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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.

Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)El Tri (The Tricolor)
AssociationFederación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF)
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationNAFU (North America)
Head coachVacant
CaptainAndrés Guardado
Most capsAndrés Guardado (179)
Top scorerJavier Hernández (52)
Home stadiumEstadio Azteca
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 15 Decrease 2 (22 December 2022)[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 Championship & Gold Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019)
CONCACAF Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Best resultRunners-up (2021)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1995)
Best resultChampions (1999)

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 the CONCACAF region, having won eleven confederation titles, including eight CONCACAF Gold Cups and three CONCACAF Championships (the precursor to the Gold Cup), as well as two NAFC Championships, one North American Nations Cup, one CONCACAF Cup and two gold medals of the Central American and Caribbean Games. It is one of eight nations[a] to have won two of the three most important football tournaments (the World Cup, Confederations Cup, and Summer Olympics), having won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup[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 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]


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.


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


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 lining up prior to the group stage match against South Korea at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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]

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: 2022 World Cup exit

In 2021, Mexico finished runners-up in the 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Final and the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, both in which Mexico lost 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 the 1978 FIFA World Cup that Mexico got eliminated in the group stage. Due to the poor performance, head coach Gerardo Martino and Mexico parted ways immediately after elimination (the 1982 and 1990 World Cup tournaments, in which Mexico did not participate, notwithstanding).[46]

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 an official capacity of 87,523,[47][48] 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


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.[49] 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.[50]

In 2017, the Mexico national team's jerseys were updated to reflect their Spanish names correctly spelled, with the diacritic mark.[51]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplierPeriodNotes
  ABA Sport1995–1998[e]

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.[52][53] 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.[54]


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.[55][56]


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.[57] Though the current incarnation of the chant is widely thought to have originated sometime between 2000 and 2003 by supporters of Atlas F.C. to former Atlas goalkeeper, Oswaldo Sanchez, no primary sources exist that support this claim and is an urban legend.[58][59] 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.[60][58]


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.[61] 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".[62] 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,[56] which were first applied in Liga MX games in 2019.[55] In 2021, three Mexico international matches in the United States were halted because of fan behaviour, including the CONCACAF Nations League final, in which fans also threw things onto the pitch and Giovanni Reyna was hit in the face by a heavy object.[55][63] 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.[55]


United States

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.[64]

Since their first meeting in 1934, the two teams have met 73 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 36–22–15 (W–L–D), outscoring the U.S. 144–82. Mexico dominated in early years, with a 22-2-2 record through 1980. However, since that time the series has become much more competitive, largely due to the rapid growth of soccer in the United States. Since 2000, the series has favored the U.S. 17–9–6 (W–L–D), with Mexico outscored 32-40. Since 2011, however, the rivalry has been marked by Mexican success, with the Mexicans defeating the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final in 2011 and 2019, the CONCACAF Cup in 2015, winning on American soil for the first time since 1980. In 2021, however, Mexico lost to the United States in both the Nations League final and the Gold Cup final.

Hispanic nations

Due to the status as the largest and most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world, Mexico has rivalries with many of these Hispanic nations. Their most popular rivals in the Hispanosphere includes Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru and Spain.


Mexico has a fierce rivalry with Argentina, given these two nations are among the most renowned Hispanic nations in the world after Spain.[65][66][67][68] The rivalry is abnormal by the fact it is intercontinental, with Argentina part of CONMEBOL and Mexico part of CONCACAF. The Mexicans trailed behind with only 4 wins, losing 15 and drew 12.

