Mexico national football team

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
Nickname(s)El Tri (The Tricolor)
AssociationFederación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF)
ConfederationCONCACAF
Head coachGerardo Martino
CaptainAndrés Guardado
Most capsClaudio Suárez (177)
Top scorerJavier Hernández (52)
Home stadiumEstadio Azteca
FIFA codeMEX
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 11 (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest4 (February – June 1998, August 2003, May – June 2006)
Lowest40 (July 2015)
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, 2019)
CONCACAF Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Copa América
Appearances10 (first in 1993)
Best resultRunners-up (1993, 2001)
Central American and Caribbean Games
Appearances2 (first in 1935)
Best resultChampions (1935, 1938)
Confederations Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1995)
Best resultChampions (1999)

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 three 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 1] 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

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

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]

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 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]

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.

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 supplier Period Notes
Levi's1978–1979[49]
Pony1980–1983
Adidas1984–1990[50]
Umbro1991–1994[51]
ABA Sport1995–1998[52]
Garcis1999–2000[53]
Atletica2000–2002[54]
Nike2003–2006[55]
Adidas2007–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

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.[61] 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".[62]

Coaching staff

As of 7 January 2019[63]
Position Name
Manager Gerardo Martino
Assistant Manager Jorge Theiler
Assistant Manager Norberto Scoponi
Assistant Manager Sergio Giovagnoli
Goalkeeping Coach Gustavo Piñero
Fitness Coach Juan Manuel Alfano
Fitness Coach Rodolfo Paladini

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals on 3 and 6 June 2021.[64]
Caps and goals correct as of 29 May 2021, after the match against Iceland.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Alfredo Talavera (1982-09-18) 18 September 1982 31 0 UNAM
12 1GK Rodolfo Cota (1987-07-03) 3 July 1987 4 0 León
13 1GK Guillermo Ochoa (1985-07-13) 13 July 1985 111 0 América

2 2DF Néstor Araujo (1991-08-29) 29 August 1991 42 3 Celta Vigo
3 2DF Carlos Salcedo (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 40 1 UANL
5 2DF Jorge Sánchez (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 13 0 América
15 2DF Héctor Moreno (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 110 4 Unattached
19 2DF Gerardo Arteaga (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 8 0 Genk
21 2DF Luis Rodríguez (1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 24 1 UANL
23 2DF Jesús Gallardo (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 51 0 Monterrey

4 3MF Edson Álvarez (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 36 2 Ajax
6 3MF Jonathan dos Santos (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 51 3 LA Galaxy
7 3MF Luis Romo (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 6 0 Cruz Azul
8 3MF Carlos Rodríguez (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 17 0 Monterrey
10 3MF Orbelín Pineda (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 27 2 Cruz Azul
14 3MF Diego Lainez (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 10 1 Betis
16 3MF Héctor Herrera (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 79 6 Atlético Madrid
18 3MF Andrés Guardado (Captain) (1986-09-28) 28 September 1986 166 28 Betis
20 3MF Uriel Antuna (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 17 8 Guadalajara

9 4FW Henry Martín (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 9 2 América
11 4FW Alan Pulido (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 14 5 Sporting Kansas City
17 4FW Jesús Corona (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 47 8 Porto
22 4FW Hirving Lozano (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 44 14 Napoli

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jonathan Orozco (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 9 0 Tijuana 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals INJ
GK Hugo González (1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 5 0 Monterrey 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE

DF Kevin Álvarez (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 0 0 Pachuca 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
DF Miguel Layún (1988-06-25) 25 June 1988 72 6 Monterrey 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
DF César Montes (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 13 0 Monterrey 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
DF Gilberto Sepúlveda (1999-02-04) 4 February 1999 2 0 Guadalajara 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
DF Johan Vásquez (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 1 0 UNAM 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
DF Osvaldo Rodríguez (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 0 0 León v.  Iceland, 29 May 2021
DF Alejandro Gómez (2002-01-31) 31 January 2002 0 0 Boavista v.  Algeria, 13 October 2020

