Mexico national football team


Mexico national football team
Mexico
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) El Tricolor,
Association Mexican Football Federation
Sub-confederation NAFU (North America)
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach José Manuel de la Torre
Captain Rafael Márquez
Most caps Claudio Suárez (178)
Top scorer Jared Borgetti (46)
Home stadium Estadio Azteca
FIFA code MEX
FIFA ranking 22
Highest FIFA ranking 4 (February-June 1998, May–June 2006,)
Lowest FIFA ranking 33 (July 2009)
Elo ranking 11
Highest Elo ranking 5 (July 2011)
Lowest Elo ranking 47 (February 1979)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Guatemala 2–3 Mexico Mexico
(Guatemala, Guatemala; 1 January 1923)
Biggest win
Mexico Mexico 13–0 Bahamas 
(Toluca, Mexico; Apr 28, 1987)
Biggest defeat
 England 8–0 Mexico Mexico
(London, England; May 10, 1961)
World Cup
Appearances 14 (First in 1930)
Best result Quarter-finals, 1970 and 1986
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 18 (First in 1963)
Best result Winners, 1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011
Copa América
Appearances 7 (First in 1993)
Best result 2nd place, 1993 and 2001
Confederations Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1995)
Best result Winners, 1999

The Mexican national football team represents Mexico in association football and is governed by the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), the governing body for football in Mexico. Mexico's home stadium is the Estadio Azteca and their head coach is José Manuel de la Torre. The team is currently ranked 22nd in the FIFA World Rankings[1] and 11th in the World Football Elo Ratings.[2]

Mexico has qualified for fourteen World Cups and has qualified consecutively since 1994; Mexico played France in the very first match of the first World Cup on 13 July 1930. Mexico's best progression was reaching the Quarterfinals in both the 1970 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, both of which were staged on Mexican soil.

Mexico is historically the most successful national team in the CONCACAF region, as they are the only team from the region to win an official FIFA recognized title. They hold one FIFA Confederations Cup, nine CONCACAF championships, including six CONCACAF Gold Cups, one North American Nations Cup and two NAFC Championships.

Although Mexico is under the jurisdiction of CONCACAF, the national football team has been regularly invited to compete in the Copa América since Ecuador 1993 finishing as runner-up twice and obtaining the third place medal on three occasions.

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History

Early years

Football in Mexico was organized in the early 20th century by European immigrant groups, notably Cornish miners from Cornwall, England, and in later years Spanish exiles fleeing the Spanish Civil War. The original team played Guatemala, which the Mexican team won 3–2.[3]

A series of international friendlies were played against the national representation of Guatemala on December 9, 12, and 16 of 1923. The match on December 9 was played in Parque España and was won by Mexico with a final score of 2–1. On December 12, the match ended in a 2–0 win for Mexico, and the final game of the series ended in a 3–3 draw.[4] The manager for this team was Rafael Garza Gutiérrez "Récord", and the assistant coach was Adolfo Frías.[4] The fourteen players selected for this friendly series include: Nacho de la Garza, Pedro "Perico" Legorreta, Manuel "Güero" Yáñez, Enrique "La Matona" Esquivel, Agustín Ojeda, Roberto Jardón, Carlos Garcés, Horacio Ortiz, Adeodato López, Mauro Guadarrama "La Venada" Alatorre, Cornelio Cuevas, and Alfredo García Besné.[4]

It would be another four years before the national team would be represented in international friendlies. In preparation for a friendly against Spain, the team played a friendly against their "B" squad on June 12, 1927, winning 4–2. On June 19, 1927, the Mexican squad faced a selection from Spain, drawing 3–3. During this series, the squad also played against the Uruguayan club Nacional de Montevideo, losing 1–3.[3]

Formation

On August 9, 1927, the official governing body of the sport of football in Mexico was founded. From its inception, the federation has been the main body in charge of the promotion, administration, organization, management, and funding of the Mexican national football team as well as all football competition within Mexico. Club representatives from the federation's first division all vote on the direction, management, and coaching staff of the national football team. The 1928 Summer Olympics were hosts to Mexico's first international tournament. Prior to the tournament, the Mexican squad held friendlies against a representative Asturias side as well as two friendlies against Spain. These matches resulted in two draws and one loss. At the Olympic tournament, Mexico faced Spain in the Round of 16 on May 30, 1928, resulting in Mexico's defeat of 1–7.[5]

Mexico participated in the 1930 FIFA World Cup, having been grouped together with Argentina, Chile, and France. Mexico's first match was played against France at Estadio Pocitos in Montevideo, Uruguay on July 13, 1930. The match ended in a 4–1 win for France, but witnessed Mexico's first World Cup goal by Juan Carreño.[6] This match occurred simultaneously with the USABelgium match. In their second match of the tournament, Mexico fell to Chile 3–0 at Montevideo's Estadio Gran Parque Central. Mexico's third match, against Argentina, featured the first penalty of the tournament, awarded in the 42' and scored by Mexico's Manuel Rosas. A total of five penalties were awarded during the match which was refereed by the Bolivian coach Ulises Saucedo, three of them controversial.[7]