Results and fixtures

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

  Win  Draw  Loss  Postponed/Canceled


v   Panama
2 February 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Mexico   1–0   Panama Mexico City, Mexico
Jiménez   80' (pen.)ReportStadium: Estadio Azteca
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)
v   Guatemala
27 April Friendly Mexico   0–0   Guatemala Orlando, United States
20:30 (UTC−4)Report
Stadium: Camping World Stadium
Referee: Reon Radix (Grenada)
v   Nigeria
28 May Friendly Mexico   2–1   Nigeria Arlington, United States
19:08 (UTC−5)
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Referee: José Torres (Puerto Rico)
v   Uruguay
2 June Friendly Mexico   0–3   Uruguay Glendale, United States
19:00 (UTC−7)Report
Stadium: State Farm Stadium
Attendance: 57,735
Referee: Juan Calderón (Costa Rica)
v   Ecuador
5 June Friendly Mexico   0–0   Ecuador Chicago, United States
18:30 (UTC−5)ReportStadium: Soldier Field
Referee: Oliver Vergara (Panama)
v   Suriname
11 June Nations League Mexico   3–0   Suriname Torreón, Mexico
21:00 (UTC−5)
ReportStadium: Estadio Corona
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)
v   Mexico
14 June Nations League Jamaica   1–1   Mexico Kingston, Jamaica
19:00 (UTC−5)
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Bryan López (Guatemala)
v   Peru
24 September Friendly Mexico   1–0   Peru Pasadena, United States
18:00 (UTC−7)
ReportStadium: Rose Bowl
Referee: Bryan López (Guatemala)
v   Colombia
27 September Friendly Mexico   2–3   Colombia Santa Clara, United States
19:00 (UTC−7)
Stadium: Levi's Stadium
Referee: Nima Saghafi (United States)
v   Iraq
9 November Friendly Mexico   4–0   Iraq Girona, Spain
21:00 UTC+1
Stadium: Estadi Montilivi
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Spain)
v   Sweden
16 November Friendly Mexico   1–2   Sweden Girona, Spain
19:30 UTC+1
Stadium: Estadi Montilivi
Referee: César Soto Grado ((Spain)
v   Poland
22 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Mexico   0–0   Poland Doha, Qatar
19:00 AST (UTC+03:00)ReportStadium: Stadium 974
Attendance: 39,369
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
v   Mexico
26 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Argentina   2–0   Mexico Lusail, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+03:00)
ReportStadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Attendance: 88,966
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
v   Mexico
30 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Saudi Arabia   1–2   Mexico Lusail, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+03:00)
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Attendance: 84,985
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)


v   Jamaica
26 March Nations League Mexico   v   Jamaica Mexico
Stadium: TBD

Coaching staff

    As of 30 November 2022
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

The following 26 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Caps and goals correct as of 30 November 2022, after the match against Saudi Arabia

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKAlfredo Talavera (1982-09-18) 18 September 1982 (age 40)400  Juárez
121GKRodolfo Cota (1987-07-03) 3 July 1987 (age 35)80  León
131GKGuillermo Ochoa (vice-captain) (1985-07-13) 13 July 1985 (age 37)1340  Salernitana

22DFNéstor Araujo (1991-08-29) 29 August 1991 (age 31)643  América
32DFCésar Montes (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 25)331  Espanyol
52DFJohan Vásquez (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 24)70  Cremonese
62DFGerardo Arteaga (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 24)171  Genk
152DFHéctor Moreno (3rd captain) (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 35)1315  Monterrey
192DFJorge Sánchez (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 25)281  Ajax
232DFJesús Gallardo (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 28)811  Monterrey
262DFKevin Álvarez (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 (age 24)100  Pachuca

43MFEdson Álvarez (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 (age 25)603  Ajax
73MFLuis Romo (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 27)271  Monterrey
83MFCarlos Rodríguez (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 26)380  Cruz Azul
143MFÉrick Gutiérrez (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 (age 27)351  PSV
163MFHéctor Herrera (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 32)10410  Houston Dynamo
173MFOrbelín Pineda (1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 (age 26)516  AEK Athens
183MFAndrés Guardado (captain) (1986-09-28) 28 September 1986 (age 36)17928  Betis
213MFUriel Antuna (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 25)399  Cruz Azul
243MFLuis Chávez (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 27)121  Pachuca
253MFRoberto Alvarado (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 24)324  Guadalajara

