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Mexico
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)El Tri (The Tricolor)
AssociationFederación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF)
ConfederationCONCACAF
Head coachGerardo Martino
CaptainAndrés Guardado
Most capsClaudio Suárez (177)
Top scorerJavier Hernández (51)
Home stadiumEstadio Azteca
FIFA codeMEX
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 18 Steady (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest4 (February – June 1998, May – June 2006)
Lowest40 (July 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 16 Increase 2 (16 June 2019)[2]
Highest4 (June 2016)
Lowest47 (February 1979)
First international
 Guatemala 2–3 Mexico 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 1 January 1923)
Biggest win
 Mexico 13–0 Bahamas 
(Toluca, Mexico; 28 April 1987)
Biggest defeat
 England 8–0 Mexico 
(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.

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.

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[b] 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.

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.[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]

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]

Formation

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

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.

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

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]

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

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 supplier Period Notes
Levi's 1978–1979 [48]
Pony 1980–1983
Adidas 1984-1990 [49]
Umbro 1991–1994 [50]
ABA Sport 1995–1998 [51]
Garcis 1999-2000 [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

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]
Position Name
Manager Argentina Gerardo Martino
Assistant Manager Argentina Jorge Theiler
Assistant Manager Argentina Norberto Scoponi
Assistant Manager Argentina Sergio Giovagnoli
Goalkeeping Coach Argentina Gustavo Piñero
Fitness Coach Argentina Juan Manuel Alfano
Fitness Coach Argentina Rodolfo Paladini

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players have been named in the squad for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[63]
Caps and goals correct as of 15 June 2019, after the match against Cuba. Including only official FIFA caps.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jonathan Orozco (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 33) 7 0 Mexico Santos Laguna
12 1GK Hugo González (1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 (age 28) 2 0 Mexico Necaxa
13 1GK Guillermo Ochoa (1985-07-13) 13 July 1985 (age 33) 103 0 Belgium Standard Liège

2 2DF Néstor Araujo (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 27) 32 3 Spain Celta
3 2DF Carlos Salcedo (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 25) 28 0 Mexico UANL
5 2DF Diego Reyes (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 26) 61 2 Spain Leganés
15 2DF Héctor Moreno (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 31) 98 4 Spain Real Sociedad
17 2DF César Montes (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 22) 8 0 Mexico Monterrey
19 2DF Fernando Navarro (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 30) 1 0 Mexico León
21 2DF Luis Rodríguez (1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 (age 28) 13 1 Mexico UANL
23 2DF Jesús Gallardo (1994-08-14) 14 August 1994 (age 24) 36 0 Mexico Monterrey

4 3MF Edson Álvarez (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 (age 21) 23 1 Mexico América
6 3MF Jonathan dos Santos (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 (age 29) 41 2 United States LA Galaxy
7 3MF Orbelín Pineda (1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 (age 23) 18 1 Mexico Cruz Azul
8 3MF Carlos Rodríguez (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 22) 3 0 Mexico Monterrey
10 3MF Luis Montes (1986-05-15) 15 May 1986 (age 33) 22 5 Mexico León
11 3MF Roberto Alvarado (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 20) 9 1 Mexico Cruz Azul
16 3MF Érick Gutiérrez (1995-06-17) 17 June 1995 (age 24) 16 0 Netherlands PSV
18 3MF Andrés Guardado (Captain) (1986-09-28) 28 September 1986 (age 32) 156 26 Spain Betis
22 3MF Uriel Antuna (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 21) 3 3 United States LA Galaxy

9 4FW Raúl Jiménez (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 28) 73 19 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
14 4FW Alexis Vega (1997-11-25) 25 November 1997 (age 21) 4 1 Mexico Guadalajara
20 4FW Rodolfo Pizarro (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 (age 25) 18 4 Mexico Monterrey

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Raúl Gudiño (1996-04-22) 22 April 1996 (age 23) 3 0 Mexico Guadalajara 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
GK Gibrán Lajud (1993-12-25) 25 December 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Mexico Tijuana Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
GK José de Jesús Corona (1981-01-28) 28 January 1981 (age 38) 55 0 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  Argentina, 20 November 2018
GK Alfredo Talavera (1982-09-18) 18 September 1982 (age 36) 28 0 Mexico Toluca 2018 FIFA World Cup

