Mexico
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)El Tri
El Tricolor
AssociationFederación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF)
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationNAFU (North America)
Head coachJaime Lozano
CaptainGuillermo Ochoa
Most capsAndrés Guardado (179)
Top scorerJavier Hernández (52)
Home stadiumEstadio Azteca
FIFA codeMEX
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 12 Steady (26 October 2023)[1]
Highest4 (February – June 1998, August 2003, April 2004, June 2004, May – June 2006)
Lowest40 (July 2015)
First international
 Guatemala 2–3 Mexico 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 1 January 1923)
Biggest win
 Mexico 13–0 Bahamas 
(Toluca, Mexico; 28 April 1987)
Biggest defeat
 England 8–0 Mexico 
(London, England; 10 May 1961)
World Cup
Appearances17 (first in 1930)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1970, 1986)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances25 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019, 2023)
CONCACAF Nations League Finals
Appearances2 (first in 2021)
Best resultRunners-up (2021)
Copa América
Appearances11 (first in 1993)
Best resultRunners-up (1993, 2001)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1995)
Best resultChampions (1999)
Websitefmf.mx

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.[3] 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 times as host.

Mexico is historically the most successful national team in CONCACAF, having won twelve confederation titles, including nine 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[4] and the 2012 Summer Olympics.[5] 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.

History

Early years

Football in Mexico was first organized in the early 20th century by European immigrant groups, notably miners from Cornwall, England, and in later years Spanish exiles fleeing the Spanish Civil War.

Mexico's first match was played against Guatemala, which Mexico won 3–2.[6] 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.[7] The manager for this team was Rafael Garza Gutiérrez.[7]

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.[6]

Formation

The Mexico national team before the first ever World Cup game against France in 1930

In 1927, the official governing body of football in Mexico was founded. The 1928 Summer Olympics was Mexico's first international tournament, where Mexico lost to Spain 1–7 in the round of 16.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

Post-WWII

Mexican squad in April 1952

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.[11]

In 1965, Mexico won the 1965 CONCACAF Championship to become continental champions for the first time.

Mexico v Argentina in Los Angeles, 1985

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.

1990s

Mexico was disqualified from the 1990 FIFA World Cup (and other international competitions) 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.[12]

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 1994 FIFA World Cup, Mexico won its group on tiebreakers, emerging from a group composed of Italy, Ireland, and Norway. However, Mexico lost in the second round to Bulgaria on penalty kicks.

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.[13]

21st century

2000s

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 against Argentina at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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.

In July 2009, Mexico won their fifth Gold Cup, and eighth CONCACAF Championship overall, after beating the United States 5–0 in the final.[14]

2010s

Cuauhtémoc Blanco converting his penalty kick against France at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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.[15] 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,[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19] They defeated New Zealand 9–3 on aggregate to qualify for a sixth consecutive World Cup.[19] The team reached the round of 16 where they were defeated 2–1 by the Netherlands.[20]

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.[21][22][23] Mexico won the Gold Cup after defeating Jamaica 3–1 in the final.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26] The following month, Juan Carlos Osorio was hired as Mexico's 16th manager, replacing interim manager Ricardo Ferretti.[27]

Mexico entered the Copa América Centenario, hosted in the United States, on a 13-match unbeaten streak that began in July 2015.[28] El Tri placed first in Group C, winning 3–1 over Uruguay and 2–0 over Jamaica, and drawing 1–1 with Venezuela.[29] In the quarterfinal against Chile in Santa Clara, California, the team lost 7–0, ending the unbeaten streak at 16 after nearly a year.[30] After the match, manager Osorio apologized to Mexico's fans for what he described as an "embarrassment, an accident of football".[31]

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.[32] Mexico finished fourth in the tournament, losing 2–1 to Portugal in the third-place match.[33]

