The tournament's staple, Mexico, is taking part in their eighth World Cup in a row and 16th overall. Mexico has participated in more World Cups than any other nation except for Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and Italy.

The team, which is now ranked ninth in the world, has never advanced past the quarterfinals and has been eliminated in the first round in each of the previous seven competitions.

El Tri's journey to Qatar has been extremely difficult, with close losses and draws. The most successful CONCACAF team came in second place behind Canada in the eight-team qualifiers on goal difference, Al Jazeera reported.

They were unable to beat Canada and the United States, who finished third behind the El Tri, in both home and away matches.

For Mexico’s colorful and boisterous traveling supporters, reaching the quinto partido (fifth game) at the World Cup has become an obsession. However, given that they are in Group C with tournament favorites Argentina, it won't be simple for them to improve on their recent World Cup history.

Additionally, they will face Poland, whose attack is led by Robert Lewandowski, the Gerd Muller trophy winner this year for the best striker. In 2020, Lewandowski set a Bundesliga record by scoring 41 league goals for Bayern Munich, winning FIFA's award for men's player of the year. El Tri will clash with Saudi Arabia as well.

The Argentine Gerardo "Tata" Martino, manager of Mexico, is anticipated to select a mixture team of seasoned veterans and young youngsters. Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa, a goalkeeper who is 37 years old, hopes to play in his fifth and presumably final World Cup.

Former Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, 34, is hoping to board the plane but the country’s all-time top scorer has not had the easiest of relationships with Martino, a former Barcelona manager who also played for Argentina’s national team.

Chicharito has previously been excluded by Martino from squads. He had stated that he would not bring the diminutive forward to Qatar, despite Chicharito having a strong season with his MLS team, the LA Galaxy. It will be his fourth World Cup if he travels to Qatar.

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