Mexico national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)El Tricolor
El Tri
La Verde
AssociationMexican Football Federation
Sub-confederationNAFU (North America)
Head coachMiguel Herrera
CaptainRafael Márquez
Most capsClaudio Suárez (178)
Top scorerJared Borgetti (46)
Home stadiumEstadio Azteca
FIFA ranking19
Highest FIFA ranking4 (February–June 1998, May–June 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking33 (July 2009)
Elo ranking19
Highest Elo ranking5 (July 2011)
Lowest Elo ranking47 (February 1979)
First colours
Second 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
Appearances14 (First in 1930)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 1970 and 1986
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances20 (First in 1963)
Best resultWinners, 1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011
Copa América
Appearances8 (First in 1993)
Best result2nd place, 1993 and 2001
Confederations Cup
Appearances6 (First in 1995)
Best resultWinners, 1999
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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)El Tricolor
El Tri
La Verde
AssociationMexican Football Federation
Sub-confederationNAFU (North America)
Head coachMiguel Herrera
CaptainRafael Márquez
Most capsClaudio Suárez (178)
Top scorerJared Borgetti (46)
Home stadiumEstadio Azteca
FIFA ranking19
Highest FIFA ranking4 (February–June 1998, May–June 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking33 (July 2009)
Elo ranking19
Highest Elo ranking5 (July 2011)
Lowest Elo ranking47 (February 1979)
First colours
Second 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
Appearances14 (First in 1930)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 1970 and 1986
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances20 (First in 1963)
Best resultWinners, 1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011
Copa América
Appearances8 (First in 1993)
Best result2nd place, 1993 and 2001
Confederations Cup
Appearances6 (First in 1995)
Best resultWinners, 1999

The Mexico 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 Miguel Herrera. The team is currently ranked 19th in the FIFA World Rankings[2] and 19th in the World Football Elo Ratings.[3]

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 three 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.


Early years

Football in Mexico was first 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. Their very first match was played against Guatemala, which the Mexican team won 3–2.[4]

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.[5] The manager for this team was Rafael Garza Gutiérrez "Récord", and the assistant coach was Adolfo Frías.[5] 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.[5]

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.[4]


On 9 August 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]


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.[9]

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 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.

Post-1990 & The Road to USA '94

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).

The Road to France '98

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.

The Road to Korea-Japan '02

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

2002 and 2006 World Cups

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 with a goal from Borgetti. In the second round Mexico played continental rivals United States, losing 2–0 in a controversial game, where Mexican captain Rafael Márquez was sent off for a brutal foul on Cobi Jones.[10]

Mexico was one of eight seeded teams in the first round at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. 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 Omar Bravo 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.

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 with a goal from Hernán Crespo. 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.

Post-World Cup

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.

2010 World Cup

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

Mexico vs France at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

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 where Mexico were defeated 1–0, but still advanced 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 an offside position but it was declared a fair play. Gonzalo Higuaín scored a second for Argentina. Tevez later scored, giving Argentina a 3-goal lead, before Hernández scored Mexico's only goal of the match. As a result of their 1–3 defeat, the Mexican team was eliminated in the Round of 16 for the fifth straight World Cup.

The Road to Brazil '14

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.[11] Mexico won the group with three wins and no losses and scoring 14 goals, and being scored only 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 came back and scored 4 goals, and won the match 4–2, thus being crowned champions, and earning a spot in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

On June 28, 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.[12]

Mexico went 2-1 in the group stages of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, defeating Canada and Martinique but losing to Panama. Mexico then defeated Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 in the quarterfinal match, before facing Panama again in the semi-final.[13] Mexico lost the semi-final match, 2-1, in front the largest crowd to ever watch a Gold Cup semifinal match held in the United States (over 81,000 were in attendance).[citation needed] The two losses to Panama were the first two times Panama had ever defeated Mexico in a Gold Cup match.[14]

Out of six games played in the fourth round of 2014 World Cup qualifying, Mexico has won one game five draws and two loses which has complicated their qualification to the 2014 World Cup.[15]

Team image

Home stadium

Azteca Stadium is the home to the national team

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,[16] 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.

