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National Soccer Team of Mexico

Mexico is not one of the most successful at soccer world championships, but is now one of the most consistent nations. Since 1994, the country has reached the round of 16 at every World Cup - but it has also been eliminated there. As annoying as this series may be for Mexican football fans, it is at least a significant improvement on the previous decades. Because until 1994 Mexico had only made it past the preliminary round at the home world championships in 1970 and 1986. With a total of fifteen World Cup participations, the country with its loud fans is one of the regular guests at the World Cup finals. Only the football giants from Brazil (20 participations), Germany, Italy (18 each) and Argentina (16) managed to qualify for the finals of a world championship more often than "El Tri". At the continental level, Mexico also takes part in the North and Central American Gold Cup and regularly as a guest at the Copa America.

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The jersey of Mexico

Mexico is famous for its appearance in the national colors green, white and red. A green jersey is traditionally combined with white shorts and red socks. Most recently, however, Adidas surprised in 2016 with a black jersey on which the colors green, white and red were only marginally represented. However, the new Mexico Jersey 2018 is again tried and tested in green, the away shirt is white with a distinctive chest ring in the national colors green, white, red. A real eye-catcher for the fans!

The home shirt for the 2018 World Cup

The away jersey for the 2018 World Cup

Who will Mexico play against at the 2018 World Cup in Russia?

Mexico had the dubious pleasure of being drawn into Group F at the 2018 World Cup. There you will meet the reigning world champion from Germany, the national team from Sweden and the team from South Korea. Mexico is considered to be the hot candidate in the group in second place behind the big favorites from Germany. But the Swedes and South Koreans should certainly not underestimate the men of coach Osorio.

Mexico in the 2018 World Cup qualification

The World Cup qualification in North and Central America will take place in a total of five rounds. However, due to their good placement in the FIFA world rankings, Mexico was seeded for the fourth round. There the country meets in Group A against Honduras Trinidad and Tobago, the USA, Costa Rica and Panama. The first two of the group qualify for the fifth round. There, the two direct World Cup places and participation in the intercontinental playoffs will be played out among the best six teams. After four matchdays so far, Mexico is in first place in the group with 10 points ahead of Costa Rica with 7 points. On June 8th and 11th, the qualifying group will play two game days in quick succession. Should Mexico remain victorious in the duels against Honduras and the USA, as expected, the qualification for the World Cup in Russia is as good as dry.


Mexico's 2018 World Cup squad

Mexico Coach Osorio has one on May 14th 28 players strong World Cup squad announced. This squad was reduced to 23 players for the tournament in Russia on June 4th. The following dropped out of the squad: Araujo (Santos Laguna), Oswaldo Alanis (Getafe FC), Jesus Molina (Monterrey CF), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca CF) and Jürgen Damm (Tigres UANL). There were no big surprises in Osorio's choice of players, the biggest stars are of course there. Above all, of course, Mexico's record scorer Javier "Chicharito" Hernandezwho is already in the Bundesligaa at Bayer Leverkusen has played. The duo of is also known from the Bundesliga Eintracht Frankfurt, Carlos Salcedo and Marco Fabian.

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- Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) June 4, 2018

Mexico's final World Cup squad

Tor: Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liège)
Defense: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad San Sebastian), Miguel Layun (Sevilla FC), Diego Reyes (Porto FC), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas UNAM), Hugo Ayala (Tigres UANL), Edson Alvarez (America)
Midfield: Hector Herrera (FC Porto), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Andres Guardado (Betis Sevilla), Giovani dos Santos (Los Angeles Galaxy), Jonathan dos Santos (Los Angeles Galaxy), Rafael Marquez (Atlas Guadalajara)
Attack: Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Galaxy), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven), Jesus Corona (FC Porto), Javier Aquino (Tigres UANL), Oribe Peralta (CF America), Raul Jimenez (Benfica Lisbon), Javier Hernandez (West Ham United)

Mexico at the 2017 Confed Cup

As the reigning Gold Cup winner in 2017, Mexico will also take part in the Confederation Cup 2017 in Russia. The team of coach Osorio was drawn in group A with European champions Portugal, hosts Russia and Oceania champions New Zealand. As expected, the team around Chicharito managed to move up to second place in the table behind the favorites from Portugal and thus make it to the semi-finals of the tournament.

In the semifinals you played against Germany after finishing second in Group A. Here Mexico was then shown the limits by Germany's young team. In a lively game you lost clearly, but also deserved 4: 1 in height.

History of the Mexican national football team

The beginnings of the team

Mexican football in its early years was influenced by two currents. At first it was English workers who brought the game to the Central American state in the first place. Later, Spanish immigrants in particular took the lead in spreading the new sport across the country. Mexico's first international match took place on January 1, 1923 against Guatemala and was lost 3-2. However, there was still no question of a real national team. In truth, it was the club team of Club America, which appeared in the national jerseys. For a long time, the players of this club were to continue to form the backbone of the national team, but players from other teams were gradually integrated. Mexico then played its first competitive games as part of the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam and the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay. However, all five games were lost.

Balance and participation in world championships

After the rather unsuccessful debut at the opening World Cup in Uruguay, Mexico, like many teams on the American continent, initially took a voluntary break at the World Championships in 1934 and 1938. From 1950 you could then qualify for almost all finals. Only in 1974 and 1982 was the Mexican jersey not used on the field. The lack of the country at the 1990 World Cup was also somewhat inglorious. Because the dates of birth of some players were manipulated in order to qualify for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, the Mexican Federation was excluded from all international competitions from 1988 to 1990. As a result, the team was unable to qualify for the World Cup. Since 1994 you have been a regular again and have been able to qualify for each of the last six tournaments.

Successes of the Mexican national team

The Mexican team has won the North and Central American Championships ten times. However, the really big football nations didn't have to be defeated. On the other hand, the two quarter-finals at the World Championships in 1970 and 1986 were of greater sporting value. For example, at the first home world championship, they could survive the entire preliminary round without conceding a goal and leave the highly rated Belgians behind. In the quarter-finals, however, they had no chance against Italy. Mexico's image as a footballing nation benefited not only from the performances of the players in jerseys on the field, but also from the noticeable enthusiasm of the masses, which created a real World Cup atmosphere. When Colombia decided not to host the World Cup in 1986, Mexico was a welcome replacement.

This was also a stroke of luck for Mexico. After all, you were automatically qualified and not threatened again - as in 1982 - to fail in the qualification. In addition, they knew that the Mexican players could surpass themselves in front of their home crowd. In fact, they even prevailed as group winners in Group B. The Mexican fans, however, were anything but satisfied at first. After an arduous 1-0 win against the newcomer Iraq, they mercilessly whistled their team. The mood improved significantly when the Mexican team easily beat Bulgaria in the round of 16. Maybe the Mexican trip would have gone a little further if they hadn't met Germany in the quarter-finals. Although Mexico stood up to the eventual finalists brilliantly, they then had to admit defeat on penalties.

The round of 16 series, which has been going on since 1994, is a success in itself. After all, only two other teams survived the preliminary round at each tournament during this period: Germany and Brazil. The greatest international triumph in a Mexican national jersey took place at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Due to the age restriction, the full senior national teams could not play there. In particular, the final opponent Brazil sent some sonorous names into the race with Neymar, Oscar, Hulk, Marcelo and Thiago Silva. Nevertheless, Mexico retained the upper hand and secured the gold medal with a 2-1 victory.