The Mexico national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de México) represents Mexico in international football. It is fielded by the Mexican Football Federation (Spanish: Federación Mexicana de Fútbol), the governing body of football in Mexico, and competes as a member of CONCACAF, which encompasses the countries of North and Central America, and the Caribbean. Mexico's home stadium is the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, and the head coach is Juan Carlos Osorio.

Mexico has qualified to sixteen World Cups and has qualified consecutively since 1994, making it one of six countries to do so. The Mexico national team, along with Brazil and Germany, are the only nations to make it out of the group stage over the last six World Cups.[12]

Mexico played France in the very first match of the first World Cup on 13 July 1930. Mexico's best progression in World Cups has been reaching the quarter-finals in both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, both of which were staged on Mexican soil.

Mexico is historically the most successful national team in the CONCACAF region, having won ten confederation titles, including seven CONCACAF Gold Cups and three CONCACAF Championships (the precursor to the Gold Cup), as well as three NAFC Championships, one North American Nations Cup, and one CONCACAF Cup. Mexico is the only team from CONCACAF to have won an official FIFA competition, winning the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Although Mexico is under the jurisdiction of CONCACAF, the national team has been regularly invited to compete in the Copa América since 1993, finishing runner-up twice – in 1993 and 2001 – and obtaining the third-place medal on three occasions.

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.[13] A series of international friendlies were played against the national representation of Guatemala on 9, 12 and 16 December 1923. The match on 9 December was played in Parque España which Mexico won 2–1. 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.[14] The manager for this team was Rafael Garza Gutiérrez.[14]

It would be another four years before the national team would be represented in international friendlies. On 19 June 1927, Mexico faced Spain, drawing 3–3. During this series, the squad also played against the Uruguayan club Nacional de Montevideo, losing 1–3.[13]

Formation

In 1927, the official governing body of football in Mexico was founded. The 1928 Summer Olympics was Mexico's first international tournament, where Mexico lost to Spain 1–7 in the round of 16.

Mexico participated in the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay, grouped with Argentina, Chile, and France. Mexico's first match was a 4–1 loss to France, with Mexico's first World Cup goal by Juan Carreño.[15] In their second match, Mexico fell to Chile 3–0. Mexico's third match, against Argentina, featured the first penalty of the tournament, scored by Mexico's Manuel Rosas.[16]

Post-WWII

Mexico did not appear again in a FIFA World Cup tournament until the 1950 World Cup. Before 1970, Mexico struggled to make much of an impact in the World Cup. It was by far the strongest team in the North American Football Confederation and its successor, CONCACAF, but found it difficult to compete against European and South American teams. However, goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal has the distinction of being the first player ever to appear in five consecutive World Cups.[17]

In 1965, Mexico won the 1965 CONCACAF Championship to become continental champions for the first time.

In 1970, 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.

Mexico failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup, but did make it into the 1978 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 1982 World Cup.

In 1986, Mexico again hosted the World Cup. Coached by Bora Milutinović, Mexico was placed in Group B where they defeated Belgium 2–1, drew 1–1 with Paraguay, and defeated Iraq 1–0. 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.

1990s

Mexico was disqualified from the 1990 FIFA World Cup (and other international competition) after using players over the age limit in the qualifying round for the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship, known as the "Cachirules" scandal. The punishment was applied to all Mexico national representatives of all FIFA-sanctioned tournaments.

In the 1990s, after hiring coach César Luis Menotti, Mexican football began experiencing greater international success. In the 1993 Copa América they finished second, losing to Argentina 2–1 in the final.

At the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Mexico won its group on tiebreakers, emerging from a group composed of Italy, Ireland, and Norway. However, Mexico lost in the second round to Bulgaria on penalty kicks.

At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Mexico was placed in a group with the Netherlands, South Korea and Belgium. 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-16. In the next round, Mexico lost 2–1 to Germany.

In 1999, Mexico became the first host nation to win the FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico defeated the United States 1–0 in the semi-finals. Mexico won its first official FIFA tournament by beating Brazil 4–3 in the final.

