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Mexico national football team
|Nickname(s)||El Tri (The Tricolor)|
|Association||Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF)|
|Head coach||Gerardo Martino|
|Most caps||Claudio Suárez (177)|
|Top scorer||Javier Hernández (52)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Azteca|
|Current||9 (10 December 2020)|
|Highest||4 (February – June 1998, August 2003, May – June 2006)|
|Lowest||40 (July 2015)|
| Guatemala 2–3 Mexico
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 1 January 1923)
| Mexico 13–0 Bahamas
(Toluca, Mexico; 28 April 1987)
| England 8–0 Mexico
(London, England; 10 May 1961)
|Appearances||16 (first in 1930)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (1970, 1986)|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||23 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Champions (1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019)|
|Appearances||10 (first in 1993)|
|Best result||Runners-up (1993, 2001)|
|Central American and Caribbean Games|
|Appearances||2 (first in 1935)|
|Best result||Champions (1935, 1938)|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1995)|
|Best result||Champions (1999)|
The Mexico national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de México) represents Mexico in international football and is governed by the Mexican Football Federation (Spanish: Federación Mexicana de Fútbol). It competes as a member of CONCACAF, which encompasses the countries of North and Central America, and the Caribbean. The team plays its home games at the Estadio Azteca.
Mexico has qualified to sixteen World Cups and has qualified consecutively since 1994, making it one of six countries to do so. The Mexico national team, along with Brazil are the only two nations to make it out of the group stage over the last seven World Cups. Mexico played France in the first match of the first World Cup on 13 July 1930. Mexico's best progression in World Cups has been reaching the quarter-finals in both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, both of which were staged on Mexican soil.
Mexico is historically the most successful national team in the CONCACAF region, having won eleven confederation titles, including eight CONCACAF Gold Cups and three CONCACAF Championships (the precursor to the Gold Cup), as well as three NAFC Championships, one North American Nations Cup, one CONCACAF Cup and two gold medals of the Central American and Caribbean Games. It is one of eight nations[a] to have won two of the three most important football tournaments (the World Cup, Confederations Cup, and Summer Olympics), having won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics. Mexico is also the only team from CONCACAF to have won an official FIFA competition, winning the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Although Mexico is under the jurisdiction of CONCACAF, the national team was regularly invited to compete in the Copa América from 1993 to 2016, finishing runner-up twice – in 1993 and 2001 – and obtaining the third-place medal on three occasions.
Mexico's first match was played against Guatemala, which Mexico won 3–2. A series of international friendlies were played against the national representation of Guatemala on 9, 12 and 16 December 1923. The match on 9 December was played in Parque España which Mexico won 2–1. On 12 December, the match ended in a 2–0 win for Mexico, and the final game of the series ended in a 3–3 draw. The manager for this team was Rafael Garza Gutiérrez.
It would be another four years before the national team would be represented in international friendlies. On 19 June 1927, Mexico faced Spain, drawing 3–3. During this series, the squad also played against the Uruguayan club Nacional de Montevideo, losing 1–3.
Mexico participated in the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay, grouped with Argentina, Chile, and France. Mexico's first match was a 4–1 loss to France, with Mexico's first World Cup goal by Juan Carreño. In their second match, Mexico fell to Chile 3–0. Mexico's third match, against Argentina, featured the first penalty of the tournament, scored by Mexico's Manuel Rosas.
Mexico did not appear again in a FIFA World Cup tournament until the 1950 World Cup. Before 1970, Mexico struggled to make much of an impact in the World Cup. It was by far the strongest team in the North American Football Confederation and its successor, CONCACAF, but found it difficult to compete against European and South American teams. However, goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal has the distinction of being the first player ever to appear in five consecutive World Cups.
In 1965, Mexico won the 1965 CONCACAF Championship to become continental champions for the first time.
In 1970, Mexico hosted the World Cup and kicked off their campaign with a scoreless draw against the Soviet Union. This was followed by a 4–0 win over El Salvador. Mexico advanced to the next round with a victory against Belgium. At the quarter-finals stage, Mexico was eliminated by Italy, losing 4–1.
Mexico failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup, but did make it into the 1978 finals. Mexico suffered an early exit after three defeats: 0–6 against West Germany, 1–3 against Tunisia, and 1–3 to Poland. Mexico failed to qualify for the 1982 World Cup.