Héctor Herrera and Mesut Özil (Mexico v Germany) at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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.[34] They would go on to defeat South Korea 2–1 in the next game,[35] with goals from Carlos Vela and Javier Hernández,[36][37] but would fall 3–0 to Sweden in the last group stage match.[38] Despite the loss, Mexico qualified to the round of 16 for the seventh-consecutive tournament.[39] In the round of 16, Mexico was defeated 0–2 by Brazil;[40][41] 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.[42] On 28 July, Juan Carlos Osorio left as head coach on the expiry of his contract.[43]

In January 2019, Gerardo Martino was appointed as Mexico's new head coach, becoming the third Argentine to coach the national team.[44] 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.[45]

2020s

Mexico finished runners-up in the 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Final and the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, both in losses to the United States. At the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Mexico finished third in Group C behind Argentina and Poland (due to goal difference), making it the first time since 1978 that Mexico got eliminated in the group stage (the 1982 and 1990 World Cup tournaments, in which Mexico did not participate, notwithstanding). Head coach Gerardo Martino and Mexico parted ways immediately after the elimination.[46]

In February 2023, Diego Cocca was appointed as the new head coach, the fourth Argentine to take the job.[47] In the 2023 CONCACAF Nations League semi-finals, Mexico suffered a 0–3 defeat to the United States, which caused even more widespread outrage in Mexico.[48] They defeated Panama 1–0 in the third place match that was largely boycotted by Mexican fans;[49] the following day, Cocca was dismissed from his post, with Jaime Lozano appointed on an interim basis to take charge for the forthcoming Gold Cup.[50] Mexico went on to win the tournament, defeating Panama 1–0 in the final.[51] After the win, Lozano was appointed as head coach on a permanent basis.[52]

Home stadium

Azteca Stadium is the home of the Mexico national team.

Main article: Estadio Azteca

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,[53][54] 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 (marketed under the branding MEXTOUR) as well as throughout Mexico, including the Azteca in special occasions (e.g. final friendly before a World Cup, paying tribute to departing players, etc.)

Team image

Kit

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.[55] Until the mid-1950s, Mexico wore a predominantly maroon kit, with black or dark blue shorts.

In 2015, Adidas released a new all-black color scheme for Mexico's home kit. Green, white and red remain as accent colors.[56]

In 2017, the Mexico national team's jerseys were updated to reflect their Spanish names correctly spelled, with the diacritic mark.[57]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Period
United States Levi's 1978–1979
United States Pony 1980–1983
West Germany Adidas 1984–1990
England Umbro 1991–1994
Mexico ABA Sport 1995–1998
Mexico Garcis 1999–2000
Mexico Atletica 2000–2002
United States Nike 2003–2006
West Germany Adidas 2007–present

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.[58][59] 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.[60]

Supporters

Controversial goal kick chant

Mexico's fans at 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Mexico's fans are infamously known for the vulgar, homophobic chant "¡eeeh puto!", which is typically screamed when an opponent's goalkeeper is about to perform a goalkick.[61][62]

Origins

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.[63] 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 Sánchez, no primary sources exist that support this claim and is an urban legend.[64][65] The earliest documented usage of puto being chanted by fans in this manner occurred on 22 May 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.[66][64]

Sanctions

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.[67] 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".[68] 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,[62] which were first applied in Liga MX games in 2019.[61] In 2021, three Mexico international matches in the United States were halted because of fan behaviour, including the CONCACAF Nations League final against the United States, in which fans also threw things onto the pitch and Giovanni Reyna was hit in the face by a heavy object.[61][69] On 18 June 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.[61] During the 2023 CONCACAF Nations League Finals semifinals, the match between Mexico and the United States was stopped at the 90th minute and eventually ended early due to the chants.[70]

Rivalries

United States

Main article: Mexico–United States soccer rivalry

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.[71]

Since their first meeting in 1934, the two teams have met 76 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 36–17–23 (W–D–L), outscoring the U.S. 145–90. Mexico dominated in early years, with a 27–9–5 (W–D–L), record through 1990. 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. 18–8–9 (W–D–L), with Mexico outscored 48–33. Since 2011, however, the rivalry has been marked by Mexican success, with Mexico defeating the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in 2011 and 2019, and 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 CONCACAF Nations League final and the Gold Cup final. Still, Mexico remains undefeated to the United States at home soil in competitive matches, with all 19 meetings at home soil ended with the record 15–4–0 (W–D–L).[72]

