Argentina national football team

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Argentina
Argentina national football team logo.svg
Nickname(s) La Albiceleste
(The White and Sky Blues)
Association Argentine Football Association (AFA)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Lionel Scaloni
Captain Lionel Messi
Most caps Lionel Messi (151)
Top scorer Lionel Messi (76)
Home stadium Antonio V. Liberti
(Buenos Aires)
Único de La Plata
(La Plata)
Malvinas Argentinas
(Mendoza)
Mario Alberto Kempes
(Córdoba)
Único Madre de Ciudades
(Santiago del Estero)
FIFA code ARG
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First colours
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Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 8 Steady2.svg (27 May 2021) [1]
Highest1 (March 2007, October 2007–June 2008, July–October 2015, April 2016–April 2017)
Lowest24 (August 1996)
First international
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 0–6 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 Jul 1902) [2] [3] [4] [5]
Biggest win
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 12–0 Ecuador  Flag of Ecuador.svg
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
Biggest defeat
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 6–1 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg
(Helsingborg, Sweden; 15 June 1958)
Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia 6–1 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg
(La Paz, Bolivia; 1 April 2009)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 6–1 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg
(Madrid, Spain; 27 March 2018)
World Cup
Appearances17 (first in 1930 )
Best resultChampions (1978, 1986)
Copa América
Appearances43 (first in 1916 )
Best resultChampions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993, 2021)
Panamerican Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1956 )
Best resultChampions (1960)
Intercontinental Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 1993 )
Best resultChampions (1993)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1992 )
Best resultChampions (1992)
Medal record
Olympic medal record
Men's football [6]
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1928 Amsterdam Team [note 1]

The Argentina national football team (Spanish : Selección de fútbol de Argentina) represents Argentina in men's international football and is administered by the Argentine Football Association, the governing body for football in Argentina. Argentina's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires.

La Selección (National Team), also known as La Albiceleste, has appeared in five World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost 4–2 to Uruguay. Argentina won in their next final appearance in 1978, beating the Netherlands 3–1 at extra time. Argentina won again in 1986 with a 3–2 victory over West Germany, and a tournament campaign inspired by their captain Diego Maradona. They made the World Cup finals once more in 1990, and lost 1–0 to West Germany following a controversial penalty call in the 87th minute. Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, made their fifth appearance in a World Cup final in 2014, again losing to Germany 1–0 during extra-time. Argentina's World Cup winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978 and Carlos Bilardo in 1986.

Argentina has also been very successful in the Copa América, winning it 15 times, most recently in 2021, and are currently tied with Uruguay in most wins. The team also won the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 1993 Artemio Franchi Trophy. Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, England, and Germany due to particular occurrences with one another throughout football history. [7] [8]

History

The first match ever recorded for Argentina was against Uruguay, on 20 June 1902. [note 2] The game (which was the first international for both sides) was held in Montevideo and Argentina won 6–0. [2] [5] During the first years of its existence, the Argentina national team only played friendly matches against other South American teams. The reasons for this varied, including long travel times between countries and the interruption of World War I. [10]

La Selección (national team), also known as the Albicelestes (sky blue and whites), has appeared in five World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost, 4–2, to Uruguay. Argentina won in their next final in 1978, beating the Netherlands, 3–1. Argentina, led by Diego Maradona won again in 1986, a 3–2 victory over West Germany. Argentina last reached the World Cup final in 2014, where it lost 1–0 to Germany national football team. Previous to this their last World Cup final was in 1990, which is also lost, 1–0, to West Germany by a much-disputed penalty. Argentina's World Cup-winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978, and Carlos Bilardo in 1986.

Argentina has been very successful in the Copa América, winning it 15 times. The team also won the FIFA Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup, both in 1992, and the 1993 Artemio Franchi Trophy. An Argentina team (with only three players of over 23 years of age included in the squad) won the Olympics football tournaments in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. [11]

Argentina also won seven of the 18 football competitions at the Pan American Games, winning in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995, 2003 and 2019 .

In March 2007, Argentina reached the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time. [12]

Home stadium

The River Plate stadium, Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, is a national stadium of Argentina national team that plays most qualifying and friendlies at that stadium.

They play their matches outside the stadium at Córdoba, Rosario, Mendoza, La Plata, San Juan and Santiago del Estero.

Team image

Uniform

Argentina equipo v combinadopaulista 1908.jpg
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(Left): the classic light blue and white striped jersey was first worn on 2 July 1908 in a friendly match at Sao Paulo; (right): the blue shirt worn v England at the 1986 World Cup, when Diego Maradona scored "the goal of the century"

The kit first worn by Argentina in their official debut v Uruguay in 1902 was a light blue shirt. [13] [14] On July 2, 1908, Argentina debuted the light blue vertical stripe on white jersey, when the squad played vs a team formed by Liga Paulista players at Velódromo Paulistano. [15] That striped jersey has remained as the official kit since then. The away kits usually have been in dark blue shades, varying the colors of shorts and socks.

