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In Mexico, Soccer Has Become a Political Piñata
In a country beset by scandal, political upheaval and a battered economy, Mexicans have long sought solace in soccer. Not this year, when Mexico's greatest sports passion and pastime has been unable to escape the nagging allegations of corruption that have entangled virtually every other institution in the country. As a result, fans are turning their backs on the national team.

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World Cup Highlights

 Will be making their 11th start in the World Cup (1930, '50, '54, '58, '62, '66, '70, '78, '86, '94 and '98)
 Quarterfinalists in the World Cup in 1970 and 1986
 Made the last 16 in 1994
 Finalists in the Copa America in 1993
 Ninth appearance in World Cup

First-Round Schedule

Day, Time (EDT) Opponent Site TV
Saturday, June 13, 11:30 a.m. South Korea Lyon ESPN2
Saturday, June 20, 11:30 a.m. Belgium Bordeaux ESPN
Thursday, June 25, 10 a.m. Netherlands Saint-Etienne ESPN

Complete First-Round Schedule


Pos. Name Age Club
GK Jorge Campos 31Chicago Fire
GKOswaldo Sanchez 26America
GK Oscar Perez 21Cruz Azul
D Pavel Pardo 21Atlas
D Salvador Carmona 23Toluca
D Isaac Terrazas 23America
D Claudio Suarez 29Guadalajara
D Duilio Davino 22America
D Joel Sanchez 24Guadalajara
M German Villa 25America
M Ramon Ramirez 28Guadalajara
M Jaime Ordiales 35Toluca
M Marcelino Bernal 35Monterrey
M Braulio Luna 24UNAM Pumas
M Jesus Arellano 26Guadalajara
M Alberto Garcia Aspe 30America
MRaul Lara 25America
F Luis Garcia 28Atlante
F Luis Hernandez 29Necaxa
F Ricardo Pelaez 35America
F Cuauhtemoc Blanco 25Necaxa
F Francisco Palencia 25Cruz Azul

Road to France

Won Lost Tied GF GA
How Qualified: First place in CONCACAF
CONCACAF Final Round
Nov. 16, 1997Jamaica 0, Mexico 0
Nov. 9, 1997 Mexico 3, Costa Rica 3
Nov. 2, 1997 Mexico 0, United States 0
Oct. 12, 1997 Canada 2, Mexico 2
Oct. 5, 1997 Mexico 5, El Salvador 0
June 8, 1997 El Salvador 0, Mexico 1
April 20, 1997United States 2, Mexico 2
April 13, 1997 Mexico 6, Jamaica 0
March 16, 1997 Costa Rica 0, Mexico 0
March 2, 1997 Mexico 4, Canada 0
CONCACAF Semifinal Round
Nov. 17, 1996Jamaica 1, Mexico 0
Nov. 6, 1996 Mexico 3, Honduras 1
Oct. 30, 1996 Mexico 5, St. Vincent/Grenadines 1
Oct. 16, 1996 Mexico 2, Jamaica 1
Sept. 21, 1996 Honduras 2, Mexico 1
Sept. 15, 1996 St. Vincent/Grenadines 0, Mexico 3

Facts and Figures

Location: Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the United States and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the United States
Population: 97,563,374 (July 1997 estimate)
Capital: Mexico City
Comparative area: Slightly less than three times the size of Texas
Religions: Roman Catholic 89 percent, Protestant 6 percent
Landscape: Extremely varied; high, rugged mountains, low coastal plains, high plateaus and desert

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