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The Mexico national football team represents Mexicomarker in internationalmarker football competition and is managed by the Mexican Football Federation Association (FEMEXFUT). The Mexican national football team is currently ranked 15th in the FIFA World Rankings.

It also represents the Mexico women's national football team.

Mexico has qualified for thirteen World Cups and has qualified consecutively since 1994. 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 holds one FIFA Confederations Cup, five CONCACAF Gold Cups, three CONCACAF Championships, 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 CONMEBOL Copa América since Ecuador 1993 finishing as runner-up twice and obtaining the third place medal on three occasions.

History

Early years

Competitive association football in Mexicomarker was organized in the early 20th century by various European immigrant groups, notably Cornish miners from Cornwallmarker, Englandmarker, and in later years, Spanishmarker exiles fleeing the Spanish Civil War. Though organized football was disrupted from 1910 to 1919 as a result of the Mexican Revolution, a new football association had been established in Mexico Citymarker by 1922, and by the end of the year a national team had been organized from players in this league to represent Mexico in international friendlies. On January 1, 1923, Mexico played their first international friendly against Guatemala, which the Mexican team won 3–2.

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. The manager for this team was Rafael Garza Gutiérrez "Récord", and the assistant coach was Adolfo Frías. 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 "Fofo" García Besné.

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 Uruguayanmarker club Nacional de Montevideo, losing 1-3.

Formation of the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol

On August 23, 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.

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 Montevideomarker, Uruguaymarker 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. 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 Centralmarker. 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.

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.

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 and did not appear at the world stage until 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).They won the first championship game

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 Olympic Games in Seoul 1988. The punishment originally was only going to be applied to the Olympic team and not the World Cup team, but the penalty was applied to all Mexican national representatives of all sports for two years.

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. Mexico went on to win its group on tiebreakers in the 1994 World Cup, 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 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 King Fahd's 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, in which they came in first place in the CONCACAF side. 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 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 hosted and won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico won its first official FIFA 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, he was also awarded the Silver Ball.

21st Century

After a tough qualifying campaign for the 2002 World Cup, Mexico reached the finals and was placed in Group G alongside Italy, Croatia, 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. Mexico was defeated by the U.S. 2-0.

Mexico co-hosted (with the United States of America) the Gold Cup in 2003, winning it after a 1-0 victory in Mexico City over a mostly U-23 Brazilian squad which had eliminated the United States in Miami, Floridamarker.

The parallel emergence of Mexico and the United States on the international stage has helped elevate the status of the CONCACAF region, and has provided a natural rivalry that has benefited the development of both national teams.

The growth experienced by the Mexican national team since the early 1990s was matched by the increased competitiveness of its domestic league, the Primera División de México. Due in large part to lucrative television contracts, Mexican football clubs are amongst the richest outside of Europe. The influx of high level foreign players, together with increased participation in international tournaments has helped compensate for the fact that, traditionally, relatively few Mexican players have sought opportunities in other countries.Hugo Sánchez (Atlético de Madrid, {[Sagebrush United red}] and Real Madrid), Luis García (Atlético de Madrid and Real Sociedad), Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Real Valladolid) have all found some success during their time in Europe.

Additional information: 2006 FIFA World Cup - Group D
Mexico played a series of friendlies in the United States of America in preparation for the World Cup, seeking to maximize revenue by appealing to Mexican Americans living in the USA.

Mexico was one of eight seeded teams in the first round at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germanymarker. 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 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. During the match, Bravo missed a penalty.

In the second round, Mexico played against Argentina. The Mexicans scored in the 5th minute with a goal by captain Rafael Márquez assisted by Pável Pardo. Four minutes later, Hernán Crespo scored for Argentina to equalise. 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 Mexican legend 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 participation 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 after almost 10 years of not winning a game on United States soil.

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

Schedule and results

Mexico is currently participating in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

2010 FIFA World Cup

Qualification Standings

Qualification:

Recent games

Date Location Opponent Score1 Competition Mexico scorers
September 5, 2009 San José, Costa Ricamarker 3–0 WCQ G. dos Santos , Franco , Guardado
September 9, 2009 Mexico City, Mexicomarker 1–0 WCQ Blanco
September 30, 2009 Dallas, Texasmarker 1–2 F Aguilar
October 10, 2009 Mexico City, Mexicomarker 4–1 WCQ González , Blanco , Palencia , Vela
October 14, 2009 Port of Spain, T&Tmarker 2–2 WCQ Esqueda , Salcido


Source: Televisa Deportes
1 Mexico score listed first


Key


Current Squad

The following 21-man squad was selected for the qualifying matches against El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago on October 10 and October 14.All caps and goals are correct as of the completion of the qualification match against Trinidad and Tobago.

