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Mexico in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
France 1998 was Mexico's 11th appearance in the World Cup Finals.

Best World Cup Performance:
Mexico hosted the World Cup twice, and made it to the quarter-finals both times; in 1970 and 1986.

At US 94, they were almost at home, but only made it to the last 16.

Mexico in the 1998 World Cup

Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación
Group E

13th June: vs. South Korea (3:1) in Lyon.

20th June: vs. Belgium (2-2) in Bordeaux.

25th June: vs. Holland (2-2) in St. Etienne.

Hernandez and company left it late to qualify from this group and can thank South Korea for sending a life boat to the Bay of Mexico.

When the Koreans equalized in the 71st minute against Belgium, it was like a psychological goal for Mexico who then clawed back a two goal deficit to draw with Holland. For almost an hour they were not in the tournament, let alone the game.

Knockout Stage

2nd Round
29th June: vs. Germany (1:2) in Montpellier.

The game plan changed in the Second Round, and they actually took the lead. The aging Germans didn't retire and that was the end of the Blanco hop.

Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.

Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación.

Mexico World Cup Squad


1 Jorge Campos (Pumas)
12 Oswaldo Sanchez Ibarra (America, Mexico)
22 Oscar Perez (Cruz Azul)


2 Claudio Suarez (Guadalajara)
3 Joel Sanchez (Guadalajara)
5 Duilio Davino (America, Mexico)
8 Alberto Garcia Aspe (America, Mexico)
13 Pavel Pardo (Atlas)
16 Isaac Terrazas (America, Mexico)
18 Salvador Carmona (Toluca)


4 German Villa (America, Mexico)
6 Marcelino Bernal (Monterrey)
14 Raul Lara (America, Mexico)
19 Braulio Luna (Pumas)
20 Jaime Ordiales (Toluca)


7 Jesus Ramon Ramirez (Guadalajara)
9 Ricardo Pelaez Linares (America, Mexico)
10 Luis Garcia Postigo (Deportivo Atlante)
11 Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Necaxa)
15 Luis Hernandez Carreon (Necaxa)
17 Francisco Palencia (Cruz Azul)
21 Jesus Arellano (Guadalajara)

Manuel Lapuente.

Teams by Group

Group A
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Group B
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Group C
Travel to Denmark Denmark, Travel to France France, Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, Travel to South Africa South Africa.

Group D
Travel to Bulgaria Bulgaria, Travel to Nigeria Nigeria, Travel to Paraguay Paraguay, Travel to Spain Spain.

Group E
Travel to Belgium Belgium, Travel to Holland Holland, Travel to Mexico Mexico, Travel to South Korea South Korea.

Group F
Travel to Germany Germany, Travel to Iran Iran, Travel to USA United States, Travel to Serbia Yugoslavia.

Group G
Travel to Colombia Colombia, Travel to England England, Travel to Romania Romania, Travel to Tunisia Tunisia.

Group H
Travel to Argentina Argentina, Travel to Croatia Croatia, Travel to Jamaica Jamaica, Travel to Japan Japan.

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