How will Mexico fare at the 2022 World Cup? Join @SteTudor123 as he looks at the El Tricolor in his everything you need to know guide ahead of this winter's competition...

Mexico History at the World Cup

On July 13th, 1930, Mexico participated in the first ever World Cup game, losing to France. After making history that day, even in defeat, El Tri (The Tricolor) have gone on to forge a proud heritage in the tournament ever since.

Regular involvement throughout the Fifties and Sixties led to a hosting of the competition in 1970, whereupon Mexico went as far as the quarter-finals, a feat they repeated in 1986 when they again staged the greatest show on earth.

They are one of only six nations to qualify consistently since 1994, and only Brazil and Mexico have progressed from their groups on each occasion in the last seven World Cups.

In total, the tenth most populated country on the planet has played in 17 World Cups, an impressive number indeed.

If reaching the last eight twice-over was not enough, Mexico has also contributed some unforgettable moments, namely a series of spectacular goals.

If you haven’t YouTubed Manuel Negrete’s bicycle kick against Bulgaria in 1986 on repeat, then frankly you haven’t lived.  

They may have distant odds in the sports betting as regards to winning Qatar 2022 outright, but it can safely be presumed that Mexico will once again provide a special moment or two.

Mexico Nickname

‘El Tri’ is short for ‘El Tricolor’ that denotes the national flag that is made up of white, red and green. 

The red pays homage to the Spanish who helped fight for Mexican independence. The white represents unity, while the green is for hope. 

It is the latter we associate most with Mexico due to the colour of their shirts.

World Cup 2022 Group

Missing out on Pot 1 in the draw by a solitary ranking place, Mexico were resigned to facing one seriously good team in their group and this they must do in their second game, coming up against one of the tournament favourites in Argentina

Poland will offer up some stiff competition for a likely runner-up spot to La Albiceleste. Saudi Arabia are very much Group C’s minnows.

Mexico Fixtures:

Mexico Kit World Cup 2022

Adidas’ home jersey is a very welcome return to Mexico’s traditional green, with red trim a classy touch. An inlaid pattern celebrates an Aztec deity, Quetzalcoatl, the god of learning.

Their away shirt again pays tribute to their Aztec past, the burnt red swirls either stunning or garish depending on your personal taste.

Who Is The Mexico Manager?

With a long and varied C.V. that takes in an array of South American clubs, as well as Barcelona – for a single season – and the Argentine national side, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has been around the managerial block. 

An incessant tinkerer of formations, the 59-year-old may have enjoyed a very encouraging first couple of years in charge, but a string of poor results has seen his popularity plummet. 

Despite Mexico being voted in at 15th in our World Cup power rankings, this is a side experiencing a crisis of confidence at the worst possible time.

Best Mexico Player

Napoli winger Hirving Lozano offers pace, trickery and some much-needed unpredictability to what is, in truth, hardly a vintage Mexico side. 

Presently, Lozano’s adventures down the left have helped put Napoli top of Serie A and the most expensive Mexican player of all time – signing for £35m in 2019 – will go into the World Cup in fine form.

Mexico Odds at 2022 World Cup

There are worse World Cup bets out there than backing Mexico to get the better of Poland in their opening fixture. As stated, this is not an exceptional Mexican side but neither are the Poles in great shape right now. The 17/10 odds entice. 

As for what lies beyond the group stage, El Tri have exited at the last 16 juncture for seven tournaments running. It may well be eight and counting this winter. 

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Stephen Tudor is a freelance football writer and sports enthusiast who only knows slightly less about the beautiful game than you do.

A contributor to FourFourTwo and Forbes, he is a Manchester City fan who was taken to Maine Road as a child because his grandad predicted they would one day be good.