With a fourth place finish on home soil in 1968, Mexico’s best effort in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament up until London 2012, El Tri have not had the best success at this stage, beginning with their winless campaign in their 1928 debut in Amsterdam. However, their gold medal performance at the 2012 Summer Games put them back on the map after an impressive 2-1 win over Brazil in the final at Wembley Stadium. Inspired by Giovani Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta’s fine form, El Tri scored 12 goals at London 2012 while only giving up five en route to their gold medal.
The Road to Rio
Mexico finished atop Group B of the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in October, beginning with a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Costa Rica. A significantly slimmer 1-0 win against Haiti, before edging fellow finalists Honduras 2-1 set-up a semi-final showdown with Canada. El Tri took down The Canucks 2-0 to book their ticket to Rio 2016, with Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres and Hirving Lozano scoring for Mexico. Raul Gutierrez’s side saw off Honduras once again in the final in Salt Lake City with a 2-0 win seeing them take CONCACAF's top spot, sending El Tri to the Olympics full of confidence in hopes of retaining their gold medal.
Hector Pulido (1968), Leonardo Cuellar (1972), Hugo Sanchez (1976), Oswaldo Sanchez (1996), Luis Garcia (1996), Omar Bravo and Guillermo Ochoa (2004), Giovani Dos Santos, Marco Fabian and Hector Herrera (2012)
4 – Oribe Peralta, one of the three over-aged players on Mexico’s London 2012 squad, scored four goals during El Tri’s gold medal-wining campaign, good enough for the bronze boot at the tournament.