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Mexico Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Mexico star player, Cuauhtemoc Blanco
World Cup record:
 1930   First round
 1950   First round
 1954   First round
 1958   First round
 1962   First round
 1966   First round
 1970   Quarter-final
 1978   First round
 1986   Quarter-final
 1994   Second round
 1998   Second round
 2002   Second round

Did you know?
Mexico was the first nation to host the World Cup twice when it staged the 1986 event to follow the classic 1970 finals. The 1986 tournament was meant to be held in Colombia, but civil unrest and the level of violence forced Fifa to switch countries.

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Javier Aguirre
Cuauhtemoc Blanco
Mexico's performance sums up the highs and lows of the World Cup.

They put in some good performances to head off Italy and claim top spot in the group phase.

I thought they may struggle, but they were strong at the back, productive up front and had the added extra of Cuauhtemoc Blanco who sparked moments of magic and kept them going in the right direction.

But in the second round they ended up going down a cul-de-sac, unable to find a way past the USA's brick wall of a defence.

Losing to the States must have been the worst possible way to leave the competition for the Mexicans - especially when they must have been fancying their chances as others dropped by the wayside.

And to add insult to injury their chances weren't helped by another dubious refereeing decision. Like many teams at this World Cup, they will reflect on it with a rueful smile, thinking "if only".

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2002 World Cup results

Group G: v Croatia 1-0; v Ecuador 2-1; v Italy 1-1; Second round: v USA 0-2.



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