The national soccer team has brought a great deal of joy to the people of Mexico over the years. It is the most successful side in CONCACAF Gold Cup history and it has frequently dazzled at the World Cup. Legends such as Javier Henrnandez, Claudio Sanchez and Rafael Marquez have all played their part in this success, and it always boasts technically brilliant players. British workers introduced soccer to Mexico in the late 1800s. It grew in popularity and a national team came together for the first time in 1923. Mexico took on Guatemala in a friendly and won 3-2. It would be four years before the team regrouped, and again it acquitted itself well in a 3-3 draw with Spain.

First international tournament

Mexico governing body of futbol was founded in 1927. The following year Mexico took place in its first international tournament: the 1928 Summer Olympics. It also participated in the inaugural World Cup in Uruguay in 1930. The eyes of the world were trained on Mexico in 1970, when it hosted the World Cup for the first time. It went all the way to the quarter-finals, but lost to the mighty Italy. Mexico hosted the World Cup again in 1986, and once more it reached the quarter-finals. It was unlucky to lose in a penalty shootout to eventual runner-up West Germany. Mexico was the only country to host two World Cups until Brazil followed in its footsteps in 2014.

The pride of Mexico

The Mexico national team is known as El Tri. It originates from the three colors of the Mexican flag: white, red and green. Over the years, the vast majority of kits have featured all three colors, although green is the most prominent. It plays its home games at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Nowadays the capacity is 87,523, although a record crowd of 119,853 once packed in to see El Tri face Brazil in 1968. Mexico shares the stadium with Liga MX team América.

A history of success

The atmosphere is positively spine tingling on match days. Mexico soccer fans love to bet on El Tri, and we offer match predictions and betting tips on its games. Its greatest successes have come in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which it won for a record-breaking eighth time in 2019. Yet El Tri also fares well in Copa America and at the World Cup, while there is a busy calendar of friendlies too, so there is always plenty to watch and bet on over the course of the year.