Argentina

Main article: Argentina–Mexico football rivalry

Mexico has a rivalry with Argentina, given these two nations are among the most renowned Hispanic nations in the world.[73][74][75][76] The rivalry is abnormal by the fact it is intercontinental, with Argentina part of CONMEBOL and Mexico part of CONCACAF. This rivalry is more keenly felt by Mexican supporters than Argentines, who typically view Brazil, Uruguay, England and Germany as bigger rivals. In fact, a number of Argentines do not consider Mexico as rivals. Mexico has historically not fared well against Argentina, recording only 4 wins, 16 losses and 12 draws.

Costa Rica

Mexico has a growing rivalry with Costa Rica, as Costa Rica is the first country in CONCACAF to beat Mexico on Mexican soil in FIFA World Cup qualification, known as Aztecazo. Costa Rica is also widely recognised as the only Central American national team to have sufficient quality to compete at the global stage, which increased the importance of the rivalry.[77] Mexico holds a dominant record against Costa Rica with 32 wins, 20 draws and only 6 losses.[78]

Results and fixtures

Main articles: Mexico national football team results (2020–present) and Mexico national football team schedule and results

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2022

26 November World Cup GS Argentina  2–0  Mexico Lusail, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+03:00)
  • Messi 64'
  • Fernández 87'
Report Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Attendance: 88,966
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
30 November World Cup GS Saudi Arabia  1–2  Mexico Lusail, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+03:00) Report
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Attendance: 84,985
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)

2023

23 March Nations League A Suriname  0–2  Mexico Paramaribo, Suriname
21:00 UTC−3 Report
Stadium: Frank Essed Stadion
Referee: Saíd Martínez (Honduras)
26 March Nations League A Mexico  2–2  Jamaica Mexico City, Mexico
18:00 UTC−6
Report Stadium: Estadio Azteca
Referee: Ismail Elfath (United States)
19 April Continental Clásico United States  1–1  Mexico Glendale, United States
22:22 ET (19:22 MST) Report
Stadium: State Farm Stadium
Attendance: 55,730
Referee: Bryan Lopez (Guatemala)
7 June Friendly Mexico  2–0  Guatemala Mazatlán, Mexico
19:00 UTC–7 Report Stadium: Estadio de Mazatlán
Referee: Nelson Salgado (Honduras)
10 June Friendly Mexico  2–2  Cameroon San Diego, United States
19:00 (UTC−7)
Report Stadium: Snapdragon Stadium
Referee: Kimbell Ward (St. Kitts and Nevis)
15 June Nations League SF United States  3–0  Mexico Paradise, United States
19:00 PT
Report Stadium: Allegiant Stadium
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)
18 June Nations League 3rd Mexico  1–0  Panama Paradise, United States
Report Stadium: Allegiant Stadium
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)
25 June Gold Cup GS Mexico  4–0  Honduras Houston, United States
19:00 UTC-5
Report Stadium: NRG Stadium
Attendance: 66,255
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)
29 June Gold Cup GS Haiti  1–3  Mexico Glendale, United States
19:00 UTC-7 Report
Stadium: State Farm Stadium
Attendance: 34,517
Referee: Walter López (Guatemala)
2 July Gold Cup GS Mexico  0–1  Qatar Santa Clara, United States
18:00 UTC-7 Report
Stadium: Levi's Stadium
Attendance: 60,347
Referee: Drew Fischer (Canada)
8 July Gold Cup QF Mexico  2–0  Costa Rica Arlington, United States
20:30 UTC-5 Report Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Attendance: 60,355
Referee: Saíd Martínez (Honduras)
12 July Gold Cup SF Jamaica  0–3  Mexico Paradise, United States
16:30 UTC-7 Report
Stadium: Allegiant Stadium
Attendance: 29,886
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)
16 July Gold Cup F Mexico  1–0  Panama Inglewood, United States
16:30 UTC-7 Report Stadium: SoFi Stadium
Referee: Said Martínez (Honduras)
9 September Friendly Mexico  2–2  Australia Arlington, United States
TBD
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Referee: Rubio Vázquez (United States)
12 September Friendly Mexico  3–3  Uzbekistan Atlanta, United States
19:30 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Referee: Victor Rivas (United States)
14 October Friendly Mexico  2–0  Ghana Charlotte, United States
21:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Referee: Joseph Dickerson (United States)
17 October Friendly Mexico  2–2  Germany Philadelphia, United States
20:00 ET Report Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Attendance: 62,284
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez (United States)
17 November Nations League QF Honduras  2–0  Mexico Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional Chelato Uclés
Referee: Juan Gabriel Calderón (Costa Rica)
21 November Nations League QF Mexico  2–0 (a.e.t.)
(2–2 agg.)
(4–2 p)
 Honduras Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)
Penalties
16 December Friendly Mexico  v  Colombia Los Angeles, United States
TBD Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