Argentina has sported other kits until the blue strip on white kit was made official. On 3 June 1919 in Rio de Janeiro playing the "Roberto Chery Cup" against Brazil, Argentina wore a light blue kit, similar to Uruguay. [16] The trophy was established by Brazilian Football Confederation for the benefit of Roberto Chery's relatives. Chery was Uruguay's substitute goalkeeper and died during the 1919 South American Championship after collapsing in a game against Chile. [17]

At the 1958 World Cup, Argentina wore the yellow jersey of Swedish club IFK Malmö in the match against West Germany, as the team arrived in Sweden without an away kit.

A last moment jersey changed at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico is memorable. Then manager Carlos Bilardo asked the team kit supplier Le Coq Sportif for a lighter blue shirt for the quarter-final in three days against England, that could not be provided. A member of coaching staff scour the shops of Mexico City for 38 shirt plain shirts. They were transformed with an improvised version of the AFA emblem embroidered on to the shirts, [18] and silvery American football numbers ironed to the backs. [19] Argentina beat England with Diego Maradona's "goal of the century". [20] [21] The shirt style became an emblem of the occasion and a collector's item. [22]

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina debuted a black away kit, a first in their history. [23]

Kit sponsorship

The AFA emblem that was added to playing kits in 1976 Argentina Football Team Badge 1974 and 1978 (home).svg
The AFA emblem that was added to playing kits in 1976
Kit supplierPeriodNotes
Flag of Argentina.svg Gath & Chaves 1930–1934 [24]
Flag of Argentina.svg Sportlandia1966 [25]
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1973–1979 [24] [26]
Flag of France.svg Le Coq Sportif 1980–1989 [24] [27]
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1990–1998 [26] [28]
Flag of the United States.svg Reebok 1999–2001 [29]
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 2001–present [26]

Crest

The Argentine Football Association ("AFA") logo has been always used as the team emblem. It debuted in the 1958 World Cup held in Sweden, when Argentina added the AFA logo to their jackets, but not to the shirts. [18]

Nevertheless, the AFA emblem was not used on jerseys until 16 November 1976, when Argentina played the Soviet Union at Estadio Monumental. The first emblem was a simplified version of the crest (without the laurel wreath, [30] that was added for the 1982 World Cup). [18]

In 2004, the two stars added above the crest symbolized the national team FIFA World championships of 1978 and 1986. [30]

Results and fixtures

  Win  Draw  Loss

2020

13 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia  Flag of Bolivia (state).svg1–2Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 (UTC−4) Moreno Soccerball shade.svg 24' Report L. Martínez Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Correa Soccerball shade.svg 79'
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Diego Haro (Peru)
12 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg1–1Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Buenos Aires, Argentina
21:00 ART (UTC−3) González Soccerball shade.svg 41' Report Á. Romero Soccerball shade.svg 21' (pen.)Stadium: Estadio Alberto J. Armando
Attendance: 0
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
17 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Peru  Flag of Peru (state).svg0–2Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Lima, Peru
19:30 PET (UTC−5) Report González Soccerball shade.svg 17'
L. Martínez Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)

2021

3 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg1–1Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Santiago del Estero, Argentina
21:00 ART (UTC−3)
Report
Stadium: Estadio Único
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)
8 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Colombia  Flag of Colombia.svg2–2Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Barranquilla, Colombia
18:00 COT (UTC−5)
Report
Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano
Attendance: 0
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
14 June 2021 Copa América Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg1–1Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18:00 BRT (UTC−3)
Report
Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
18 June 2021 Copa América Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg1–0Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Brasília, Brazil
21:00 BRT (UTC−3)
Report Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
21 June 2021 Copa América Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg1–0Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Brasília, Brazil
21:00 BRT (UTC−3)
Report Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)
28 June 2021 Copa América Bolivia  Flag of Bolivia (state).svg1–4Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Cuiabá, Brazil
20:00 BRT (UTC−4)
Report
Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andrés Rojas (Colombia)
3 July 2021 Copa América Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg3–0Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador Goiânia, Brazil
22:00 BRT (UTC−3)
Report Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
10 July 2021 Copa América Final Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg1–0Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
21:00 BRT (UTC−3)
Report Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã
Attendance: 7,800
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (Uruguay)
12 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svgvFlag of Peru (state).svg  Peru Argentina

2022

Players

Current squad

The following 28 players were selected for the 2021 Copa América. [31]

Information correct as of 10 July 2021.
No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Franco Armani (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 34)160 Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate
121 GK Agustín Marchesín (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 33)80 Flag of Portugal.svg Porto
231 GK Emiliano Martínez (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 28)80 Flag of England.svg Aston Villa
281 GK Juan Musso (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 27)10 Flag of Italy.svg Atalanta