Twenty-first century

2000s

Mexico was placed in 2002 FIFA World Cup – Group G alongside Italy, Croatia, and Ecuador. 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 second round Mexico played rivals United States, losing 2–0.

Mexico was one of eight seeded teams at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Mexico was in Group D with Iran, Angola and Portugal. 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-16, despite losing to Portugal 2–1. In the second round, Mexico lost to Argentina 2–1.

Mexico's coach Ricardo Lavolpe stepped down after the tournament, and was succeeded by Hugo Sánchez.

After losing the final match of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup 1–2 against the United States, Mexico successfully rebounded at the 2007 Copa América. 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.

In July 2009, Mexico won their fifth Gold Cup, and eighth CONCACAF Championship overall, after beating the United States 5–0 in the final.

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Mexico v. Argentina at the 2006 World Cup.

2010s

For the 2010 World Cup, Mexico was drawn into Group A along with the host South Africa, France and Uruguay. In the first match, they drew 1–1 against South Africa. The second match they defeated France 2–0. Their last group game Mexico were defeated by Uruguay 1–0, but still advanced to the round-of-16. In the second round, Mexico faced Argentina. As a result of their 1–3 defeat, Mexico was eliminated in the round-of-16 for the fifth straight World Cup.

The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup saw Mexico win the group with three wins and no losses. During the tournament, five Mexico players tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol and were suspended.[18] Mexico beat Guatemala in the quarter-finals 2–1, and beat Honduras 2–0. For the third-straight year, the final was against the United States. Mexico won the match 4–2, thus being crowned champions, and earning a spot in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, where they were eliminated at the group stage.

Mexico went 2–1 in the group stages of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing to Panama. Mexico then defeated Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 in the quarter-final match, before facing Panama again in the semi-final.[19] Mexico lost the semi-final match, 2–1. The two losses to Panama were the first two times Panama had ever defeated Mexico in a Gold Cup match.[20]

Mexico won only two of ten matches during the fourth round of 2014 World Cup qualifying, but qualified for an intercontinental play-off as the fourth-highest placed team in the CONCACAF region.[21] They defeated New Zealand 9–3 on aggregate to qualify for a sixth consecutive World Cup.[21] The team reached the round of 16 where they were defeated 2–1 by the Netherlands.[22]

The next tournament played was the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Mexico was drawn into Group C along with Triniad and Tobago, Cuba and Guatemala. The team placed second in the group, and won the quarterfinal match against Costa Rica and semifinal against Panama, controversially. Mexico won their tenth CONCACAF Championship by defeating surprise packages Jamaica 3–1.

On 10 October 2015, Mexico defeated the United States 3–2 in Pasadena, California to win the 2015 CONCACAF Cup, giving them a ticket to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. Since then, the team has gotten a good start to 2018 World Cup qualifying by winning the first three matches against El Salvador, Honduras, and Canada, respectively.

Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio was hired as Mexico's 16th manager in November 2015, replacing interim manager Ricardo Ferretti.[23]

Mexico entered the Copa América Centenario, hosted in the United States, on a 16-match unbeaten streak that began in June 2015.[24] El Tri placed first in Group C, winning 3–1 over Uruguay and 2–0 over Jamaica, and drawing 1–1 with Venezuela.[25] In the quarterfinal against Chile in Santa Clara, California, the team lost 7–0, ending the unbeaten streak at 22 after nearly a year.[26] After the match, manager Osorio apologized to Mexico's fans for what he described as an "embarrassment, an accident of soccer".[27]

At the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Mexico was drawn into Group A along with Portugal, New Zealand, and hosts Russia. El Tri advanced as runners-up of the group, and lost 4–1 to Germany in the semi-finals.[28] Mexico finished fourth in the tournament, losing 2–1 to Portugal.

Home stadium

The Estadio Azteca, (Aztec Stadium in English), also known in Spanish as "El Coloso de Santa Úrsula" is a stadium in Mexico City, Mexico built in the 1960s. It is the official home stadium of the Mexico national football team and the Mexican club team Club América. It has a capacity of 87,000 seats (after renovation works)[29] making it the largest association football-specific stadium in the Americas and the third largest stadium in the world for that sport. The stadium has held many important sporting events, including hosting the FIFA World Cup final in 1970 and again in 1986.

