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
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)El Tri (The Tricolor)
AssociationFederación Mexicana de Fútbol
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationNAFU (North America)
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 Steady (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)
Gold Cup
Appearances23 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019)
Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Best resultRunners-up (2021)

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 first match of the first World Cup on 13 July 1930. Mexico's best progression in World Cups has been reaching the quarter-finals in both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, both of which were staged on Mexican soil.

Mexico is historically the most successful national team in the CONCACAF region, having won eleven confederation titles, including eight CONCACAF Gold Cups and three CONCACAF Championships (the precursor to the Gold Cup), as well as two NAFC Championships, one North American Nations Cup, one CONCACAF Cup and two gold medals of the Central American and Caribbean Games. It is one of eight nations[c] 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 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.[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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15] 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,[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

 
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.[19] They defeated New Zealand 9–3 on aggregate to qualify for a sixth consecutive World Cup.[19] The team reached the round of 16 where they were defeated 2–1 by the Netherlands.[20]

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.[21][22][23] Mexico won the Gold Cup after defeating Jamaica 3–1 in the final.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26] The following month, Juan Carlos Osorio was hired as Mexico's 16th manager, replacing interim manager Ricardo Ferretti.[27]

Mexico entered the Copa América Centenario, hosted in the United States, on a 13-match unbeaten streak that began in July 2015.[28] El Tri placed first in Group C, winning 3–1 over Uruguay and 2–0 over Jamaica, and drawing 1–1 with Venezuela.[29] In the quarterfinal against Chile in Santa Clara, California, the team lost 7–0, ending the unbeaten streak at 16 after nearly a year.[30] After the match, manager Osorio apologized to Mexico's fans for what he described as an "embarrassment, an accident of football".[31]

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.[32] Mexico finished fourth in the tournament, losing 2–1 to Portugal in the third-place match.[33]

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.[34] They would go on to defeat South Korea 2–1 in the next game,[35] with goals from Carlos Vela and Javier Hernández,[36][37] but would fall 3–0 to Sweden in the last group stage match.[38] Despite the loss, Mexico qualified to the round of 16 for the seventh-consecutive tournament.[39] In the round of 16, Mexico was defeated 0–2 by Brazil;[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] 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.[45]

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)[46] 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.[47] 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.[48]

In 2017, the Mexico national team's jerseys were updated to reflect their Spanish names correctly spelled, with the diacritic mark.[49]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Period Notes
Levi's 1978–1979 [50]
Pony 1980–1983
Adidas 1984–1990 [51]
Umbro 1991–1994 [52]
ABA Sport 1995–1998 [53]
Garcis 1999–2000 [54]
Atletica 2000–2002 [55]
Nike 2003–2006 [56]
Adidas 2007–present [57]

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.[58]

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.[59][60] 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.[61]

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, and is believed to have originated at a club match in 2007.[62][63] Due to the homophobic meaning of the word puto in Mexican Spanish (a vulgar term for a male prostitute), the chant received negative attention in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Mexico's fans defended it as being traditionally used in the Liga MX.[64] On 23 June 2014, FIFA dropped an investigation, concluding that the chant "was not considered insulting in the specific context". Football Against Racism in Europe, an anti-discrimination organization, criticized the ruling as "disappointing".[65] In 2017, in advance of the 2018 World Cup, FIFA fined the Mexico football federation over fans' use of the chant and introduced escalating sanctions,[63] which were first applied in Liga MX games in 2019.[62] In 2021, three Mexico international matches in the United States were halted because of fan behaviour, including the CONCACAF Nations League final, in which fans also threw things onto the pitch and Giovanni Reyna was hit in the face by a heavy object.[62][66] On June 18, 2021, FIFA announced that as a penalty for the use of the chant in a pre-Olympics tournament in Guadalajara, spectators would be barred from Mexico's first two qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup.[62]

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)
Report Stadium: Estadio Azteca
Referee: Fernando Hernández Gómez (Mexico)
13 October Friendly Mexico   2–2   Algeria The Hague, Netherlands
14:00 (UTC−5)
Report
Stadium: Cars Jeans Stadion
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
14 November Friendly Mexico   3–2   South Korea Wiener Neustadt, Austria
14:00 (UTC−6)
Report
Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
17 November Friendly Japan   0–2   Mexico Graz, Austria
14:00 (UTC−6) Report
Stadium: Merkur-Arena
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)

