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Mexico national under-17 football team

The Mexico U-17 national football team is one of the younger teams that represents Mexico in football, and is controlled by the Mexican Football Federation (Spanish: Federación Mexicana de Fútbol). A two-time FIFA U-17 World Cup champion, the team has enjoyed recent success as it was crowned champions in the 2005 and 2011 editions of the tournament. In 2011, Mexico hosted and subsequently won the tournament by defeating Uruguay, becoming the only time a host nation has ever won this tournament. Mexico has participated in 13 of the 17 FIFA U-16/U-17 World Cup events.

Mexico U-17
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) El Tri (The Tri)
El Tricolor (The Tricolor)
Los Niños Héroes (The Hero Boys)
Association Mexican Football Federation
(Federación Mexicana de Fútbol)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Mario Arteaga
FIFA code MEX
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Hungary 0–0 Mexico 
(Shanghai, China; 31 July 1985)
Biggest win
 Mexico 7–0 Trinidad and Tobago 
(Tijuana, Mexico; 22 April 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Soviet Union 7–0 Mexico 
(St.John's, Canada; 14 July 1987)
World Cup
Appearances 13 (First in 1985)
Best result Winners Gold medal icon.svg : 2005, 2011
CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
Appearances 16 (first in 1983)
Best result Winners Gold medal icon.svg : 1985, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2013, 2015, 2017
Mexico national under-17 football team
Medal record
U-17 World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2005 Peru Team
Gold medal – first place 2011 Mexico Team
Silver medal – second place 2013 UAE Team

Contents

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA U-17 World Cup recordEdit

FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pts
  1985 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
  1987 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 9 4
  1989 Did not participate
  1991 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 5 6 3
  1993 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 4 7 3
  1995 Did Not Qualify
  1997 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 8 6 3
  1999 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 2 0 2 7 7 6
  2001 Did Not Qualify
  2003 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 5 5
  2005 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 16 3 15
  2007 Did Not Qualify
  2009 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 4 3 7
  2011 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 17 7 21
  2013 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 1 2 11 11 13
  2015 Fourth Place 4th 7 4 1 2 14 9 13
  2017 Round of 16 16th 4 0 2 2 4 6 2
  2019 To be determined
Total 2 Titles 13/17 58 30 9 19 101 82 99

CONCACAF U-17 ChampionshipEdit

CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
  1983 Third place 4 3 1 0 13 0
  1985 Champions 7 6 1 0 37 1
  1987 Champions 6 6 0 0 16 2
  1988
Did not participate
  1991 Champions 6 3 3 0 8 2
  1992 Runners-up 6 4 2 0 21 6
  1994 Fourth Place 6 4 0 2 17 4
  1996 Champions 6 6 0 0 23 2
  2009
Cancelled due to the 2009 flu pandemic outbreak
  2011
Did not participate/World Cup Host
  2013 Champions 5 5 0 0 14 3
  2015 Champions 6 4 2 0 16 3
  2017 Champions 6 4 1 1 22 7
Total 7 Titles 58 45 10 3 187 30

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks

HonoursEdit

FIFA U-17 World Cup
CONCACAF Under-17 Championship

HistoryEdit

2005Edit

Mexico was placed in Group C along with Australia, Turkey and Uruguay in which Mexico came in second behind Turkey. In the knockout stage, an extra-time victory over zone rivals Costa Rica led to a then convincing victory over the Netherlands. Mexico ended up defeating Brazil 3–0 in the final.

2011Edit

 
Mexico U-17 players of the 2011 generation

The 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup was held in home soil. Mexico was placed in Group A together with North Korea, Congo and the Netherlands. Mexico eventually finished first of their group after winning their three matches and advanced to the Round of 16 and the Quarter-Finals, where they won their matches against Panama and France respectively. In the semifinals, Mexico had to face Germany, the only other team in the competition who had not lost any of their matches. Germany had advantage during the first minutes of the second time, but Mexico came back to equalize the score after Jonathan Espericueta scored a second goal from a corner kick, where Julio Gómez was injured and left the field. However, Gómez came back in the dying minutes to score an overhead kick, the decisive goal in the final minute, the final score was 3-2 which translated into the first significant victory over Germany in history. Mexico faced Uruguay in the final, defeating them 2-0 in a very closed match where the balance could have tilted any way. Briseño scored the first goal in the first half when Uruguay was the dominating side. During the second half Uruguay kept pressing on and started to dominate again looking for the equalizer however, during the last advances their defense became disorganized and in a counterattack Giovani Casillas scored the finishing goal. With this result Mexico became champions without losing a single game in the tournament and also became the first host nation to win the U-17 World Cup.