Friendly matches hosted by the Mexican national team often take place in stadiums across the United States as well as throughout Mexico, including Estadio Azteca.

Team image

Rivalries

Mexico and the United States are widely considered as the two major powers of CONCACAF. Matches between the two nations often attract much media attention, public interest and comment in both countries. Although the first match was played in 1934, their rivalry was not considered major until the 1980s, when the teams began to frequently compete in CONCACAF cups. On August 15, 2012, the United States defeated Mexico at Estadio Azteca in the first victory for the U.S. against Mexico on Mexican soil in 75 years.[30]

Ever since their first meeting in 1934, the two teams have met 65 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 33–18–14 (W–L–D), outscoring the U.S. 131–75. However, since the 1990s, the tide began to change due to a rapid growth of soccer in the United States. During this decade, Mexico continued to hold an edge over their arch-rivals but since the 2000s the series has favored the U.S. 13–6–5 (W–L–D).

Media coverage

All of Mexico's matches are shown live on over-the-air networks Televisa and TV Azteca in Mexico. In the United States all of Mexico's international friendlies and home World Cup qualifiers are shown on Spanish language network Univision while away World Cup qualifiers are shown on Telemundo.[31][32] On 30 January 2013, English language network ESPN and Univision announced an agreement to telecast the Mexico national team home World Cup qualifiers and international friendly matches in English in the United States.[33]

Supporters

Mexico's fans are infamously known for the chant "¡eeeh puto!," which is typically screamed when an opponent's goalkeeper is about to perform a goalkick. Due to the homophobic meaning of the word puto in Spanish (a vulgar term for a male prostitute), the chant received negative attention in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Amid an investigation conducted on the subject by FIFA authorities, Mexico's fans defended the chant by claiming that it was traditionally used in the Liga MX.[34] On 23 June 2014, FIFA dropped the case against Mexico, concluding that the chant "was not considered insulting in the specific context." Nonetheless, Football Against Racism in Europe, a leading anti-discrimination organization, criticized FIFA's ruling as "disappointing."[35]

Kit

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.[36] Until the mid-1950s, Mexico wore a predominantly maroon kit, with black or dark blue shorts.

In 2015, Adidas released a new all-black color scheme for Mexico's home kit. Green, white and red remain as accent colors.[12]

Coaching staff

PositionNameNotes
Manager
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Mexico vs France at the 2010 World Cup
Juan Carlos Osorio
Assistant Manager
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Azteca Stadium is the home to the Mexico national team
Luis Pompilio Páez
Assistant Manager Humberto Sierra
Goalkeeping Coach Néstor Marín
Fitness Coach Jorge Ríos

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Belgium on 10 November and Poland on 13 November 2017.[12]
Caps, squad numbers and goals updated as of 13 November 2017, after the game against Poland.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKGuillermo Ochoa(1985-07-13) 13 July 1985 910 Standard Liège
1GKJosé de Jesús Corona(1981-01-28) 28 January 1981 500 Cruz Azul
1GKRodolfo Cota(1987-07-03) 3 July 1987 10 Guadalajara

2DFHéctor Moreno(1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 893 Roma
2DFMiguel Layún(1988-06-25) 25 June 1988 595 Porto
2DFDiego Reyes(1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 521 Porto
2DFHugo Ayala(1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 380 UANL
2DFNéstor Araujo(1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 243 Santos Laguna
2DFCarlos Salcedo(1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 160 Eintracht Frankfurt
2DFCésar Montes(1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 50 Monterrey

3MFAndrés Guardado (Captain)(1986-09-28) 28 September 1986 14225 Betis
3MFJavier Aquino(1990-02-11) 11 February 1990 500 UANL
3MFJonathan dos Santos(1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 280 LA Galaxy
3MFJesús Gallardo(1994-08-14) 14 August 1994 180 UNAM
3MFJürgen Damm(1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 91 UANL
3MFOmar Govea(1996-01-18) 18 January 1996 10 Excel Mouscron
3MFUriel Antuna(1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 00 Groningen