Post-WWII

Mexico did not appear again in a World Cup tournament until the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Before 1970, Mexico struggled to make much of an impact in the World Cup when competing against European and South American teams. However, goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal has the distinction of being the first player ever to appear in five consecutive FIFA World Cups.[8]

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 win over El Salvador (4–0). Mexico advanced to the next round with a victory against Belgium thanks to a penalty scored by Gustavo Peña in the 14th minute. At the quarter-finals stage, Mexico was eliminated by Italy in a 4–1 match despite Mexico taking an early lead.

Mexico failed to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup but did make it into the Argentina '78. 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 Spain 1982.

In 1986, Mexico again hosted the World Cup. Coached by Bora Milutinović, Mexico was placed in Group B where they defeated Belgium 2–1, draw 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 Mexico faced Bulgaria in a 2–0 win. In the quarter-finals stage, Mexico lost to West Germany 0–0 (1–4 pens).

The Cachirules scandal

Mexico was disqualified With Ronaldo Roldan Torres from the 1990 FIFA World Cup (and any other international competition) after using players over the age limit allowed by FIFA in the qualifying round for the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship. The punishment originally was only going to be applied to the FIFA World Youth team and not the World Cup or Olympic Games team, but the penalty was applied to all Mexican national representatives of all FIFA sanctioned tournaments. This was a hard intake, as this was the golden time for the legendary striker Hugo Sanchez, where in the next World Cup, he was just considered a "good" player, rather than a "legendary" one. Many other players that were having an exciting moment in their club careers such as Carlos Hermosillo (Standard Liege (BEL), Ricardo Pelaez (Necaxa), Alberto Garcia Aspe (UNAM), Adrian Chavez (America), Felix Fernandez (Atlante), Luis Flores (UNAM), Zaguinho (America), Miguel Herrera (Atlante), Benjamin Galindo (Guadalajara), Daniel Guzmán (Universidad de Guadalajara), Guillermo Huerta (America); plus many others saw their World Cup 1990 dreams shattered, crushed and ruined by this scandal that in the Mexican media became known as the "Cachirules".

Post-1990

In the 1990s, after hiring coach César Luis Menotti, Mexican football began experiencing greater international success. An important turning point was its participation in the 1993 Copa America, where they finished second in the tournament, losing to Argentina 2–1 in the final. For the 1994 World Cup, players such as Hermosillo (Cruz Azul), Sanchez (Rayo Vallecano), Garcia Aspe (Necaxa), Chavez (America), Fernandez (Atlante), Galindo (Chivas) and Zaguinho (America) were named on the team roster even though not in their best conditions to do so. As for Pelaez, who was cut out from the 1994 roster, his time would come for the 1998 World Cup (held in France): he was able to make the squad and scored 2 memorable goals, against South Korea and Holland, at the age of 35. Mexico went on to win its group on tiebreakers, emerging from the tournament's "Group of death", composed of Mexico, Italy, Ireland, and Norway. However, Mexico eventually lost in the second round to Bulgaria on penalty kicks. Miguel Mejía Barón led this team into one of its most distinguished performances in a World Cup.

Since their second place finish in the 1993 Copa America, Mexico has been a regular participant in the South American tournament and has competed well. It earned third place in 1997, 1999 and 2007 and another second-place finish in 2001. Mexico has never failed to reach the quarter finals of the Copa America up until 2011 and twice has had the leading scorer in the tournament (Luis García in 1995 (sharing the title with Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta) and Luis Hernández in 1997).

After its participation at the King Fahd Cup (which would eventually become the FIFA Confederation's Cup) and being coached again by Bora Milutinović then eventually Manuel Lapuente, in a very good qualifying round for France 1998, they came in first place in CONCACAF. At the World Cup, Mexico was placed in Group E, with the Netherlands, Korea Republic and Belgium. Mexico started against Korea Republic losing 0–1 but came back to win 3–1. Belgium had started beating Mexico 2–0 but they came back to tie 2–2. The third game against Netherlands ended in another 2–2 result which resulted in qualification to the Round of 16. In the next round, Mexico faced Germany. Although having the lead Mexico did not manage to hold onto it and lost the game 2–1.

Mexico became the first host nation to win the FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico defeated the United States 1–0 in the semifinals thanks to a spectacular "Golden Goal" from Cuauhtemoc Blanco. Mexico won its first official FIFA World Championship tournament trophy by beating Brazil with a final score of 4–3. Mexico's star, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, shared the tournament's Golden Shoe award as top scorer with Ronaldinho, and was also awarded the Silver Ball.

