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History Early years Football in Mexico was first organized in the early 20th century by European immigrant groups, notably miners from Cornwall , England , and in later years Spanish exiles fleeing the Spanish Civil War.
Mexico's first match was played against Guatemala , which Mexico won 3—2. On 12 December, the match ended in a 2—0 win for Mexico, and the final game of the series ended in a 3—3 draw.
On 19 June , Mexico faced Spain, drawing 3—3. During this series, the squad also played against the Uruguayan club Nacional de Montevideo , losing 1—3. The Summer Olympics was Mexico's first international tournament, where Mexico lost to Spain 1—7 in the round of Mexico's third match, against Argentina, featured the first penalty of the tournament, scored by Mexico's Manuel Rosas.
Before , Mexico struggled to make much of an impact in the World Cup. However, goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal has the distinction of being the first player ever to appear in five consecutive World Cups. In , Mexico hosted the World Cup and kicked off their campaign with a scoreless draw against the Soviet Union.
This was followed by a 4—0 win over El Salvador. Mexico advanced to the next round with a victory against Belgium. At the quarter-finals stage, Mexico was eliminated by Italy , losing 4—1.
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Mexico failed to qualify for the World Cup , but did make it into the finals. Mexico suffered an early exit after three defeats: 0—6 against West Germany , 1—3 against Tunisia , and 1—3 to Poland. Mexico failed to qualify for the World Cup. In , Mexico again hosted the World Cup.
With this performance, Mexico won the top spot in its group, and advanced to the next round where they defeated Bulgaria 2—0. In the quarter-finals stage, Mexico lost to West Germany 1—4 in a penalty shootout after the match finished 0—0.
The punishment was applied to all Mexico national representatives of all FIFA-sanctioned tournaments.
However, Mexico lost in the second round to Bulgaria on penalty kicks. Mexico won their opening fixture 3—1 against South Korea.
Mexico tied Belgium 2—2, and against the Netherlands earned another 2—2 draw, qualifying for the round of In that round, Mexico lost 2—1 to Germany. Mexico defeated the United States 1—0 in the semifinals, and World Cup runners-up Brazil 4—3 in the final.
Mexico started with a 1—0 win over Croatia.
In the second match, Mexico earned a 2—1 win over Ecuador. Mexico then achieved a 1—1 draw against Italy. In the round of 16, Mexico played rivals United States , losing 2—0.
Mexico won their opening match 3—1 against Iran. In their second match, Mexico played to a 0—0 draw against Angola. Mexico reached the round-of, despite losing to Portugal 2—1.
Mexico saw another round of 16 loss, this time to Argentina, 2—1. Beginning by beating Brazil 2—0, they then defeated Ecuador and tied with Chile to come first in Group B. In the quarter-finals, Mexico beat Paraguay 6—0, but lost in the semi-finals 3—0 to Argentina.
Mexico secured third place against Uruguay, winning 3—1. They drew 1—1 against South Africa, defeated France 2—0, and lost 1—0 to Uruguay, and advanced to the round of 16, where they were eliminated following a 1—3 defeat to Argentina.
During the tournament, however, five players tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol and were suspended from the competition.
For the third-straight year, the final would be contested between Mexico and the United States; Mexico won the match 4—2,  and qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, where they were eliminated at the group stage.
The two losses to Panama were the first two times Panama had ever defeated Mexico in a Gold Cup match. The team placed second in the group, and won the quarterfinal match against Costa Rica and semifinal against Panama , both under controversial circumstances. El Tri advanced as runners-up of the group, and lost 4—1 to Germany in the semi-finals.
It has a capacity of 87, seats after renovation works  making it the largest football-specific stadium in the Americas and the third largest stadium in the world for that sport. Friendly matches hosted by the Mexican national team often take place in stadiums across the United States as well as throughout Mexico, including the Azteca.
Team image Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mexico national football team kits. The Mexico national team traditionally utilizes a tricolor system, composed of green shirts, white shorts and red socks, which originate from the national flag of Mexico , known as the tricolor.
In , Adidas released a new all-black color scheme for Mexico's home kit. Green, white and red remain as accent colors.