In 1986, Mexico again hosted the World Cup. Coached by Bora Milutinović, Mexico was placed in Group B where they defeated Belgium 2–1, drew 1–1 with Paraguay, and defeated Iraq 1–0. With this performance, Mexico won the top spot in its group, and advanced to the next round where they defeated Bulgaria 2–0. In the quarter-finals stage, Mexico lost to West Germany 1–4 in a penalty shootout after the match finished 0–0.
Mexico was disqualified from the 1990 FIFA World Cup (and other international competition) after using players over the age limit in the qualifying round for the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship, known as the "Cachirules" scandal. The punishment was applied to all Mexico national representatives of all FIFA-sanctioned tournaments.
In the 1990s, after hiring coach César Luis Menotti, Mexican football began experiencing greater international success. In the 1993 Copa América they finished second, losing to Argentina 2–1 in the final.
At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Mexico was placed in a group with the Netherlands, South Korea and Belgium. Mexico won their opening fixture 3–1 against South Korea. Mexico tied Belgium 2–2, and against the Netherlands earned another 2–2 draw, qualifying for the round of 16. In that round, Mexico lost 2–1 to Germany.
In 1999, Mexico won its first official FIFA tournament by becoming the first host nation to win the FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico defeated the United States 1–0 in the semifinals, and 1998 World Cup runners-up Brazil 4–3 in the final.
Mexico was placed in Group G at the 2002 World Cup alongside Italy, Croatia, and Ecuador. Mexico started with a 1–0 win over Croatia. In the second match, Mexico earned a 2–1 win over Ecuador. Mexico then achieved a 1–1 draw against Italy. In the round of 16, Mexico played rivals United States, losing 2–0.
Mexico was one of eight seeded teams at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Mexico was in Group D with Iran, Angola and Portugal. Mexico won their opening match 3–1 against Iran. In their second match, Mexico played to a 0–0 draw against Angola. Mexico reached the round-of-16, despite losing to Portugal 2–1. Mexico saw another round of 16 loss, this time to Argentina, 2–1. Mexico's coach Ricardo Lavolpe stepped down after the tournament, and was succeeded by Hugo Sánchez.
After losing the final match of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup 1–2 against the United States, Mexico successfully rebounded at the 2007 Copa América. Beginning by beating Brazil 2–0, they then defeated Ecuador and tied with Chile to come first in Group B. In the quarter-finals, Mexico beat Paraguay 6–0, but lost in the semi-finals 3–0 to Argentina. Mexico secured third place against Uruguay, winning 3–1.
Mexico qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they were drawn into Group A alongside host South Africa, France and Uruguay. They drew 1–1 against South Africa, defeated France 2–0, and lost 1–0 to Uruguay, and advanced to the round of 16, where they were eliminated following a 1–3 defeat to Argentina.
The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup saw Mexico win their group with three wins and no losses. During the tournament, however, five players tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol and were suspended from the competition. Mexico beat Guatemala in the quarter-finals 2–1, and beat Honduras 2–0. For the third-straight year, the final would be contested between Mexico and the United States; Mexico won the match 4–2, and qualified for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, where they were eliminated at the group stage.
Mexico placed second in their group at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and advanced to the semifinals and faced Panama. Mexico lost the match 2–1, their second defeat to Panama in the competition after losing to them in the group stage. The two losses to Panama were the first two times Panama had ever defeated Mexico in a Gold Cup match.
Mexico won only two of ten matches during the fourth round of 2014 World Cup qualifying, but qualified for an intercontinental play-off as the fourth-highest placed team in the CONCACAF region. They defeated New Zealand 9–3 on aggregate to qualify for a sixth consecutive World Cup. The team reached the round of 16 where they were defeated 2–1 by the Netherlands.
At the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico was drawn into Group C along with Triniad and Tobago, Cuba and Guatemala. The team placed second in the group, and won the quarterfinal match against Costa Rica and semifinal against Panama, both under controversial circumstances. Mexico won the Gold Cup after defeating Jamaica 3–1 in the final. Two days after the final, Miguel Herrera was released as coach of the national team after an alleged physical altercation with TV Azteca announcer Christian Martinoli. On 10 October, Mexico defeated the United States 3–2 to win the inaugural edition of the CONCACAF Cup, thus earning qualification to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The following month, Juan Carlos Osorio was hired as Mexico's 16th manager, replacing interim manager Ricardo Ferretti.
