FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Since the turn of the century, Mexico have enjoyed something of a golden era at U-17 level. Between 2010 and 2013, Raul Gutierrez continued the superb work of his predecessors, including their inaugural FIFA U-17 World Cup title at Peru 2005, by leading El Tri to a second world title on home soil in 2011. Two years later in the UAE, Gutierrez and his charges almost repeated the feat, only to lose 3-0 to a superb Nigeria in the final. It is testament to their recent success at this level that Mexico’s fourth-place finish at Chile 2015, losing to old foes Nigeria in the semi-finals, represented something of a disappointment for El Tri.
Road to India
Despite ultimately claiming the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, Mexico endured a few bumps along the road to India 2017. Pitted against old rivals USA in the initial group stage, they were defeated 4-3 by the Stars and Stripes in an epic encounter in Panama City. However, they made short work of almost all other opponents at Panama 2017, picking up comprehensive victories against El Salvador and Jamaica to reach the classification stage where they demolished Costa Rica and squeezed past the hosts to reach the continental final and the global finals. A stoppage-time equaliser against USA in the Panama 2017 final meant a penalty shootout, which El Tri won to seal their seventh U-17 continental title.
Mario Arteaga took charge of Mexico last time out at Chile 2015, guiding the two-time champions to fourth place, following a thrilling semi-final defeat to eventual champions Nigeria and an equally exciting defeat in the play-off for third place to Belgium.
22 – The number of goals Mexico scored in just six games at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, a tally not bettered by any of their opponents at the continental finals.