|Nickname(s)||El Tri (The Tricolor)|
|Association||Federación Mexicana de Fútbol|
|NAFU (North America)|
|Head coach||Gerardo Martino|
|Most caps||Claudio Suárez (177)|
|Top scorer||Javier Hernández (52)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Azteca|
|Current||12 3 (23 June 2022)|
|Highest||4 (February - June 1998, August 2003, April 2004, June 2004, 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||17 (first in 1930)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (1970, 1986)|
|Appearances||16 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Champions (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019)|
|CONCACAF Nations League Finals|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2021)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2021)|
|Appearances||8 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Champions (1965, 1971, 1977)|
|FIFA Confederations Cup|
|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.
Mexico has qualified to seventeen 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 two 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 took part on the first World Cup match ever, 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 Milutinovi?, 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.
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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 an official capacity of 87,523, 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.
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.
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 73 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 36-22-15 (W-L-D), outscoring the U.S. 144-82. Mexico dominated in early years, with a 22-2-2 record through 1980. However, since that time the series has become much more competitive, largely due to the rapid growth of soccer in the United States. Since 2000, the series has favored the U.S. 17-9-6 (W-L-D), with Mexico outscored 32-40. Since 2011, however, the rivalry has been marked by Mexican success, with the Mexicans defeating the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final in 2011 and 2019, the CONCACAF Cup in 2015, winning on American soil for the first time since 1980. In 2021, however, Mexico lost to the United States in both the Nations League final and the Gold Cup final.
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.
The origins of the chant is thought to have had developed in the 1980s in Monterrey where in little league American football games, fans would chant "¡eeeh pum!" during the opening kickoff. This chant was not disparagingly used as the word pum is attributed to an impact of some sort. Though the current incarnation of the chant is widely thought to have originated sometime between 2000 and 2003 by supporters of Atlas F.C. to former Atlas goalkeeper, Oswaldo Sanchez, no primary sources exist that support this claim and is an urban legend. The earliest documented usage of puto being chanted by fans in this manner occurred on May 22, 2004, during the second leg of the Clausura 2004 repechage match between Cruz Azul and C.F. Pachuca. Fans of Pachuca repeatedly chanted puto every time Óscar Pérez performed a goal kick.
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. Mexico's fans defended it as being traditionally used in the Liga MX. On 23 June 2014, FIFA dropped an investigation, concluding that the chant "was not considered insulting in the specific context". Football Against Racism in Europe, an anti-discrimination organization, criticized the ruling as "disappointing". In 2017, in advance of the 2018 World Cup, FIFA fined the Mexico football federation over fans' use of the chant and introduced escalating sanctions, which were first applied in Liga MX games in 2019. In 2021, three Mexico international matches in the United States were halted because of fan behaviour, including the CONCACAF Nations League final, in which fans also threw things onto the pitch and Giovanni Reyna was hit in the face by a heavy object. On June 18, 2021, FIFA announced that as a penalty for the use of the chant in a pre-Olympics tournament in Guadalajara, spectators would be barred from Mexico's first two qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup.
The following matches have been played within the past 12 months.
|2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier||Mexico||2-1||Jamaica||Mexico City, Mexico|
||Stadium: Estadio Azteca|
Referee: Selvin Brown (Honduras)
|Note: The match was played behind closed doors in response to the behavior of the fans from the 2020 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship.|
|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|
Caps and goals correct as of 14 June 2022, after the match against Jamaica.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Carlos Acevedo||19 April 1996||3||0||Santos Laguna|
|12||GK||Rodolfo Cota||3 July 1987||8||0||León|
|13||GK||David Ochoa||16 January 2001||0||0||D.C. United|
|2||DF||Kevin Álvarez||15 January 1999||4||0||Pachuca|
|3||DF||Jesús Alberto Angulo||30 January 1998||10||0||UANL|