4FWCarlos Vela(1989-03-01) 1 March 1989 6418 Real Sociedad
4FWOribe Peralta(1984-01-12) 12 January 1984 6225 América
4FWRaúl Jiménez(1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 6013 Benfica
4FWHirving Lozano(1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 257 PSV

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Mexico squad within last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKMoisés Muñoz(1980-02-01) 1 February 1980 190 Puebla2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GKMiguel Fraga(1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 00 Atlas2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GKAlfredo Talavera(1982-09-18) 18 September 1982 270 Toluca2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
GKJonathan Orozco(1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 60 Santos Laguna2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
GKHugo González(1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 00 Monterreyv.  Iceland, 8 February 2017

DFEdson Álvarez(1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 91 Américav.  Poland, 13 November 2017 INJ
DFOswaldo Alanís(1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 202 Guadalajarav.  Honduras, 10 October 2017
DFJair Pereira(1986-07-07) 7 July 1986 80 Guadalajarav.  Costa Rica, 5 September 2017
DFRaúl López(1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 70 Pachucav.  Costa Rica, 5 September 2017
DFLuis Reyes(1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 90 Atlas2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFHedgardo Marín(1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 61 Guadalajara2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFLuis Rodríguez(1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 50 UANL2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFAlejandro Mayorga(1997-05-29) 29 May 1997 00 Guadalajara2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFRafael Márquez(1979-02-13) 13 February 1979 14318 Atlas2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
DFJorge Torres Nilo(1988-01-16) 16 January 1988 491 UANL2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DFRodrigo Salinas(1988-05-09) 9 May 1988 00 Toluca2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DFCarlos Vargas(1999-02-14) 14 February 1999 00 América2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

MFGiovani dos Santos(1989-05-11) 11 May 1989 10118 LA Galaxyv.  Poland, 13 November 2017 INJ
MFHéctor Herrera(1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 635 Portov.  Poland, 13 November 2017 INJ
MFElías Hernández(1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 224 Leónv.  Honduras, 10 October 2017
MFÉrick Gutiérrez(1995-06-17) 17 June 1995 90 Pachucav.  Honduras, 10 October 2017
MFOrbelín Pineda(1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 141 Guadalajarav.  Costa Rica, 5 September 2017
MFJesús Dueñas(1989-03-16) 16 March 1989 231 UANLv.  Panama, 1 September 2017
MFJesús Molina(1988-03-29) 29 March 1988 280 Monterrey2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFRodolfo Pizarro(1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 123 Guadalajara2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFÁngel Sepúlveda(1991-02-05) 5 February 1991 82 Morelia2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFJorge Hernández(1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 80 Pachuca2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFMarco Fabián(1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 388 Eintracht Frankfurt2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
MFJesús Isijara(1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 00 Necaxa2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFEduardo López(1994-09-17) 17 September 1994 00 Guadalajara2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFJavier Salas(1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 00 Atlas2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFGael Sandoval(1995-11-05) 5 November 1995 00 Santos Laguna2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFLuis Montes(1986-05-15) 15 May 1986 193 Leónv.  Trinidad and Tobago, 28 March 2017

FWJavier Hernández(1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 10049 West Ham Unitedv.  Poland, 13 November 2017 INJ
FWJesús Manuel Corona(1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 327 Portov.  Belgium, 10 November 2017 WD
FWErick Torres(1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 71 Houston Dynamo2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FWMartín Barragán(1991-07-14) 14 July 1991 40 Necaxa2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FWAlan Pulido(1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 95 Guadalajara2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup INJ
FWÁngel Zaldívar(1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 10 Guadalajara2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
SUS Player is serving a suspension.
WD Player withdrew for personal reasons.

