By winning against world champions Brazil at the weekend, Mexico claimed column inches in newspapers across the planet. However, they could achieve a more remarkable result yet with victory against European champions Greece in their next outing at the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005.

Unprecedented success
Win or draw against Greece in their final Group B game on Wednesday and Mexico will reach a famous milestone in their country's footballing history – 20 games unbeaten for the national team.

Mexico coach Ricardo Lavolpe attributes this success to the playing style his team have developed over recent years. "We have been able to put this run together because we are now able to play our own game against whichever team we come up against."

More than that, the coach insists, Mexico can prepare themselves for any opponent without losing sight of their own strengths. "It doesn't matter to us if we are playing the Dominican Republic or the world champions," he said. "Because we don't see our rivals as being superior, and because, even against the biggest teams, we stick to our own style of play, it makes us more confident."

Indeed, the Mexican national side have never known form like this. Nineteen matches without defeat is a record in itself – before Lavolpe took charge of the Tricolor, the best they could manage was eleven games between July and December 1993 when Miguel Mejia Baron was coach.

Now Mexico are within a month of lasting a whole year unbeaten. Their most recent loss was against Brazil on 18 July 2004 – the same opponent they overcame on Sunday. Certainly, there was no comparison between the 1-0 victory in Hanover and last summer's 4-0 reverse at the hands of the Brazilians . Even Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira noted the vastly improved Mexican performance. "We played against a team that knew how to handle themselves. Their last defeat was against us a year ago and a number of their players will be appearing at their third World Cup next year."

Perfect record
Another good showing against Greece and 20 will be Mexico's new lucky number. Yet the match could be notable for another reason: in all their years of participation, El Tri have never taken a 100 per cent record from the group stage of any FIFA tournament.

On four occasions, they have come close to claiming three wins from three games, but have always fallen short. The first near miss was at the 1970 FIFA World Cup™ on home soil. Although they defeated Belgium and El Salvador, Mexico could only draw against the USSR in their opening encounter.

Then, at Mexico 86, they kicked off with a comfortable victory over the Belgians, only then to slip up against Paraguay when a last-minute penalty miss cost them the win. The subsequent triumph against Iraq left them with another two-out-of-three success rate.

The 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup seemed the perfect occasion for Mexico, again as hosts, to end the hex. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bolivia provided the first-round opposition, and the signs were good when the Saudis were thrashed 5-1 in the opening match. Things looked even better at half-time against Egypt, with the local favourites two-nil up. But that was counting without an impressive second-half revival by the north African side which earned them a draw – while dampening home celebrations.

Finally to Korea/Japan 2002 where Mexico, victorious against Croatia and Ecuador, needed an improbable triumph against Italy to complete a famous and belated hat-trick. Surprisingly, they led until the 79th minute thanks to Jared Borgetti's fine header, but a moment's hesitation in defence allowed Alessandro Del Piero to equalise for the Italians.

Once more then, and after a litany of failed attempts, Mexico are on the brink of making history. It is up to a chastened Greece side to stop them