Three rounds before the finish of the qualifying tournament in the CONCACAF zone, the Mexico national football team ensured its place in the three of prize-winners ahead of schedule, as well as the permit to the final tournament of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Mexico national team was in Russia less than a year ago, and it was a kind of success. In June 2017, the Mexicans took part in the Confederations Cup where they took the fourth place.
The Mexicans are the best titled team in Central America. In the continent main tournament, CONCACAF CUP, the Mexican national football team won 10 times and scored victories in the last three Cups.
Mexico regularly participates in the FIFA World Cups. The Aztecs failed to get selected for the FIFA World Cup only four times, the Green-Whites missed another tournament because of FIFA disqualification. The performances of Mexico in the main football tournament can be characterized as stable, and the results of the national team are only improving. You be the judge: in the first three World Cups where the Mexicans participated the team failed to get even a point. In the World Cup 1958 in Sweden the Aztecs scored the first point when they played in a draw with the team of Wales. But this draw didn't help the Mexicans who took the last place in the group any way.
In the next tournament in Chile the Green-Whites won their first victory in the World Cups. By a score 3:1 the Czechoslovakia national team, which reached the World Cup final later, was prostrated. In 1970 and 1986 the Mexico national team left the group twice and got to the quarter-final. These years tournaments took place just in Mexico, so the Aztecs held their most successful championships on their native soil. In 1970 Mexico got into the group with the USSR, El Salvador and Belgium. In matches against these teams the Aztecs won twice and drew one time (with the USSR national team) that allowed them to break through for the first time in the history into the World Cup quarter-final. However, already in the quarter-final the Mexicans were beat by the Italians, the future finalists of the tournament.
16 years later a story repeated. Next home World Cup the Mexico national team of at the group stage won twice and drew one time. These results allowed the Mexicans to leave for the round of last 16 from the first place. In the round of last 16 the Mexico national team surely dealt with the Bulgaria team and again conceded in the quarter-final to the future finalists of the tournament. That time the Germany national team became the finalists.
Since the 1994 World Cup, the Mexico national team had steadily got into the round of last 16 but they have failed to get into the quarter-final. Let`s note a curious fact. The Mexico national team in the round of last 16 suffered defeats from the Argentina national team in two tournaments in a row in 2006 and 2010.
The Mexico national team is a frequent guest of the Confederations Cup. The forthcoming tournament will become the seventh one for the Mexicans. By the number of participations the Green-Whites caught up with the Brazil national team.
Let`s stop on the most successful performances of the Mexico national team. For the first time, Mexico took part in the Confederations Cup in 1995. The Green-Whites got into the same group with the hosts of the tournament Saudi Arabia and Denmark. The Mexicans surely beat the owners, but they drew with that time European Championship Winner. The group winner had to be defined in a series of after match penalties, and fortune favored Denmark. Thus, Mexico took the second place in the group and played the match for the third place. In the match for bronze Mexico (after a draw 1:1 in the normal time) in a penalty shootout overcame the Nigeria national team.
The 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup finished for Mexicans triumphally. Then Mexico was the host country. At the group stage the Aztecs received not very strong opponents: Egypt, Bolivia and Saudi Arabia. They scored seven points in those matches. In the semi-final the Mexicans within extra time won the neighbors, the USA national team, then in the final they should play with the powerful Brazilian national team. The final match of the Confederations Cup 1999, certainly, entered the collection of the most spectacular and successful matches in the history of the Mexico national team. On August 4, 1999 in the presence of 110 thousand spectators the Aztecs in the fantastic match won the Brazilian national team by a score of 4:3, and for the first time in the history they won the Confederations Cup.
Mexico is one of the most mysterious and underestimated national teams for the European fans. The frame of the national team consists of the strong football players acting in the domestic championship (strong enough). Among those players performing in Europe, Javier Hernandez, who played for Real Madrid and Manchester United and now playing in the German Bayer, is the most known one. Also, very famous players performing in the Portuguese Premier League: Hector Herrera, Raul Jimenez, Miguel Layun, Jesus Corona.