Twenty-first century

After a tough qualifying campaign for the 2002 World Cup, Mexico reached the finals and was placed in Group G alongside Italy, Croatia, and Ecuador. Mexico opened its participation with a 1–0 win over Croatia. In the second match, Mexico earned a 2–1 win over Ecuador with goals from Jared Borgetti and Gerardo Torrado. Mexico then achieved a 1–1 draw against Italy thanks to a goal from Borgetti that was regarded as one of the best of the tournament. In the second round Mexico played continental rivals United States, losing 2–0 in a controversial game where a handball by the US was ignored and Mexican captain Rafael Márquez was sent off for a brutal foul on Cobi Jones.[9]

Additional information: 2006 FIFA World Cup - Group D

Mexico was one of eight seeded teams in the first round at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The eight seeded teams consisted of Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Mexico. This was the second time a non-hosting CONCACAF nation was seeded. Mexico was put in Group D with Iran, Angola and Portugal.

Mexico won their opening match 3–1 against Iran, with two goals from Nacny Torres and one by Sinha. In their second match, Mexico played to a 0–0 draw against Angola. Mexico joined Portugal as a qualifier in the Round of 16, despite losing to the Portuguese 2–1. During the match, Bravo missed a penalty.

In the second round, Mexico played against Argentina. Mexico scored in the 5th minute with a goal by captain Rafael Márquez assisted by Pável Pardo. Four minutes later, Argentina equalized the match thanks to an own goal from Jared Borgetti. The score remained 1–1 after ninety minutes, and in extra time, a volley by Maxi Rodríguez in the second period of extra time brought about a 2–1 win for Argentina.

Argentine coach Ricardo Lavolpe, who was coaching Mexico at the time, stepped down as coach after the tournament, and was succeeded by Hugo Sánchez.

After losing the final match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2007 1–2 against the United States, Mexico successfully rebounded with a remarkable first-round performance at CONMEBOL Copa America 2007. Beginning by beating the recent champions Brazil 2–0 (goals from: Nery Castillo 23' and Ramón Morales 28') in their first match, they then went on to defeat Ecuador 2–1 (goals from: Nery Castillo 21' and Omar Bravo 79'). For their final match they tied 0–0 with Chile. With those results Mexico came first in Group B with seven points.

In the quarterfinals, Mexico beat Paraguay 6–0 but lost in the semi-finals 3–0 to Argentina. With this defeat, Mexico was left to fight for third place against Uruguay, winning 3–1 and claiming the bronze trophy.

In July 2009 Mexico won their fifth Gold Cup, and eighth CONCACAF Championship overall, after beating the United States 5–0 in the final at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

On October 10, 2009 Mexico qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup after defeating El Salvador 4–1 in Estadio Azteca.

South Africa vs Mexico

For the 2010 FIFA World Cup Mexico was drawn into Group A along with the host South Africa, France and Uruguay. In the first match of the tournament they drew 1–1 against the host South Africa with a late strike from Rafael Márquez. The second match was against France, whom they defeated 2–0 thanks to a strike from Javier Hernández and a penalty by Cuauhtémoc Blanco, who with this goal became the first Mexican player ever to score in three different World Cups. Their last group game was against Uruguay with both teams needing just a draw to advance however Mexico were defeated 1–0 but still advance to the Round of 16 thanks to a better goal differential than South Africa. In the second round, Mexico faced Argentina in a rematch of their Round of 16 loss at the hands of the Argentine team four years earlier. The Mexican team fell behind when a controversial goal was scored by Carlos Tevez in offside position, in which the Argentine team were clearly positioned offside, noticed by a linesman who urged the referee to discount the goal but it was declared a fair play. Gonzalo Higuaín scored later when Ricardo Osorio accidentally pushed the ball in front of Higuain while passing it to a teammate then tripping, giving Higuain a chance to go and score a second for Argentina. Tévez later on scored on a shot where he was not marked by anyone, giving Argentina a 3-goal lead before Javier Hernandez scored what was considered the best goal of the match, in which he took on 3 defenders before scoring between the post and the goalkeeper on the left edge of the box for what would be Mexico's only goal for the match. For the fifth straight World Cup, the Mexican team was eliminated in the Round of 16 as a result of their 1–3 defeat.

The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, saw Mexico placed in Group A along with Costa Rica, El Salvador and Cuba. After the 5–0 win against Cuba, it was reported that 5 Mexican players tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol. The five players suspended were Guillermo Ochoa, Francisco Javier Rodriguez, Antonio Naelson "Zinha", Edgar Dueñas, and Christian Bermudez.[10] Mexico won the group with three wins and no losses and scoring 14 goals, and being scored on once. They beat Guatemala in the quarter-finals 2–1, and beat Honduras in extra-time 2–0. For the third straight year in-a-row, the final was against the United States. After trailing 0–2, Mexico would come back and score 4 goals, and eventually win the match 4–2, thus being crowned champions, and earning a spot in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

On 28 June 2011, eight players from the Under-22 squad that was to participate in the 2011 Copa America in Argentina, were expelled from the squad after it was discovered the players had brought prostitutes to the hotel the team was staying at in Quito, Ecuador.[11]

Home stadium

The Estadio Azteca, (Aztec Stadium in English), also known in Spanish as "El Coloso de Santa Úrsula" is a stadium in Mexico City, Mexico built in the 1960s. It is the official home stadium of the Mexico national football team and the Mexican club team Club América. It has a capacity of 105,000 seats,[12] making it the largest association football stadium in the Americas and the third largest stadium in the world for that sport.