DF Miguel Layún (1988-06-25) 25 June 1988 (age 30) 71 6 Mexico Monterrey 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup INJ
DF Jorge Sánchez (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Mexico América 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup INJ
DF Hiram Mier (1989-08-25) 25 August 1989 (age 29) 13 0 Mexico Guadalajara Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
DF Jesús Angulo (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 21) 3 0 Mexico Santos Laguna Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
DF Julio César Domínguez (1987-11-08) 8 November 1987 (age 31) 18 0 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  Argentina, 20 November 2018
DF Érick Aguirre (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 (age 22) 4 0 Mexico Pachuca v.  Argentina, 20 November 2018
DF Gerardo Arteaga (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 20) 4 0 Mexico Santos Laguna v.  Argentina, 20 November 2018
DF Josecarlos Van Rankin (1993-05-14) 14 May 1993 (age 26) 1 0 Mexico Guadalajara v.  Chile, 16 October 2018
DF Hugo Ayala (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 32) 47 1 Mexico UANL v.  United States, 11 September 2018
DF Oswaldo Alanís (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 30) 23 2 Mexico Guadalajara v.  United States, 11 September 2018
DF José Abella (1994-02-10) 10 February 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Mexico Santos Laguna v.  United States, 11 September 2018

MF Marco Fabián (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 (age 29) 42 9 United States Philadelphia Union 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF José Iván Rodríguez (1996-06-17) 17 June 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Mexico León 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF José Juan Vázquez (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 31) 19 0 Mexico Santos Laguna v.  Paraguay, 26 March 2019
MF Isaác Brizuela (1990-08-28) 28 August 1990 (age 28) 14 0 Mexico Guadalajara v.  Paraguay, 26 March 2019
MF Víctor Guzmán (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 24) 6 1 Mexico Pachuca v.  Paraguay, 26 March 2019
MF Diego Lainez (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 (age 19) 4 0 Spain Betis v.  Paraguay, 26 March 2019
MF Javier Aquino (1990-02-11) 11 February 1990 (age 29) 54 0 Mexico UANL Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
MF Jesús Dueñas (1989-03-16) 16 March 1989 (age 30) 25 1 Mexico UANL Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
MF Juan Pablo Vigón (1991-07-20) 20 July 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Mexico UNAM Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
MF Javier Güémez (1991-10-17) 17 October 1991 (age 27) 15 0 Mexico Querétaro v.  Argentina, 20 November 2018
MF Jürgen Damm (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 26) 12 1 Mexico UANL v.  Chile, 16 October 2018
MF Jonathan González (1999-04-13) 13 April 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  Chile, 16 October 2018
MF Elías Hernández (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 31) 25 4 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  United States, 11 September 2018
MF Giovani dos Santos (1989-05-11) 11 May 1989 (age 30) 106 19 Unattached 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Héctor Herrera (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 29) 70 5 Portugal Porto 2018 FIFA World Cup

FW Hirving Lozano (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 23) 35 9 Netherlands PSV 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE / INJ
FW Javier Hernández (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 31) 108 51 England West Ham United v.  Paraguay, 26 March 2019
FW Jesús Manuel Corona (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 26) 40 7 Portugal Porto v.  Chile, 22 March 2019 INJ
FW Henry Martín (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 26) 5 1 Mexico América Training Camp, 10–13 February 2019
FW Alan Pulido (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 28) 13 5 Mexico Guadalajara v.  Argentina, 20 November 2018
FW Ángel Zaldívar (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 25) 6 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  Argentina, 20 November 2018
FW Carlos Vela (1989-03-01) 1 March 1989 (age 30) 72 19 United States Los Angeles 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

11 October CONCACAF Nations LeagueBermuda v MexicoTBD, Bermuda
15 October CONCACAF Nations LeagueMexico v PanamaTBD, Mexico
15 November CONCACAF Nations LeaguePanama v MexicoTBD, Panama
19 November CONCACAF Nations LeagueMexico v BermudaTBD, Mexico

Player records

Most capped players

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 5 June 2019.[64]

# Player Period Caps
1 Claudio Suárez 1992–2006 177
2 Andrés Guardado 2005–0000 154
3 Pável Pardo 1996–2009 146
Gerardo Torrado 1999–2013
Rafael Márquez 1997–2018
6 Jorge Campos 1991–2004 130
7 Carlos Salcido 2004–2014 124
8 Ramón Ramírez 1991–2000 121
9 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 1995–2014 120
10 Alberto García-Aspe 1988–2002 109

Top goalscorers

Javier Hernández is Mexico's all-time top scorer with 51 goals.

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

Rank Player Period Caps Goals Average
1 Javier Hernández (list) 2009–0000 108 51 0.47
2 Jared Borgetti (list) 1997–2008 89 46 0.52
3 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 1995–2014 120 39 0.33
4 Carlos Hermosillo 1984–1997 90 35 0.39
Luis Hernández 1995–2002 85 35 0.41
6 Enrique Borja 1966–1975 65 31 0.48
7 Luis Roberto Alves 1988–2001 84 30 0.36
8 Luis Flores 1983–1993 62 29 0.47
Luis García 1991–1999 78 29 0.37
Hugo Sánchez 1977–1998 58 29 0.50

