Mexico's Journey at the FIFA World Cup

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Mexico has a rich history at the FIFA World Cup, the pinnacle of international football. Since its inception in 1930, the World Cup has captivated fans worldwide every four years. Let's delve into Mexico's journey...

Mexico national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Mexico has a rich history at the FIFA World Cup, the pinnacle of international football. Since its inception in 1930, the World Cup has captivated fans worldwide every four years. Let's delve into Mexico's journey at this prestigious tournament and explore some fascinating insights.

A Look at Mexico's World Cup History

Mexico has participated in the World Cup since its inaugural edition in 1930. Over the years, they have competed in a total of 16 tournaments. However, they missed the opportunity to qualify for the finals on three occasions: 1934, 1974, and 1982. In addition, Mexico withdrew from the 1938 finals and was banned from the 1990 World Cup due to fielding over-aged players in the 1988 Olympic Games qualifiers, which was a youth tournament.

The World Cup consists of two phases: the qualification and the final phase, officially known as the "World Cup Finals." The qualification phase, held in the three years leading up to the Finals, determines which teams earn a spot in the tournament. The current format features 32 teams battling for the illustrious title over a month-long period, hosted by one or more nations. It comes as no surprise that the World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event globally, with an estimated 715.1 million people tuning in to watch the 2006 final.

Overall Record

FIFA World Cup Record

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Group stage 13th 3 0 0 3 4 13
1934 Did not qualify
1938 Withdrew
1950 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 2 10
1954 14th 2 0 0 2 2 8
1958 16th 3 0 1 2 1 8
1962 11th 3 1 0 2 3 4
1966 12th 3 0 2 1 1 3
1970 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 6 4
1974 Did not qualify
1978 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 12
1982 Did not qualify
1986 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 2 0 6 2
1990 Banned
1994 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 4 4
1998 13th 4 1 2 1 8 7
2002 11th 4 2 1 1 4 4
2006 15th 4 1 1 2 5 5
2010 14th 4 1 1 2 4 5
2014 10th 4 2 1 1 5 3
2018 12th 4 2 0 2 3 6
2022 Group stage 22nd 3 1 1 1 2 3
2026 Qualified as co-hosts
2030 To be determined

Mexico's World Cup Record Highlights:

  • First Match: Mexico 1-4 France (13 July 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
  • Biggest Win: Mexico 4-0 El Salvador (7 June 1970; Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Biggest Defeat: West Germany 6-0 Mexico (6 June 1978; Cordoba, Argentina)
  • Best Result: Quarter-finals in 1970 and 1986
  • Worst Result: Group stage in 1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1978, and 2022

Record Players

Rafael Márquez is Mexico's record World Cup player and one of only three players with appearances in five tournaments. Rafael Márquez is Mexico's record World Cup player and one of only three players with appearances in five tournaments.

Mexico has produced exceptional talents throughout its World Cup journey. Let's take a look at some of the record players who have left an indelible mark on the tournament:

  • Rafael Márquez: 19 matches (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018)
  • Andrés Guardado: 13 matches (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, and 2022)
  • Javier Hernández: 12 matches (2010, 2014, and 2018)
  • Héctor Moreno: 12 matches (2010, 2014, 2018, and 2022)
  • Antonio Carbajal: 11 matches (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, and 1966)
  • Cuauhtémoc Blanco: 11 matches (1998, 2002, and 2010)
  • Gerardo Torrado: 11 matches (2002, 2006, and 2010)
  • Guillermo Ochoa: 11 matches (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, and 2022)
  • Carlos Salcido: 10 matches (2006, 2010, and 2014)
  • Héctor Herrera: 10 matches (2014, 2018, and 2022)
  • Chava Reyes: 9 matches (1958, 1962, and 1966)
  • Giovani dos Santos: 9 matches (2010, 2014, and 2018)

Top Goalscorers

Mexico's World Cup journey has witnessed some remarkable goalscoring feats. Let's recognize their top goalscorers:

  • Luis Hernández: 4 goals (1998)
  • Javier Hernández: 4 goals (2010, 2014, and 2018)
  • Cuauhtémoc Blanco: 3 goals (1998, 2002, and 2010)
  • Rafael Márquez: 3 goals (2006, 2010, and 2014)

Conclusion

Mexico has left an indomitable mark on the FIFA World Cup. Their journey has been filled with triumphs, disappointments, and memorable moments that have captivated football enthusiasts around the globe. As the team prepares for future tournaments, fans eagerly await the opportunity to witness Mexico's continued excellence on the world's greatest stage.

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