Preview: Despites not having any household names on it's squad, Mexico was ranked in the top 5 in 2005, and is coming off an impressive qualifying campaign, and victory over Brazil in the Confederations Cup.  Led by goalkeeper and captain Oswaldo Sanchez, Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez, and star striker Jared Borgetti, the Mexican squad is ranked 7th at the moment, and have high expectations to live up to.  Should they advance past their Group D competition, they'll most likely face either Argentina or Netherlands in an early showdown.

Result: Despite losing to Portugal during group competition, Mexico advanced to the next round with relative ease.  The first round match against Argentina was a back and forth affair between the two largest Spanish-speaking countries in the world.  A magnificent 98th minute strike by Maxi Rodriguez ended one of the best matches of the 2006 World Cup and knocked Mexico out of the competition.