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
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA MP W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Group stage 13th 3 0 0 3 4 13  –  –  –  –  –  –
Italy 1934 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 14 7
France 1938 Withdrew
Brazil 1950 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 2 10 4 4 0 0 17 2
Switzerland 1954 13th 2 0 0 2 2 8 4 4 0 0 19 1
Sweden 1958 16th 3 0 1 2 1 8 6 5 1 0 21 3
Chile 1962 11th 3 1 0 2 3 4 8 4 3 1 18 5
England 1966 12th 3 0 2 1 1 3 8 6 2 0 20 4
Mexico 1970 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 6 4 Qualified as hosts
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 9 6 2 1 18 8
Argentina 1978 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 12 9 6 2 1 23 6
Spain 1982 Did not qualify 9 2 5 2 14 8
Mexico 1986 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 2 0 6 2 Qualified as hosts
Italy 1990 Banned Disqualified
United States 1994 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 4 4 12 9 1 2 38 8
France 1998 13th 4 1 2 1 8 7 16 8 6 2 37 13
South Korea Japan 2002 11th 4 2 1 1 4 4 16 9 3 4 33 11
Germany 2006 15th 4 1 1 2 5 5 18 15 1 2 69 10
South Africa 2010 14th 4 1 1 2 4 5 18 11 2 5 36 18
Brazil 2014 10th 4 2 1 1 5 3 18 10 5 3 31 14
Russia 2018 12th 4 2 0 2 3 6 16 11 4 1 29 8
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026 To be determined To be determined[66]
Total Quarter-finals 16/21 57 16 14 27 60 98 175 113 37 25 437 126

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position MP W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995 Semifinals 3rd 3 1 2 0 4 2 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1997 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 8 6 Squad
Mexico 1999 Finals 1st 5 4 1 0 13 6 Squad
South Korea Japan 2001 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 8 Squad
France 2003 Did not qualify
Germany 2005 Semifinals 4th 5 2 2 1 7 6 Squad
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify
Brazil 2013 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5 Squad
Russia 2017 Semifinals 4th 5 2 1 2 8 10 Squad
Total 1 title 7/10 27 11 6 10 44 43 -

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Group stage 7th 3 1 1 1 9 2
Guatemala 1965 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 2
Honduras 1967 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 10 1
Costa Rica 1969 Fourth place 4th 5 1 2 2 4 5
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 6 1
Haiti 1973 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1 10 5
Mexico 1977 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 20 5
Honduras 1981 Third place 3rd 5 1 3 1 6 3
1985 Hosted 1986 World Cup
1989 Banned
United States 1991 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 10 5
Mexico United States1993 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 28 2
United States 1996 1st 4 4 0 0 9 0
United States 1998 1st 4 4 0 0 8 2
United States 2000 Quarter-Final 7th 3 1 1 1 6 3
United States 2002 5th 3 2 1 0 4 1
Mexico United States 2003 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 9 0
United States 2005 Quarter-Final 6th 4 2 0 2 7 4
United States 2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 7 5
United States 2009 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 15 2
United States 2011 1st 6 6 0 0 22 4
United States 2013 Semi-final 3rd 5 3 0 2 8 5
Canada United States 2015 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 16 6
United States 2017 Semi-final 3rd 5 3 1 1 6 2
United States Costa Rica Jamaica 2019 Qualified
Total 10 titles 22/24 105 71 19 15 233 65

Copa América

CONMEBOL Copa América record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA
Ecuador 1993 Final 2nd 6 2 2 2 8 7
Uruguay 1995 Quarter-final 7th 4 1 2 1 5 4
Bolivia 1997 Semifinal 3rd 6 2 2 2 8 9
Paraguay 1999 Semifinal 3rd 6 3 1 2 10 9
Colombia 2001 Final 2nd 6 3 1 2 7 5
Peru 2004 Quarter-final 6th 4 2 1 1 5 7
Venezuela 2007 Semifinal 3rd 6 4 1 1 13 5
Argentina 2011 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 1 4
Chile 2015 11th 3 0 2 1 4 5
United States 2016 Quarter-final 7th 4 2 1 1 6 9
Total Runners-up 10/10 48 19 13 16 67 64

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position MP W D L GF GA
Netherlands 1928 Round 1 14th 2 0 0 2 2 10
Germany 1936 Did not enter
United Kingdom 1948 Round 1 11th 1 0 0 1 3 5
Finland1952 Did not qualify
Australia1956
Italy1960
Japan1964 Group stage 11th 3 0 1 2 2 6
Mexico1968 Fourth place 4th 5 3 0 2 10 7
West Germany1972 Round 2 7th 6 2 1 3 4 14
Canada1976 Group stage 9th 3 0 2 1 4 7
Soviet Union1980 Did not qualify
United States1984
South Korea1988 Banned
Spain 1992 Group stage 10th 3 0 3 0 3 3
United States 1996 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 2 3
Australia 2000 Did not qualify
Greece 2004 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 3
China 2008 Did not qualify
United Kingdom 2012 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 12 4
Brazil 2016 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 4
Total 1 gold medal 11/25 39 13 12 14 52 66

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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