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.[17][18] On January 30, 2013, English language network ESPN and Univision announced and agreement to telecast the Mexico national team home World Cup qualifiers and international friendly matches in English in the United States.[19]


The Mexican national team utilizes a tricolor 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 two 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.[20] In current kit, the socks reverted to red.[21]


1928 Home

1950 Away

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2011 Home

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2013 Third

2014 Home

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Past crests

Results and fixtures


Current squad

The following players were selected for the friendly match against United States on April 2, 2014.[22]
Caps and goals updated as of April 2, 2014.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKMoisés Muñoz(1980-02-01) February 1, 1980 (age 34)130Mexico América
1GKAlfredo Talavera(1982-09-18) September 18, 1982 (age 31)130Mexico Toluca
2DFRafael Márquez(1979-02-13) February 13, 1979 (age 35)11815Mexico León
2DFFrancisco Javier Rodríguez(1981-10-20) October 20, 1981 (age 32)911Mexico América
2DFPaul Aguilar(1986-03-06) March 6, 1986 (age 28)273Mexico América
2DFJuan Carlos Valenzuela(1984-03-15) March 15, 1984 (age 30)190Mexico América
2DFMiguel Layún(1988-06-25) June 25, 1988 (age 25)110Mexico América
2DFMiguel Ponce(1989-04-12) April 12, 1989 (age 25)61Mexico Toluca
2DFEnrique Pérez(1988-10-13) October 13, 1988 (age 25)30Mexico Atlas
2DFRogelio Chávez(1984-10-28) October 28, 1984 (age 29)10Mexico Cruz Azul
3MFJesús Zavala(1987-07-21) July 21, 1987 (age 26)302Mexico Monterrey
3MFCarlos Peña(1990-03-29) March 29, 1990 (age 24)142Mexico León
3MFMarco Fabián(1989-07-21) July 21, 1989 (age 24)114Mexico Cruz Azul
3MFLuis Montes(1986-05-16) May 16, 1986 (age 27)112Mexico León
3MFJuan Carlos Medina(1983-08-22) August 22, 1983 (age 30)70Mexico América
3MFIsaác Brizuela(1990-08-28) August 28, 1990 (age 23)50Mexico Toluca
3MFJosé Juan Vázquez(1988-03-14) March 14, 1988 (age 26)20Mexico León
4FWRaúl Jiménez(1991-05-05) May 5, 1991 (age 22)224Mexico América
4FWAlan Pulido(1991-03-08) March 8, 1991 (age 23)34Mexico UANL

