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Everything Looks Bad if You Remember It Quiz


Ugh! Mexico is out of the World Cup... AGAIN! Mexicans are used to this, but it hurts, more and more each time, and we're getting tired of it, at least I am. Do you remember some of the eliminations of the Mexican national team? I do, and it looks bad...

A multiple-choice quiz by Lpez. Estimated time: 7 mins.
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Lpez
Time
7 mins
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Multiple Choice
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369,490
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. After the 1970 edition in Mexico, the World Cup took place in Mexico for the second time in 1986 (Colombia wasn't able to host it). This was Mexico's big chance to get far, since it was in our country, with our people, in our stadiums. But all of this wasn't enough to get Mexico past the quarter-finals. Which team beat Mexico in a penalty shootout to leave Bora Milutinovic's squad out of their own Cup, in 1986? Hint

Spain
Italy
Germany
Argentina

2. Mexico didn't even make it through the group stage at Italy 1990, but that would've been certainly difficult, as Mexico didn't even qualify! What was the reason behind the Mexican team not participating in the Italy 1990 World Cup? Hint

Losing to Haiti in the World Cup qualifiers
There were not enough players
A strike was started by the Mexican team
Fielding overage players in a youth tournament

3. USA 1994 World Cup - coach Miguel Mejia Baron was harshly criticized by some for the decisions he made. After a varied group stage, with a 1-0 loss against Norway, a 2-1 win over Ireland and a 1-1 tie with Italy, Mexico finished top of their group on goal difference. Bulgaria was the next opponent, in the round of 16. How was Mexico eliminated by Bulgaria from this World Cup? Hint

Penalty shootout
Loss in regular time
Extra time goal
Loss by default

4. France 1998 - Mexico drew a moderate group, with the Netherlands being the most difficult opponent. After a 3-1 win over South Korea, and two 2-2 ties against Belgium and Netherlands, Mexico finished second in their group behind The Netherlands to progress to the Round of 16 vs. Germany. Yes, Germany is a great country at soccer, but Mexico had the match in control for 75 minutes, leading 1-0 with a goal by Luis Hernandez in the 47th. Mexico was so full of hope! But then Jurgen Klinsmann scored the first goal for Germany. "That's fine, we still have extra time", many Mexicans thought. Sadly, all were proved wrong by which player, who scored the winning goal for Germany just 4 minutes before the end of the match? Hint

Jurgen Klinsmann
Oliver Bierhoff
Thomas Hń▀ler
Lothar Matthńus

5. Mexico had a bad time in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, but coach Javier Aguirre rescued the team and led it to Korea/Japan. Mexico ended the group stage in the first place, after defeating Croatia and Ecuador, and tying with Italy. The next opponent was the United States, at the time not considered a difficult competitor, so many thought Mexico was already in the quarter finals. Surprise! Brian McBride and Landon Donovan scored the two goals that eliminated Mexico one more time. Which Mexican player, who subsequently became the first in history to captain a team in four different World Cups, was sent off during this match? Hint

Ramon Morales
Alberto Garcia Aspe
Rafael Marquez
Javier Hernandez

6. Germany 2006 showed a Mexican team in good shape. After beating Iran 3-1, tying with Angola 0-0, and losing 2-1 against Portugal, Mexico finished second in their Group behind Portugal and progressed to the Round of 16. An interesting game was expected against Argentina, and both teams had chances to win. Although the match was 1-1 after 10 minutes, no further goals were scored and the match went to extra time. In the 98th minute, Maxi Rodriguez kicked a tremendous volley, one of the best goals of the tournament, ending Mexico's hopes. Which goalkeeper painfully picked the ball out of the net after this goal? Hint

Guillermo Ochoa
Oswaldo Sanchez
Jesus Corona
Oscar Perez

7. South Africa 2010 represented a new opportunity for the Mexican team. Coach Javier Aguirre had again rescued the team after a process with several coaches. This time, his decisions were highly criticized, as many of the players he took were not in shape for a World Cup in the opinion of many. Regardless, the team achieved a decent group stage, by defeating France 2-0, tying with host South Africa 1-1 and losing against Uruguay 1-0. Mexico would be facing Argentina, also the opponents in the 2006 World Cup round of 16. If only Mexico did a better job and ended the group stage in the first place, which Asian team would've been the opponent? Hint

