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Ciudad de México Cup - Final Placings

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Italy 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 3
Mexico 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
England 2 0 0 2 1 3 -2 0


Ciudad de México Cup - Matches

all played at Estadio Azteca, ciudad de México
1 2 June 1985 - Mexico 1 Italy 1 [1-0] (35,000)
Di Gennaro
2 6 June 1985 - Italy 2 England 1 [0-0] (8,000) Bagni, Altobelli (pen)
3 9 June 1985 - Mexico 1 England 0 [1-0] (15,000/18,000) Flores AL


Azteca 2000 - Final Placings

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Mexico 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 4
England 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 2
West Germany 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5 0


Azteca 2000 - Matches
all played at Estadio Azteca, ciudad de México
1 9 June 1985 - Mexico 1 England 0 [1-0] (15,000/18,000) Flores AL
2 12 June 1985 - England 3 West Germany 0 [1-0]
Robson, K.Dixon (2) NL
3 15 June 1985 - Mexico 2 West Germany 0 [1-0] (25,000)
Negrete, Flores


These tournaments served as a trial run for the host nation and the participating teams a year ahead of World Cup 1986.   As England manager Bobby Robson stated in the Football Association's brochure for the "summer tour" to Mexico and the U.S.A., where England met the host nation in Los Angeles immediately after the tournament matches in Mexico:

"England's results in the World Cup qualifying matches and other internationals during 1984-85 have been highly encouraging, and the way the team has performed has given every reason for confidence in the future.

"The matches in Mexico this summer will go a long way to prepare us for the World Cup finals in which we sincerely hope we will be participating and will enable us to renew old acquaintances with our friends from Italy, the Federal Republic of Germany and, of course, Mexico.

"None of the England squad has first-hand knowledge of the strains of World Cup football in climactic conditions very different to those we experience at home.  Their education begins now as we test ourselves at the World Cup venue against national teams of the highest quality.

"This tour, including the match in Los Angeles, is important because it gives me an opportunity to confirm my judgement of the players whose skill, talent, imagination, physical shape, attitude and character fit them for a World Cup place.  All in all we couldn't have a more useful series of international matches."

Some confusion surrounded the status of the tournament matches in Mexico.  Mexico played against Italy, England and West Germany at Estadio Azteca.  England also played against the other three teams at Estadio Azteca.  Italy and West Germany, however, each played only Mexico and England; they did not themselves meet. 

Ron Hockings and Keir Radnedge, in Nations of Europe, vol. 1, pp. 198, 307, vol. 2, pp. 27-28 (1993), label all the matches "CITY TOURN." Mike Payne, in England: The Complete Post-War Record, pp. 262-64 (1993), says England's matches against Italy and Mexico were part of a three-team tournament called "Aztec 2,000" and that England's match against West Germany was a stand-alone friendly. Both the Green Flag Team England website results list and Michael Heatley and Ian Welch, in England Football, p. 33 (1996), label England’s matches against Italy and Mexico as part of an unnamed tournament and indicate the West Germany match was a friendly. The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistical Foundation Archive's Mexico results list states that Mexico’s match against Italy was for the ciudad de México Cup and that Mexico's matches against England and West Germany were part of the "Azteca 2000 Tourn." 

A history of events at Estadio Azteca appearing on the website of Mexican communications giant Televisa makes the following clear:  two tournaments were played, Mexico and England took part in both, Italy took part only in the first and West Germany only in the second.  Apparently Mexico’s match with England was part of both.

Both England: The Complete Post-War Record, p. 263, and the Deutscher Fußball-Bund [German football association] website have the attendance at England's match with West Germany as 8,000, but Nations of Europe, vol. 1, p. 198, puts it at 10,000.  


Green Flag Team England official website
Heatley, Michael & Ian Welch, England Football, p. 33
(Dial House, Shepperton, Surrey, England, 1996)
Hockings, Ron & Keir Radnedge, Nations of Europe, vol. 1, pp. 198, 307, vol. 2, pp. 27-28 (Articulate, Ernsworth, Hampshire, U.K., 1993)
Leatherdale, Clive, England: The Quest for the World Cup—A Complete Record, pp. 232-33 (Two Heads Publishing/Desert Island Books, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, U.K., 1994)
Payne, Mike, England: The Complete Post-War Record, pp. 262-64 (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Televisa website