Mexico was the first country to develop soccer. The Primera Fuerza was the first organized championship. It consisted of a number of teams from the Federal District. In a time when Europe was already encouraging soccer professionalism, semi-professional players were present at this time.
Mexico, which was becoming an internationally recognized soccer governing body, decided to create a national soccer association in 1927. It was called the Federacion Mexicana de Futbol Asociacion (FMFA). They became FIFA members in 1929 just in time for the Mexican National Soccer Team to compete in the first World Cup.
Mexico’s participation in the first World Cup was a sign that they were a soccer power, but their inability to qualify for the 1950 World Cup meant that they weren’t SPBO considered a major soccer player. The team was a regular presence at the World Cup but they struggled to compete against stronger European and South American countries. They only won one match in five tournaments against Czechoslovakia, in 1962.
Mexico was able to host the first World Cup ever in 1970 thanks to their efforts to promote soccer in the country and the economic importance of hosting the event. This was their greatest international achievement to date.
They would match this 16 years later and organize 4 World Cups, also on their home turf, to host the 1986 World Cup. This tournament is considered the most memorable in soccer history.
Today, it is harder to reach the quarter-finals of a World Cup than it was in the 70s and 80s. Despite significant progress in Mexican soccer, they still struggle in major competitions against soccer giants from Europe and South America. The future looks brighter for Mexican soccer and the Mexican national soccer team.
The country’s club soccer is now considered one of the most wealthy in America. Some powerful clubs participate in Copa Libertadores which was previously restricted to South American clubs.
Many top-quality players have made the move from Mexico to more powerful leagues. The most obvious examples are Rafael Marquez, and Giovani Donos Santos who were both bought by FC Barcelona and are important members of the squad.
These two players, along with several emerging talent playing in the league, make Mexico’s national soccer team more formidable than ever. They are ready to beat their quarterfinal best result in South Africa’s 2010 World Cup.
Niv Orlian is the author and the owner of a Soccer Fans [http://www.soccer-fans-info.com] website that provides information on various topics related to soccer.