Previous squads

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2016

2017

2018

Player records

Most appearances

Players in bold text are still active with Mexico. As of 13 November 2017.[12]

#PlayerPeriodCaps
1Claudio Suárez1992–2006177
2Pável Pardo1996–2009146
Gerardo Torrado1999–2013
4Rafael Márquez1997–0000143
5Andrés Guardado2005–0000142
6Jorge Campos1991–2004130
7Carlos Salcido2004–2014124
8Ramón Ramírez1991–2000121
9Cuauhtémoc Blanco1995–2014120
10Alberto García-Aspe1988–2002109

Top goalscorers

Players in bold text are still active with Mexico. As of 13 November 2017.[12]

RankPlayerPeriodCapsGoalsAverage
1Javier Hernández2009–0000100490.50
2Jared Borgetti1997–200889460.52
3Cuauhtémoc Blanco1995–2014120390.33
4Carlos Hermosillo1984–199790350.39
Luis Hernández1995–200285350.41
6Enrique Borja1966–197565310.48
7Luis Roberto Alves1988–200184300.36
8Luis Flores1983–199362290.47
Luis García1991–199978290.37
Hugo Sánchez1977–199858290.50

Competitive record

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup recordFIFA World Cup qualification record
YearRoundPositionMPWD*LGFGAMPWDLGFGA
1930Group stage13th3003413 – – – – – –
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Claudio Suárez is the most capped player in the history of Mexico with 177 caps.
1934
Did not qualify4301147
1938Withdrew
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Javier Hernández is Mexico's top scorer.
1950
Group stage12th30032104400172
195413th2002284400191
195816th3012186510213
196211th3102348431185
196612th3021138620204
1970Quarter-finals6th421164Qualified as hosts
1974Did not qualify9621188
1978Group stage16th30032129621236
1982Did not qualify9252148
1986Quarter-finals6th532062Qualified as hosts
1990Banned
1994Round of 1613th41214412912388
199813th412187168623713
200211th421144169343311
200615th4112551815126910
201014th4112451811253618
201410th4211531810533114
2018Qualified7520102
2022To be determined
TotalQuarter-finals16/215314142557921651073424421119

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionMPWD *LGFGASquad
1992Did not qualify
1995Semifinals3rd312042Squad
1997Group stage5th310286Squad
1999Finals1st5410136Squad
2001Group stage8th300318Squad
2003Did not qualify
2005Semifinals4th522176Squad
2009Did not qualify
2013Group stage6th310235Squad
2017Semifinals4th5212810Squad
Total1 title7/1027116104443-

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
YearRoundPositionMPWD*LGFGA
1963Group stage7th311192
1965Champions1st5410132
1967Runners-up2nd5401101
1969Fourth place4th512245
1971Champions1st541061
1973Third place3rd5221105
1977Champions1st5500205
1981Third place3rd513163
1985Hosted 1986 World Cup
1989Banned
1991Third place3rd5311105
1993Champions1st5410282
19961st440090
19981st440082
2000Quarter-Final7th311163
20025th321041
2003Champions1st541090
2005Quarter-Final6th420274
2007Runners-up2nd640275
2009Champions1st6510152
20111st6600224
2013Semi-final3rd530285
2015Champions1st6420166
2017Semi-final3rd531162
Total10 titles22/2410571191523365

Copa América

CONMEBOL Copa América record
YearRoundPositionMPWD*LGFGA
1993Final2nd622287
1995Quarter-final7th412154
1997Semifinal3rd622289
1999Semifinal3rd6312109
2001Final2nd631275
2004Quarter-final6th421157
2007Semifinal3rd6411135
2011Group stage12th300314
201511th302145
2016Quarter-final7th421169
TotalRunners-up10/10481913166764

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
YearRoundPositionMPWDLGFGA
1928Round 114th2002210
1936Did not enter
1948Round 111th100135
1952Did not qualify
1956
1960
1964Group stage11th301226
1968Fourth place4th5302107
1972Round 27th6213414
1976Group stage9th302147
1980Did not qualify
1984
1988Banned
1992Group stage10th303033
1996Quarter-finals7th412123
2000Did not qualify
2004Group stage10th311133
2008Did not qualify
2012Champions1st6510124
2016Group Stage9th311174
Total1 gold medal11/25391312145266

Honours

Friendly Cups

See also