|4||DF||Julio César Domínguez||8 November 1987||24||0||Cruz Azul|
|5||DF||Julián Araujo||13 August 2001||3||0||LA Galaxy|
|15||DF||Israel Reyes||23 May 2000||3||1||Puebla|
|19||DF||Érick Aguirre||23 February 1997||13||0||Monterrey|
|23||DF||Jesús Gallardo||15 August 1994||75||0||Monterrey|
|6||MF||Érick Sánchez||27 September 1999||5||1||Pachuca|
|7||MF||Luis Romo||5 June 1995||24||1||Monterrey|
|8||MF||Sebastián Córdova||12 June 1997||14||3||UANL|
|10||MF||Orbelín Pineda||24 March 1996||48||6||AEK Athens|
|11||MF||Diego Lainez||9 June 2000||20||3||Braga|
|14||MF||Luis Chávez||15 January 1996||4||0||Pachuca|
|16||MF||Fernando Beltrán||8 May 1998||8||0||Guadalajara|
|18||MF||Érik Lira||8 May 2000||3||0||Cruz Azul|
|22||MF||Uriel Antuna||21 August 1997||32||9||Cruz Azul|
|9||FW||Santiago Giménez||18 April 2001||7||2||Feyenoord|
|17||FW||Marcelo Flores||1 October 2003||3||0||Real Oviedo|
|20||FW||Rodolfo Pizarro||15 February 1994||38||5||Monterrey|
|21||FW||Henry Martín||18 November 1992||23||6||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||Guillermo Ochoa||13 July 1985||129||0||América||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|GK||Alfredo Talavera||18 September 1982||39||0||Juárez||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|GK||Jonathan Orozco||12 May 1986||10||0||Tijuana||v. United States, 24 March 2022 INJ|
|DF||Héctor Moreno||17 January 1988||124||5||Monterrey||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|DF||Néstor Araujo||29 August 1991||60||3||América||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|DF||César Montes||24 February 1997||26||1||Monterrey||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|DF||Jorge Sánchez||10 December 1997||25||1||Ajax||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|DF||Gerardo Arteaga||7 September 1998||16||0||Genk||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|DF||Johan Vásquez||22 October 1998||6||0||Cremonese||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|DF||Luis Olivas||10 February 2000||2||0||Guadalajara||v. Guatemala, 27 April 2022|
|DF||Jonathan Gómez||1 September 2003||1||0||Real Sociedad B||v. Guatemala, 27 April 2022|
|DF||Arturo Ortiz||25 August 1992||1||0||UNAM||v. Guatemala, 27 April 2022|
|DF||Osvaldo Rodríguez||10 September 1996||7||1||León||v. Costa Rica, 30 January 2022|
|DF||Luis Rodríguez||21 January 1991||38||2||UANL||v. Jamaica, 27 January 2022|
|MF||Andrés Guardado||28 September 1986||175||28||Betis||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|MF||Héctor Herrera||19 April 1990||100||10||Houston Dynamo||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|MF||Edson Álvarez||24 October 1997||58||3||Ajax||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|MF||Érick Gutiérrez||15 June 1995||33||1||PSV||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|MF||Roberto Alvarado||7 September 1998||29||4||Guadalajara||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|MF||Alejandro Zendejas||7 February 1998||2||0||América||v. Guatemala, 27 April 2022|
|MF||Jordan Carrillo||30 November 2001||1||0||Sporting Gijón||v. Guatemala, 27 April 2022|
|MF||Carlos Rodríguez||3 January 1997||32||0||Cruz Azul||v. El Salvador, 30 March 2022|
|FW||Raúl Jiménez||5 May 1991||97||30||Wolverhampton Wanderers||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|FW||Jesús Manuel Corona||6 January 1993||71||10||Sevilla||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|FW||Alexis Vega||25 November 1997||19||3||Guadalajara||v. Ecuador, 5 June 2022|
|FW||Eduardo Aguirre||3 August 1998||2||0||Santos Laguna||v. Guatemala, 27 April 2022|
|FW||Hirving Lozano||30 July 1995||58||15||Napoli||v. El Salvador, 30 March 2022|
|FW||Rogelio Funes Mori||5 March 1991||15||5||Monterrey||v. Panama, 2 February 2022|
|1||Javier Hernández (list)||52||109||0.48|
|2||Jared Borgetti (list)||46||89||0.52||1997-2008|
|7||Luís Roberto Alves||30||84||0.36||1988-2001|
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Group stage||13th||3||0||0||3||4||13||Squad||Qualified as invitees|
|1934||Did not qualify||4||3||0||1||14||7|
|1970||Quarter-finals||6th||4||2||1||1||6||4||Squad||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||Squad||Qualified as hosts|
|1994||Round of 16||13th||4||1||2||1||4||4||Squad||12||9||1||2||39||8|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record||Qualification record|
|1963||Group stage||7th||3||1||1||1||9||2||Squad||Qualified automatically|
|1967||Runners-up||2nd||5||4||0||1||10||1||Squad||Qualified as defending champions|
|1985||Withdrew to host the 1986 FIFA World Cup||Withdrew|
|1991||Third place||3rd||5||3||1||1||10||5||Squad||Qualified automatically|
|2023||To be determined||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|Copa América record|
|2019||Were not invited|
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|2003||Did not qualify|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|Olympic Games record|
|1936||Did not enter|
|1952||Did not qualify|
|1972||Second group stage||7th||6||2||1||3||4||14||Squad|
|1980||Did not qualify|
|Since 1992||See Mexico national under-23 football team|
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