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Official Mexican National Team Thread: Seleccion Nacional Mexicana

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Nickname: El Tri (El Tricolor)

Federation: Association Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación

Head coach: Hugo Sánchez

Captain: Rafael Márquez

Most caps: Claudio Suárez (178)

Top scorer: Jared Borgetti (37)

FIFA code: MEX

FIFA ranking: 20 (currently)

Highest FIFA ranking: 4 (May 2006)

Lowest FIFA ranking: 20 (November 2006)

The Mexico national football team — El Tri — is the national football team of Mexico and is controlled by the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FEMEXFUT). The team is currently in 20th place, and has never been outside the top 20, in the FIFA World Rankings.

Since the 1990s, Mexico has been one of the most consistent nations in the world having qualified for four straight World Cups, and reaching the second round on all four occasions. They have also had strong showings in the Copa America ever since their first invitation from the CONMEBOL in 1993 (although they are under the jurisdiction of CONCACAF).

History

Origins to 1990

Mexico participated in the first World Cup in 1930 but did not appear again in the tournament until 1950. Mexico qualified for six consecutive World Cups including the hosting of the 1970 tournament.

Before 1970 Mexico struggled to make much impact in the World Cup when compared to European and South American teams and won only once in five tournaments (in 1962, a 3-1 win over Czechoslovakia). Goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal had the distinction of being the first player ever to appear in five consecutive World Cups. Midfielder Salvador Reyes played in the 1958, 1962 and 1966 tournaments.

In 1970, Mexico was able to make a breakthrough. Hosts for the tournament, they kicked off with a scoreless draw against the Soviet Union, followed by wins over El Salvador (4-0) and Belgium (1-0). Against Italy in the quarter-finals, they took the lead before going down 4-1.

Mexico was disqualified from the 1990 qualifiers due to fielding an overage player in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying youth tournament for 1988 Summer Olympics in Guatemala, but have since qualified for four consecutive World Cups.

Recent years

In the 1990s, Mexican football began experiencing more consistent international success. An important turning point was its participation in the 1993 Copa America, where they surprised many by finishing second in the tournament in only their first appearance, narrowly losing to Argentina 2-1 in the final. Bouyed by this success, Mexico went on to win its group in the 1994 World Cup, emerging from the tournament's "Group of Death" composed of itself, Italy, Ireland, and Norway. Although Mexico eventually bowed out in Round 2 to Bulgaria, this performance began a string of successful showings at football's premier event, as the team also moved on to Round 2 in the each of the Cups of 1998, 2002, 2006.

Since their second place finish in the 1993 Copa America, Mexico has been a regular participant in the South American tournament and has fared very well. It earned third place in 1997 and 1999 and another second place in 2001. In fact, Mexico has never failed to reach the quarter finals of the Copa America and twice has had the leading scorer in the tournament, Luis Garcia in 1995 (sharing the title with Arge. striker, Gabriel Batistuta) and Luis Hernández in 1997. The amazing growth and success of the national team during the 1990s reached its zenith when Mexico hosted and won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico won its first official FIFA tournament trophy by beating Brazil, no less, in an exciting high-scoring final with a final score of 4-3. Mexico's star, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, shares the tournament's Golden Shoe award as top scorer with Brazilian player, Ronaldinho.

In the 2000s, the u.s have proved a credible challenger to Mexico's dominance on the continental football scene, winning the 2002 Gold Cup and disqualifying Mexico from Round 2 in 2002 FIFA World Cup. Despite the disappointing loss, Mexico again hosted the Gold Cup in 2003. In addition, Mexico exacted their revenge on the u.s. by eliminating them during their qualification run to the 2004 Summer Olympics. In the 2005 Gold Cup tournament, however, Mexico suffered a disappointing early exit, as they were eliminated by guests Colombia in the quarterfinals on a goal with less than fifteen minutes to play.

The parallel emergence of the u.s. and Mexico on the international stage has helped elevate the status of the CONCACAF region. More importantly, however, it has provided a natural rivalry that has benefited the development both national teams. In fact, Mexico and the u.s. ran neck and neck during qualification for the 2006 World Cup. Mexico beat the u.s. 2-1 in Mexico City on March 27, 2005. The Americans then returned the favor by defeating Mexico 2-0 in columbus, OH on September 3, 2005 thus earning their place in Germany before their archrivals. Nevertheless, Mexico secured their place in the World Cup four days later with a 5-0 defeat of Panama in Mexico City. Ultimately, the two nations finished the qualification campaign with an identical 7-1-2 record — the Americans held a slight advantage in goal differential in the games between both teams.

