Mexico has a rich history of participating, qualifying and controversy with regard to the FIFA World Cup. Below are highlights of Mexico hosting the grand tournament, appearances and absences to the various World Cup years since its inception.

Hosted World Cups: 1970 and 1986

World Cup appearances: (15)

1930, Lost in First Round
1950, Lost in First Round
1954, Lost in First Round
1958, Lost in First Round
1962, Lost in First Round
1966, Lost in First Round
1970, Lost in Quarterfinals
1978, Lost in First Round
1986, Lost in Quarterfinals
1994, Lost in 1/8 Finals
1998, Lost in 1/8 Finals
2002, Lost in 1/8 Finals
2006, Lost in 1/8 Finals
2010, Lost in 1/8 Finals
2014, Lost in 1/8 Finals

World Cup absences: (5)

1934, Didn’t Qualify
1938, Withdrew
1974, Didn’t Qualify
1982, Didn’t Qualify
1990, Disqualified