The stadium has carried out many important sporting and historical events in its existence including the FIFA World Cup in 1970 where Pele won his last championship. The earthquake of 1985, which destroyed most of the city, did not damage the stadium. Thus, the stadium could host the FIFA World Cup in 1986 where Argentina won the cup.

It was the primary venue for association football at the 1968 Summer Olympics and is the only stadium ever to host two FIFA World Cup final matches, in 1970 and 1986. It also hosted the 1986 quarter-final between Argentina and England in which Diego Maradona scored the "Hand of God goal" . The stadium also hosted the "Game of the Century", when Italy defeated West Germany 4–3 in extra time.

Kit

The Mexican national team utilizes a tricolour system, composed of colors Green, White and Red. The team's three colors originate from the national flag of Mexico, known as the tricolor. As of November 2009, the shirt now has 2 red trims on the shirt near the shoulders. Away colors are all black with red and gold trim. The team also designed an all white jersey that celebrates 200 years since Mexico achieved freedom from the Spanish Crown, their independence starting in 1810. Two centuries later, the Mexican Football Association had asked Adidas to design a special home kit that the team would use in 2010. However, an all green kit and an all white kit have been used in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Also, in the 1966 FIFA World Cup the kit consisted of a white shirt with navy blue shorts. In the 1970 FIFA World Cup the away kit was a wine red shirt with navy blue short. An all white kit was also used in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in the group stage games against the Netherlands and Belgium. The Women's team still uses the old kit before November 2009. Socks have usually been red, as to resemble Mexico's flag, but this has been changed to white socks.[13] In current kit, the socks reverted back to red.[14]

Evolution

1928 Home

1930 Away

1950 Home

1954 Home

1958 Home

1962 Home

1962 Away

1966 Home

1966 Away

2006 Home

2006 Away

2007 Home

2007 Away

2008 Home

2008 Away

2010 Home

2010 Away

2010 Bicentennial

Past Crest

Schedule and results

Recent and upcoming games

Date Location Opponent Score1 Competition Scorers for Mexico
August 10, 2011 Philadelphia, United States  United States 1–1 F Peralta Goal 17'
September 2, 2011 Warsaw, Poland  Poland 1–1 F J. Hernández Goal 34'
September 4, 2011 Barcelona, Spain  Chile 1–0 F Guardado Goal 78'
October 11, 2011 Torreón, Mexico  Brazil 1–2 F David Luiz Goal 10' (o.g.)
November 11, 2011 Querétaro, Mexico  Serbia 2–0 F Salcido Goal 3', J. Hernández Goal 88' (pen.)
June 8, 2012 TBD, Mexico  Guyana WCQ
June 12, 2012 TBD, El Salvador  El Salvador WCQ
September 7, 2012 TBD, Costa Rica  Costa Rica WCQ
September 11, 2012 TBD, Mexico  Costa Rica WCQ
October 12, 2012 TBD, Guyana  Guyana WCQ
October 16, 2012 TBD, Mexico  El Salvador WCQ
Key

