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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)El Tri (The Tricolor)
AssociationFederación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF)
Head coachGerardo Martino
CaptainAndrés Guardado
Most capsClaudio Suárez (177)
Top scorerJavier Hernández (52)
Home stadiumEstadio Azteca
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 11 Decrease 2 (7 April 2021)[1]
Highest4 (February – June 1998, August 2003, 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
Appearances16 (first in 1930)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1970, 1986)
CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
Appearances23 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019)
CONCACAF Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Copa América
Appearances10 (first in 1993)
Best resultRunners-up (1993, 2001)
Central American and Caribbean Games
Appearances2 (first in 1935)
Best resultChampions (1935, 1938)
Confederations Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1995)
Best resultChampions (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.[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 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[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.


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]


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's first match was 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]


Mexico v Argentina in Los Angeles, 1985

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.

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.[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]

Twenty-first century


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]


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]

Mexico lining up prior to the group stage match against South Korea 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]


Mexico will play Costa Rica in the 2021 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.

Home stadium

Azteca Stadium is the home of the Mexico national team.

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)[46] 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.

Team image

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.[47] 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.[48]

In 2017, the Mexico national team's jerseys were updated to reflect their Spanish names correctly spelled, with the diacritic mark.[49]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplierPeriodNotes
ABA Sport1995–1998[53]

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.[58]

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 in 2011 and 2017, the CONCACAF Cup in 2015, and even winning on American soil for the first time since 1980.

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.[59][60] 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.[61]


Mexico's fans at 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

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.[62] 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".[63]

Coaching staff

As of 7 January 2019[64]
Manager Gerardo Martino
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


Current squad

On 9 May 2021, the following players were included in the 40-man preliminary squad for the 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals.[65]
Caps and goals correct as of 30 March 2021, after the match against Costa Rica. Including only official FIFA caps.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKGuillermo Ochoa (1985-07-13) 13 July 1985 (age 35)1110 América
1GKAlfredo Talavera (1982-09-18) 18 September 1982 (age 38)300 UNAM
1GKJonathan Orozco (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 34)90 Tijuana
1GKHugo González (1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 (age 30)50 Monterrey
1GKRodolfo Cota (1987-07-03) 3 July 1987 (age 33)40 León

2DFHéctor Moreno (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 33)1094 Al-Gharafa
3MFMiguel Layún (1988-06-25) 25 June 1988 (age 32)726 Monterrey
2DFJesús Gallardo (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 26)500 Monterrey
2DFNéstor Araujo (1991-08-29) 29 August 1991 (age 29)413 Celta Vigo
2DFCarlos Salcedo (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 27)391 UANL
2DFLuis Rodríguez (1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 (age 30)231 UANL
2DFCésar Montes (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 24)130 Monterrey
2DFJorge Sánchez (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 23)120 América
2DFGerardo Arteaga (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 22)70 Genk
2DFGilberto Sepúlveda (1999-02-04) 4 February 1999 (age 22)20 Guadalajara
2DFJohan Vásquez (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 22)10 UNAM
2DFKevin Álvarez (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 (age 22)00 Pachuca
2DFOsvaldo Rodríguez (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 24)00 León

3MFAndrés Guardado (Captain) (1986-09-28) 28 September 1986 (age 34)16528 Betis
3MFHéctor Herrera (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 31)786 Atlético Madrid
3MFJonathan dos Santos (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 (age 31)513 LA Galaxy
3MFEdson Álvarez (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 (age 23)352 Ajax
3MFOrbelín Pineda (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 25)272 Cruz Azul
3MFRoberto Alvarado (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 22)203 Cruz Azul
3MFÉrick Gutiérrez (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 (age 25)201 PSV
3MFCarlos Rodríguez (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 24)160 Monterrey
3MFDiego Lainez (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 (age 20)91 Betis
3MFÉrick Aguirre (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 (age 24)80 Pachuca
3MFSebastián Córdova (1997-06-12) 12 June 1997 (age 23)62 América
3MFLuis Romo (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 25)60 Cruz Azul
3MFAlan Cervantes (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 23)00 Santos Laguna

4FWRaúl Jiménez (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 30)8627 Wolverhampton Wanderers
4FWJesús Corona (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 28)478 Porto
4FWHirving Lozano (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 25)4312 Napoli
4FWRodolfo Pizarro (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 (age 27)315 Inter Miami
4FWUriel Antuna (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 23)168 Guadalajara
4FWAlan Pulido (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 30)145 Sporting Kansas City
4FWHenry Martín (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 28)82 América
4FWAlexis Vega (1997-11-25) 25 November 1997 (age 23)71 Guadalajara
4FWEfraín Álvarez (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 (age 18)10 LA Galaxy

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
DFAlejandro Gómez (2002-01-31) 31 January 2002 (age 19)00 Boavistav.  Algeria, 13 October 2020