Japan
South Korea
China
Saudi Arabia

8. South Africa 2010 - Argentina, commanded by Diego Maradona, beat Mexico 3-1 in the Round of 16, and crushed the team's hopes for a fifth match (a quarter-final). The first goal by Argentina should not have counted, as Carlos Tevez, the goal-scorer, was in a clear offside position; seen by everybody except for the referee and his assistant. Which Italian referee allowed this goal? Hint

Pierluigi Collina
Roberto Rosetti
Nicola Rizzoli
Stefano Farina

9. Following South Africa 2010, the Mexican Football Federation hired Jose Manuel de la Torre as its new coach. He was a great manager who had coached Mexican league teams to the championship, but his coaching of the national team wasn't good at all. When the executives fired "Chepo", it was too late, Mexico was about to miss qualification for the World Cup in Brazil 2014. They had finished fourth in the CONCACAF qualifiers and had to play-off against New Zealand, the winners of the Oceania qualifiers.

Miguel Herrera, who coached the best team in Mexico at that moment (America), was hired quickly, and with a core of Club America players, Mexico beat New Zealand 9-3 in the playoff (5-1 at home and 4-2 away). Everybody expected the worse for Mexico at Brazil 2014, however, the team surprised everyone and did a great job, to progress out of their group!

They ended up having to face the Netherlands in the round of 16, and the match was actually in Mexico's control, as strange as this sentence may read. At the 75th minute, with Mexico leading 1-0, the match was stopped. Why did Portuguese referee Pedro Proenša stop the match?
Hint

For a cooling break
A fan jumped into the field
A terrorist attack
Joseph Blatter ordered him to

10. Brazil 2014 - Round of 16 - At the 87th minute of the Netherlands-Mexico match, a corner by The Netherlands fell at the feet of Wesley Sneijder, who showed no mercy and fired an incredibly powerful shot impossible for goalkeeper Ochoa to stop, changing the score to 1-1. Extra time beckoned ... but in the 93rd minute of the match, a Dutch player fell to the ground in the box and the referee awarded a penalty to The Netherlands. Some say he dived, some say he didn't but, regardless of this, which player fell to the ground, resulting in the penalty? Hint

Ron Vlaar
Wesley Sneijder
Arjen Robben
Klaas Jan Huntelaar


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1. After the 1970 edition in Mexico, the World Cup took place in Mexico for the second time in 1986 (Colombia wasn't able to host it). This was Mexico's big chance to get far, since it was in our country, with our people, in our stadiums. But all of this wasn't enough to get Mexico past the quarter-finals. Which team beat Mexico in a penalty shootout to leave Bora Milutinovic's squad out of their own Cup, in 1986?

Answer: Germany

The Mexican team ended the group stage undefeated, with a 2-1 win over Belgium, a 1-1 tie with Paraguay, and a 1-0 victory against Iraq. They beat Bulgaria 2-0 in the Round of 16; and lost against Germany in the quarters in a penalty shootout (it was 0-0 after extra time). So close!
This edition of the World Cup was played with a 24-team format.
2. Mexico didn't even make it through the group stage at Italy 1990, but that would've been certainly difficult, as Mexico didn't even qualify! What was the reason behind the Mexican team not participating in the Italy 1990 World Cup?

Answer: Fielding overage players in a youth tournament

In the qualifiers for the 1989 U20 World Cup, which took place in Saudi Arabia, Mexico fielded at least 4 players over the allowed age. It was actually a Mexican journalist who discovered this. Even though the FMF (Mexican Football Federation) denied it initially, Jose Ramon Fernandez, one of the most well-known soccer journalists in Mexico, backed Antonio Moreno and after several interviews with players and checking their birth certificates, CONCACAF suspended that squad from all international tournaments for two years.