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKGuillermo Ochoa(1985-07-13) July 13, 1985 (age 28)560France Ajacciov.  Nigeria, March 5, 2014
GKJosé de Jesús Corona(1981-01-26) January 26, 1981 (age 33)320Mexico Cruz Azulv.  Nigeria, March 5, 2014
GKJonathan Orozco(1986-05-12) May 12, 1986 (age 27)60Mexico Monterreyv.  Panama, October 11, 2013
GKCirilo Saucedo(1982-01-05) January 5, 1982 (age 32)10Mexico Tijuana2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFHéctor Moreno(1988-01-17) January 17, 1988 (age 26)501Spain Espanyolv.  Nigeria, March 5, 2014
DFDiego Reyes(1992-09-19) September 19, 1992 (age 21)120Portugal Portov.  Nigeria, March 5, 2014
DFJorge Torres Nilo(1988-01-16) January 16, 1988 (age 26)381Mexico UANLv.  South Korea, January 29, 2014
DFAdrián Aldrete(1988-06-14) June 14, 1988 (age 25)140Mexico Américav.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
DFHugo Ayala(1987-03-31) March 31, 1987 (age 27)110Mexico UANLv.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
DFEdwin Hernández(1986-07-10) July 10, 1986 (age 27)10Mexico Leónv.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
DFMiguel Ángel Herrera(1989-04-03) April 3, 1989 (age 25)00Mexico Pachucav.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
DFHiram Mier(1989-08-25) August 25, 1989 (age 24)100Mexico Monterreyv.  New Zealand, November 13, 2013
DFCarlos Salcido(1980-04-02) April 2, 1980 (age 34)11910Mexico UANLv.  Costa Rica, October 15, 2013
DFJonny Magallón(1981-11-21) November 21, 1981 (age 32)543Mexico Leónv.  Costa Rica, October 15, 2013
DFSevero Meza(1986-07-09) July 9, 1986 (age 27)160Mexico Monterreyv.  Costa Rica, October 15, 2013
DFJoel Huiqui(1983-02-18) February 18, 1983 (age 31)141Mexico Morelia2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFLeobardo López(1983-09-04) September 4, 1983 (age 30)91Mexico Monterrey2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFIsrael Jiménez(1989-08-13) August 13, 1989 (age 24)60Mexico UANL2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFAlejandro Castro(1987-03-27) March 27, 1987 (age 27)50Mexico Cruz Azul2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFEfraín Velarde(1986-04-18) April 18, 1986 (age 27)50Mexico UNAM2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFDárvin Chávez(1989-11-21) November 21, 1989 (age 24)30Mexico Monterrey2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFJair Pereira(1986-07-07) July 7, 1986 (age 27)10Mexico Guadalajara2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFGerardo Flores(1986-02-05) February 5, 1986 (age 28)70Mexico Cruz Azul2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
MFAndrés Guardado(1986-09-28) September 28, 1986 (age 27)10014Germany Bayer Leverkusenv.  Nigeria, March 5, 2014
MFJavier Aquino(1990-02-11) February 11, 1990 (age 24)210Spain Villarrealv.  Nigeria, March 5, 2014
MFHéctor Herrera(1990-04-19) April 19, 1990 (age 23)100Portugal Portov.  Nigeria, March 5, 2014
MFRodolfo Pizarro(1994-02-15) February 15, 1994 (age 20)10Mexico Pachucav.  South Korea, January 29, 2014
MFSinha(1976-05-23) May 23, 1976 (age 37)596Mexico Tolucav.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
MFJesús Molina(1988-03-29) March 29, 1988 (age 26)80Mexico Américav.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
MFAlonso Escoboza(1993-01-22) January 22, 1993 (age 21)31Mexico Santos Lagunav.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
MFLuis Ángel Mendoza(1990-02-03) February 3, 1990 (age 24)00Mexico Américav.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
MFRodrigo Salinas(1988-05-09) May 9, 1988 (age 25)00Mexico Moreliav.  New Zealand, November 20, 2013
MFLucas Lobos(1981-08-03) August 3, 1981 (age 32)00Mexico UANLv.  Finland, October 30, 2013
MFGerardo Torrado(1979-04-30) April 30, 1979 (age 34)1466Mexico Cruz Azulv.  Costa Rica, October 15, 2013
MFFernando Arce(1980-04-24) April 24, 1980 (age 33)477Mexico Tijuanav.  Costa Rica, October 15, 2013
MFChristian Giménez(1981-02-01) February 1, 1981 (age 33)50Mexico Cruz Azulv.  Costa Rica, October 15, 2013
MFÁngel Reyna(1984-09-19) September 19, 1984 (age 29)252Mexico Veracruzv.  Panama, October 11, 2013
MFDamián Álvarez(1979-05-21) May 21, 1979 (age 34)20Mexico UANLv.  Panama, October 11, 2013
MFJorge Enríquez(1991-01-08) January 8, 1991 (age 23)80Mexico Guadalajara2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFJosé María Cárdenas(1985-04-02) April 2, 1985 (age 29)41Mexico León2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFDavid Cabrera(1989-09-07) September 7, 1989 (age 24)30Mexico UNAM2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFJavier Cortés(1989-07-20) July 20, 1989 (age 24)20Mexico UNAM2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFPablo Barrera(1987-06-21) June 21, 1987 (age 26)576Mexico Cruz Azul2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
FWJavier Hernández(1988-06-01) June 1, 1988 (age 25)5835England Manchester Unitedv.  Nigeria, March 5, 2014
FWOribe Peralta(1984-01-12) January 12, 1984 (age 30)3016Mexico Santos Lagunav.  Nigeria, March 5, 2014
FWGiovani dos Santos(1989-05-11) May 11, 1989 (age 24)7314Spain Villarrealv.  Nigeria, March 5, 2014 (Withdrew)
FWAldo de Nigris(1983-07-22) July 22, 1983 (age 30)289Mexico Guadalajarav.  South Korea, January 29, 2014
FWOmar Bravo(1980-03-04) March 4, 1980 (age 34)6515Mexico Guadalajara2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FWRafael Márquez Lugo(1981-11-02) November 2, 1981 (age 32)161Mexico Guadalajara2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FWJavier Orozco(1987-11-16) November 16, 1987 (age 26)70Mexico Santos Laguna2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Previous World Cup squads


Player records

Most appearances

Claudio Suárez is the most capped player in the history of Mexico with 178 caps.