2013Edit

As defending champions, Mexico was defeated 6-1 by Nigeria in their first match of the group stage. Despite being defeated by a large amount of goals, Mexico could still advance to the next round by defeating rivals Iraq and Sweden in the group stage. In their way to the final match, Mexico won their matches against favorites Italy, Brazil and Argentina. In the final round, Mexico faced Nigeria for a second time, but the team lost once again and was left in second place of the tournament.

2015Edit

Mexico was lucky enough to make it to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup which was held in Chile. They were placed in Group C along with Germany, Australia, Argentina and won two of their three matches of the group stage. Finishing number 1 on group stages they advanced to Round of 16. In order to make it to quarter finals, they had to defeat Chile and they dominated them by beating them 4-1. Mexico got the chance to go to semi-finals with a familiar rival from 2013, they went against Nigeria, unfortunately Nigeria defeated them in an intense game and they didn't make it to the Finals. Mexico had the chance on finishing strong with a Third Place title against Belgium in which they lost. The 17-year old, Diego Cortés from the Mexico national football team finished the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup being known as making the best goal of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Current squadEdit

The following 21 member squad was announced for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK César López (2000-06-10) 10 June 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Guadalajara
12 1GK Andrés Alcaraz (2000-01-08) 8 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Guadalajara
21 1GK César Ramos (2000-06-14) 14 June 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Monterrey

2 2DF Adrián Vázquez (2000-01-09) 9 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Pachuca
3 2DF Carlos Robles (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Atlas
4 2DF Luis Olivas (2000-02-10) 10 February 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Guadalajara
5 2DF Raúl Sandoval (2000-01-18) 18 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Tijuana
13 2DF Sergio Villarreal (2000-01-10) 10 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Monterrey
14 2DF Haret Ortega (2000-05-19) 19 May 2000 (age 18) 0 0   América
15 2DF Alan Maeda (2000-02-05) 5 February 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Santos

6 3MF Marco Ruíz (2000-03-14) 14 March 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Atlas
8 3MF Alexis Gutiérrez (2000-02-26) 26 February 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Guadalajara
11 3MF Andrés Pérez (2000-04-11) 11 April 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Querétaro
16 3MF Luis Gamíz (2000-04-04) 4 April 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Tijuana
17 3MF Carlos Guerrero (2000-02-14) 14 February 2000 (age 18) 0 0   León
18 3MF Deivoon Magaña (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Guadalajara
19 3MF Diego Lainez (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Club America

7 4FW Jairo Torres (2000-07-05) 5 July 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Atlas
9 4FW Daniel López (2000-03-14) 14 March 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Tijuana
10 4FW Roberto de la Rosa (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Pachuca
20 4FW César Huerta (2000-12-03) 3 December 2000 (age 17) 0 0   Guadalajara

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Mexico U-17 squad within last 12 months.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
2DF Andrés Catalán (2000-08-20)August 20, 2000 (aged 17) 0 0   Morelia

3MF Alan Torres (2000-02-19)February 19, 2000 (aged 18) 0 0   Guadalajara
3MF Víctor Reyes (2000-01-17)January 17, 2000 (aged 18) 0 0   Morelia

4FW José Alvarado (2000-03-15) March 15, 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Monterrey

Player recordsEdit

Top appearancesEdit

Rank Player Year(s) U-17 Caps
1 Diego Cortés 2015 13
1 Joaquín Esquivel 2015 13
1 Alan Cervantes 2015 13
1 Pablo López 2015 13
1 Eduardo Aguirre 2015 13
1 Kevin Magaña 2015 13
1 José Gurrola 2015 13
1 Abraham Romero 2015 13
2 Francisco Venegas 2015 12
2 Ulises Torres 2015 12
2 Claudio Zamudio 2015 12

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Year(s) U-17 Goals
1 Daniel López 2017 6
2 Claudio Zamudio 2015 5
2 Marco Granados 2013 5
2 Ever Guzmán 2005 5
2 Carlos Vela 2005 5
6 Roberto de la Rosa 2017 4
6 Ulises Torres 2015 4
6 Iván Ochoa 2013 4
6 Ulises Jaimes 2013 4
6 Carlos Fierro 2011 4
6 César Villaluz 2005 4
6 Francisco Venegas 2015 4

Individual awardsEdit

2011 Golden Ball   Julio Gómez

2005 Silver Ball   Giovani Dos Santos

2011 Silver Ball   Jonathan Espericueta

2011 Bronze Ball   Carlos Fierro

2013 Bronze Ball   Ivan Ochoa

2005 Golden Shoe   Carlos Vela

2017 fixtures and resultsEdit

Date Tournament Location Home team Score Away team Scorers for Mexico
8 October 2017 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup   Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata   Iraq 1 - 1   Mexico R. de la Rosa 51'
11 October 2017 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup   Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata   England 3 - 2   Mexico D. Lainez 65', 72'
14 October 2017 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup   Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati   Mexico 0 - 0   Chile
17 October 2017 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup

ReferencesEdit

The U-17 Mexico National Soccer Team made it to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.