MF Érick Gutiérrez (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 20 1 PSV 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals INJ
MF Érick Aguirre (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 8 0 Pachuca 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
MF Roberto Alvarado (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 20 3 Cruz Azul 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
MF Alan Cervantes (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 0 0 Santos Laguna 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
MF Sebastián Córdova (1997-06-12) 12 June 1997 6 2 América 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
MF Rodolfo Pizarro (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 31 5 Inter Miami 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
MF Omar Govea (1996-01-18) 18 January 1996 4 0 Zulte Waregem v.  Algeria, 13 October 2020
MF Fernando Beltrán (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 1 0 Guadalajara v.  Guatemala, 30 September 2020
MF Luis Chávez (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 0 0 Pachuca v.  Guatemala, 30 September 2020
MF José Iván Rodríguez (1996-06-17) 17 June 1996 2 0 León v.  Guatemala, 30 September 2020 INJ
MF Mauro Lainez (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 0 0 América Training Camp, 16–23 September 2020

FW Raúl Jiménez (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 86 27 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals INJ
FW Alexis Vega (1997-11-25) 25 November 1997 7 1 Guadalajara 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
FW Efraín Álvarez (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 1 0 LA Galaxy 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
FW José Juan Macías (1999-09-22) 22 September 1999 5 4 Guadalajara v.  Guatemala, 30 September 2020
FW Santiago Giménez (2001-04-18) 18 April 2001 0 0 Cruz Azul v.  Guatemala, 30 September 2020

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

Results and fixtures

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

  Win   Draw   Loss

2020

30 September Friendly Mexico  3–0  Guatemala Mexico City, Mexico
21:00 (UTC−5)
  • Martín  6'
  • Pineda  28'
  • Córdova  36'
Report Stadium: Estadio Azteca
Referee: Fernando Hernández Gómez (Mexico)
7 October Friendly Netherlands  0–1  Mexico Amsterdam, Netherlands
13:45 (UTC−5) Report
  • Jiménez  60' (pen.)
Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
13 October Friendly Mexico  2–2  Algeria The Hague, Netherlands
14:00 (UTC−5)
  • Corona  43'
  • D. Lainez  86'
Report
Stadium: Cars Jeans Stadion
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
14 November Friendly Mexico  3–2  South Korea Wiener Neustadt, Austria
14:00 (UTC−6)
  • Jiménez  67'
  • Antuna  69'
  • Salcedo  70'
Report
  • Hwang Ui-jo  20'
  • Kwon Kyung-won  87'
Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
17 November Friendly Japan  0–2  Mexico Graz, Austria
14:00 (UTC−6) Report
  • Jiménez  63'
  • Lozano  68'
Stadium: Merkur-Arena
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)

2021

27 March Friendly Wales  1–0  Mexico Cardiff, Wales
14:00 (UTC−6)
  • Moore  11'
Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ian McNabb (Northern Ireland)
30 March Friendly Costa Rica  0–1  Mexico Wiener Neustadt, Austria
14:00 (UTC−6) Report
  • Lozano  89'
Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
Attendance: 0
Referee: Christian-Petru Ciochirca (Austria)
29 May Friendly Mexico  2–1  Iceland Arlington, United States
19:30 (UTC−5)
  • Lozano  73', 78'
Report
  • Álvarez  14' (o.g.)
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
3 June Nations League SF Mexico  v  Costa Rica Denver, United States
17:00 (UTC−5) Report Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High
6 June Nations League 3rd/F Winner or loser of Match 1 v  Mexico Denver, United States
(UTC−5) Report Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High
12 June Friendly Mexico  v  Honduras Atlanta, United States
18:30 (UTC−5) Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
30 June Friendly Mexico  v  Panama Nashville, United States
20:00 (UTC−5) Stadium: Nissan Stadium
3 July Friendly Mexico  v  Nigeria Los Angeles, United States
20:00 (UTC−7) Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
10 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Mexico  v Winner prelims match 9 Arlington, United States
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
14 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Curaçao  v  Mexico Dallas, United States
Stadium: Cotton Bowl
18 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Mexico  v  El Salvador Dallas, United States
Stadium: Cotton Bowl
September 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico  v  Jamaica Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
September 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Costa Rica  v  Mexico San José, Costa Rica
Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica
September 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Winner of C v D v  Mexico TBD
Stadium: TBD
October 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico  v Winner of B v E Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
October 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico  v  Honduras Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
October 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Winner of A v F v  Mexico TBD
Stadium: TBD
12 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier United States  v  Mexico United States
Stadium: TBD
November 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Winner of B v E v  Mexico TBD
Stadium: TBD

