Mexico national football team

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Mexico
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Nickname(s) El Tri (The Tricolor)
Association Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF)
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach Gerardo Martino
Captain Andrés Guardado
Most caps Claudio Suárez (177)
Top scorer Javier Hernández (51)
Home stadium Estadio Azteca
FIFA code MEX
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FIFA ranking
Current 18 Decrease2.svg 1 (4 April 2019) [1]
Highest4 (February – June 1998, May – June 2006)
Lowest40 (July 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 20 Decrease2.svg 4 (27 March 2019) [2]
Highest4 (June 2016)
Lowest47 (February 1979)
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)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances23 (first in 1963 )
Best resultChampions (1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015)
Copa América
Appearances10 (first in 1993 )
Best resultRunners-up (1993, 2001)
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 of North and Central America, and the Caribbean. The team plays its home games at the Estadio Azteca.

Spanish language Romance language

Spanish or Castilian is a Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers in the Americas and Spain. It is a global language and the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese.

Mexico Country in the southern portion of North America

Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2,000,000 square kilometres (770,000 sq mi), the nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world. With an estimated population of over 120 million people, the country is the eleventh most populous state and the most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world, while being the second most populous nation in Latin America after Brazil. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states and Mexico City, a special federal entity that is also the capital city and its most populous city. Other metropolises in the state include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana and León.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

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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. [3] 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.

FIFA World Cup association football competition for mens national teams

The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

The Brazil national football team represents Brazil in international men's association football. Brazil is administered by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the governing body for football in Brazil. They have been a member of FIFA since 1923 and member of CONMEBOL since 1916.

France national football team mens national association football team representing France

The France national football team represents France in international football and is controlled by the French Football Federation, also known as FFF, or in French: Fédération française de football. The team's colours are blue, white and red, and the coq gaulois its symbol. France are colloquially known as Les Bleus. The French side are the reigning World Cup holders, having won the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 15 July 2018.

Mexico is historically the most successful national team in the CONCACAF region, having won ten confederation titles, including seven CONCACAF Gold Cups and three CONCACAF Championships (the precursor to the Gold Cup), as well as three NAFC Championships, one North American Nations Cup, and one CONCACAF Cup. It is one of eight nations [lower-alpha 2] 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 [4] and the 2012 Summer Olympics. [5] 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 has been regularly invited to compete in the Copa América since 1993, finishing runner-up twice – in 1993 and 2001  – and obtaining the third-place medal on three occasions.

CONCACAF Gold Cup The main association football competition of the mens national football teams governed by CONCACAF

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by CONCACAF, determining the continental champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The Gold Cup is held every two years.

The CONCACAF Championship was an association football tournament that took place between 1963 and 1989. The competition is sometimes referred to as CONCACAF Campeonato de Naciones or the NORCECA tournament, taking its name from the acronym of regions entering the tournament.

The NAFC Championship(also known as the North American Nations Cup) was an association football (soccer) tournament for teams in the area of North America between the years 1947 and 1949. It was replaced by the CONCACAF Championship when the NAFC merged with the CCCF into CONCACAF in 1961.

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.

Cornwall County of England

Cornwall is a county in South West England in the United Kingdom. The county is bordered to the north and west by the Celtic Sea, to the south by the English Channel, and to the east by the county of Devon, over the River Tamar which forms most of the border between them. Cornwall forms the westernmost part of the South West Peninsula of the island of Great Britain. The furthest southwestern point of Great Britain is Land's End; the southernmost point is Lizard Point. Cornwall has a population of 563,600 and covers an area of 3,563 km2 (1,376 sq mi). The county has been administered since 2009 by the unitary authority, Cornwall Council. The ceremonial county of Cornwall also includes the Isles of Scilly, which are administered separately. The administrative centre of Cornwall, and its only city, is Truro.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north-northwest. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

Spain Kingdom in Southwest Europe

Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a country mostly located in Europe. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula. Its territory also includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Melilla, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country (Morocco). Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are also part of Spanish territory. The country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.

Mexico's first match was played against Guatemala, which Mexico won 3–2. [6] 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. [7] The manager for this team was Rafael Garza Gutiérrez. [7]

Guatemala national football team womens national association football team representing Guatemala

The Guatemala national football team is governed by the Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. Founded in 1919, it affiliated to FIFA in 1946, and it is a member of CONCACAF.

Parque España

Parque España is a park in the Colonia Hipódromo (neighborhood) of the Condesa district, in the Cuauhtémoc borough, in west-central Mexico City.

Rafael Garza Gutiérrez, nicknamed "Récord", was a Mexican footballer and coach. He, along with other members of the Garza family, are recognized as the founders of Club América. He was a defender for that club as well as the Selección de fútbol de México. Upon retiring, he took the reins of his beloved club as an executive and later served as the national team manager on four separate occasions.. He is an Olympian.