Mexico entered the Copa América Centenario, hosted in the United States, on a 13-match unbeaten streak that began in July 2015. El Tri placed first in Group C, winning 3–1 over Uruguay and 2–0 over Jamaica, and drawing 1–1 with Venezuela. In the quarterfinal against Chile in Santa Clara, California, the team lost 7–0, ending the unbeaten streak at 16 after nearly a year. After the match, manager Osorio apologized to Mexico's fans for what he described as an "embarrassment, an accident of football".
At the 2017 Confederations Cup, Mexico was drawn into Group A along with Portugal, New Zealand, and hosts Russia. El Tri advanced as runners-up of the group, and lost 4–1 to Germany in the semi-finals. Mexico finished fourth in the tournament, losing 2–1 to Portugal in the third-place match.
In their opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mexico defeated defending champion Germany, thanks to a sole goal from Hirving Lozano, for the first time in a World Cup match. They would go on to defeat South Korea 2–1 in the next game, with goals from Carlos Vela and Javier Hernández, but would fall 3–0 to Sweden in the last group stage match. Despite the loss, Mexico qualified to the round of 16 for the seventh-consecutive tournament. In the round of 16, Mexico was defeated 0–2 by Brazil; the defeat meant that for the seventh tournament in a row, Mexico failed to reach the quarterfinals since they last hosted the World Cup in 1986. On 28 July, Juan Carlos Osorio left as head coach on the expiry of his contract.
In January 2019, Gerardo Martino was appointed as Mexico's new head coach, becoming the third Argentine to coach the national team. In that year's Gold Cup tournament, they won all three group stage matches, defeated Costa Rica in penalties 5–4 following a 1–1 draw in the quarter-final and won against Haiti in the semi-final. Mexico won the Gold Cup after defeating the United States 1–0 in the final.
Mexico will play Costa Rica in the 2020 CONCACAF Nations League Finals. In the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico will play against El Salvador, Curaçao and the winner of the preliminary match 9 in Group A.
The Estadio Azteca, also known in Spanish as "El Coloso de Santa Úrsula", was built in 1966. It is the official home stadium of the Mexico national team, as well as the Mexican club team Club América. It has a capacity of 87,000 seats (after renovation works) making it the largest football-specific stadium in the Americas and the third largest stadium in the world for that sport. The stadium hosted the FIFA World Cup Final in 1970 and 1986.
Friendly matches hosted by the Mexico national team often take place in stadiums across the United States as well as throughout Mexico, including the Azteca.
Kits and crest
The Mexico national team traditionally utilizes a tricolor system, composed of green shirts, white shorts and red socks, which originate from the national flag of Mexico, known as the tricolor. Until the mid-1950s, Mexico wore a predominantly maroon kit, with black or dark blue shorts.
In 2017, the Mexico national team's jerseys were updated to reflect their Spanish names correctly spelled, with the diacritic mark.
Rivalry with United States national team
Mexico and the United States are widely considered as the two top teams in CONCACAF. Matches between the two nations often attracts media attention, public interest and discourse in both countries. Although the first match was played in 1934, their rivalry was not considered major until the late 1990s, when the USA emerged as a solid international side. On 15 August 2012, the United States defeated Mexico at Estadio Azteca in the first victory for the U.S. against Mexico on Mexican soil in 75 years.
Since their first meeting in 1934, the two teams have met 67 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 36–19–15 (W–L–D), outscoring the U.S. 138–79. However, since the 1990s, the series has become much more competitive, largely due to the rapid growth of soccer in the United States. In the 2000s, Mexico continued to hold an edge over their arch-rivals but the series favored the U.S. 13–9–6 (W–L–D). Since 2011, however, the rivalry has been marked by Mexican dominance, with the Mexicans defeating the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final on two separate occasions (2011 and 2017), the CONCACAF Cup in 2015, and even winning on American soil for the first time since 1980.
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. On 30 January 2013, English language network ESPN and Univision announced an agreement to telecast the Mexico national team home World Cup qualifiers and international friendly matches in English in the United States.