Recent call ups

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

Name DOB (Age) Club Caps Goals Most Recent Call up
Goalkeepers
Oswaldo Sánchez Santos 98 0 v , April 1, 2009
Óscar Pérez Chiapas 48 0 v , 10 June 2009
Defenders
Diego Martínez Monterrey 12 3 v , January 28, 2009
Leobardo López Pachuca 7 1 v , April 1, 2009
Julio César Domínguez Cruz Azul 5 0 v , April 1, 2009
Francisco Javier Rodríguez PSV 43 1 v , June 10, 2009
Fausto Pinto Cruz Azul 26 0 v , July 26, 2009
Ismael Rodríguez América 6 0 v , July 26, 2009
Juan Carlos Valenzuela América 5 0 v , July 26, 2009
Aarón Galindo Guadalajara 20 0 v , September 9, 2009
Patricio Araujo Guadalajara 4 0 v , September 30, 2009
Hugo Ayala Atlas 2 0 v , September 30, 2009
Paul Aguilar Pachuca 2 1 v , September 30, 2009
Edgar Dueñas Toluca 5 0 v , September 30, 2009
Midfielders
Lucas Ayala UANL 1 0 v , January 28, 2009
Sinha Toluca 49 6 v , March 11, 2009
Leandro Augusto UNAM 6 1 v , April 1, 2009
Luis Ernesto Pérez Monterrey 66 8 v , April 1, 2009
Fernando Arce Santos 42 7 v , June 10, 2009
Pável Pardo América 148 11 v , June 10, 2009
Israel Martínez América 8 0 v , July 26, 2009
Luis Miguel Noriega Puebla 4 1 v , July 26, 2009
Alberto Medina Guadalajara 47 2 v , August 12, 2009
Giovani dos Santos Tottenham Hotspur 22 5 v , September 9, 2009
Jonathan dos Santos Barcelona Atlètic 1 0 v , September 30, 2009
Edgar Iván Pacheco Atlas 1 0 v , September 30, 2009
Braulio Luna San Luis 21 1 v , September 30, 2009
Strikers
Marco Fabián Guadalajara 0 0 v , January 28, 2009
Carlos Ochoa Santos 10 1 v , February 11, 2009
Sergio Santana Monterrey 10 5 v , March 11, 2009
César Villaluz Cruz Azul 12 2 v , March 11, 2009
Vicente Matías Vuoso Santos 9 4 v , April 1, 2009
José María Cárdenas Santos 2 1 v , July 26, 2009
Omar Bravo Guadalajara 62 15 v , July 26, 2009
Carlos Esquivel Toluca 7 0 v , July 26, 2009
Nery Castillo Dnipro 21 6 v , September 9, 2009
Néstor Calderón Toluca 2 0 v , September 30, 2009
Javier Hernández Guadalajara 1 0 v , September 30, 2009
Juan Carlos Cacho Pachuca 10 3 v , September 30, 2009


Coaching Staff

Manager Javier Aguirre
Assistant Manager Mario Carrillo
Assistant Manager Manuel Vidrio
Youth Coach Juan Carlos Chávez
Coach José Luis González China
Fitness Coach Ariel González
Goalkeeping Coach Alberto Aguilar
Physiotherapist Juan Iribarren
Team Doctor Dr. Radames Gaxiola


Competitive record

World Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1930 Round 1 3 0 0 3 4 13
1934 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1938 Withdrew - - - - - -
1950 Round 1 3 0 0 3 2 10
1954 Round 1 2 0 0 2 2 7
1958 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 8
1962 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 4
1966 Round 1 3 0 2 1 1 3
1970 Quarter-Finals 4 2 1 1 6 3
1974 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1978 Round 1 3 0 0 3 2 12
1982 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1986 Quarter-Finals 5 3 2 0 6 2
1990 Banned - - - - - -
1994 Round 2 4 1 2 1 4 4
1998 Round 2 4 1 2 1 8 7
2002 Round 2 4 2 1 1 4 4
2006 Round 2 4 1 1 2 5 5
2010 Qualified
Total 13/19 45 11 12 22 48 82


Confederations Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1995 Third Place 3 1 2 0 4 2
1997 Round 1 3 1 0 2 8 6
1999 Champions 5 4 1 0 13 6
2001 Round 1 3 0 0 3 1 8
2003 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2005 Fourth Place 5 2 2 1 7 6
2009 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 5/8 19 8 5 6 33 28


CONCACAF Championships record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1963 1st round 3 1 1 1 9 2
1965 Champions 5 4 1 0 13 2
1967 Second place 5 4 0 1 10 1
1969 Fourth place 5 1 2 2 4 5
1971 Champions 5 4 1 0 6 1
1973 Third place 5 2 2 1 10 5
1977 Champions 5 5 0 0 20 5
1981 Third place 5 1 3 1 6 3
1985 Did not enter - - - - - -
1989 Banned - - - - - -
1991 Third place 5 3 1 1 10 5
1993 Champions 5 4 1 0 28 2
1996 Champions 4 4 0 0 9 0
1998 Champions 4 4 0 0 8 2
2000 Quarter-Finals 3 1 1 1 6 3
2002 Quarter-Finals 3 2 1 0 4 1
2003 Champions 5 4 1 0 9 0
2005 Quarter-finals 4 2 0 2 7 4
2007 Second place 6 4 0 2 7 5
2009 Champions 6 4 2 0 15 2
Total 8 Titles 83 54 17 12 181 48