2021

27 March Friendly Wales   1–0   Mexico Cardiff, Wales
14:00 (UTC−6)
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
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)
Report
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Attendance: 44,892
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
3 June Nations League SF Mexico   0–0
(5–4 p)
  Costa Rica Denver, United States
20:30 (UTC−5) Report Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High
Attendance: 34,451
Referee: Bryan López (Guatemala)
Penalties
6 June Nations League F United States   3–2 (a.e.t.)   Mexico Denver, United States
19:00 (UTC−5)
Report
Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High
Attendance: 37,648
Referee: John Pitti (Panama)
12 June Friendly Mexico   0–0   Honduras Atlanta, United States
20:00 (UTC−4) Report Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
30 June Friendly Mexico   v   Panama Nashville, United States
19:00 (UTC−7) Stadium: Nissan Stadium
2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico   v   Jamaica Mexico
Stadium: TBD
5 September 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Costa Rica   v   Mexico Costa Rica
Stadium: TBD
8 September 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Panama   v   Mexico Panama
Stadium: TBD
7 October 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico   v   Canada Mexico
Stadium: TBD
10 October 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico   v   Honduras Mexico
Stadium: TBD
November 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Canada   v   Mexico Canada
Stadium: TBD

2022

27 January 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Jamaica   v   Mexico Jamaica
Stadium: TBD
30 January 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico   v   Costa Rica Mexico
Stadium: TBD
2 February 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico   v   Panama Mexico
Stadium: TBD
27 March 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Honduras   v   Mexico Honduras
Stadium: TBD
30 March 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico   v   El Salvador Mexico
Stadium: TBD

Coaching staff

As of 7 January 2019[67]
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 players were included called up for the friendly matches against Panama and Nigeria on 30 June and 3 July 2021 respectively.[68]
Caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2021, after the match against Honduras.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Guillermo Ochoa (1985-07-13) 13 July 1985 (age 35) 113 0   América
1GK Alfredo Talavera (1982-09-18) 18 September 1982 (age 38) 31 0   UNAM
1GK Jonathan Orozco (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 35) 9 0   Tijuana
1GK Rodolfo Cota (1987-07-03) 3 July 1987 (age 33) 5 0   León
1GK Sebastián Jurado (1997-09-28) 28 September 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Cruz Azul
1GK Luis Malagón (1997-03-02) 2 March 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Necaxa

2DF Héctor Moreno (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 33) 113 4   Monterrey
2DF Jesús Gallardo (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 26) 53 0   Monterrey
2DF Néstor Araujo (1991-08-29) 29 August 1991 (age 29) 44 3   Celta Vigo
2DF Carlos Salcedo (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 27) 41 1   UANL
2DF Luis Rodríguez (1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 (age 30) 26 1   UANL
2DF Jorge Sánchez (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 23) 14 0   América
2DF César Montes (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 24) 13 0   Monterrey
2DF Gerardo Arteaga (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 22) 10 0   Genk
2DF Jesús Alberto Angulo (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 23) 4 0   Atlas
2DF Gilberto Sepúlveda (1999-02-04) 4 February 1999 (age 22) 2 0   Guadalajara
2DF Osvaldo Rodríguez (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 24) 1 0   León
2DF Johan Vásquez (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 22) 1 0   UNAM
2DF Kevin Álvarez (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Pachuca

3MF Andrés Guardado (1986-09-28) 28 September 1986 (age 34) 166 28   Betis
3MF Héctor Herrera (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 31) 81 6   Atlético Madrid
3MF Jonathan dos Santos (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 (age 31) 51 3   LA Galaxy
3MF Edson Álvarez (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 (age 23) 39 2   Ajax
3MF Rodolfo Pizarro (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 (age 27) 31 5   Inter Miami
3MF Orbelín Pineda (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 25) 30 2   Cruz Azul
3MF Érick Gutiérrez (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 (age 26) 21 1   PSV
3MF Uriel Antuna (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 23) 20 8   Guadalajara
3MF Roberto Alvarado (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 22) 20 3   Cruz Azul
3MF Carlos Rodríguez (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 24) 19 0   Monterrey
3MF Diego Lainez (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 (age 21) 13 2   Betis
3MF Luis Romo (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 26) 9 0   Cruz Azul
3MF Érick Aguirre (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 (age 24) 8 0   Pachuca
3MF Sebastián Córdova (1997-06-12) 12 June 1997 (age 24) 6 2   América
3MF Jesús Ricardo Angulo (1997-02-20) 20 February 1997 (age 24) 1 1   Guadalajara
3MF Fernando Beltrán (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 (age 23) 1 0   Guadalajara
3MF Alan Cervantes (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Santos Laguna
3MF Joaquín Esquivel (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Juárez