Mexico's fans are infamously known for the chant "¡eeeh puto!," which is typically screamed when an opponent's goalkeeper is about to perform a goalkick. Due to the homophobic meaning of the word puto in Mexican Spanish (a vulgar term for a male prostitute), the chant received negative attention in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Amid an investigation conducted on the subject by FIFA authorities, Mexico's fans defended the chant by claiming that it was traditionally used in the Liga MX. On 23 June 2014, FIFA dropped the case against Mexico, concluding that the chant "was not considered insulting in the specific context." Nonetheless, Football Against Racism in Europe, a leading anti-discrimination organization, criticized FIFA's ruling as "disappointing."
- As of 7 January 2019 
|Assistant Manager||Jorge Theiler|
|Assistant Manager||Norberto Scoponi|
|Assistant Manager||Sergio Giovagnoli|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Gustavo Piñero|
|Fitness Coach||Juan Manuel Alfano|
|Fitness Coach||Rodolfo Paladini|
The following 24 players were called up for the friendly matches against South Korea and Japan on 14 and 17 November 2020 respectively.
Caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2020, after the match against Japan. Including only official FIFA caps.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Rodolfo Cota||3 July 1987||4||0||León|
|12||GK||Hugo González||1 August 1990||5||0||Monterrey|
|13||GK||Guillermo Ochoa||13 July 1985||110||0||América|
|2||DF||Néstor Araujo||29 August 1991||41||3||Celta Vigo|
|3||DF||Carlos Salcedo||29 September 1993||37||1||UANL|
|5||DF||Gilberto Sepúlveda||4 February 1999||2||0||Guadalajara|
|15||DF||Héctor Moreno||17 January 1988||108||4||Al-Gharafa|
|21||DF||Luis Rodríguez||21 January 1991||22||1||UANL|
|23||DF||Jesús Gallardo||15 August 1994||49||0||Monterrey|
|25||DF||Jorge Sánchez||10 December 1997||10||0||América|
|4||MF||Edson Álvarez||24 October 1997||34||2||Ajax|
|6||MF||Jonathan dos Santos||26 April 1990||49||3||LA Galaxy|
|7||MF||Diego Lainez||9 June 2000||7||1||Betis|
|8||MF||Carlos Rodríguez||3 January 1997||16||0||Monterrey|
|10||MF||Roberto Alvarado||7 September 1998||20||3||Cruz Azul|
|11||MF||Uriel Antuna||21 August 1997||16||8||Guadalajara|
|14||MF||Sebastián Córdova||12 June 1997||6||2||América|
|18||MF||Orbelín Pineda||24 April 1996||25||2||Cruz Azul|
|20||MF||Rodolfo Pizarro||15 February 1994||29||5||Inter Miami|
|24||MF||Luis Romo||5 June 1995||5||0||Cruz Azul|
|9||FW||Raúl Jiménez||5 May 1991||86||27||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|17||FW||Jesús Manuel Corona||6 January 1993||45||8||Porto|
|22||FW||Hirving Lozano||30 July 1995||41||11||Napoli|
|26||FW||Henry Martín||18 November 1992||8||2||América|
The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Alfredo Talavera||18 September 1982||29||0||UNAM||v. South Korea, 14 November 2020 INJ|
|GK||Jonathan Orozco||12 May 1986||9||0||Tijuana||Training Camp, 16–23 September 2020 WD|
|DF||César Montes||24 February 1997||11||0||Monterrey||v. Japan, 17 November 2020 INJ|
|DF||Gerardo Arteaga||7 September 1998||5||0||Genk||v. Algeria, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Alejandro Gómez||31 January 2002||0||0||Boavista||v. Algeria, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Miguel Layún||25 June 1988||72||6||Monterrey||v. Guatemala, 30 September 2020|
|DF||Johan Vásquez||22 October 1998||1||0||UNAM||v. Guatemala, 30 September 2020|
|MF||Héctor Herrera||19 April 1990||76||6||Atlético Madrid||v. Japan, 17 November 2020 INJ|
|MF||Érick Aguirre||23 February 1997||8||0||Pachuca||v. South Korea, 14 November 2020 COV|
|MF||Andrés Guardado (Captain)||28 September 1986||164||28||Betis||v. Algeria, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Omar Govea||18 January 1996||4||0||Zulte Waregem||v. Algeria, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Fernando Beltrán||8 May 1998||1||0||Guadalajara||v. Guatemala, 30 September 2020|
|MF||Luis Chávez||15 January 1996||0||0||Pachuca||v. Guatemala, 30 September 2020|
|MF||José Iván Rodríguez||17 June 1996||2||0||León||v. Guatemala, 30 September 2020 INJ|
|MF||Mauro Lainez||9 May 1996||0||0||América||Training Camp, 16–23 September 2020|
|FW||Alan Pulido||8 March 1991||14||5||Sporting Kansas City||v. Algeria, 13 October 2020|
|FW||Alexis Vega||25 November 1997||7||1||Guadalajara||v. Guatemala, 30 September 2020|
|FW||José Juan Macías||22 September 1999||5||4||Guadalajara||v. Guatemala, 30 September 2020|
|FW||Santiago Giménez||18 April 2001||0||0||Cruz Azul||v. Guatemala, 30 September 2020|
COV Player withdrew due to COVID-19.