MFOmar Govea (1996-01-18) 18 January 1996 (age 25)40 Zulte Waregemv.  Algeria, 13 October 2020
MFFernando Beltrán (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 (age 23)10 Guadalajarav.  Guatemala, 30 September 2020
MFLuis Chávez (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 25)00 Pachucav.  Guatemala, 30 September 2020
MFJosé Iván Rodríguez (1996-06-17) 17 June 1996 (age 24)20 Leónv.  Guatemala, 30 September 2020 INJ
MFMauro Lainez (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 25)00 AméricaTraining Camp, 16–23 September 2020

FWJosé Juan Macías (1999-09-22) 22 September 1999 (age 21)54 Guadalajarav.  Guatemala, 30 September 2020
FWSantiago Giménez (2001-04-18) 18 April 2001 (age 20)00 Cruz Azulv.  Guatemala, 30 September 2020

COV Player withdrew due to COVID-19.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
WD Player withdrew for personal reasons.

Results and fixtures

The following matches have been played within the past 12 months.

  Win  Draw  Loss


30 September Friendly Mexico  3–0  Guatemala Mexico City, Mexico
21:00 (UTC−5)
  • Martín Goal 6'
  • Pineda Goal 28'
  • Córdova Goal 36'
ReportStadium: Estadio Azteca
Referee: Fernando Hernández Gómez (Mexico)
7 October Friendly Netherlands  0–1  Mexico Amsterdam, Netherlands
13:45 (UTC−5)Report
  • Jiménez Goal 60' (pen.)
Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
13 October Friendly Mexico  2–2  Algeria The Hague, Netherlands
14:00 (UTC−5)
  • Corona Goal 43'
  • D. Lainez Goal 86'
  • Bennacer Goal 45'
  • Mahrez Goal 67'
Stadium: Cars Jeans Stadion
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
14 November Friendly Mexico  3–2  South Korea Wiener Neustadt, Austria
14:00 (UTC−6)
  • Jiménez Goal 67'
  • Antuna Goal 69'
  • Salcedo Goal 70'
  • Hwang Ui-jo Goal 20'
  • Kwon Kyung-won Goal 87'
Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
17 November Friendly Japan  0–2  Mexico Graz, Austria
14:00 (UTC−6)Report
  • Jiménez Goal 63'
  • Lozano Goal 68'
Stadium: Merkur-Arena
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)


27 March Friendly Wales  1–0  Mexico Cardiff, Wales
14:00 (UTC−6)
  • Moore Goal 11'
ReportStadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ian McNabb (Northern Ireland)
30 March Friendly Costa Rica  0–1  Mexico Wiener Neustadt, Austria
14:00 (UTC−6)Report
  • Lozano Goal 89'
Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
Attendance: 0
Referee: Christian-Petru Ciochirca (Austria)
29 May Friendly Mexico  v  Iceland Arlington, Texas
19:30 (UTC−5)Stadium: AT&T Stadium
3 June Nations League SF Mexico  v  Costa Rica Denver, Colorado
17:00 (UTC−5)ReportStadium: Empower Field at Mile High
6 June Nations League 3rd/F Winner or loser of Match 1 v  Mexico Denver, Colorado
(UTC−5)ReportStadium: Empower Field at Mile High
12 June Friendly Mexico  v  Honduras Atlanta, Georgia
18:30 (UTC−5)Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
30 June Friendly Mexico  v  Panama Nashville, Tennessee
20:00 (UTC−5)Stadium: Nissan Stadium
July 2021 CONCACAF GoldCup Mexico  v TBD TBD
Stadium: TBD
July 2021 CONCACAF GoldCup Mexico  v TBD TBD
Stadium: TBD
July 2021 CONCACAF GoldCup TBD v  Mexico TBD
Stadium: TBD
September 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Mexico  v  Jamaica Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
September 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Costa Rica  v  Mexico San José, Costa Rica
Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica
September 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Winner of C v D v  Mexico TBD
Stadium: TBD
October 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Mexico  v Winner of B v E Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
October 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Mexico  v  Honduras Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
October 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Winner of A v F v  Mexico TBD
Stadium: TBD
12 November 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying United States  v  Mexico United States
Stadium: TBD
November 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Winner of B v E v  Mexico TBD
Stadium: TBD


January 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Jamaica  v  Mexico Kingston, Jamaica
Stadium: Independence Park
January 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Mexico  v  Costa Rica Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
January 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Mexico  v Winner of C vs D Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
24 March 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Mexico  v  United States Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
March 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Honduras  v  Mexico San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
March 2022 FIFA WorldCup qualifying Mexico  v Winner of A vs F Mexico City, Mexico
Stadium: Estadio Azteca

Player records

As of 27 March 2021[66]
Players in bold are still active with Mexico.

