FIFA World Cup™ history
Mexico are FIFA World Cup finals regulars. They took part in the inaugural edition in Uruguay in 1930 and have featured at the tournament a further 14 times since. Their best performances came as hosts in 1970 and 1986, when they reached the quarter-finals. After missing Italia 1990, they have appeared at the last six editions of the showpiece, but their run was halted in the Round of 16 on each occasion.

The team
With the same coach and core group of players that impressed at Brazil 2014, where they were minutes away from beating the Netherlands to progress to the quarter-finals, Mexico are heavily fancied to book a ticket to Russia 2018. However, one of their challenges en route will be to add younger players to the set-up and integrate them into the side's dynamic, attacking style of play, which is based on quick, short passing. As part of this transition, veteran Rafael Marquez will hand the mantle over to Javier Hernandez and Andres Guardado as the new leaders of a squad that should be aiming high.

The coach
Ricardo Ferretti was appointed on an interim basis in August 2015. The Brazilian played for and has coached several Mexican clubs, leading Toluca to CONCACAF Champions' Cup glory in 2003.

The stat
 - Having been to the finals 15 times, Mexico are the fourth most experienced country in the competition's history. Only Brazil (20), Italy (18) and Argentina (16) have enjoyed more World Cup campaigns.

The former stars
Antonio Carbajal, Hugo Sanchez, Jorge Campos, Cuauhtemoc Blanco