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In the 2000s, the United States have proved a credible challenger to Mexico's dominance on the continental football scene, winning the 2002 Gold Cup and disqualifying Mexico from Round 2 of the 2002 World Cup. Mexico, nevertheless, then experienced a resurgence in football, vastly improving to its former glory in both the international and club level. With the continuous and overall good participation of the Mexican national team and Mexican club sides as guests in CONMEBOL tournaments like the Copa Libertadores, which witnessed an upset as Club Guadalajara also called Chivas (MEX) defeated Boca Juniors (ARG) by a score of 4-0, Mexican football seemed to once again regain its dominant foothold in the CONCACAF region. Mexico's 1-0 win over Argentina in the Copa América, as well as their qualification run for the 2004 Summer Olympics and championship victory in the 2003 Gold Cup, seemed to mark a new turning point in Mexican football.

The participation of the Mexican National Team in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, however, proved to the world the tremendous power Mexico is capable of exerting on the global stage. After defeating the World Cup Champions Brazil in one of the most dramatic upset victories of the tournament by a score of 1-0, the world suddenly became aware of Mexico's potent capabilities on the pitch. Mexico's surprises would not end with Brazil, however, as Lavolpe's men showed no mercy to South American Superpower Argentina in the quarterfinals, holding them out all the way before losing the game in a highly-contested penalty shootout. Having conceded its chances of winning a second Confederations Cup, Mexico then focused all of its energies on third place. Once again, they surprised another Football Superpower, this time Germany, losing only in extra time by 3-4. Finishing fourth place in the Confederations Cup, Mexico proved to the world that although its players may not be as well known in Europe as they should be, they are definitely a force to be reckoned with.

In the 2005 Gold Cup tournament, however, Mexico did not fare as well, being eliminated by guests Colombia in the quarterfinal match, 2-1, after conceding a wild goal on a shot from over 100 feet with less than 15 minutes to play. The tournament ended with an American victory, and at present, the rivalry between the two sides shows no sign of cooling, with the USA having secured qualification for the 2006 World Cup by defeating Mexico 2-0 on September 32005. Mexico, nonetheless, soon secured their place in Germany four days later when they defeated Panama 5-0 in Mexico City.

Heading to Germany in less than a year, Los Tricolores still remain haunted by the fact that they have not enjoyed much success in any of the 13 World Cups they have participated in, despite the fact that they have qualified more times than most Football Superpowers have. Their most successful runs came in 1970 and 1986, when they hosted both tournaments. Many observers blame Mexico's global luck on the footballing quality of the area, comparing it to the success of leagues in South America, and the lack of Mexican players abroad, but neither claim can explain Mexico's success in the Confederations Cup hosted by Germany in 2005.

Even though many Mexican players have reached success in international leagues, just a few of them leave the country to participate in Europe. The excessive value that many of them have combined with the fact that their salaries are among the best ones in the world, have contributed to the lack of players in the exterior.

Although Los Tricolores still have much to improve on before they can call themselves FIFA World Cup Champions, they can certainly take pride in their October 22005 victory, when the under-17 national selection won their first-ever FIFA Championship by defeating Brazil 3-0 in the Peru 2005 Under-17 World Cup. An effective display of football saw Mexico claim the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 with an emphatic 3-0 win over reigning champions Brazil.

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