Players in bold text are still active with Mexico. As of April 2, 2014.

1Claudio Suárez1992–2006178
2Pável Pardo1996–2009148
3Gerardo Torrado1999–146
4Jorge Campos1991–2004130
5Ramón Ramírez1991–2000121
6Cuauhtémoc Blanco1995–2010121
7Carlos Salcido2004–119
8Rafael Márquez1997–118
9Alberto García-Aspe1988–2002109
10Andrés Guardado2005–100

Top goalscorers

Jared Borgetti is the top scorer in the history of Mexico with 46 goals.

Players in bold text are still active with Mexico. As of April 2, 2014.

1Jared Borgetti1997–200846
2Cuauhtémoc Blanco1995–201039
3Carlos Hermosillo1984–199735
Javier Hernández2009–35
Luis Hernández1995–200235
6Enrique Borja1966–197531
7Luis Roberto Alves1988–200130
8Luis Flores1983–199329
Luis García1991–199929
Hugo Sánchez1977–199829
Benjamín Galindo1983-199829

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record
Uruguay 1930Group Stage13th3003413
Italy 1934Did Not Qualify
France 1938Withdrew
Brazil 1950Group Stage12th3003210
Switzerland 195413th200228
Sweden 195816th301218
Chile 196211th310234
England 196612th302113
Mexico 1970Quarter-Finals6th421164
West Germany 1974Did Not Qualify
Argentina 1978Group Stage16th3003212
Spain 1982Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1986Quarter-Finals6th532062
Italy 1990Banned
United States 1994Round of 1613th412144
France 199813th412187
South Korea Japan 200211th421144
Germany 200615th411255
South Africa 201014th411245
Brazil 2014QualifiedTBD
Russia 2018TBD
Qatar 2022

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionMPWD *LGFGASquad
Saudi Arabia 1992Did Not Qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995Third Place3rd312042Squad
Saudi Arabia 1997Group Stage5th310286Squad
Mexico 1999Champions1st5410136Squad
South Korea Japan 2001Group Stage8th300318Squad
France 2003Did Not Qualify
Germany 2005Fourth Place4th522176Squad
South Africa 2009Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2013Group Stage6th310235Squad
Total1 Title6/9229583533-


El Salvador 1963Group Stage311192
Guatemala 1965Champions5410132
Honduras 1967Runners-up5401101
Costa Rica 1969Fourth-Place512245
Trinidad and Tobago 1971Champions541061
Haiti 1973Third-Place5221105
Mexico 1977Champions5500205
Honduras 1981Third place513163
1985Hosted 1986 World cup
United States 1991Third-Place5311105
Mexico United States1993Champions5410282
United States 1996Champions440090
United States 1998Champions440082
United States 2000Quarter-Final311163
United States 2002Quarter-Final321041
Mexico United States2003Champions541090
United States 2005Quarter-Final420274
United States 2007Runners-up640275
United States 2009Champions6510152
United States 2011Champions6600224
United States 2013Semi-Final530285
Total9 Titles9464161421157

Copa América

CONMEBOL Copa América record
Ecuador 1993Runners-up622287
Uruguay 1995Quarter Final412154
Bolivia 1997Third Place622289
Paraguay 1999Third Place6312109
Colombia 2001Runners-up631275
Peru 2004Quarter Final421157
Venezuela 2007Third Place6411135
Argentina 2011Group Stage300314

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Netherlands 1928Round 114th2002210
Germany 1936Did Not Enter
United Kingdom 1948Round 111th100135
Finland1952Did Not Qualify
Japan1964Group Stage11th301226
Mexico1968Fourth Place4th5302107
Germany1972Round 27th6213414
Canada1976Group Stage9th302147
Soviet Union1980Did Not Qualify
United States1984
Spain 1992Group Stage10th303033
United States 1996Quarter-Finals7th412123
Australia 2000Did Not Qualify
Greece 2004Group Stage10th311133
China 2008Did Not Qualify
United Kingdom 2012Champions1st6510124
Total1 Medal10/18371211144564