4FW Jesús Corona (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 28) 49 9   Porto
4FW Hirving Lozano (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 25) 46 14   Napoli
4FW Alan Pulido (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 30) 16 5   Sporting Kansas City
4FW Henry Martín (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 28) 12 2   América
4FW Alexis Vega (1997-11-25) 25 November 1997 (age 23) 7 1   Guadalajara
4FW José Juan Macías (1999-09-22) 22 September 1999 (age 21) 5 4   Guadalajara
4FW Eduardo Aguirre (1998-08-03) 3 August 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Santos Laguna
4FW Rogelio Funes Mori (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 30) 0 0   Monterrey

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 Hugo González (1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 (age 30) 5 0   Juárez 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

DF Miguel Layún (1988-06-25) 25 June 1988 (age 32) 72 6   América 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Diego Reyes (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 28) 65 2   UANL 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Alan Mozo (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 24) 2 0   UNAM 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Víctor Guzmán (2002-03-07) 7 March 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Tijuana 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Vladimir Loroña (1998-11-16) 16 November 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Tijuana 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Alejandro Mayorga (1997-05-29) 29 May 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Guadalajara 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Alejandro Gómez (2002-01-31) 31 January 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Atlas v.   Algeria, 13 October 2020

MF Efraín Álvarez (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 (age 19) 1 0   LA Galaxy 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Luis Chávez (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Pachuca 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Erik Lira (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 21) 0 0   UNAM 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF David Ramírez (1995-12-14) 14 December 1995 (age 25) 0 0   León 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Marcel Ruiz (2000-10-26) 26 October 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Tijuana 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Érick Sánchez (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Pachuca 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Jairo Torres (2000-07-05) 5 July 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Atlas 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Alejandro Zendejas (1998-02-07) 7 February 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Necaxa 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Omar Govea (1996-01-18) 18 January 1996 (age 25) 4 0   Zulte Waregem v.   Algeria, 13 October 2020
MF José Iván Rodríguez (1996-06-17) 17 June 1996 (age 25) 2 0   León v.   Guatemala, 30 September 2020 INJ
MF Mauro Lainez (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 25) 0 0   América Training Camp, 16–23 September 2020

FW Javier Hernández (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 33) 109 52   LA Galaxy 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Roberto de la Rosa (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Pachuca 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Santiago Giménez (2001-04-18) 18 April 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Cruz Azul 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Raúl Jiménez (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 30) 86 27   Wolverhampton Wanderers 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals INJ

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

Player records

As of 12 June 2021[69]
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.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Claudio Suárez 177 7 1992–2006
2 Andrés Guardado 166 28 2005–present
3 Rafael Márquez 147 17 1997–2018
4 Pável Pardo 146 11 1996–2009
Gerardo Torrado 146 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 Héctor Moreno 113 4 2007–present
Guillermo Ochoa 113 0 2005–present

Top goalscorers

 
Javier Hernández is Mexico's all-time top scorer with 52 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Average Career
1 Javier Hernández (list) 52 109 0.48 2009–present
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[70]
Total Quarter-finals 16/21 57 16 14 27 60 98 175 113 37 25 437 126

CONCACAF 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
1985 Withdrew to host the 1986 FIFA World Cup Withdrew
1989 Banned 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
Total 11 titles 23/25 111 76 20 15 249 69 20 13 4 3 42 14

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK Squad
  2019−20 A B 6 4 1 1 15 6   2nd Squad
  2022–23 A To be determined
Total 6 4 1 1 15 6 2nd

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
  2019 Were 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
  1936 Did not enter
  1948 First round 11th 1 0 0 1 3 5 Squad
  1952 Did 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
  1980 Did not qualify
  1984
  1988 Banned
Since 1992 See Mexico national under-23 football team
Total Fourth place 6/13 20 5 4 11 25 49

Honours

Major competitions

Minor competitions

See also

Notes

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

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