2024

March 21 Nations League SF Panama  v  Mexico Arlington, United States
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
March 24 Nations League 3rd/F TBD v  Mexico Arlington, United States
Stadium: AT&T Stadium

Coaching staff

See also: List of Mexico national football team managers

As of 10 August 2023
Position Name
Head coach Mexico Jaime Lozano
Assistant coaches Spain Toni Clavero
Japan Ryota Nishimura
Goalkeeping coach Mexico Alejandro Arredondo
Fitness coach Spain Aníbal González
Video analyst Mexico Eduardo González
Physiotherapist Brazil Carlos Peçanha
Team Doctor Mexico José Luis Serrano

Players

Current squad

The following players were called-up for the 2023–24 CONCACAF Nations League A quarter-final matches against Honduras on 17 and 21 November 2023. Guillermo Ochoa withdrew following the first leg due to an injury and was replaced by Julio González.
Caps and goals correct as of 21 November 2023, after the match against Honduras.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK José Antonio Rodríguez (1992-07-04) 4 July 1992 (age 31) 1 0 Mexico Tijuana
12 1GK Luis Malagón (1997-03-02) 2 March 1997 (age 26) 4 0 Mexico América
1GK Julio González (1991-04-23) 23 April 1991 (age 32) 0 0 Mexico UNAM

2 2DF Julián Araujo (2001-08-13) 13 August 2001 (age 22) 12 0 Spain Las Palmas
3 2DF César Montes (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 26) 42 1 Spain Almería
5 2DF Johan Vásquez (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 25) 20 1 Italy Genoa
6 2DF Gerardo Arteaga (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 25) 21 1 Belgium Genk
19 2DF Jorge Sánchez (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 25) 40 1 Portugal Porto
23 2DF Jesús Gallardo (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 29) 96 2 Mexico Monterrey
2DF Israel Reyes (2000-05-23) 23 May 2000 (age 23) 14 2 Mexico América
2DF Jesús Angulo (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 25) 14 0 Mexico UANL

4 3MF Edson Álvarez (vice-captain) (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 (age 26) 74 4 England West Ham United
7 3MF Luis Romo (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 28) 42 3 Mexico Monterrey
10 3MF Sebastián Córdova (1997-06-12) 12 June 1997 (age 26) 17 3 Mexico UANL
14 3MF Érick Sánchez (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 24) 25 3 Mexico Pachuca
15 3MF Uriel Antuna (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 26) 57 13 Mexico Cruz Azul
17 3MF Orbelín Pineda (1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 (age 27) 66 9 Greece AEK Athens
18 3MF Luis Chávez (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 27) 28 4 Russia Dynamo Moscow
3MF Roberto Alvarado (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 25) 43 5 Mexico Guadalajara
3MF Marcel Ruiz (2000-10-26) 26 October 2000 (age 23) 1 0 Mexico Toluca

