 11th421144 Squad 169343311
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 15th411255 Squad 1815126910
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 14th411245 Squad 1811253618
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 10th421153 Squad 1810533114
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 12th420236 Squad 161141298
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 Qualified as co-hostQualified as co-host [70]
TotalQuarter-finals16/215716142760981751133725437126

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
Flag of El Salvador.svg 1963 Group stage7th311192SquadQualified automatically
Flag of Guatemala.svg 1965 Champions1st5410132SquadAutomatically entered
Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg 1967 Runners-up2nd5401101SquadQualified as defending champions
Flag of Costa Rica.svg 1969 Fourth place4th512245Squad210142
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg 1971 Champions1st541061Squad220060
Flag of Haiti (1964-1986).svg 1973 Third place3rd5221105Squad440083
Flag of Mexico.svg 1977 Champions1st5500205Squad412131
Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg 1981 Third place3rd513163Squad412185
1985 Withdrew to host the 1986 FIFA World Cup Withdrew
1989 BannedBanned
Flag of the United States.svg 1991 Third place3rd5311105 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 1993 Champions 1st5410282 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of the United States.svg 1996 Champions 1st440090 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of the United States.svg 1998 Champions1st440082 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of the United States.svg 2000 Quarter-finals7th311163 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of the United States.svg 2002 5th321041 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2003 Champions1st541090 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of the United States.svg 2005 Quarter-finals6th420274 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of the United States.svg 2007 Runners-up2nd640275 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of the United States.svg 2009 Champions 1st6510152 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of the United States.svg 2011 Champions 1st6600224 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of the United States.svg 2013 Semi-finals3rd530285 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of the United States.svg 2015 Champions 1st6420166 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of the United States.svg 2017 Semi-finals3rd531162 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Costa Rica.svg Flag of Jamaica.svg 2019 Champions 1st6510164 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of the United States.svg 2021 Qualified Squad 4400133
Total11 titles23/25111762015249692013434214

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
SeasonDivisionGroupPldWD*LGFGAP/RRKSquad
Flag of the United States.svg 2019−20 A B 6411156Equals-sign-blue.gif 2nd Squad
Flag of None.svg 2022–23 ATo be determined
Total64111562nd

Copa América

Copa América record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquad
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1993 Runners-up 2nd622297 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1995 Quarter-finals7th412154 Squad
Flag of Bolivia.svg 1997 Semi-finals3rd622289 Squad
Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg 1999 Semi-finals3rd6312109 Squad
Flag of Colombia.svg 2001 Runners-up 2nd631253 Squad
Flag of Peru.svg 2004 Quarter-finals6th421157 Squad
Flag of Venezuela.svg 2007 Semi-finals3rd6411135 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 2011 Group stage12th300314 Squad
Flag of Chile.svg 2015 11th302145 Squad
Flag of the United States.svg 2016 Quarter-finals7th421169 Squad
Flag of Brazil.svg 2019 Were not invited
Flag of Brazil.svg 2021
TotalRunners-up10/12481913166662

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1992 Did not qualify
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1995 Third place3rd312042 Squad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1997 Group stage5th310286 Squad
Flag of Mexico.svg 1999 Champions 1st5410136 Squad
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2001 Group stage8th300318 Squad
Flag of France.svg 2003 Did not qualify
Flag of Germany.svg 2005 Fourth place4th522176 Squad
Flag of South Africa.svg 2009 Did not qualify
Flag of Brazil.svg 2013 Group stage6th310235 Squad
Flag of Russia.svg 2017 Fourth place4th5212810 Squad
Total1 title7/1027116104443

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquad
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928 First round14th2002210 Squad
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 Did not enter
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 First round11th100135 Squad
Flag of Finland.svg 1952 Did not qualify
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956
Flag of Italy.svg 1960
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1964 Group stage11th301226 Squad
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968 Fourth place4th5302107 Squad
Flag of Germany.svg 1972 Second group stage7th6213414 Squad
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976 Group stage9th302147 Squad
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980 Did not qualify
Flag of the United States.svg 1984
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg 1988 Banned
Since 1992 See Mexico national under-23 football team
TotalFourth place6/132054112549

Honours

Major competitions

Minor competitions

CompetitionGold medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svgTotal
World Cup 0000
Copa América 0235
Gold Cup 112518
Confederations Cup 1012
CONCACAF Nations League 0101
Total125926

See also

Notes

  1. Competition under-23 with 3 unrestricted picks
  2. Represented by Mexico Olympic.
  3. Along with Germany, Brazil, Italy, Argentina, France, Spain, and Uruguay

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