Mexico national football team
The Mexico national football team have a long history in FIFA world cup finals tournaments. They have qualified for fourteen in total and featured at every one since 1994. The team’s best performance was making it to the quarter-finals in both 1970 and 1986 when the tournament was held in Mexico. Statistically they are the most successful team in their qualifying region and they regularly take part in the Copa America as well.
The Mexico national football team’s home stadium has a long and impressive history. Called The Esadio Azteca, or Aztec Stadium in English, it is also home to Mexican club team Club America. It has a capacity of 105,000 and is the largest stadium in the Americas and the third largest football stadium in the world. It is the only stadium in the world that has hosted two world cup finals , it is where Pele won his last world cup and where Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand of God‘ occurred.
The Mexico national football team’s current squad features a mix of home-based players and players plying their trade in Europe and beyond. Many of their hopes will fall on the young shoulders of Javier Hernandez. The twenty-three year old had an amazing first season for Manchester United in the English Premier League, scoring goals and winning the title. His second season has been tougher but there is not doubting the player’s ability.
World cup 1930
The first ever World cup was held in Uruguay and only featured a handful of teams, most from South America. The Mexico national football team were in group 1 and alongside Argentina, Chile and France. The tournament was not a success for Mexico as they lost all three games, conceded a massive 13 goals and only scored 4 themselves. They unsurprisingly finished bottom of the group.
World cup 1950
The 1950 was the firth edition of the World cup and the first since the outbreak of World War two. In their group this time were hosts Brazil, Switzerland and Yugoslavia. Like their display in 1930, the Mexico national football team failed again to make an impression on the competition. They again lost all three games, this time only scored 2 goals, but on the bright side, only conceded 10.
World cup 1954
Four years later the Mexico national football team were again back and again finishing bottom of the group. The format was a little different this time, however, as two seeded teams played two unseeded teams to decide each group. So after their two games against Brazil and France, the team were still looking for their first World cup win having scored 2 and conceded 8.
World cup 1958
The World cup in Sweden represented a significant landmark for the Mexico national football team as the picked up their first ever point in the competition. This came in a 1-1 draw against Wales. Despite defeats to both Sweden and Hungary they only finished 4 points off group winners Sweden.
World cup 1962
Following on from their first draw, the Mexico national football team managed their first ever win in 1962. It came against Czechoslovakia but was not enough to see them progress after defeats to both Brazil and Spain. The 3-1 win did however help the side to a third places finish, above Spain who finished bottom.
World cup 1966
This improved form was maintained in England four years later. They were actually in a group with the hosts, as well as Uruguay and France. The only game of the three the Mexico national football team lost was to eventual winners England. The side finally took a World cup point off France and did the same against previous winners Uruguay. It was again not enough to progress but the side finished third, above bottom side France.
World cup 1970
The World cup in 1970 on home soil was a continuation of the steady progress the Mexico national football team had made at finals tournaments. Alongside the Soviet Union, Belgium and El Salvador in their group, Mexico managed a draw and two wins to finish second and progress onto the quarter finals. The two wins were a 4-0 victory over newcomers El Salvador and a 1-0 win over Belgium. In the quarter finals they faced eventual runners-up Italy and, despite taking the lead, were comfortably beaten 4-1.
World cup 1978
After not qualifying in 1974 the Mexico national football team continued their step-back, in terms of performances on the pitch, despite qualifying this time around. The side lost all three games, including a 6-0 defeat to West Germany. Perhaps the most disappointing result was a 3-1 loss to Tunisia. Unsurprisingly they finished bottom with a minus ten goal difference.
World cup 1986
The 1986 World cup was something of a resurgence for the Mexico national football team. After the poor showing in 1978 and not qualifying in 1982, the side topped their group with five points from the three games. They beat Belgium and Iraq and drew with Paraguay, clearly spurred on with the tournament once again being on home soil. Compared to 1970, when the side last visited the quarter finals, there were more teams in the competition. As such, the Mexico national football team navigated past Bulgaria 2-0 in the last-sixteen, before playing West Germany is the quarter finals. Eight years previous the side were beaten 6-0 by the same opposition but this time they took them all the way to penalties before being eliminated. Mexico also claimed to have a legitimate goal incorrectly ruled out in that game which would have seen them through.
World cup 1994
After being banned for the 1990 edition for fielding an ineligible youth team player in a previous tournament, the Mexico national football team returned for the 1994 World cup. Similar to eight years before they again topped the group, this time on goals scored as all four teams finished on four points. Also similar to 1986 was the team facing Bulgaria in the last sixteen. Unfortunately this time the side could not progress, and Bulgaria got their revenge with a victory on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
World cup 1998
The Mexico national football team were now in the habit of progressing from their group and they maintained this in 1998. Alongside the Netherlands, Belgium and South Korea the side finished second and unbeaten after a win and two draws. Again they could not progress past the last sixteen as they lost this time to Germany. Although leading until late on, the side conceded in the 75th and 86th minutes to lose out.
World cup 2002
2002 saw a strong group stage performance for the Mexico national football team. After wins against Croatia and Ecuador, the side drew with Italy in the final group fixture to finish top with 7 points. Moving into the last sixteen Mexico faced a North American derby against the United States. It was a disappointing game for Mexico as they crashed out 2-0 to a side they would have expected to beat, considering the form they had shown in the group.
World cup 2006
At the 2006 World cup the Mexico national football team were presented with what seemed like a relatively straightforward group. Aside from Portugal they were faced with Angola and Iran. After a 3-1 win over Iran in the opener, the team slipped to a disappointing 0-0 draw with Angola. Despite a defeat in the final match they did manage to scrape through in second place with four points. Similar to four years previous the side once again failed to progress to the quarter finals. This time a narrow extra-time defeat to Argentina knocked them out. A wonder strike from Maxi Rodriguez proved to be the winning goal.
World cup 2010
For the World cup in South Africa the Mexico national football team found themselves playing in the opening fixture of the tournament against the hosts. After a 1-1 draw they went on to defeat a troubled France 2-1, before losing to group winners and eventual fourth placed Uruguay. Four points was enough to see them through in second place where they went on to face Argentina again in the last sixteen. This time it was not quite as dramatic as they lost out 3-1, and continued their inability to impact on the later-stages of the tournament.
World cup 2014
Fans of the Mexico national football team can be forgiven for expecting their team to qualify for the FIFA world cup. The team was presented with a tough third qualifying group. They were placed alongside Costa Rica and the up and coming talents of El Salvador and Guyana. El Salvador were the form team in the previous round and Guyana had already caused an upset in eliminating Trinidad and Tobago. The Mexico national football team, whilst never making a statement, were comfortable throughout and finished with the maximum eighteen points from the six matches. Costa Rica in second were a massive eight points behind.
The Mexico national football team rightly went into round four of qualifying as favourites to win the group. Things have not worked out for them as they trail leaders United States by eight points. The team are currently in turmoil as after their last defeat Honduras two games ago they sacked their manager. Last time out they faced old rivals the United States and slumped to a 2-0 defeat. With two games remaining the side are in serious danger of missing out on the third placed automatic qualification spot. They are also in a fight with Panama for the fourth placed playoff.
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- Mexico national football team news.
- Mexico national football team website.
- Mexico on Facebook.
- Mexico on Twitter.
- North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying.