At the level of youth teams, Mexico is one of the most competitive countries, this because, in general, they tend to be protagonists, they have won titles and they have launched footballers who have ended up consecrating themselves. Today in 90min we review the best Aztec teams of recent years.
Without a doubt, the Mexican team that beat Japan at the Tokyo Olympics is one of the most successful in recent years. A team of young footballers with extensive experience won bronze in the summer tournament and will be remembered for many years.
Much of this credit goes to the coach and ex-footballer Jaime Lozano, who knew how to choose wisely each of the elements that would be contesting the competition. Most of them performed and showed spectacle on the court.
In 2005, the Mexican Under-17 team made the Aztec fans dream. The youth team led by coach Jesús Ramírez did a good job at the World Cup in Peru. After finishing second in the group stage with two wins and one loss, they advanced to the quarter-finals.
In the first game they beat Costa Rica 3-1 in overtime; In the semifinal they beat the Netherlands 4-0 to reach the grand final against the always favorite Brazil, who they defeated in a resounding 3-0 with goals from Carlos Vela, Omar Esparza and Ever Guzmán. This was the so-called ‘Golden Generation’.
On the other hand, one of the most successful squads recently was that of 2011. This is mostly remembered for the feat achieved in the semifinal match against Germany, with a comeback and outstanding performance by Julio Gómez.
El Tri had no problems and in the group stage they added 9 points being the leader. In the eighth they beat Panama 2-0; in the rooms 2-1 to France; in the semifinal 3-2 to Germany; and in the grand final they beat Uruguay 2-0, with goals from Antonio Briseño and Giovani Casillas.
The venue was in Mexico, the final at the Azteca Stadium and coach Raúl Gutiérrez. Notable players include Carlos Fierro, Marco Bueno, Julio Gómez, Jorge Espericueta, Kevin Escamilla, Carlos Guzmán and Antonio Briseño.
What to say about the Mexican team at the London Olympics? Without a doubt, one of the most successful and one of the best conformed. El Tri was located in Group B, sharing a place with South Korea, Gabon and Switzerland; being in first place with 7 points after winning 2 games and drawing against the orientals.
In the quarterfinals they beat Senegal in overtime 4-2; in the semifinal they accounted for Japan 3-1; And for the gold, they beat Neymar’s Brazil 2-1, in a match worth remembering, where the coach was Luis Fernando Tena.
Among the outstanding elements were the veteran reinforcement Jesús Corona, Oribe Peralta, Marco Fabián, Giovani Dos Santos, Héctor Herrera, Javier Aquino, Diego Reyes, Raúl Jiménez, Miguel Ponce, Hiram Mier, Carlos Salcido, among others.
Another of the most successful teams was the U-21 who played in the Esperanzas Tournament in Toulon in 2018. The Tricolor occupied Group A along with their counterparts from England, China and Qatar, finishing in first place with 7 points, tying with England.
In the semifinals they beat Turkey 3-1, with an outstanding performance by Eduardo Aguirre, who dispatched himself with the big spoon by scoring the three goals of the match. In the final they measured forces against England, in an exciting match the score was 2-1, with a dressing-room goal from Roberto Alvarado.
Among the outstanding Mexican footballers of that edition are Eduardo Aguirre, Roberto Alvarado and Diego Lainez, Uriel Antuna, César Montes, among others. The coach of the Aztec team was Marco Antonio Ruíz.