Results and fixtures
The following matches have been played within the past 12 months.
Win Draw Loss Postponed
Most capped players
Players in bold text are still active with Mexico. As of 14 December 2020.
Players in bold text are still active with Mexico. As of 6 September 2019.
|1||Javier Hernández (list)||2009–||109||52||0.47|
|2||Jared Borgetti (list)||1997–2008||89||46||0.52|
|7||Luís Roberto Alves||1988–2001||84||30||0.36|
For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1934||Did not qualify||4||3||0||1||14||7|
|1970||Quarter-finals||6th||4||2||1||1||6||4||Qualified as hosts|
|1974||Did not qualify||9||6||2||1||18||8|
|1982||Did not qualify||9||2||5||2||14||8|
|1986||Quarter-finals||6th||5||3||2||0||6||2||Qualified as hosts|
|1994||Round of 16||13th||4||1||2||1||4||4||12||9||1||2||38||8|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|2026||Qualified as co-host||Qualified as co-host|
|FIFA World Cup history|
|First Match|| France 1–4 Mexico
(13 July 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
|Biggest Win|| Mexico 4–0 El Salvador
(7 June 1970; Mexico City, Mexico)
|Biggest Defeat|| West Germany 6–0 Mexico
(6 June 1978; Córdoba, Argentina)
|Best Result||Quarter-finals in 1970, 1986|
|Worst Result||Group stage in 1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1978|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|2003||Did not qualify|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|FIFA Confederations Cup history|
|First Match|| Saudi Arabia 2–1 Mexico
(6 January 1995; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
|Biggest Win|| Saudi Arabia 0–5 Mexico
(14 December 1997; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
|Biggest Defeat|| France 4–0 Mexico
(3 June 2001; Ulsan, South Korea)
|Best Result||Champions in 1999|
|Worst Result||Group stage in 1997, 2001, 2013|
CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record|
|1985||Withdrew to host the 1986 FIFA World Cup|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup history|
|First Match|| Netherlands Antilles 2–1 Mexico
(24 March 1963; Santa Ana, El Salvador)
|Biggest Win|| Mexico 9–0 Martinique
(11 July 1993; Mexico City, Mexico)
|Biggest Defeat|| Trinidad and Tobago 4–0 Mexico
(14 December 1973; Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
|Best Result||Champions in 1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019|
|Worst Result||7th in 1963, Quarter-finals in 2000|
CONCACAF Nations League
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|2022–23||A||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Nations League history|
|First Match|| Bermuda 1–5 Mexico
(11 October 2019; Hamilton, Bermuda)
|Biggest Win|| Bermuda 1–5 Mexico
(11 October 2019; Hamilton, Bermuda)
|CONMEBOL Copa América record|
|2019||Were not invited|
|Olympic Games record|
|1936||Did not enter|
|1952||Did not qualify|
|1972||Second group stage||7th||6||2||1||3||4||14|
|1980||Did not qualify|
|Since 1992||See Mexico national under-23 football team|
- FIFA World Cup
- FIFA Confederations Cup
- CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup
- CONCACAF Cup
- Winners: 2015
- Copa América
- Pan American Games
- Panamerican Championship
- Third place (1): 1960 San Jose
- Central American and Caribbean Games
- U.S. Cup
- North American Nations Cup
- Marlboro Cup
- Winners (1): 1989
- Lunar New Year Cup
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