Current squad

The following 20 players were selected for the friendly game against Serbia.[15] Caps and goals updated as of November 11, 2011.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK José de Jesús Corona January 26, 1981 (1981-01-26) (age 30) 12 0 Mexico Cruz Azul
12 GK Alfredo Talavera September 18, 1982 (1982-09-18) (age 29) 9 0 Mexico Toluca
2 DF Francisco Javier Rodríguez October 20, 1981 (1981-10-20) (age 30) 65 1 Germany VfB Stuttgart
3 DF Carlos Salcido April 2, 1980 (1980-04-02) (age 31) 96 7 Mexico UANL
4 DF Hugo Ayala March 31, 1987 (1987-03-31) (age 24) 3 0 Mexico UANL
15 DF Héctor Moreno January 17, 1988 (1988-01-17) (age 23) 29 0 Spain Espanyol
16 DF Efraín Juárez February 22, 1988 (1988-02-22) (age 23) 38 1 Spain Zaragoza
19 DF Jonny Magallón November 21, 1981 (1981-11-21) (age 29) 54 3 Mexico Guadalajara
20 DF Jorge Torres Nilo January 16, 1988 (1988-01-16) (age 23) 16 1 Mexico UANL
5 MF Édgar Andrade March 2, 1988 (1988-03-02) (age 23) 2 0 Mexico Chiapas
8 MF Israel Castro December 20, 1980 (1980-12-20) (age 30) 47 1 Mexico Cruz Azul
11 MF Javier Aquino February 11, 1990 (1990-02-11) (age 21) 6 0 Mexico Cruz Azul
13 MF Jesús Zavala July 21, 1987 (1987-07-21) (age 24) 6 0 Mexico Monterrey
17 MF Sinha May 23, 1976 (1976-05-23) (age 35) 55 6 Mexico Toluca
18 MF Andrés Guardado September 28, 1986 (1986-09-28) (age 25) 77 13 Spain Deportivo La Coruña
21 MF Jesús Molina March 29, 1988 (1988-03-29) (age 23) 3 0 Mexico América
7 FW Pablo Barrera June 21, 1987 (1987-06-21) (age 24) 43 6 Spain Zaragoza
9 FW Oribe Peralta January 12, 1984 (1984-01-12) (age 27) 11 1 Mexico Santos Laguna
10 FW Giovani dos Santos May 11, 1989 (1989-05-11) (age 22) 53 11 England Tottenham Hotspur
14 FW Javier Hernández June 1, 1988 (1988-06-01) (age 23) 33 23 England Manchester United

