Surprisingly, Mexico soccer history is not as rich as many other Central and South American Countries.
was one of the first Nations to be part of FIFA, having the first
Mexican National Squad formed under Federacion Mexicana de Futbol
Asociacion (FMFA) in 1929.
Mexico took part in the very first
FIFA World Cup, being one of the 13 Countries to participate in the
1930 FIFA World Cup, held in Uruguay.
Mexico finished the tournament in the last place with all defeats.
Next 40 years (1930-1970) of Mexican soccer went by with no real success in making soccer as popular as it is today in Mexico.
During this period of Mexican Soccer History, professional leagues suffered from corruption, match fixing and very poor conditions for players to train in.
This led to poor National Team performance and overall soccer success.
During the first 5 World Cups, Mexico was not even considered a tough opponent, losing all of their games and recording only one win against Czechoslovakia, in 1962.
This period of Mexican soccer history is considered to be "the dark ages of soccer".
1970 World Cup changed the scope of how soccer was viewed in Mexico, while the popularity of soccer in the streets of Mexico grew exponentially.
Mexico was the host for 1970 World Cup, making
this one of the more important stages in the history of Mexican soccer
This World Cup marked the first tournament where Mexico showed
competitiveness and was considered a tough opponent in the tournament.
Mexico managed to reach the quarter finals of the 1970 World Cup, showing skills and competitiveness throughout the tournament.
This marked great success for Mexico, and even though they were eliminated in the quarter finals, the popularity of soccer grew with every Mexican kid wanting to play this sport after the World Cup tournament was finished.
World Cup was a major positive influence for the history of Soccer in
Mexico and the years to come, showing much promise and rise of
popularity among the Mexican people.
Being a successful host of the 1970 World Cup, Mexico was awarded the honor of hosting the 1986 World Cup.
This World Cup is perhaps one of the most fun to watch World Cup Tournaments to date.
By this World Cup, Mexico soccer popularity had grown drastically and soccer was already considered the number one sport in Mexico.
Having a great National Squad for the 1986 World Cup, Mexico was considered by many to be one of the favorites to actually win this years tournament.
That dream never realized as Mexico was eliminated once more in the Quarter Finals by West Germany.
Despite not having great success in the World Cup, Mexico is still producing world class players and is considered a tough opponent in tournaments.
of the great soccer players that came from Mexico include: Javier
Hernandez (Chicharito), Rafael Marquez, Hugo Sanches, Jared Borgetti,
Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Luis Hernandez, Giovani dos Santos, Jorge Campos,
Carlos Vela, Luis de la Fuente and many more to name here.
For more detailed information on Mexican Soccer History visit Complete History of Mexican Soccer.