9 4FW Raúl Jiménez (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 32) 104 33 England Fulham
11 4FW Santiago Giménez (2001-04-18) 18 April 2001 (age 22) 24 4 Netherlands Feyenoord
16 4FW Julián Quiñones (1997-03-24) 24 March 1997 (age 26) 2 0 Mexico América
20 4FW Henry Martín (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 31) 41 9 Mexico América
21 4FW César Huerta (2000-12-03) 3 December 2000 (age 22) 5 1 Mexico UNAM
22 4FW Hirving Lozano (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 28) 68 18 Netherlands PSV

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Guillermo Ochoa (captain) (1985-07-13) 13 July 1985 (age 38) 148 0 Italy Salernitana v.  Honduras, 21 November 2023INJ
GK Carlos Acevedo (1996-04-19) 19 April 1996 (age 27) 6 0 Mexico Santos Laguna 2023 CONCACAF Nations League Finals INJ
GK Miguel Jiménez (1990-03-14) 14 March 1990 (age 33) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara 2023 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE

DF Kevin Álvarez (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 (age 24) 15 1 Mexico América v.  Germany, 17 October 2023
DF Ramón Juárez (2001-05-09) 9 May 2001 (age 22) 0 0 Mexico América v.  Germany, 17 October 2023
DF Víctor Guzmán (2002-03-07) 7 March 2002 (age 21) 3 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  Ghana, 14 October 2023 INJ
DF Jesús Orozco (2002-02-19) 19 February 2002 (age 21) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara v.  Uzbekistan, 12 September 2023
DF Néstor Araujo (1991-08-29) 29 August 1991 (age 32) 67 3 Mexico América v.  Cameroon, 10 June 2023
DF Salvador Reyes (1998-05-04) 4 May 1998 (age 25) 2 0 Mexico América v.  Cameroon, 10 June 2023
DF Omar Campos (2002-07-20) 20 July 2002 (age 21) 0 0 Mexico Santos Laguna v.  Guatemala, 7 June 2023 INJ
DF Héctor Moreno (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 35) 132 5 Mexico Monterrey v.  Jamaica, 26 March 2023

MF Jordi Cortizo (1996-06-30) 30 June 1996 (age 27) 2 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  Germany, 17 October 2023
MF Héctor Herrera (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 33) 105 10 United States Houston Dynamo v.  Uzbekistan, 12 September 2023
MF Carlos Rodríguez (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 26) 48 0 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  Uzbekistan, 12 September 2023
MF Alexis Vega (1997-11-25) 25 November 1997 (age 25) 27 6 Mexico Guadalajara v.  Uzbekistan, 12 September 2023
MF Diego Lainez (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 (age 23) 26 3 Mexico UANL 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Ozziel Herrera (2001-05-25) 25 May 2001 (age 22) 7 0 Mexico UANL 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Alan Cervantes (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 25) 5 0 Mexico Santos Laguna v.  Cameroon, 10 June 2023
MF Jesús Manuel Corona (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 30) 71 10 Mexico Monterrey 2023 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
MF Érick Gutiérrez (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 (age 28) 36 1 Mexico Guadalajara 2023 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
MF Fernando Beltrán (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 (age 25) 10 0 Mexico Guadalajara 2023 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
MF Aldo Rocha (1992-11-06) 6 November 1992 (age 31) 0 0 Mexico Atlas 2023 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRE
MF Efraín Álvarez (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 (age 21) 4 0 Mexico Tijuana v.  United States, 19 April 2023
MF Alfonso González (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 29) 4 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  Jamaica, 26 March 2023

FW Roberto de la Rosa (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 23) 3 1 Mexico Pachuca v.  Cameroon, 10 June 2023
FW Iván López (1999-04-21) 21 April 1999 (age 24) 0 0 Mexico Toluca v.  United States, 19 April 2023

Notes
  • INJ = Not part of the current squad due to injury
  • PRE = Preliminary squad/standby
  • SUS = Serving suspension
  • WD = The player withdrew from the current squad due to non-injury issue

Player records

As of 17 November 2023[79]
Players in bold are still active with Mexico.