However, FIFA extended that sanction to all Mexican teams, which left the country out of the 1988 Olympics and, of course, the 1990 World Cup.
3. USA 1994 World Cup - coach Miguel Mejia Baron was harshly criticized by some for the decisions he made. After a varied group stage, with a 1-0 loss against Norway, a 2-1 win over Ireland and a 1-1 tie with Italy, Mexico finished top of their group on goal difference. Bulgaria was the next opponent, in the round of 16. How was Mexico eliminated by Bulgaria from this World Cup?

Answer: Penalty shootout

After Mexico had easily defeated Bulgaria at Mexico 1986, it seemed like this match would be relatively easy. It wasn't though, as the heat that day was amazingly high. Both goals were scored in the first 18 minutes, and it stayed like this until 120 minutes and extra time had passed, leading to a penalty shootout... and another elimination. Mexico only scored 1 out of 4 penalties and left the Mexican people disappointed, again.

Coach Miguel Mejia Baron did not make one single substitution in the match, disregarding the fact that most of his players were very tired. Hugo Sanchez, who was for many the best Mexican soccer player, was on the bench and ready to jump to the field, but he never got the call. Later, Sanchez said Mejia Baron decided not to make the change fearing that the team would fall apart. This topic is still discussed in Mexico to this day, and several jokes regarding Mejia Baron's refusal to make substitutions were created.
4. France 1998 - Mexico drew a moderate group, with the Netherlands being the most difficult opponent. After a 3-1 win over South Korea, and two 2-2 ties against Belgium and Netherlands, Mexico finished second in their group behind The Netherlands to progress to the Round of 16 vs. Germany. Yes, Germany is a great country at soccer, but Mexico had the match in control for 75 minutes, leading 1-0 with a goal by Luis Hernandez in the 47th. Mexico was so full of hope! But then Jurgen Klinsmann scored the first goal for Germany. "That's fine, we still have extra time", many Mexicans thought. Sadly, all were proved wrong by which player, who scored the winning goal for Germany just 4 minutes before the end of the match?

Answer: Oliver Bierhoff

Again, Mexico was knocked out of the World Cup, and again, Germany had done it to us (they knocked Mexico out of the 1986 World Cup in the quarter-finals). We were so close! 4 minutes away! All three group games started with Mexico falling behind, and they rose over it.

However, the round of 16 match was the other way around. Germany was eliminated in the next stage, with a convincing 3-0 defeat against Croatia.
5. Mexico had a bad time in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, but coach Javier Aguirre rescued the team and led it to Korea/Japan. Mexico ended the group stage in the first place, after defeating Croatia and Ecuador, and tying with Italy. The next opponent was the United States, at the time not considered a difficult competitor, so many thought Mexico was already in the quarter finals. Surprise! Brian McBride and Landon Donovan scored the two goals that eliminated Mexico one more time. Which Mexican player, who subsequently became the first in history to captain a team in four different World Cups, was sent off during this match?

Answer: Rafael Marquez

Rafael Marquez, who was the captain of Mexico in all of the World Cups he played (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014), is known for being a temperamental player. In the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup, Mexico was losing 2-0 against the USA in the 87th minute, when Marquez headbutted Cobi Jones, being sent off immediately. Since then, Marquez has been sent off several times, controversially.

Interestingly, the referee of this match was Portuguese Victor Melo Pereira, who also refereed Mexico's round of 16 match four years earlier, in France 1998 against Germany.
6. Germany 2006 showed a Mexican team in good shape. After beating Iran 3-1, tying with Angola 0-0, and losing 2-1 against Portugal, Mexico finished second in their Group behind Portugal and progressed to the Round of 16. An interesting game was expected against Argentina, and both teams had chances to win. Although the match was 1-1 after 10 minutes, no further goals were scored and the match went to extra time. In the 98th minute, Maxi Rodriguez kicked a tremendous volley, one of the best goals of the tournament, ending Mexico's hopes. Which goalkeeper painfully picked the ball out of the net after this goal?

