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Mexican soccer

Mexican soccer

The Mexican Soccer Organization started in the early 20th century by immigrants from England and Spanish Civil War exiles. Find out more about it.

The Mexican national soccer team has a history that dates back to the 20th century. As of 2011, the Mexican soccer team is ranked 27th according to 2011 FIFA World Ratings and 11th in the World Football Elo Ratings. The team represents Mexican soccer by combining all the best Mexican soccer players on the planet. Together, Mexico has qualified for fourteen consecutive cups since 1994, although they have never advanced passed quarterfinals.

The Mexican soccer team represents and holds titles for Mexico in many other competitions including the FIFA Confederations Cup, CONCACAF, the North American Nations Cup, NAFC Championships, and the Copa America.

The Mexican national team dresses in a tricolor system inspired by the Mexican flag of green, red and white. The Aztec Stadium, built in the 1960s, is the official home stadium of the Mexico national football team and the Mexican club team.

Mexican Soccer History

The Mexican Soccer Organization started in the early 20th century by immigrants from England and Spanish Civil War exiles. The first competition was held in 1923, and the newly formed Mexican soccer team did very well in a series of international friendly competitions. Managed by Rafael Garza Gutiérrez, the original Mexican soccer players were: Nacho de la Garza, Pedro Legorreta, Manuel Yáñez, Enrique Esquivel, Agustín Ojeda, Roberto Jardón, Carlos Garcés, Horacio Ortiz, Adeodato López, Mauro Guadarrama Alatorre, Cornelio Cuevas, and Alfredo García Besné.

On August 9, 1927 the Mexican Football Federation, the governing body of the sport in Mexico, was founded. In 1930 the Mexican National team participated in the FIFA World cup, but lost its first two matches against France and Chile. Juan Carreño, a Mexican football player, was responsible for their first goal in the competition, and the first penalty of the tournament was scored by Mexico's Manuel Rosas.

Mexico did not compete again in the FIFA World Cup until 1950, where the team made little impact. In 1970, Mexico hosted the event until it was eliminated by Italy in the quarterfinals. Mexico hosted the competition again in 1986, only to be eliminated again in the quarterfinals by West Germany.

The year 1990 proved to be controversial when the Mexican national team was disqualified from international competitions because underage Mexican soccer players were used in the qualifying round of the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. The punishment was extended to all national representatives of all Mexican sports for a full two years.

Legendary Mexican soccer player Hugo Sanchez and other players like Carlos Hermosillo, Ricardo Pelaez, Alberto Garcia Aspe, Adrian Chavez, Felix Fernandez, Luis Flores, Luís Roberto Alves dos Santos Gavranic, Miguel Herrera, Benjamin Galindo, Daniel Guzmán and Guillermo Huerta saw their hopes crushed by the “Cachirules” scandal, as it became known. However, some of these Mexican soccer players later got their chance to compete in the 1994 World Cup.

In the years following their disqualification, the Mexico football team started to achieve greater international success under coach César Luis Menotti. Mexico finished second in the Copa America and went on to win its competitive group in the 1994 World Cup, although Mexico was eliminated in the second round. Mexican soccer player Miguel Mejía Barón stood out in the competition, known for giving one of the best World Cup performances. Mexico has consistently played well in the Copa America since 1993. In 1995 Mexican footballer Luis García was declared the leading scorer of the competition and in 1997 the honor went to Luis Hernández.

Mexican star football player Cuauhtémoc Blanco helped Mexico win its first official FIFA World Championship tournament and the 1999 FIFA Confederation Cup in 1999. He was awarded the Golden shoe award, along with Ronaldinho, as maximum scorer of the competition.

In the 21st Century, Mexican soccer continues to improve and gain international reputation. Mexico's soccer team participated in the 2002 World cup, where it was eliminated in the second round by the US. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Mexico advanced to the second round only to lose to Argentina despite good performances by Mexican soccer players Rafael Márquez, Pável Pardo and Hernán Crespo. In 2007, Mexico's national team was eliminated from the CONCACAF championship in the final round and made it to quarterfinals in the Copa America of 2007.

In July 2009, the Mexican national team claimed their fifth Gold Cup and eighth CONCACAF championship. By 2010, Mexico defeated Italy, the reigning World Champion in a friendly game before the 2010 South African World Cup. There, Mexico passed the first round thanks to a goal differential only to be eliminated in the Round of 16 for the fifth consecutive World Cup in a row. The best goal of the match was given by Mexican soccer player Javier Hernandez, although it would be Mexico´s only match goal. Spain would go on to win the 2010 South African Cup.

In Mexico and Spain, as well as many other countries, soccer is not only a sport but a passion, part of their culture, national identity and pastime.