Most capped players

Andrés Guardado is the most capped player in the history of Mexico with 179 caps.[80]
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Andrés Guardado 179 28 2005–2022
2 Claudio Suárez 177 7 1992–2006
3 Guillermo Ochoa 148 0 2005–present
4 Rafael Márquez 147 17 1997–2018
5 Pável Pardo 146 11 1996–2009
6 Gerardo Torrado 144 5 1999–2013
7 Héctor Moreno 132 5 2007–present
8 Jorge Campos 129 0 1991–2003
9 Carlos Salcido 123 10 2004–2014
10 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 119 38 1995–2014
Ramón Ramírez 119 15 1991–2000

Top goalscorers

Javier Hernández is Mexico's all-time top scorer with 52 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Average Career
1 Javier Hernández (list) 52 109 0.48 2009–2019
2 Jared Borgetti (list) 46 89 0.52 1997–2008
3 Cuauhtémoc Blanco 38 119 0.32 1995–2014
4 Luis Hernández 35 85 0.41 1995–2002
5 Carlos Hermosillo 34 90 0.38 1984–1997
6 Raúl Jiménez 33 104 0.32 2013–present
7 Enrique Borja 31 65 0.48 1966–1975
8 Luís Roberto Alves 30 84 0.36 1988–2001
9 Hugo Sánchez 29 58 0.5 1977–1998
10 Luis García 28 77 0.36 1991–1999
Andrés Guardado 28 179 0.16 2005–2022

Competitive record

Main article: Mexico national football team records and statistics

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Mexico at the FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Group stage 13th 3 0 0 3 4 13 Squad Qualified as invitees
Italy 1934 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 14 7
France 1938 Withdrew Withdrew
Brazil 1950 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 2 10 Squad 4 4 0 0 17 2
Switzerland 1954 13th 2 0 0 2 2 8 Squad 4 4 0 0 19 1
Sweden 1958 16th 3 0 1 2 1 8 Squad 6 5 1 0 21 3
Chile 1962 11th 3 1 0 2 3 4 Squad 8 4 3 1 18 5
England 1966 12th 3 0 2 1 1 3 Squad 8 6 2 0 20 4
Mexico 1970 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 6 4 Squad Qualified as hosts
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 9 6 2 1 18 8
Argentina 1978 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 12 Squad 9 6 2 1 23 6
Spain 1982 Did not qualify 9 2 5 2 14 8
Mexico 1986 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 2 0 6 2 Squad Qualified as hosts
Italy 1990 Banned Disqualified
United States 1994 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 4 4 Squad 12 9 1 2 39 8
France 1998 13th 4 1 2 1 8 7 Squad 16 8 6 2 37 13
South Korea Japan 2002 11th 4 2 1 1 4 4 Squad 16 9 3 4 33 11
Germany 2006 15th 4 1 1 2 5 5 Squad 18 15 1 2 67 10
South Africa 2010 14th 4 1 1 2 4 5 Squad 18 11 2 5 36 18
Brazil 2014 10th 4 2 1 1 5 3 Squad 18 10 5 3 31 14
Russia 2018 12th 4 2 0 2 3 6 Squad 16 11 4 1 29 8
Qatar 2022 Group stage 22nd 3 1 1 1 2 3 Squad 14 8 4 2 17 8
Canada Mexico United States 2026 Qualified as co-hosts Qualified as co-hosts
Morocco Portugal Spain 2030 To be determined To be determined
Saudi Arabia 2034
Total Quarter-finals 18/23 60 17 15 28 62 101 189 121 41 27 453 134