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. [6]

Uruguay republic in South America

Uruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, is a country in the southeastern region of South America. It borders Argentina to its west and Brazil to its north and east, with the Río de la Plata to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. Uruguay is home to an estimated 3.44 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo. With an area of approximately 176,000 square kilometres (68,000 sq mi), Uruguay is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America, after Suriname.

Formation

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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. [8]

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. [9] 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. [10]

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. [11]

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.

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

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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]

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]

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

In their opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mexico defeated defending champion Germany, 1–0, 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] [41] 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. [42] On 28 July, Juan Carlos Osorio left as head coach on the expiry of his contract. [43]

In January 2019, Gerardo Martino was appointed as Mexico's new head coach, becoming the third Argentine to coach the national team. [44]

Home stadium

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Azteca Stadium is the home of the Mexican 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 Mexican 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 Mexican 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]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplierPeriodNotes
Levi's 1978–1979 [48]
Pony 1980–1983
Adidas 1984-1990 [49]
Umbro 1991–1994 [50]
ABA Sport1995–1998 [51]
Garcis1999-2000 [52]
Atletica 2000–2002 [53]
Nike 2003–2006 [54]
Adidas 2007–present [55]

Sources:

1. ClassicFootballShirts.co.uk

2. OldFootballShirts.com

Rivalry with United States national team

Mexico and the United States are widely considered as the two major powers of CONCACAF. Matches between the two nations often attract much media attention, public interest and comment in both countries. Although the first match was played in 1934, their rivalry was not considered major until the 1980s, when the teams began to frequently compete in CONCACAF cups. 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. [56]

Ever since their first meeting in 1934, the two teams have met 67 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 34–18–15 (W–L–D), outscoring the U.S. 138–79. However, since the 1990s, the tide began to change due to a rapid growth of soccer in the United States. During this decade, Mexico continued to hold an edge over their arch-rivals but since the 2000s the series has favored the U.S. 13–7–6 (W–L–D).

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. [57] [58] 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. [59]

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. 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. Amid an investigation conducted on the subject by FIFA authorities, Mexico's fans defended the chant by claiming that it was traditionally used in the Liga MX. [60] 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." [61]

Coaching staff

As of 7 January 2019 [62]
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 players were called up for the friendly matches against Chile and Paraguay on 22 March and 26 March 2019, respectively. [63]
Caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2019, after the match against Paraguay. Including only official FIFA caps.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Hugo González (1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 (age 28)20 Flag of Mexico.svg Necaxa
121 GK Raúl Gudiño (1996-04-22) 22 April 1996 (age 22)30 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara
131 GK Guillermo Ochoa (1985-07-13) 13 July 1985 (age 33)1000 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Standard Liège

22 DF Néstor Araujo (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 27)303 Flag of Spain.svg Celta
32 DF Carlos Salcedo (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 25)260 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL
42 DF Edson Álvarez (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 (age 21)221 Flag of Mexico.svg América
52 DF Diego Reyes (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 26)581 Flag of Spain.svg Leganés
152 DF Héctor Moreno (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 31)964 Flag of Spain.svg Real Sociedad
192 DF Miguel Layún (1988-06-25) 25 June 1988 (age 30)716 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
232 DF Jesús Gallardo (1994-08-14) 14 August 1994 (age 24)330 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
282 DF Luis Rodríguez (1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 (age 28)110 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL
262 DF Jorge Sánchez (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 21)10 Flag of Mexico.svg América
272 DF César Montes (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 22)60 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey

63 MF Jonathan dos Santos (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 (age 28)401 Flag of the United States.svg LA Galaxy
83 MF Carlos Rodríguez (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 22)10 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
103 MF Luis Montes (1986-05-15) 15 May 1986 (age 32)214 Flag of Mexico.svg León
113 MF Isaác Brizuela (1990-08-28) 28 August 1990 (age 28)140 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara
163 MF Víctor Guzmán (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 24)61 Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca
183 MF Andrés Guardado (Captain) (1986-09-28) 28 September 1986 (age 32)15325 Flag of Spain.svg Betis
203 MF Rodolfo Pizarro (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 (age 25)163 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
213 MF José Juan Vázquez (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 31)190 Flag of Mexico.svg Santos Laguna
243 MF Roberto Alvarado (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 20)60 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul
253 MF Érick Gutiérrez (1995-06-17) 17 June 1995 (age 23)150 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV
293 MF Diego Lainez (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 (age 18)40 Flag of Spain.svg Betis