2022

January 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Jamaica  v  Mexico Kingston, Jamaica
Stadium: Independence Park
January 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico  v  Costa Rica Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
January 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico  v Winner of C vs D Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
24 March 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico  v  United States Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
March 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Honduras  v  Mexico San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
March 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico  v Winner of A vs F Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca

Player records

As of 29 May 2021[65]
Players in bold are still active with Mexico.

Most capped players

Claudio Suárez is the most capped player in the history of Mexico with 177 caps.
# Name Caps Goals Career
1 Claudio Suárez 177 7 1992–2006
2 Andrés Guardado 166 28 2005–0000
3 Rafael Márquez 147 17 1997–2018
4 Pável Pardo 146 11 1996–2009
Gerardo Torrado 6 1999–2013
6 Jorge Campos 130 0 1991–2004
7 Carlos Salcido 124 10 2004–2014
8 Ramón Ramírez 121 15 1991–2000
9 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 120 39 1995–2014
10 Guillermo Ochoa 111 0 2005–0000

Top goalscorers

Javier Hernández is Mexico's all-time top scorer with 52 goals.
# Player Goals Caps Average Career
1 Javier Hernández (list) 52 109 0.48 2009–0000
2 Jared Borgetti (list) 46 89 0.52 1997–2008
3 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 39 120 0.33 1995–2014
4 Luis Hernández 35 85 0.41 1995–2002
Carlos Hermosillo 35 90 0.39 1984–1997
6 Enrique Borja 31 65 0.48 1966–1975
7 Luís Roberto Alves 30 84 0.36 1988–2001
8 Hugo Sánchez 29 58 0.5 1977–1998
Luis Flores 29 62 0.47 1983–1993
Luis García 29 78 0.37 1991–1999

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 Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Group stage 13th 3 0 0 3 4 13 Squad            
1934 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 14 7
1938 Withdrew
1950 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 2 10 Squad 4 4 0 0 17 2
1954 13th 2 0 0 2 2 8 Squad 4 4 0 0 19 1
1958 16th 3 0 1 2 1 8 Squad 6 5 1 0 21 3
1962 11th 3 1 0 2 3 4 Squad 8 4 3 1 18 5
1966 12th 3 0 2 1 1 3 Squad 8 6 2 0 20 4
1970 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 6 4 Squad Qualified as hosts
1974 Did not qualify 9 6 2 1 18 8
1978 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 12 Squad 9 6 2 1 23 6
1982 Did not qualify 9 2 5 2 14 8
1986 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 2 0 6 2 Squad Qualified as hosts
1990 Banned Disqualified
1994 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 4 4 Squad 12 9 1 2 38 8
1998 13th 4 1 2 1 8 7 Squad 16 8 6 2 37 13
2002 11th 4 2 1 1 4 4 Squad 16 9 3 4 33 11
2006 15th 4 1 1 2 5 5 Squad 18 15 1 2 69 10
2010 14th 4 1 1 2 4 5 Squad 18 11 2 5 36 18
2014 10th 4 2 1 1 5 3 Squad 18 10 5 3 31 14
2018 12th 4 2 0 2 3 6 Squad 16 11 4 1 29 8
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026 Qualified as co-host Qualified as co-host[66]
Total Quarter-finals 16/21 57 16 14 27 60 98 175 113 37 25 437 126