94FWRaúl Jiménez (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 31)9829  Wolverhampton Wanderers
104FWAlexis Vega (1997-11-25) 25 November 1997 (age 25)256  Guadalajara
114FWRogelio Funes Mori (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 31)176  Monterrey
204FWHenry Martín (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 30)297  América
224FWHirving Lozano (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 27)6316  Napoli

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKCarlos Acevedo (1996-04-19) 19 April 1996 (age 26)40  Santos Lagunav.   Paraguay, 31 August 2022
GKLuis Malagón (1997-03-02) 2 March 1997 (age 25)00  Américav.   Paraguay, 31 August 2022
GKDavid Ochoa (2001-01-16) 16 January 2001 (age 22)00  Atlético San Luisv.   Jamaica, 14 June 2022
GKJonathan Orozco (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 36)90  Tijuanav.   United States, 24 March 2022 INJ

DFJesús Alberto Angulo (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 24)120  UANLv.   Iraq, 9 November 2022
DFLuis Reyes (1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 (age 31)90  Atlasv.   Paraguay, 31 August 2022
DFIsrael Reyes (2000-05-23) 23 May 2000 (age 22)31  Américav.   Paraguay, 31 August 2022
DFEmilio Lara (2002-05-18) 18 May 2002 (age 20)10  AméricaV.   Paraguay, 31 August 2022
DFJulio César Domínguez (1987-11-08) 8 November 1987 (age 35)240  Cruz Azulv.   Jamaica, 14 June 2022
DFÉrick Aguirre (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 (age 25)130  Monterreyv.   Jamaica, 14 June 2022
DFJulián Araujo (2001-08-13) 13 August 2001 (age 21)30  LA Galaxyv.   Jamaica, 14 June 2022
DFLuis Olivas (2000-02-10) 10 February 2000 (age 22)20  Guadalajarav.   Guatemala, 27 April 2022
DFJonathan Gómez (2003-09-01) 1 September 2003 (age 19)10  Real Sociedad Bv.   Guatemala, 27 April 2022
DFArturo Ortiz (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 30)10  UNAMv.   Guatemala, 27 April 2022
DFOsvaldo Rodríguez (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 26)71  Leónv.   Costa Rica, 30 January 2022
DFLuis Rodríguez (1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 (age 32)382  Juárezv.   Jamaica, 27 January 2022

MFDiego Lainez (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 (age 22)213  Bragav.   Iraq, 9 November 2022
MFÉrick Sánchez (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 23)81  Pachucav.   Iraq, 9 November 2022
MFFernando Beltrán (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 (age 24)90  Guadalajarav.   Colombia, 27 September 2022
MFRodolfo Pizarro (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 (age 28)375  Inter Miamiv.   Paraguay, 31 August 2022
MFSebastián Córdova (1997-06-12) 12 June 1997 (age 25)143  UANLv.   Paraguay, 31 August 2022 INJ
MFMarcelo Flores (2003-10-01) 1 October 2003 (age 19)30  Oviedov.   Jamaica, 14 June 2022
MFÉrik Lira (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 22)30  Cruz Azulv.   Jamaica, 14 June 2022
MFAlejandro Zendejas (1998-02-07) 7 February 1998 (age 24)20  Américav.   Guatemala, 27 April 2022
MFJordan Carrillo (2001-11-30) 30 November 2001 (age 21)10  Sporting Gijónv.   Guatemala, 27 April 2022

FWJesús Manuel Corona (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 30)7110  Sevillav.   Iraq, 9 November 2022
FWSantiago Giménez (2001-04-18) 18 April 2001 (age 21)92  Feyenoordv.   Iraq, 9 November 2022
FWÁngel Zaldívar (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 28)60  Atlético San Luisv.   Paraguay, 31 August 2022
FWEduardo Aguirre (1998-08-03) 3 August 1998 (age 24)30  Santos Lagunav.   Paraguay, 31 August 2022

