FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Mexico are tournament regulars and one of the most successful teams in its history, winning it for the first time at Peru 2005 and repeating the feat six years later on home soil. They came close to a third U-17 World Cup crown in 2013 but lost in the final to Nigeria, who have more triumphs in the competition than anyone else.
The road to Brazil
El Tri dominated Group E of the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship, winning all three of their matches, scoring 11 goals and conceding none. They then edged Puerto Rico 2-1 in the Round of 16, before making sure of a place at Brazil 2019 with an emphatic 5-1 defeat of El Salvador in the quarter-finals. A 1-0 win over Haiti in the semis set up a final against USA, with the Mexicans prevailing 2-1 after extra-time.
Following a playing career that lasted for nearly 20 years, Marco Antonio Ruiz joined the national youth team coaching set-up. After leading Mexico to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, he then took charge of the U-17 side.
Did you know?
- El Tri let in only three goals in the qualifiers, one every 210 minutes.
- The last time there was a Concacaf champion other than Mexico was in 2011, when they sat out the competition on account of having qualified automatically for the world finals as hosts.