In this blog we will be taking a comprehensive look at the Mexico national football team and their chances at the FIFA World Cup. Are you a supporter of the Mexico football team? Check out betting tips and odds at LV BET Sportsbook and place your bets on your favourite team.
The Mexico national team has competed in the tournament since the inaugural 1930 World Cup and has entered ever since, for a total of 16 tournaments. However, they failed to qualify for the finals on three occasions – 1934 (Italy), 1974 (West Germany), and 1982 (Spain). In addition, it withdrew from the finals in 1938 (France) and was banned by FIFA from entering the 1990 World Cup in Italy after fielding overaged players during the 1988 Olympic Games qualifiers in a youth tournament.
In 2018, Mexico created one of the biggest upsets after defeating World champions Germany 1-0 in the World Cup opening game. Along with Brazil, Mexico holds the record for most consecutive knockout stage appearances.
Read on to learn more about:
- Mexico’s football team FIFA World Cup history
- Mexico’s road to Qatar
- Mexico squad
- LV BET betting tips on Mexico
Mexico at the FIFA World Cup
Mexico national football team participated in the first FIFA World Cup in 1930, a campaign that did not offer any success for the team as they lost all three games. The first win in a FIFA World Cup came against Czechoslovakia in 1962.
The first tournament in which Mexico managed to venture outside the group stage was in 1970 when they came up against Italy in the quarter-finals. Since the Mexico football team got banned from fielding an over-age squad in a youth tournament, they managed to get through to the knockout stage seven times (1998-2018).
One of the most memorable moments in the FIFA World Cup for Mexico in recent tournaments was beating Germany in the opening game of the groups. The win was more significant as Germany were the defending champions. Lozano was the leading man for Mexico in the qualifying round to the Russia FIFA World Cup, and he was again against Germany. Lozano latched on to a ball after a swift counterattack, caught the German defence napping, shifted the ball on his favoured right foot, and rifled into the bottom left corner.
You can relive all the emotions here.
Next November, Mexico national football team will come up against Argentina in the group stages, a team that managed to knock out Mexico twice in a row in the round of 16 – in 2006 and again in 2010.
Mexico successes and failures at the previous FIFA World Cup
Mexico football team will pride themselves in being one of the very few nations to have progressed out of the group stages a record amount of times, only Brazil can match them. Thus, that would be one of the biggest success stories for the team, especially when they came up against some great squads in the group stage.
In the campaign in 2018, when they were paired against Sweden, Germany and South Korea, not many people tipped Mexico to have the capabilities to reach the knockout stage. Opening the account with a win against the defending champions is always a great statement, and with that, they followed up with a win against South Korea to put them in an excellent position in the group. In the group’s final game, they fell short against Sweden, who won 3-0, securing the top spot in the group. Losing the top spot to Sweden meant that Mexico would play against South American rivals Brazil instead of Switzerland.
For the Mexican national team, the first few tournaments were one to forget, losing their first nine games in the competition, conceding 34 goals and scoring just eight goals. Mexico can safely say that the 1930, 1950, 1954 and 1958 FIFA World Cups were a disaster for them with plenty of room for improvement, which they eventually did improve as they have become one of the integral national teams of the competition.
Mexico’s road to the Qatar 2022 World Cup
Mexico took part in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, and in the final round of qualifying, they managed to leapfrog the USA and get second place level on points with Canada. They ended the qualifying round in some style, going unbeaten in the last five games, winning three and drawing the other two.
Mexico will play a game against Paraguay in September as a warm-up before the tournament.
Who will Mexico play against at the Qatar 2022 World Cup?
Mexico football team will be competing in Group C against Argentina, Poland and Saudi Arabia. A group with three contenders to make it out of the group stages, with Saudi Arabia the least likely to get through.
Argentina are the favourites to win the group as they aim to go to the very end of the tournament pushing their limits to get the FIFA World Cup win for Lionel Messi would be playing in his last World Cup. The first fixture will be against Poland, which will be crucial for the Mexico football team to win to set them up nicely to go through again.
The fixtures for the Mexico national football team are as follows:
- Mexico vs Poland 22 November 2022 17:00 Stadium 974
- Argentina vs Mexico 26 November 2022 20:00 Lusail Stadium
- Saudi Arabia vs Mexico 30 November 2022 20:00 Lusail Stadium
Mexico squad for the World Cup in Qatar
The Mexico national football team players will be led by Gerardo Martino who is well known for his preferred style of play. The Argentinian is well known for his high pressing and attacking style of football; when he managed Barcelona, Martino continued the club’s preferred style of play, tiki-taka, along with his tactics. All of Martino’s teams have the same distinguishable traits: they play attack-minded football, they are creative, and the style is based on quick passing. They also tend to play out from the back and has great faith in young players from the youth systems.
Some players that will feature in the FIFA World Cup for Mexico are Hirving Lozano, Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera, Raul Jimenez and many more. In between the sticks, Mexico will have one of the most recognisable goalkeepers who always seems to burst onto the scene when the World Cup is on. Guillermo Ochoa enjoyed one of the best saves in the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups when he was unbeatable with his athleticism and firm hands on the ball.
Where to see FIFA World Cup 2022 matches in Mexico?
All around Mexico, there will be places where you can enjoy a nice meal whilst watching the Mexico National team in action. Kick-off times will vary depending on the fixture, but all will be played in the late or early afternoon.
You will be able to watch all the action unfold in all FIFA World Cup license holders as well as bars and restaurants that own the rights to show the matches.
For more information, please visit the official FIFA website here.
Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 tickets — prices, sale dates and tournament stages.
For more information regarding ticket sales and accessibility tickets, please visit the official website here.
All tickets are sold in Qatari riyal (QAR) to both residents of Qatar and International fans.
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Betting tips and odds on Mexico National team
Mexico will be competing in Group C alongside with Argentina who are priced at 2/5 (1.40) to win the Group with Poland coming up at 9/2 (5.50) and following closely is Mexico who are at 5/1 (6.00). Saudi Arabia are given the least chance to win the group as they are valued at 20/1 (21.00)
Bets on Mexico National Football team at LV BET
Mexico will kick off the FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign against Poland. Both teams have a great chance of winning the game as Mexico is at 9/5 (2.80) and Poland are at 33/20 (2.65) to win the first game of the group.
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