  • COV = The player is not part of the current squad due to has been tested positive for COVID-19
  • 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 30 November 2022
    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.[69]
1Andrés Guardado179282005–present[69]
2Claudio Suárez17771992–2006[70]
3Rafael Márquez147171997–2018[71]
4Pável Pardo146111996–2009[72]
5Gerardo Torrado14451999–2013[73]
6Guillermo Ochoa13402005–present[74]
7Héctor Moreno13152007–present[75]
8Jorge Campos12901991–2003[76]
9Carlos Salcido123102004–2014[77]
10Ramón Ramírez119151991–2000[78]

Top goalscorers

Javier Hernández is Mexico's all-time top scorer with 52 goals.
1Javier Hernández (list)521090.482009–2019
2Jared Borgetti (list)46890.521997–2008
3Cuauhtémoc Blanco381190.321995–2014
4Luis Hernández35850.411995–2002
5Carlos Hermosillo34900.381984–1997
6Enrique Borja31650.481966–1975
7Luís Roberto Alves30840.361988–2001
8Hugo Sánchez29580.51977–1998
Raúl Jiménez29980.32013–present
10Luis García28770.361991–1999
Andrés Guardado281790.162005–present

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup recordQualification record
  1930Group stage13th3003413SquadQualified as invitees
  1934Did not qualify4301147
  1950Group stage12th3003210Squad4400172
  1970Quarter-finals6th421164SquadQualified as hosts
  1974Did not qualify9621188
  1978Group stage16th3003212Squad9621236
  1982Did not qualify9252148
  1986Quarter-finals6th532062SquadQualified as hosts
  1994Round of 1613th412144Squad12912398
  2022Group stage22nd311123Squad14842178
      2026Qualified as co-hostsQualified as co-hosts


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
  2023To be determinedTo be determined
Total11 Titles24/26117802116258712013434214

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
  2019−20AB6411156 2ndSquad

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

Head-to-head record

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


Major competitions

Other competitions

FIFA World Ranking

A line chart depicting the history of the Mexico's year-end placements in the FIFA World Rankings.

Last update was on 25 August 2022.


  Best Ranking    Worst Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Mover  

  Mexico's FIFA World Ranking History
1120219  214  5
920209  211 
11201911  618  1
17201810  517  1
16201714  218  2
18201614  623  2
22201518  1440  17
20201416  221  3
21201314  424  3
15201214  522  3
2120119  1928  11
27201015  228  7
17200915  633  7
26200814  832  13
15200710  1626  6
2020064  220  14
520055  28  2
720044  210  2
720034  611  3
820026  19  1
920019  215  2
1220008  214  5
1019999  314  2
1019984  212  8
519975  612  2
1119968  415  2
1219957  616  6
15199413  419  3
16199314  1118  2

See also


  1. ^ Along with Germany, Brazil, Italy, Argentina, France, Spain, and Uruguay
  2. ^ 1978 World Cup.
  3. ^ 1985 Mexico City Cup & Azteca 2000 tournaments. 1986 World Cup.
  4. ^ 1991 & 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup, 1993 Copa América, 1994 World Cup.
  5. ^ 1995 King Fahd Cup & Copa América. 1995, 1996 & 1997 Nike U.S. Cup tournaments. 1996 Kirin Cup challenge. 1996 & 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cups. 1997 Copa América & FIFA Confederations Cup. 1998 World Cup.
  6. ^ 1999 Carlsberg Cup, Nike U.S. Cup, Copa América and FIFA Confederations Cup.
  7. ^ 2000 & 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 2000 Nike U.S. Cup, 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup & Copa América. 2002 FIFA World Cup.
  8. ^ 2003 & 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments. 2004 Copa América, 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup & FIFA U-17 World Cup. 2006 FIFA World Cup.
  9. ^ 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments. 2007, 2011, 2015 & 2016 Copa América/Copa América Centenario. 2013 & 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. 2010, 2014 & 2018 FIFA World Cups. 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 y 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup tournaments. 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup tournaments. 2012, 2015, 2016 & 2018 Toulon tournaments. 2016 Olympic Games.


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