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 Guillermo Ochoa July 13, 1985 (1985-07-13) (age 26) 47 0 France Ajaccio v.  Serbia, November 11, 2011 (withdrew due to injury)
GK Luis Ernesto Michel July 21, 1979 (1979-07-21) (age 32) 10 0 Mexico Guadalajara 2011 Copa America
GK Carlos Felipe Rodríguez April 3, 1989 (1989-04-03) (age 22) 0 0 Mexico Morelia 2011 Copa America
GK Liborio Sánchez October 9, 1989 (1989-10-09) (age 22) 0 0 Mexico Querétaro 2011 Copa America
GK Jonathan Orozco May 12, 1986 (1986-05-12) (age 25) 1 0 Mexico Monterrey 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Rafael Márquez February 13, 1979 (1979-02-13) (age 32) 109 12 United States New York Red Bulls v.  Brazil, October 11, 2011
DF Sergio Pérez September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13) (age 25) 3 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  Brazil, October 11, 2011
DF Édgar Dueñas March 5, 1983 (1983-03-05) (age 28) 9 0 Mexico Toluca v.  Chile, September 4, 2011
DF Efraín Velarde April 18, 1986 (1986-04-18) (age 25) 1 0 Mexico UNAM v.  Chile, September 4, 2011
DF Paul Aguilar March 6, 1986 (1986-03-06) (age 25) 20 2 Mexico América v.  United States, August 10, 2011
DF Oswaldo Alanís March 18, 1989 (1989-03-18) (age 22) 0 0 Mexico Estudiantes Tecos 2011 Copa América
DF Kristian Álvarez April 20, 1992 (1992-04-20) (age 19) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara 2011 Copa América
DF Néstor Araujo August 29, 1991 (1991-08-29) (age 20) 5 1 Mexico Cruz Azul 2011 Copa América
DF Dárvin Chávez November 21, 1989 (1989-11-21) (age 21) 6 0 Mexico Monterrey 2011 Copa América
DF Hiram Mier August 25, 1989 (1989-08-25) (age 22) 4 0 Mexico Monterrey 2011 Copa América
DF Miguel Ángel Ponce April 12, 1989 (1989-04-12) (age 22) 2 0 Mexico Guadalajara 2011 Copa América
DF Héctor Reynoso October 3, 1980 (1980-10-03) (age 31) 4 0 Mexico Guadalajara 2011 Copa América
DF Israel Jiménez August 13, 1989 (1989-08-13) (age 22) 2 0 Mexico UANL 2011 Copa América preliminary squad
DF Fernando Navarro April 18, 1989 (1989-04-18) (age 22) 1 0 Mexico UANL 2011 Copa América preliminary squad
DF Néstor Vidrio March 22, 1989 (1989-03-22) (age 22) 3 0 Mexico Atlas 2011 Copa América preliminary squad
DF Ricardo Osorio March 30, 1980 (1980-03-30) (age 31) 82 1 Mexico Monterrey 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Jorge Iván Estrada October 16, 1983 (1983-10-16) (age 28) 1 0 Mexico Santos Laguna v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 9, 2011
DF Leobardo López September 4, 1983 (1983-09-04) (age 28) 9 1 Mexico Pachuca v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 9, 2011
MF Gerardo Torrado April 30, 1979 (1979-04-30) (age 32) 135 6 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  Brazil, October 11, 2011 (withdrew due to injury)
MF Adrián Aldrete June 14, 1988 (1988-06-14) (age 23) 8 0 Mexico Morelia v.  Chile, September 4, 2011
MF Christian Bermúdez April 26, 1987 (1987-04-26) (age 24) 4 0 Mexico Atlante v.  Chile, September 4, 2011
MF Diego De Buen July 13, 1991 (aged 19) 0 0 Mexico UNAM 2011 Copa América
MF Jorge Enríquez January 8, 1991 (1991-01-08) (age 20) 5 0 Mexico Guadalajara 2011 Copa América
MF Antonio Gallardo April 19, 1989 (1989-04-19) (age 22) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara 2011 Copa América
MF Carlos Orrantía February 1, 1991 (1991-02-01) (age 20) 0 0 Mexico UNAM 2011 Copa América
MF Édgar Pacheco January 22, 1990 (1990-01-22) (age 21) 6 1 Mexico UANL 2011 Copa América
MF Diego Reyes September 19, 1992 (1992-09-19) (age 19) 5 0 Mexico América 2011 Copa América
MF David Cabrera September 7, 1989 (1989-09-07) (age 22) 3 0 Mexico UNAM 2011 Copa América preliminary squad
MF Néstor Calderón February 14, 1989 (1989-02-14) (age 22) 5 0 Mexico Toluca 2011 Copa América preliminary squad
MF Jonathan dos Santos April 26, 1990 (1990-04-26) (age 21) 7 0 Spain Barcelona B 2011 Copa América preliminary squad
MF Marco Fabián July 21, 1989 (1989-07-21) (age 22) 3 1 Mexico Guadalajara 2011 Copa América preliminary squad
MF Jorge Hernández June 10, 1989 (1989-06-10) (age 22) 3 0 Mexico Chiapas 2011 Copa América preliminary squad
MF Luis Ernesto Pérez January 12, 1981 (1981-01-12) (age 30) 68 8 Mexico Monterrey 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF José María Cárdenas April 2, 1985 (1985-04-02) (age 26) 3 1 Mexico Santos Laguna v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 9, 2011
MF Antonio Ríos October 24, 1988 (1988-10-24) (age 23) 2 0 Mexico Toluca v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 9, 2011
MF Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez April 16, 1985 (1985-04-16) (age 26) 1 0 Mexico Pachuca v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 9, 2011
FW Ángel Reyna September 19, 1984 (1984-09-19) (age 27) 8 0 Mexico América v.  Brazil, October 11, 2011
FW Aldo de Nigris July 22, 1983 (1983-07-22) (age 28) 14 6 Mexico Monterrey v.  Chile, September 4, 2011
FW Omar Arellano June 18, 1987 (1987-06-18) (age 24) 7 1 Mexico Guadalajara v.  United States, August 10, 2011
FW Ulises Dávila April 13, 1991 (aged 19) 0 0 Netherlands Vitesse 2011 Copa América
FW Rafael Márquez Lugo November 2, 1981 (1981-11-02) (age 30) 12 0 Mexico Morelia 2011 Copa América
FW Alan Pulido March 8, 1991 (1991-03-08) (age 20) 0 0 Mexico UANL 2011 Copa América
FW Javier Cortés July 20, 1989 (1989-07-20) (age 22) 3 0 Mexico UNAM 2011 Copa América preliminary squad
FW Erick Torres January 19, 1993 (1993-01-19) (age 18) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara 2011 Copa América preliminary squad
FW Carlos Vela March 1, 1989 (1989-03-01) (age 22) 35 9 Spain Real Sociedad 2011 Copa América preliminary squad
FW Elías Hernández April 29, 1988 (1988-04-29) (age 23) 7 1 Mexico Pachuca 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Juan Carlos Cacho May 3, 1982 (1982-05-03) (age 29) 11 3 Mexico UNAM v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 9, 2011

Previous World Cup squads

  • 1930 FIFA World Cup
  • 1950 FIFA World Cup
  • 1954 FIFA World Cup
  • 1958 FIFA World Cup
 
  • 1962 FIFA World Cup
  • 1966 FIFA World Cup
  • 1970 FIFA World Cup
  • 1978 FIFA World Cup
 
  • 1986 FIFA World Cup
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup
  • 1998 FIFA World Cup
  • 2002 FIFA World Cup
 
  • 2006 FIFA World Cup
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Group Stage 13th 3 0 0 3 4 13
Italy 1934 Did not qualify
France 1938 Withdrew
Brazil 1950 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 2 10
Switzerland 1954 Group Stage 14th 2 0 0 2 2 8
Sweden 1958 Group Stage 16th 3 0 1 2 1 8
Chile 1962 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 3 4
England 1966 Group Stage 12th 3 0 2 1 1 3
Mexico 1970 Quarter-Final 6th 4 2 1 1 6 4
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify
Argentina 1978 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 12
Spain 1982 Did not qualify
Mexico 1986 Quarter-Final 6th 5 3 2 0 6 2
Italy 1990 Banned
United States 1994 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 4 4
France 1998 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 8 7
South Korea Japan 2002 Round of 16 11th 4 2 1 1 4 4
Germany 2006 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 5 5
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 4 5
Total 14/19 49 12 13 24 52 89