74 FW Alexis Vega (1997-11-25) 25 November 1997 (age 21)10 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara
94 FW Raúl Jiménez (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 27)7017 Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers
144 FW Javier Hernández (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 30)10851 Flag of England.svg West Ham United
224 FW Hirving Lozano (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 23)359 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Jonathan Orozco (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 32)60 Flag of Mexico.svg Santos Laguna v. Flag of Chile.svg  Chile , 22 March 2019 INJ
GK Gibrán Lajud (1993-12-25) 25 December 1993 (age 25)10 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
GK José de Jesús Corona (1981-01-28) 28 January 1981 (age 38)550 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul v. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina , 20 November 2018
GK Alfredo Talavera (1982-09-18) 18 September 1982 (age 36)280 Flag of Mexico.svg Toluca 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK Rodolfo Cota (1987-07-03) 3 July 1987 (age 31)20 Flag of Mexico.svg León 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE

DF Hiram Mier (1989-08-25) 25 August 1989 (age 29)130 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
DF Jesús Angulo (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 21)30 Flag of Mexico.svg Santos Laguna Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
DF Julio César Domínguez (1987-11-08) 8 November 1987 (age 31)180 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul v. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina , 20 November 2018
DF Érick Aguirre (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 (age 22)40 Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca v. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina , 20 November 2018
DF Gerardo Arteaga (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 20)40 Flag of Mexico.svg Santos Laguna v. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina , 20 November 2018
DF Josecarlos Van Rankin (1993-05-14) 14 May 1993 (age 25)10 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara v. Flag of Chile.svg  Chile , 16 October 2018
DF Hugo Ayala (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 32)471 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States , 11 September 2018
DF Oswaldo Alanís (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 30)232 Flag of Spain.svg Oviedo v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States , 11 September 2018
DF José Abella (1994-02-10) 10 February 1994 (age 25)10 Flag of Mexico.svg Santos Laguna v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States , 11 September 2018
DF Jair Pereira (1986-07-07) 7 July 1986 (age 32)80 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE

MF Javier Aquino (1990-02-11) 11 February 1990 (age 29)540 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
MF Jesús Dueñas (1989-03-16) 16 March 1989 (age 30)251 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
MF Orbelín Pineda (1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 (age 23)151 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
MF Juan Pablo Vigón (1991-07-20) 20 July 1991 (age 27)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Atlas Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
MF Marco Fabián (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 (age 29)429 Flag of the United States.svg Philadelphia Union v. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina , 20 November 2018
MF Javier Güémez (1991-10-17) 17 October 1991 (age 27)150 Flag of Mexico.svg Querétaro v. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina , 20 November 2018
MF Jürgen Damm (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 26)121 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL v. Flag of Chile.svg  Chile , 16 October 2018
MF Jonathan González (1999-04-13) 13 April 1999 (age 20)20 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey v. Flag of Chile.svg  Chile , 16 October 2018
MF Elías Hernández (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 30)254 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States , 11 September 2018
MF Giovani dos Santos (1989-05-11) 11 May 1989 (age 29)10619 Unattached 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Héctor Herrera (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 28)705 Flag of Portugal.svg Porto 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Jesús Molina (1988-03-29) 29 March 1988 (age 31)320 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Jorge Hernández (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 (age 29)100 Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Omar Govea (1996-01-18) 18 January 1996 (age 23)30 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Royal Antwerp 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE

FW Jesús Manuel Corona (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 26)407 Flag of Portugal.svg Porto v. Flag of Chile.svg  Chile , 22 March 2019 INJ
FW Henry Martín (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 26)51 Flag of Mexico.svg América Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
FW Alan Pulido (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 28)135 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara v. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina , 20 November 2018
FW Ángel Zaldívar (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 25)60 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey v. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina , 20 November 2018
FW Carlos Vela (1989-03-01) 1 March 1989 (age 30)7219 Flag of the United States.svg LAFC 2018 FIFA World Cup

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player retired from the national team.
SUS Player is serving a suspension.
WD Player withdrew for personal reasons.

Previous squads

Results and fixtures

  Win  Draw  Loss

2018

2019

Player records

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.

Players in bold text are still active with Mexico.As of 24 March 2019. [64]

#PlayerPeriodCaps
1 Claudio Suárez 1992–2006177
2 Andrés Guardado 2005–152
3 Pável Pardo 1996–2009146
Gerardo Torrado 1999–2013
Rafael Márquez 1997–2018
6 Jorge Campos 1991–2004130
7 Carlos Salcido 2004–2014124
8 Ramón Ramírez 1991–2000121
9 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 1995–2014120
10 Alberto García-Aspe 1988–2002109

Top goalscorers

Javier Hernandez is Mexico's top scorer. Mex-Kor (31).jpg
Javier Hernández is Mexico's top scorer.

