Mexico are looking to emulate CONCACAF U20 success on the world scene.
FIFA U20 World Cup
29 July - 20 August 2011
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Samuel Philip Steinbock
Mexico have a long history in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, appearing in the inaugural final at Tunisia 1977, where they lost 9-8 to the Soviet Union in a truly dramatic penalty shootout. Since then, El Tricolor has appeared in 11 more finals competitions without ever going as far again.
During qualifying in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Mexico started with a commanding 5-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago, which was followed by a 3-0 defeat of Cuba.
In the next phase, the Mexicans downed Canada by the same score line to secure one of the four qualification berths for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011.
However, Juan Carlos Chavez's side didn't rest on their laurels and overcame Panama 4-1 in the semi-finals and finished off the tournament by beating reigning champions Costa Rica 3-1 in the final.
With a record of five wins out of five, 18 goals scored and two conceded, the magnificent Mexicans were in a league of their own which has made them a dangerous side to face in Colombia.
With no fewer than 15 of his players having already made their debuts in the Mexican top flight, this is a vastly experienced side which should prove valuable when the tournament gets underway.
If the Mexicans can mesh as a team and play their usual passing game, they could well be a force to be reckoned with during the latter stages of the tournament.