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Argentina 1951Did not enter
Mexico 1955Final2nd61321013
United States 1959Preliminary round6th61141320
Brazil 1963Did not enter
Canada 1967Final1st5320124
Colombia 1971Preliminary round7th311133
Mexico 1975Final1st6420275
Puerto Rico 1979Did not enter
Venezuela 1983Preliminary round6th210121
United States 1987Semi-Finals4th4301102
Cuba 1991Final2nd5311194
Argentina 1995Final2nd6510135
Canada 1999Final1st6420145
Dominican Republic 2003Semi-Finals3rd512277
Brazil 2007Semi-Finals3rd532061
Mexico 2011Final1st5410124
Total4 Medals13/166434181214874

Central American and Caribbean Games

Central American and Caribbean Games record
Cuba 1930Did not Participate
El Salvador 19351st5500296
Panama 19381st5410144
Colombia 1946Did not Participate
Guatemala 19505th6132810
Mexico 19542nd4301113
Venezuela 19591st4400103
Jamaica 19622nd5401174
Puerto Rico 19661st5500112
Panama 1970Did not Participate
Dominican Republic 19744th631276
Colombia 19784th6222117
Cuba 19822nd531183
Dominican Republic 19863rd540163
Mexico 19901st5500201
Puerto Rico 19932nd5302114
Venezuela 19982nd6501114
El Salvador 20022nd523084
Colombia 20067th310224
Puerto Rico 2010No Football Tournament
Total5 Medals805481818468


Friendly Cups


ManagerCareerGames managedWonDrawnLostWin %
Mexico Adolfo Frías Beltrán1923641166.6
Mexico Alfonso Rojo de la Vega1928202000.0
Spain Juan Luque de Serrallonga1930303000.0
Mexico Rafael Garza Gutiérrez1934, 1937–1938, 194916141187.5
England Alfred C. Crowle19355500100.0
Hungary Jorge Orth19472200100.0
Mexico Octavio Vial1950504100.0
Spain Antonio López Herranz1950, 1952, 1953–1954, 1956–195822910340.9
Mexico Horacio Casarín19531100100.0
Mexico Ignacio Trelles1958, 1960–1969, 1975–197610650272947.1
Mexico Fernando Marcos19593300100.0
Hungary Árpád Fekete1963311133.3
Mexico Raúl Cardenas1968, 1969, 1970, 1979–19815925201442.3
Mexico Diego Mercado1969512220.0
Mexico Javier de la Torre1970–1973382071152.6
Mexico Ignacio Juáregui1974321066.6
Mexico José Antonio Roca1977–197820113655.0
Mexico José Moncebáez1979311133.3
Mexico Gustavo Peña19791100100.0
Mexico Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bora Milutinović1983–1986, 1995–199710452322050.0
Mexico Mario Velarde1987–198915130286.6
Mexico Alberto Guerra19893300100.0
Mexico Manuel Lapuente1990–1991, 1997–20006733181649.2
Argentina César Luis Menotti1991–19921977536.8
Brazil Ricardo Ferretti19931100100.0
Mexico Miguel Mejía Barón1993–19955425171246.2
Mexico Mario Carrillo1999100100.0
Mexico Gustavo Vargas1999211050.0
Mexico Enrique Meza2000–2001, 201020541125.0
Mexico Hugo Sánchez2000, 2006–200826134950.0
Mexico Javier Aguirre2001–2002, 2009–20105535101063.6
Argentina Ricardo La Volpe2002–20067138161753.5
Mexico Jesús Ramírez2008540180.0
Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson2008–20091361646.2
Mexico Efraín Flores2010311133.3
Mexico José Manuel de la Torre2011–20135027121154.0
Mexico Luis Fernando Tena2013100100.0
Mexico Víctor Manuel Vucetich2013210150.0
Mexico Miguel Herrera2013–541080.0

Current as of March 5, 2014.

See also


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  9. ^ – Antonio Carbajal, el eterno Cinco Copas
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  21. ^ Mexico adidas 2011/12 Home and Away Jerseys / Camisetas | FOOTBALL FASHION.ORG
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