Players in bold text are still active with Mexico.As of 27 March 2019. [65]

RankPlayerPeriodCapsGoalsAverage
1 Javier Hernández 2009–108510.47
2 Jared Borgetti 1997–200889460.52
3 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 1995–2014120390.33
4 Carlos Hermosillo 1984–199790350.39
Luis Hernández 1995–200285350.41
6 Enrique Borja 1966–197565310.48
7 Luis Roberto Alves 1988–200184300.36
8 Luis Flores 1983–199362290.47
Luis García 1991–199978290.37
Hugo Sánchez 1977–199858290.50

Competitive record

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

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
YearRoundPositionMPWD*LGFGAMPWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Group stage13th3003413      
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Did not qualify4301147
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938 Withdrew
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Group stage12th30032104400172
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 13th2002284400191
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 16th3012186510213
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 11th3102348431185
Flag of England.svg 1966 12th3021138620204
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Quarter-finals6th421164Qualified as hosts
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Did not qualify9621188
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Group stage16th30032129621236
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Did not qualify9252148
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Quarter-finals6th532062Qualified as hosts
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Banned Disqualified
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Round of 1613th41214412912388
Flag of France.svg 1998 13th412187168623713
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 11th421144169343311
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 15th4112551815126910
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 14th4112451811253618
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 10th4211531810533114
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 12th420236161141298
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 To be determinedTo be determined [66]
TotalQuarter-finals16/215716142760981751133725437126

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionMPWD *LGFGASquad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1992 Did not qualify
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1995 Semifinals3rd312042 Squad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1997 Group stage5th310286 Squad
Flag of Mexico.svg 1999 Finals1st5410136 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 Semifinals4th522176 Squad
Flag of South Africa.svg 2009 Did not qualify
Flag of Brazil.svg 2013 Group stage6th310235 Squad
Flag of Russia.svg 2017 Semifinals4th5212810 Squad
Total1 title7/1027116104443-

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
YearRoundPositionMPWD*LGFGA
Flag of El Salvador.svg 1963 Group stage7th311192
Flag of Guatemala.svg 1965 Champions1st5410132
Flag of Honduras.svg 1967 Runners-up2nd5401101
Flag of Costa Rica.svg 1969 Fourth place4th512245
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg 1971 Champions1st541061
Flag of Haiti (1964-1986).svg 1973 Third place3rd5221105
Flag of Mexico.svg 1977 Champions1st5500205
Flag of Honduras.svg 1981 Third place3rd513163
1985 Hosted 1986 World Cup
1989 Banned
Flag of the United States.svg 1991 Third place3rd5311105
Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 1993 Champions1st5410282
Flag of the United States.svg 1996 1st440090
Flag of the United States.svg 1998 1st440082
Flag of the United States.svg 2000 Quarter-Final7th311163
Flag of the United States.svg 2002 5th321041
Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2003 Champions1st541090
Flag of the United States.svg 2005 Quarter-Final6th420274
Flag of the United States.svg 2007 Runners-up2nd640275
Flag of the United States.svg 2009 Champions1st6510152
Flag of the United States.svg 2011 1st6600224
Flag of the United States.svg 2013 Semi-final3rd530285
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of the United States.svg 2015 Champions1st6420166
Flag of the United States.svg 2017 Semi-final3rd531162
Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Costa Rica.svg Flag of Jamaica.svg 2019 Qualified
Total10 titles22/2410571191523365

Copa América

CONMEBOL Copa América record
YearRoundPositionMPWD*LGFGA
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1993 Final 2nd622287
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1995 Quarter-final7th412154
Flag of Bolivia.svg 1997 Semifinal3rd622289
Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg 1999 Semifinal3rd6312109
Flag of Colombia.svg 2001 Final 2nd631275
Flag of Peru.svg 2004 Quarter-final6th421157
Flag of Venezuela.svg 2007 Semifinal3rd6411135
Flag of Argentina.svg 2011 Group stage12th300314
Flag of Chile.svg 2015 11th302145
Flag of the United States.svg 2016 Quarter-final7th421169
TotalRunners-up10/10481913166764

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
YearRoundPositionMPWDLGFGA
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928 Round 114th2002210
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 Did not enter
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 Round 111th100135
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
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968 Fourth place4th5302107
Flag of Germany.svg 1972 Round 27th6213414
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976 Group stage9th302147
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
Flag of Spain.svg 1992 Group stage10th303033
Flag of the United States.svg 1996 Quarter-finals7th412123
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2000 Did not qualify
Flag of Greece.svg 2004 Group stage10th311133
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008 Did not qualify
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2012 Champions1st6510124
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016 Group Stage9th311174
Total1 gold medal11/25391312145266

Honours

See also

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. Along with Germany, Brazil, Italy, Argentina, France, Spain, and Uruguay

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