FIFA Confederations Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995 Third-Place 3 1 2 0 4 2
Saudi Arabia 1997 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 8 6
Mexico 1999 Champions 5 4 1 0 13 6
South Korea Japan 2001 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 8
France 2003 Did Not Qualify
Germany 2005 Fourth-Place 5 2 2 1 7 6
South Africa 2009 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2013 Qualified
Total 1 Title 19 8 5 6 33 28

CONCACAF Gold Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
El Salvador 1963 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 9 2
Guatemala 1965 Champions 5 4 1 0 13 2
Honduras 1967 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 10 1
Costa Rica 1969 Fourth-Place 5 1 2 2 4 5
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Champions 5 4 1 0 6 1
Haiti 1973 Third-Place 5 2 2 1 10 5
Mexico 1977 Champions 5 5 0 0 20 5
Honduras 1981 Third place 5 1 3 1 6 3
1985 Did Not Qualify
1989 Banned
United States 1991 Third-Place 5 3 1 1 10 5
Mexico United States1993 Champions 5 4 1 0 28 2
United States 1996 Champions 4 4 0 0 9 0
United States 1998 Champions 4 4 0 0 8 2
United States 2000 Quarter-Final 3 1 1 1 6 3
United States 2002 Quarter-Final 3 2 1 0 4 1
Mexico United States2003 Champions 5 4 1 0 9 0
United States 2005 Quarter-Final 4 2 0 2 7 4
United States 2007 Runners-up 6 4 0 2 7 5
United States 2009 Champions 6 5 1 0 15 2
United States 2011 Champions 6 6 0 0 22 4
Total 9 Titles 83 54 17 12 203 52

Copa América record

CONMEBOL Copa América record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Ecuador 1993 Runners-up 2nd 6 2 2 2 8 7
Uruguay 1995 Quarter Final 7th 4 1 2 1 5 4
Bolivia 1997 Third Place 3rd 6 2 2 2 8 9
Paraguay 1999 Third Place 3rd 6 3 1 2 10 9
Colombia 2001 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 7 5
Peru 2004 Quarter Final 6th 4 2 1 1 5 7
Venezuela 2007 Third Place 3rd 6 4 1 1 13 5
Argentina 2011 Group Stage 12th 3 0 0 3 1 4
Total Runners-up 8/43 38 17 10 11 55 44

Pan American Games record

  • 1951Did not enter
  • 1955Silver medal
  • 1959 – Sixth place
  • 1963Did not enter
  • 1967Gold medal
  • 1971 – Round 1
  • 1975Gold medal
  • 1979Did not enter
  • 1983 – Round 1
  • 1987 – Fourth place
  • 1991Silver medal
  • 1995Silver medal
  • 1999Gold medal
  • 2003Bronze medal
  • 2007Bronze medal
  • 2011 – Gold medal

Central American and Caribbean Games record

  • 1935Gold Medal
  • 1938Gold Medal
  • 1946Did not participate
  • 1950 – Round 1
  • 1954Silver Medal
  • 1959Gold Medal
  • 1962Gold Medal
  • 1966Gold Medal
  • 1978 – 4th place
  • 1982Gold Medal
  • 1986Gold Medal
  • 1990Gold Medal
  • 1993Gold Medal
  • 1998Gold Medal
  • 2002Silver Medal
  • 2006 – Quarterfinals

Universiade record

NAFC Championship results

North American Nations Cup results

International Honours

1999
1993, 2001

Regional Honours (CONCACAF)

  • CONCACAF Championship: 3
1965, 1971, 1977
1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011
1947, 1949, 1991

Panamerican Games

1935, 1938, 1959, 1962, 1966, 1990
  • Pan Am Games Gold Medals: 4
1967, 1975, 1999, 2011
1964, 1972, 1976, 1996, 2004

Minor Cups

  • United States Cup Championship: 3
1996, 1997, 1999
1985
1989
2001
1999 Carlsberg Cup

Player Records

Top 10 goalscorers

Players in bold text are still active with Mexico.

Rank Player Goals Years
1 Jared Borgetti 46 1997–2008
2 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 39 1995–
3 Carlos Hermosillo 35 1984–1997
4 Luis Hernández 35 1995–2002
5 Enrique Borja 31 1966–1975
6 Luis Roberto Alves 30 1988–2001
7 Luis Flores 29 1983–1993
Luis García 1991–1999
Hugo Sánchez 1977–1998
10 Benjamín Galindo 28 1983–1998

Most appearances (caps)