Answer: Oswaldo Sanchez

Even though FIFA gave Argentina's first goal to Hernan Crespo, many of us saw Jared Borgetti accidentally pushing the goal into his own net. The referee, Massimo Busacca (who became chief of referees in 2011), made a mistake when Heinze tackled Fonseca in a clear goal-scoring opportunity, and only showed the yellow card when it should've been red. Busacca argued there was another defender behind Heinze, but nobody except him saw the said defender.

Maxi Rodriguez scored both one of the best goals in the World Cup and one of the most painful ones for Mexico. The image of that play is still in my memory: Maxi receiving the ball with his chest and striking it in the air, defender Gonzalo Pineda staring at the ball while Oswaldo Sanchez flies trying to stop the ball. This was Oswaldo's last match in a World Cup.

An interesting fact about this match - Ricardo La Volpe, the Argentinian coach of Mexico at that time, went to the locker room while the Argentina anthem was playing, in order to sing it without the public criticizing him about it.
7. South Africa 2010 represented a new opportunity for the Mexican team. Coach Javier Aguirre had again rescued the team after a process with several coaches. This time, his decisions were highly criticized, as many of the players he took were not in shape for a World Cup in the opinion of many. Regardless, the team achieved a decent group stage, by defeating France 2-0, tying with host South Africa 1-1 and losing against Uruguay 1-0. Mexico would be facing Argentina, also the opponents in the 2006 World Cup round of 16. If only Mexico did a better job and ended the group stage in the first place, which Asian team would've been the opponent?

Answer: South Korea

South Korea was by far a much easier team to beat than Argentina, but Mexico didn't capitalize against a rather weak South Africa, and lost against Uruguay when there was a chance to win that game. South Korea was eliminated by Uruguay in the round of 16.

Javier Aguirre decided to include Guillermo Franco, Oscar Perez and Adolfo Bautista in the final list, even though these players had already experienced the best moment of their career, so they weren't in good shape. Perez (goalkeeper) did a good job, but Guillermo Ochoa was the best option for the majority of the Mexicans. Franco didn't perform as Aguirre expected, and Bautista did not play well in the only match he did play, against Argentina. Aguirre's decision to let Bautista play the first half against Argentina was surprising for most, if not all, fans. This was a player who had not played a single minute of the World Cup, wasn't playing well at his club, and was not in good shape. Aguirre realized his mistake (if he ever did) at the half-time, substituting Bautista. The player was further mocked after a statistic FIFA released, which stated that goalkeeper Oscar Perez ran more kilometers than Bautista during the game.
8. South Africa 2010 - Argentina, commanded by Diego Maradona, beat Mexico 3-1 in the Round of 16, and crushed the team's hopes for a fifth match (a quarter-final). The first goal by Argentina should not have counted, as Carlos Tevez, the goal-scorer, was in a clear offside position; seen by everybody except for the referee and his assistant. Which Italian referee allowed this goal?

Answer: Roberto Rosetti

Carlos Tevez scored a goal in clear offside position in the 26th minute. Rosetti and his assistant, Stefano Ayroldi, did not see the offside, provoking the entire Mexican team to complain. The replay was shown in the stadium's screens, exposing the referee and his assistant. The Mexican players desperately pointed to the screens, showing Rosetti his mistake but, due to FIFA rules which stated that a ruling on the field could not be overturned with the use of technology, there was nothing that could've been done. FIFA President Joseph Blatter later apologized to the Mexican federation, but that didn't change anything did it? Rosetti retired shortly after this incident.

Leaving all of this aside, Mexico did not compete enough to beat Argentina, their second goal in the 33rd minute was a big mistake by Ricardo Osorio, Mexico's concentration fell apart after the goal that should've been disallowed. Blame the referees, blame the coach, blame the players, but any way you see it, Mexico was again eliminated from a World Cup. They 3-1 to Argentina.
9. Following South Africa 2010, the Mexican Football Federation hired Jose Manuel de la Torre as its new coach. He was a great manager who had coached Mexican league teams to the championship, but his coaching of the national team wasn't good at all. When the executives fired "Chepo", it was too late, Mexico was about to miss qualification for the World Cup in Brazil 2014. They had finished fourth in the CONCACAF qualifiers and had to play-off against New Zealand, the winners of the Oceania qualifiers. Miguel Herrera, who coached the best team in Mexico at that moment (America), was hired quickly, and with a core of Club America players, Mexico beat New Zealand 9-3 in the playoff (5-1 at home and 4-2 away). Everybody expected the worse for Mexico at Brazil 2014, however, the team surprised everyone and did a great job, to progress out of their group! They ended up having to face the Netherlands in the round of 16, and the match was actually in Mexico's control, as strange as this sentence may read. At the 75th minute, with Mexico leading 1-0, the match was stopped. Why did Portuguese referee Pedro Proenša stop the match?