The participation of the Mexican national team in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup confirmed Mexico as a rising football power. Mexico began the tournament by defeating defending World Cup Champions Brazil by a score of 1-0 with an impressive display of tactical intelligence and discipline. Mexico garnered further accolades with impressive performances against traditional heavyweights arge. and Germany. Although Mexico was leading arge. in extra time of their semifinal match, they ultimately lost in a highly contested penalty shootout, 6-5. In the third place match, Mexico twice came from behind against Germany, eventually losing 4-3 in extra time.

The notable growth experienced by the Mexican national team since the early 1990s could arguably be attributed to the increased competitiveness of its domestic league, the Primera División de México. Due in large part to lucrative television contracts, Mexican football clubs are amongst the richest outside of Europe. This has made Mexico an attractive destination for many quality international players, in particular from South and Central America. In addition, Mexican clubs have done very well in international tournaments such as CONMEBOL's Copa Libertadores. In fact, in four of the last six editions of the tournament, a Mexican club has finished among the top four, including Cruz Azul's second place finish in 2001. The influx of high level foreign players, together with increased participation in international tournaments has helped compensate somewhat for the fact that traditionally, Mexican players have not sought opportunities in other countries. Still, a few Mexican players have enjoyed distinguished careers in European leagues, notably Hugo Sánchez with Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid in the 1980s and 1990s and more recently Rafael Márquez, who won a title with France's AS Monaco and is currently a key member of the two-time defending La Liga champion and current UEFA Champions League winner FC Barcelona and with Francisco Fonseca of SL Benfica being what many consider the two best players in Mexico's squad.

Further evidence of Mexico's bright football future is the title obtained by the national team in the Under-17 World Cup held in Peru in the 2005 Under-17 World Cup. A crop of emerging Mexican stars, including Giovanni Dos Santos and Carlos Vela, defeated reigning champion Brazil by an emphatic score of 3-0, thus claiming the first FIFA Youth World Championship for the North American continent (and CONCACAF).

After Germany 2006, El Tri has become one of the most regular teams in the world stage, having secured their passage to Round 2 in the last four World Cups. However, the goal of reaching the latter stages of the tournament, and thus equal or surpass their best showings when they reached the quarterfinals of the 1970 and 1986 tournaments on home soil.

2006 World Cup

Mexico played a series of friendlies in preparation for the World Cup in the u.s., seeking to maximise revenue by appealing to Mexicans living in the u.s.

Mexico was one of eight top seeded teams in the first round at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. This was the first time a non-hosting CONCACAF nation was seeded. They were put in group D with Iran, Angola and Portugal.

Mexico won their opening match 3-1 against Iran, with two goals from Omar Bravo and one by Antonio Naelson. In their second match, Mexico played in a 0-0 draw match against Angola. Mexico joined Portugal as a qualifier in the Round of 16, despite losing to the Portuguese 2-1. During the match, Mexican striker, Omar Bravo missed a penalty shot.

In their final match of the tournament, Mexico played against arge. The Mexicans scored in the 5th minute with a goal by captain Rafael Márquez. Four minutes later, an own-goal by an injured Jared Borgetti allowed arge. to equalize. The score remained 1-1 after 90 minutes, and in extra time, an exceptional volley by Maxi Rodríguez in the second period of extra time brought about a 2-1 win for arge.

Arge.-born coach Ricardo Lavolpe stepped down as coach after the tournament.

After 144 days since Lavolpe stepped down, Hugo Sánchez was named the new head coach against other candidates, such as Américo Gallego and Luis Fernando Tena.

International Competiton Records

FIFA World Cup

1930 - Round 1
1934 - Did Not Qualify
1938 - Withdrew
1950 - Round 1
1954 - Round 1
1958 - Round 1
1962 - Round 1
1966 - Round 1
1970 - Quarterfinals
1974 - Did Not Qualify
1978 - Round 1
1982 - Did Not Qualify
1986 - Quarterfinals
1990 - Disqualified
1994 - Round 2
1998 - Round 2
2002 - Round 2
2006 - Round 2

FIFA U-20 World Cup

1977 - Second Place
1997 - Round 2
1999 - Quarter Finals
2001 - Did Not Qualify
2003 - Round 1
2005 - Did Not Qualify

FIFA U-17 World Cup

1985 - Disqualified
1987 - Round 1
1989 - Round 1
1991 - Round 1
1993 - Round 1
1995 - Did Not Qualify
1997 - Round 1
1999 - Quarter Finals
2005 - Did Not Qualify
2003 - Quarter Finals
2005 - Champions