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1963 Group stage 7th 3 1 1 1 9 2 Squad Qualified automatically
1965 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 2 Squad Automatically entered
1967 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 10 1 Squad Qualified as defending champions
1969 Fourth place 4th 5 1 2 2 4 5 Squad 2 1 0 1 4 2
1971 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 6 1 Squad 2 2 0 0 6 0
1973 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1 10 5 Squad 4 4 0 0 8 3
1977 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 20 5 Squad 4 1 2 1 3 1
1981 Third place 3rd 5 1 3 1 6 3 Squad 4 1 2 1 8 5
1985Withdrew to host the 1986 FIFA World Cup Withdrew
1989Banned Banned
1991 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 10 5 Squad Qualified automatically
1993 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 28 2 Squad Qualified automatically
1996 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 9 0 Squad Qualified automatically
1998 1st 4 4 0 0 8 2 Squad Qualified automatically
2000 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 1 1 6 3 Squad Qualified automatically
2002 5th 3 2 1 0 4 1 Squad Qualified automatically
2003 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 9 0 Squad Qualified automatically
2005 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 7 4 Squad Qualified automatically
2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 7 5 Squad Qualified automatically
2009 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 15 2 Squad Qualified automatically
2011 1st 6 6 0 0 22 4 Squad Qualified automatically
2013 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 0 2 8 5 Squad Qualified automatically
2015 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 16 6 Squad Qualified automatically
2017 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1 1 6 2 Squad Qualified automatically
2019 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 16 4 Squad Qualified automatically
2021 Qualified 4 4 0 0 13 3
Total11 titles23/25111762015249692013434214

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK
2019−20 A B 4 4 0 0 13 3 TBD
2022–23 A To be determined
Total 4 4 0 0 13 3

Copa América

Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
1993 Runners-up 2nd 6 2 2 2 8 7 Squad
1995 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 5 4 Squad
1997 Semi-finals 3rd 6 2 2 2 8 9 Squad
1999 Semi-finals 3rd 6 3 1 2 10 9 Squad
2001 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 7 5 Squad
2004 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 5 7 Squad
2007 Semi-finals 3rd 6 4 1 1 13 5 Squad
2011 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 1 4 Squad
2015 11th 3 0 2 1 4 5 Squad
2016 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 1 1 6 9 Squad
2019Were not invited
2021
Total Runners-up 10/12 48 19 13 16 67 64

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
1992 Did not qualify
1995 Third place 3rd 3 1 2 0 4 2 Squad
1997 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 8 6 Squad
1999 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 6 Squad
2001 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 8 Squad
2003 Did not qualify
2005 Fourth place 4th 5 2 2 1 7 6 Squad
2009 Did not qualify
2013 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5 Squad
2017 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 8 10 Squad
Total 1 title 7/10 27 11 6 10 44 43

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
1928 First round 14th 2 0 0 2 2 10 Squad
1936Did not enter
1948 First round 11th 1 0 0 1 3 5 Squad
1952Did not qualify
1956
1960
1964 Group stage 11th 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad
1968 Fourth place 4th 5 3 0 2 10 7 Squad
1972 Second group stage 7th 6 2 1 3 4 14 Squad
1976 Group stage 9th 3 0 2 1 4 7 Squad
1980Did not qualify
1984
1988Banned
Since 1992See Mexico national under-23 football team
TotalFourth place6/132054112549

Honours

Major competitions

  • FIFA World Cup
  • FIFA Confederations Cup
    • Winners: 1999
    • Third place: 1995
  • CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup
    • Winners (11): 1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019
    • Runners-up (2): 1967, 2007
    • Third place (3): 1973, 1981, 1991
  • CONCACAF Cup
    • Winners: 2015
  • Copa América
    • Runners-up (2): 1993, 2001
    • Third place (3): 1997, 1999, 2007

Minor competitions

  • Pan American Games
    • Winners (2): 1967 Winnipeg, 1975 Mexico City
    • Runners-up (3): 1955 Mexico City, 1991 Havana, 1995 Mar del Plata
  • Panamerican Championship
    • Third place (1): 1960 San Jose
  • Central American and Caribbean Games
    • Winners (2): 1935 San Salvador, 1938 Panama City
  • U.S. Cup
    • Winners (3): 1996, 1997, 1999
    • Third place (2): 1995, 2000
  • North American Nations Cup
    • Winners (3): 1947, 1949, 1991
    • Runners-up (2): 1990
  • Marlboro Cup
    • Winners (1): 1989
  • Lunar New Year Cup
    • Winners (1): 1999
    • Runners-up (1): 2000

See also

  • Mexico national under-17 football team
  • Mexico national under-20 football team
  • Mexico national under-23 football team
  • Mexico women's national football team
  • Mexico national beach football team
  • Mexico national futsal team

Notes

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

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