Copa América record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1993 Second Place 6 2 2 2 9 7
1995 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 5 4
1997 Third Place 6 2 2 2 8 9
1999 Third Place 6 3 1 2 10 9
2001 Second Place 6 3 1 2 5 3
2004 Quarter-finals 4 2 1 1 5 7
2007 Third Place 6 4 1 1 13 5
Total 38 17 10 11 55 44


Pan American Games record



Central American and Caribbean Games record



NAFC Championship results



North American Nations Cup results



International Honours



Regional Honours (CONCACAF)



Panamerican Games



Minor Cups



Player Records

Top 10 goalscorers

Players in bold text are still active with Mexico.
Rank Player Goals Years
1 Jared Borgetti 46 1997–
2 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 37 1995–
3 Luis Hernández 35 1995–2002
Carlos Hermosillo 1984–1997
5 Enrique Borja 31 1966–1975
6 Zague 30 1988–2001
7 Luis Flores 29 1983–1993
Luis García 1991–1999
Hugo Sánchez 1977–1998
10 Benjamín Galindo 28 1983–1997


Most appearances (caps)

Players in bold text are still active with Mexico.
Rank Player Caps Years
1 Claudio Suárez 178 1992–2006
2 Pável Pardo 148 1996–
3 Jorge Campos 131 1991–2003
4 Alberto García-Aspe 127 1988–2002
5 Ramón Ramírez 121 1991–2000
6 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 106 1995–
7 Gerardo Torrado 104 1996–
8 Oswaldo Sanchez 98 1999–
9 Carlos Hermosillo 90 1984–1997
10 Jared Borgetti 89 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
Ignacio Basaguren
Gustavo Peña
José 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
Zinha 1
Francisco Fonseca
Rafael Márquez


Previous World Cup squads

     


Mexico managers

Manager Mexico career Games managed Won Drawn Lost Win %
Adolfo Frías Beltrán 1923 6 4 1 1 66.6
Alfonso Rojo de la Vega 1928 2 0 2 0 00.0
Juan Luque de Serrallonga 1930 3 0 3 0 00.0
Rafael Garza G. 1934, 1937-1938, 1949 16 14 1 1 87.5
Alfred C. Crowle 1935 5 5 0 0 100.0
Jorge Orth 1947 2 2 0 0 100.0
Abel Ramírez 1948 1 0 1 0 00.0
Octavio Vial 1950 5 0 4 1 00.0
Antonio López H. 1950 22 9 10 3 40.9
Horacio Casarín 1953 1 1 0 0 100.0
Fernando Marcos 1959 3 3 0 0 100.0
Arpad Fekete 1963 3 1 1 1 33.3
Diego Mercado 1969 5 1 2 2 20.0
Javier de la Torre 1970 - 1973 38 20 7 11 52.6
Ignacio Juáregui 1974 3 2 1 0 66.6
José Antonio Roca 1977 - 1978 20 11 3 6 55.0
José Moncebáez 1979 3 1 1 1 33.3
1979 1 1 0 0 100.0
Raúl Cardenas 1979 - 1981 59 25 20 14 42.3
Mario Velarde 1987-1989 15 13 0 2 86.6
Alberto Guerra 1989 3 3 0 0 100.0
1990-1991 106 50 27 29 47.1
César Luis Menotti 1991 - 1992 19 7 7 5 36.8
Cayetano Rodríguez 1992 1 1 0 0 100.0
Ricardo Ferretti 1993 1 1 0 0 100.0
Miguel Mejía Barón 1993 - 1995 54 25 17 12 46.2
Bora Milutinović 1983-1986, 1995 - 1997 104 52 32 20 50.0
1999 1 0 0 1 00.0
Gustavo Vargas 1999 2 1 1 0 50.0
1997 - 2000 67 33 18 16 49.2
Enrique Meza Enriquez 2000 - 2001 19 5 3 11 26.3
2001 - 2002 27 17 4 6 62.9
2002 - 2006 71 38 16 17 53.5
2006 - 2008 26 13 4 9 50.0
2008 5 4 0 1 80.0
Sven-Göran Eriksson 2008 - 2009 13 6 1 6 46.2
2009- 16 11 3 2 82.0


See also



References

  1. http://msn.foxsports.com/fse/historia/futbol/mexico/nationalteam/10155072/Da-Aguirre-lista-para-partidos-de-Eliminatoria?MSNLATINOHPHMA


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