Answer: For a cooling break

With Jose Manuel de la Torre, Mexico struggled against nations who had been easily defeated before, such as Honduras and Costa Rica. Honduras even won in the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, becoming the second nation to do this (th first was Costa Rica in June 2001). "Chepo" was fired after this incident, and Herrera managed to get Mexico in the World Cup via the inter-confederation play-off route.

Mexico finished second in Group A behind Brazil, to face The Netherlands in the Round of 16. Mexico exploded in joy in the 48th minute when Giovani Dos Santos kicked the ball from outside the box and scored. It all seemed like Mexico was finally going to play a fifth match (the quarter-finals), for the first time since 1986; but that did not happen.

FIFA had previously stated that cooling breaks would not be made official for all 64 games; instead it would be determined on a match-by-match basis. A Brazilian court ordered FIFA to implement cooling breaks due to the high temperatures in Brazil. The Holland-Mexico match was the first in history to have official cooling breaks, and in my opinion, the cooling breaks killed Mexico, as The Netherlands used this to completely reorganize their tactics, while the Mexicans lost the fast-pace they were playing with.
10. Brazil 2014 - Round of 16 - At the 87th minute of the Netherlands-Mexico match, a corner by The Netherlands fell at the feet of Wesley Sneijder, who showed no mercy and fired an incredibly powerful shot impossible for goalkeeper Ochoa to stop, changing the score to 1-1. Extra time beckoned ... but in the 93rd minute of the match, a Dutch player fell to the ground in the box and the referee awarded a penalty to The Netherlands. Some say he dived, some say he didn't but, regardless of this, which player fell to the ground, resulting in the penalty?

Answer: Arjen Robben

Germany vs. Mexico, Round of 16 match at France 1998 - Germany scored a goal in the 86th minute (to win the game 2-1), just when everyone thought Mexico had that match in control. Every Mexican had a flashback of this event at the 87th minute of the Netherlands-Mexico match in Brazil 2014, but worse!

It was the 93rd minute, injury time was being played to recover the lost time of the cooling break, and Arjen Robben had the ball inside the box. Defender Rafael Marquez tried to take the ball away from him, and slightly extended his leg, then Robben fell. It was five seconds of suspense for me, it all happened so quick! And then Proenša, the referee, blew his whistle and a penalty was given. Klaas Jan Huntelaar took the penalty and a goal was scored, breaking millions of hearts in Mexico, including those of the players, who cried at the end of the match. The penalty created enormous controversy - Robben became public enemy #1 in Mexico and the international press accused him of cheating. Twitter was flooded with the hashtag "#ItWasn'tAPenalty" (in Spanish "#NoEraPenal"), to the extent that even President Pe˝a Nieto mentioned said phrase during a speech. I've seen the replay more than 10 times and there is still not a clear perspective of the play. I personally think it wasn't a penalty, as Marquez didn't touch Robben the way I saw it. Some others did see a contact, and according to FIFA rules, even the softest contact in the box can be considered a penalty. It is, of course, understandable, that the referee has to make a decision in seconds, and if I couldn't tell if it was a penalty after 10 slow motion replays, imagine a referee on the pitch!

Of all the World Cups I've witnessed, this was the most painful Mexican elimination. What was unbelievable was the fact that it was all a matter of mentality. Mexican players did not believe that they were about to beat the Dutch, so they didn't. On the other hand, the Dutch fought until the end, and never gave the game away.
Source: Author Lpez

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