Justino Compean, President of the Mexican Football Federation, said Tuesday that in at least one way, Mexico and Brazil stand out as the two top federations in the world.
According to Compean, the two are the only ones to have qualified for all FIFA competitions of late.
“I’m proud of all the national teams, because we are, along with Brazil, the only country to qualify for all the FIFA events of the 209 members,” Compean said in a meeting with Federation sponsors. “It can be said quickly but it’s an in depth job.”
The Mexican national team won the 2012 Olympic tournament, though the female team missed out on London 2012. Mexico will play the 2013 Confederations Cup, and has qualified for the final round of regional qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
The U-17 team won the 2011 World Cup at that level disputed in Mexico, while the U-20 team finished third in Colombia. The women’s U-17 and U-20 national teams also qualified for this year’s World Cups.
“We’ve changed our image,” said Compean. “We’re a model federation, in CONCACAF and FIFA. This has been achieved with hard work in combination with team members.”
Still on the docket for 2012, El Tri’s FUTSAL team is set to participate in the World Cup in that discipline in Thailand.
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