Players in bold text are still active with Mexico. As of 11 October 2011

Rank Player Caps Years
1 Claudio Suárez 178 1992–2006
2 Pável Pardo 148 1996–2009
3 Gerardo Torrado 135 1996–
4 Jorge Campos 131 1991–2004
5 Alberto García-Aspe 127 1988–2002
6 Ramon Ramirez 121 1991–2000
7 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 121 1995–
8 Rafael Márquez 109 1997–
9 Oswaldo Sanchez 99 1996–2011
10 Carlos Hermosillo 97 1984–1997

Goalscorers in World Cups

Player Number of Goals Edition
Manuel Rosas 2 1930
Juan Carreño 1
Roberto Gayón
Héctor Ortiz 1 1950
Horacio Casarín
José Lamadrid 1 1954
Tomás Balcázar
Jaime Belmonte 1 1958
Isidoro Díaz 1 1962
Alfredo del Águila
Héctor Hernández
Enrique Borja 1 1966
Javier Valdivia 2 1970
Javier Fragoso 1
Javier Hernández Gutiérrez
Ignacio Basaguren
Gustavo Peña
José Luis González
Player Number of Goals Edition
Arturo Vázquez 1 1978
Víctor Rangel
Fernando Quirarte 2 1986
Hugo Sánchez 1
Luis Flores
Manuel Negrete
Raúl Servín
Luis García 2 1994
Marcelino Bernal 1
Alberto García Aspe 1
1 1998
Luis Hernández 4
Ricardo Peláez 2
Cuauhtémoc Blanco 1
1 2002
Jared Borgetti 2
Gerardo Torrado 1
Player Number of Goals Edition
Omar Bravo 2 2006
Sinha 1
Francisco Fonseca
Rafael Márquez 1
1 2010
Javier Hernández 2
Cuauhtémoc Blanco 1

Managers

Manager Career Games managed Won Drawn Lost Win %
Mexico Adolfo Frías Beltrán 1923 6 4 1 1 66.6
Mexico Alfonso Rojo de la Vega 1928 2 0 2 0 00.0
Spain Juan Luque de Serrallonga 1930 3 0 3 0 00.0
Mexico Rafael Garza Gutiérrez 1934, 1937–1938, 1949 16 14 1 1 87.5
England Alfred C. Crowle 1935 5 5 0 0 100.0
Hungary Jorge Orth 1947 2 2 0 0 100.0
Mexico Octavio Vial 1950 5 0 4 1 00.0
Spain Antonio López Herranz 1950, 1952, 1953–1954, 1956–1958 22 9 10 3 40.9
Mexico Horacio Casarín 1953 1 1 0 0 100.0
Mexico Ignacio Trelles 1958, 1960–1969, 1975–1976 106 50 27 29 47.1
Mexico Fernando Marcos 1959 3 3 0 0 100.0
Hungary Arpad Fekete 1963 3 1 1 1 33.3
Mexico Raúl Cardenas 1968, 1969, 1970, 1979–1981 59 25 20 14 42.3
Mexico Diego Mercado 1969 5 1 2 2 20.0
Mexico Javier de la Torre 1970–1973 38 20 7 11 52.6
Mexico Ignacio Juáregui 1974 3 2 1 0 66.6
Mexico José Antonio Roca 1977–1978 20 11 3 6 55.0
Mexico José Moncebáez 1979 3 1 1 1 33.3
Mexico Gustavo Peña 1979 1 1 0 0 100.0
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velibor Milutinović 1983–1986, 1995–1997 104 52 32 20 50.0
Mexico Mario Velarde 1987–1989 15 13 0 2 86.6
Mexico Alberto Guerra 1989 3 3 0 0 100.0
Mexico Manuel Lapuente 1990–1991, 1997–2000 67 33 18 16 49.2
Argentina César Luis Menotti 1991–1992 19 7 7 5 36.8
Brazil Ricardo Ferretti 1993 1 1 0 0 100.0
Mexico Miguel Mejía Barón 1993–1995 54 25 17 12 46.2
Mexico Mario Carrillo 1999 1 0 0 1 00.0
Mexico Gustavo Vargas 1999 2 1 1 0 50.0
Mexico Enrique Meza 2000–2001, 2010 20 5 4 11 25.0
Mexico Hugo Sánchez 2000, 2006–2008 26 13 4 9 50.0
Mexico Javier Aguirre 2001–2002, 2009–2010 55 35 10 10 63.6
Argentina Ricardo La Volpe 2002–2006 71 38 16 17 53.5
Mexico Jesús Ramírez 2008 5 4 0 1 80.0
Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson 2008–2009 13 6 1 6 46.2
Mexico Efraín Flores 2010 3 1 1 1 33.3
Mexico José Manuel de la Torre 2010– 16 11 4 1 68.7

As of July 14, 2011.

See also

References

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  2. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings". World Football Elo Ratings. http://www.eloratings.net/world.html. Retrieved 2011-6-22. 
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  8. ^ FIFA.com - Antonio Carbajal, el eterno Cinco Copas
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  13. ^ Adidas Releases Mexico’s 2010 World Cup Kit - Mexico
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