CONCACAF Gold Cup

1991 - Third place
1993 - Champions
1996 - Champions
1998 - Champions
2000 - Quarterfinals
2002 - Quarterfinals
2003 - Champions
2005 - Quarterfinals

CONMEBOL Copa América

1993 - Second place
1995 - Quarterfinals
1997 - Third place
1999 - Third place
2001 - Second place
2004 - Quarterfinals

FIFA Confederations Cup

1992 - Did Not Qualify
1995 - Third place
1997 - Round 1
1999 - Champions
2001 - Round 1
2003 - Did Not Qualify
2005 - Fourth place
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awesome intro man, great job
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Wow...as good as they're continually ranked (The Main National team) ..they NEVER made past the Qtr finals on any WC...

They're a lot like Spain in that respect ...

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National Champions. 83 87 89 91 and 2001

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as good as we are ranked?? last time I cheked we were ranked at 20th place, or di we come higher again?
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The Jan 07 Ranking is out today... I dint see the whole thing yet..I just looked at Conmebol's .

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yeah, i think we still around 20...
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yeah, i think we still around 20...

Mexico was ranked at 21....
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thats how stupid FIFA rankings are. Countries that didn't even made the Wc are ahed of us, that a joke.

How can you go from 4th to 21?
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thats how stupid FIFA rankings are. Countries that didn't even made the Wc are ahed of us, that a joke.

How can you go from 4th to 21?
I think that this rankings are a joke, so we better not listen them :smileani:
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yeah even when we were on 4th i thought they wer a joke.
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yeah even when we were on 4th i thought they wer a joke.

Always, Mexico were never 4th in the world, an I think that Mexico's right place is on the top 15, not 21
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First List of Players called up by Hugo Sanchez:

Goalie:

Oswaldo Sánchez (Santos)
Sergio Bernal (Pumas)
José de Jesús Corona (Tecos)
Moisés Muñoz (Morelia)

Defense:

Diego Martínez (Guadalajara)
Israel Castro (Pumas)
Joaquín Beltrán (Necaxa)
Francisco Rodríguez (Guadalajara)
Jonny Magallón (Guadalajara)
Joel Huiqui (Cruz Azul)
Jaime Lozano (Tigres)
Fausto Pinto (Pachuca)

Midfielders:

Alberto Medina (Guadalajara)
Juan Carlos Esquivel (Toluca)
Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul)
Jaime Correa (Pachuca)
Israel López (Cruz Azul)
Gonzalo Pineda (Guadalajara)
Gerardo Galindo (Necaxa)
Luis Pérez (Monterrey)
Ramón Morales (Guadalajara)
Andrés Guardado (Atlas)

Strikers:

Jared Borgetti (Cruz Azul)
Omar Bravo (Guadalajara)
Adolfo Bautista (Guadalajara)
Francisco Fonseca (Tigres)
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I don't like this list, I think that players like Beltrán, or el Maza don't deserve a call
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yeah but who would you call instead of Maza? agree abt Beltran tho.
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yeah but who would you call instead of Maza? agree abt Beltran tho.
maybe another Chivas, Hector Reynoso who has really improved. or a young player from Pachuca Leobardo López García who is 23....
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maybe another Chivas, Hector Reynoso who has really improved. or a young player from Pachuca Leobardo López García who is 23....
or the sub-20 defenses, to start to adapt to the NT
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or the sub-20 defenses, to start to adapt to the NT
yeah but remember he wont be calling any of them up because they have qualifier and then the World Cup. In that case another Chivas player should be there, El Pato Araujo, who imho will be the next Pavel Pardo.

and another defense option could be:

Julio César Domínguez Juárez, 19 years old, from Cruz Azul but he is probably also with sub - 20....
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yeah but remember he wont be calling any of them up because they have qualifier and then the World Cup. In that case another Chivas player should be there, El Pato Araujo, who imho will be the next Pavel Pardo.

and another defense option could be:

Julio César Domínguez Juárez, 19 years old, from Cruz Azul but he is probably also with sub - 20....
And even Esparza, he is a great player, and the Pumas defense, I can't remember his name, another one of tha calls that I can't understand is the one of Bernal, he is 37 years old, but ok, is only the first call and only for practice...
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And even Esparza, he is a great player, and the Pumas defense, I can't remember his name, another one of tha calls that I can't understand is the one of Bernal, he is 37 years old, but ok, is only the first call and only for practice...

pumas defense = hector moreno, who in FIFA 07 goes up alot in rating. and in my season with Chivas was signed by Newcastle.

Bernal's call up is like a last moment of glory before he retires, just like last World Cup with Claudio Suarez.....
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