CONCACAF Gold Cup

Main article: Mexico at the CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Group stage 7th 3 1 1 1 9 2 Squad Qualified automatically
Guatemala 1965 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 2 Squad Automatically entered
Honduras 1967 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 10 1 Squad Qualified as defending champions
Costa Rica 1969 Fourth place 4th 5 1 2 2 4 5 Squad 2 1 0 1 4 2
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 6 1 Squad 2 2 0 0 6 0
Haiti 1973 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1 10 5 Squad 4 4 0 0 8 3
Mexico 1977 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 20 5 Squad 4 1 2 1 3 1
Honduras 1981 Third place 3rd 5 1 3 1 6 3 Squad 4 1 2 1 8 5
1985 Withdrew to host the 1986 FIFA World Cup Withdrew
1989 Banned Banned
United States 1991 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 10 5 Squad Qualified automatically
Mexico United States 1993 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 28 2 Squad
United States 1996 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 9 0 Squad
United States 1998 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 8 2 Squad
United States 2000 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 1 1 6 3 Squad
United States 2002 5th 3 2 1 0 4 1 Squad
Mexico United States 2003 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 9 0 Squad
United States 2005 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 7 4 Squad
United States 2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 7 5 Squad
United States 2009 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 15 2 Squad
United States 2011 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 22 4 Squad
United States 2013 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 0 2 8 5 Squad
Canada United States 2015 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 16 6 Squad
United States 2017 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1 1 6 2 Squad
United States Costa Rica Jamaica 2019 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 16 4 Squad
United States 2021 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 9 2 Squad 4 4 0 0 13 3
Canada United States 2023 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 13 2 Squad 4 2 2 0 8 3
Total 12 Titles 25/27 123 85 21 17 271 73 24 15 6 3 50 17

CONCACAF Nations League

Main article: Mexico at the CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
League phase Finals
Season Div Pos. P/R Pld W D L GF GA Rank Year Pos. Pld W D L GF GA
2019–20 A 1st Same position 4 4 0 0 13 3 1st United States 2021 2nd 2 0 1 1 2 3
2022–23 A 1st Same position 4 2 2 0 8 3 4th United States 2023 3rd 2 1 0 1 1 3
2023–24 Bye Same position N/A United States 2024 Semi-finals 2 1 0 1 2 2
Total 8 6 2 0 21 6 Total 6 2 1 3 5 8

Copa América

Main article: Mexico at the Copa América

Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Ecuador 1993 Runners-up 2nd 6 2 2 2 9 7 Squad
Uruguay 1995 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 5 4 Squad
Bolivia 1997 Semi-finals 3rd 6 2 2 2 8 9 Squad
Paraguay 1999 Semi-finals 3rd 6 3 1 2 10 9 Squad
Colombia 2001 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 5 3 Squad
Peru 2004 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 5 7 Squad
Venezuela 2007 Semi-finals 3rd 6 4 1 1 13 5 Squad
Argentina 2011 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 1 4 Squad
Chile 2015 11th 3 0 2 1 4 5 Squad
United States 2016 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 1 1 6 9 Squad
Brazil 2019 Not invited
Brazil 2021
United States 2024 Qualified
Total Runners-up 11/13 48 19 13 16 66 62

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995 Third place 3rd 3 1 2 0 4 2 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1997 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 8 6 Squad
Mexico 1999 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 6 Squad
South KoreaJapan 2001 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 8 Squad
France 2003 Did not qualify
Germany 2005 Fourth place 4th 5 2 2 1 7 6 Squad
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify
Brazil 2013 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5 Squad
Russia 2017 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 8 10 Squad
Total 1 title 7/10 27 11 6 10 44 43

Olympic Games

See also: Mexico national under-23 football team

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Netherlands 1928 First round 14th 2 0 0 2 2 10 Squad
Germany 1936 Did not enter
United Kingdom 1948 First round 11th 1 0 0 1 3 5 Squad
Finland 1952 Did not qualify
Australia 1956
Italy 1960
Japan 1964 Group stage 11th 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad
Mexico 1968 Fourth place 4th 5 3 0 2 10 7 Squad
West Germany 1972 Second group stage 7th 6 2 1 3 4 14 Squad
Canada 1976 Group stage 9th 3 0 2 1 4 7 Squad
Soviet Union 1980 Did not qualify
United States 1984
South Korea 1988 Banned
Since 1992 See Mexico national under-23 football team
Total Fourth place 6/13 20 5 4 11 25 49

Head-to-head record

Main article: Mexico national football team head-to-head record

Honours

Major competitions

Other competitions

Friendly competitions

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Along with Germany, Brazil, Italy, Argentina, France, Spain, and Uruguay.

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