Most capped players

Claudio Suárez is the most capped player in the history of Mexico with 177 caps.
1Claudio Suárez17771992–2006
2Andrés Guardado165282005–0000
3Rafael Márquez147171997–2018
4Pável Pardo146111996–2009
Gerardo Torrado61999–2013
6Jorge Campos13001991–2004
7Carlos Salcido124102004–2014
8Ramón Ramírez121151991–2000
9Cuauhtémoc Blanco120391995–2014
10Guillermo Ochoa11102005–0000

Top goalscorers

Javier Hernández is Mexico's all-time top scorer with 52 goals.
1Javier Hernández (list)521090.482009–0000
2Jared Borgetti (list)46890.521997–2008
3Cuauhtémoc Blanco391200.331995–2014
4Luis Hernández35850.411995–2002
Carlos Hermosillo35900.391984–1997
6Enrique Borja31650.481966–1975
7Luís Roberto Alves30840.361988–2001
8Hugo Sánchez29580.51977–1998
Luis Flores29620.471983–1993
Luis García29780.371991–1999

Competitive record

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 recordQualification record
1930Group stage13th3003413Squad – – – – – –
1934Did not qualify4301147
1950Group stage12th3003210Squad4400172
1970Quarter-finals6th421164SquadQualified as hosts
1974Did not qualify9621188
1978Group stage16th3003212Squad9621236
1982Did not qualify9252148
1986Quarter-finals6th532062SquadQualified as hosts
1994Round of 1613th412144Squad12912388
2022To be determinedTo be determined
2026Qualified as co-hostQualified as co-host[67]

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup recordQualification record
1963Group stage7th311192SquadQualified automatically
1965Champions1st5410132SquadAutomatically entered
1967Runners-up2nd5401101SquadQualified as defending champions
1969Fourth place4th512245Squad210142
1973Third place3rd5221105Squad440083
1981Third place3rd513163Squad412185
1985Withdrew to host the 1986 FIFA World CupWithdrew
1991Third place3rd5311105SquadQualified automatically
1993Champions1st5410282SquadQualified automatically
1996Champions1st440090SquadQualified automatically
19981st440082SquadQualified automatically
2000Quarter-finals7th311163SquadQualified automatically
20025th321041SquadQualified automatically
2003Champions1st541090SquadQualified automatically
2005Quarter-finals6th420274SquadQualified automatically
2007Runners-up2nd640275SquadQualified automatically
2009Champions1st6510152SquadQualified automatically
20111st6600224SquadQualified automatically
2013Semi-finals3rd530285SquadQualified automatically
2015Champions1st6420166SquadQualified automatically
2017Semi-finals3rd531162SquadQualified automatically
2019Champions1st6510164SquadQualified automatically
Total11 titles23/25111762015249692013434214

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
2019−20AB4400133Same positionTBD
2022–23ATo be determined

Copa América

Copa América record
2011Group stage12th300314Squad
2019Were not invited

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
1992Did not qualify
1995Third place3rd312042Squad
1997Group stage5th310286Squad
2001Group stage8th300318Squad
2003Did not qualify
2005Fourth place4th522176Squad
2009Did not qualify
2013Group stage6th310235Squad
2017Fourth place4th5212810Squad
Total1 title7/1027116104443

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
1928First round14th2002210Squad
1936Did not enter
1948First round11th100135Squad
1952Did not qualify
1964Group stage11th301226Squad
1968Fourth place4th5302107Squad
1972Second group stage7th6213414Squad
1976Group stage9th302147Squad
1980Did not qualify
Since 1992See Mexico national under-23 football team
TotalFourth place6/132054112549


Major competitions

  • FIFA World Cup
    • Quarter-finals (2): 1970, 1986
  • FIFA Confederations Cup
    • Winners: 1999
    • Third place: 1995
  • CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup
    • Winners (11): 1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019
    • Runners-up (2): 1967, 2007
    • Third place (3): 1973, 1981, 1991
    • Winners: 2015
  • Copa América
    • Runners-up (2): 1993, 2001
    • Third place (3): 1997, 1999, 2007

Minor competitions

  • Pan American Games
    • Winners (2): 1967 Winnipeg, 1975 Mexico City
    • Runners-up (3): 1955 Mexico City, 1991 Havana, 1995 Mar del Plata
  • Panamerican Championship
    • Third place (1): 1960 San Jose
  • Central American and Caribbean Games
    • Winners (2): 1935 San Salvador, 1938 Panama City
  • U.S. Cup
    • Winners (3): 1996, 1997, 1999
    • Third place (2): 1995, 2000
  • North American Nations Cup
    • Winners (3): 1947, 1949, 1991
    • Runners-up (2): 1990
  • Marlboro Cup
    • Winners (1): 1989
  • Lunar New Year Cup
    • Winners (1): 1999
    • Runners-up (1): 2000

See also

  • Mexico national under-17 football team
  • Mexico national under-20 football team
  • Mexico national under-23 football team
  • Mexico women's national football team
  • Mexico national beach football team
  • Mexico national futsal team


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


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External links

  • Official Site of the Federacion Mexicana de Fútbol
  • FIFA profile
  • RSSSF archives and results