22 DF Lucas Martínez Quarta (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 25)80 Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina
32 DF Nicolás Tagliafico (1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 28)340 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
42 DF Gonzalo Montiel (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 24)130 Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate
62 DF Germán Pezzella (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 30)232 Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina
82 DF Marcos Acuña (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 29)330 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla
132 DF Cristian Romero (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 23)51 Flag of Italy.svg Atalanta
192 DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 33)804 Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica
252 DF Lisandro Martínez (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 23)30 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
262 DF Nahuel Molina (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 23)60 Flag of Italy.svg Udinese

53 MF Leandro Paredes (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 27)364 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain
73 MF Rodrigo De Paul (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 27)291 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
113 MF Ángel Di María (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 33)11121 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain
143 MF Exequiel Palacios (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 22)120 Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen
173 MF Nicolás Domínguez (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 23)101 Flag of Italy.svg Bologna
183 MF Guido Rodríguez (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 27)161 Flag of Spain.svg Betis
203 MF Giovani Lo Celso (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 25)302 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur
213 MF Ángel Correa (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 26)152 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
243 MF Alejandro Gómez (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 33)73 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla

94 FW Sergio Agüero (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 33)10141 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
104 FW Lionel Messi (captain) (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 34)15176 Unattached
154 FW Nicolás González (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 23)112 Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina
164 FW Joaquín Correa (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 26)82 Flag of Italy.svg Lazio
224 FW Lautaro Martínez (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 23)2914 Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale
274 FW Julián Álvarez (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 21)20 Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Esteban Andrada (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 30)40 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey v. Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru , 17 November 2020
GK Jeremías Ledesma (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 28)00 Flag of Spain.svg Cádiz v. Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay , 12 November 2020 PRE

DF Juan Foyth (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 23)130 Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal v. Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia , 8 June 2021 PRE
DF José Luis Palomino (1990-01-05) 5 January 1990 (age 31)00 Flag of Italy.svg Atalanta v. Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia , 8 June 2021 PRE
DF Walter Kannemann (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 30)60 Flag of Brazil.svg Grêmio v. Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru , 17 November 2020
DF Leonardo Balerdi (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 22)20 Flag of France.svg Marseille v. Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru , 17 November 2020
DF Facundo Medina (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 22)10 Flag of France.svg Lens v. Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru , 17 November 2020
DF Nehuén Pérez (2000-06-24) 24 June 2000 (age 21)00 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid v. Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru , 17 November 2020
DF Marcos Senesi (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 24)00 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Feyenoord v. Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay , 12 November 2020 PRE
DF Renzo Saravia (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 (age 28)90 Flag of Brazil.svg Internacional v. Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador , 8 October 2020 INJ

MF Emiliano Buendía (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 24)00 Flag of England.svg Aston Villa v. Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia , 8 June 2021 PRE
MF Roberto Pereyra (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 30)192 Flag of Italy.svg Udinese v. Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay , 12 November 2020 INJ
MF Eduardo Salvio (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 31)140 Flag of Argentina.svg Boca Juniors v. Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay , 12 November 2020 INJ
MF Alexis Mac Allister (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 22)20 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion v. Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia , 13 October 2020

FW Lucas Alario (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 28)93 Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen v. Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia , 8 June 2021 INJ
FW Lucas Ocampos (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 27)82 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla v. Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia , 8 June 2021 PRE
FW Paulo Dybala (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 27)292 Flag of Italy.svg Juventus v. Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay , 12 November 2020 INJ
FW Giovanni Simeone (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 26)51 Flag of Italy.svg Cagliari v. Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay , 12 November 2020 PRE
FW Cristian Pavón (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 25)110 Flag of Argentina.svg Boca Juniors v. Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador , 8 October 2020 PRE

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Suspended

Coaching staff

PositionName
Head coach Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Scaloni
Assistant coach Flag of Argentina.svg Pablo Aimar
Assistant coach Flag of Argentina.svg Roberto Ayala
Assistant coach Flag of Argentina.svg Walter Samuel
Assistant coach (analyst) Flag of Argentina.svg Matías Manna
Fitness coach Flag of Argentina.svg Luis Martín
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Argentina.svg Martín Tocalli

Manager history

PeriodName
1924–1925 Flag of Argentina.svg Ángel Vázquez
1927–1928 Flag of Spain (1785-1873, 1875-1931).svg José Lago Millán
1928–1929 Flag of Argentina.svg Francisco Olazar
1929–1930 Flag of Argentina.svg Francisco Olazar and J. Tramutola
1934 Flag of Italy.svg Felipe Pascucci
1934–1937 Flag of Argentina.svg Manuel Seoane
1937–1939 Flag of Argentina.svg Ángel Fernández Roca
1939–1959 Flag of Argentina.svg Guillermo Stábile
1959 Flag of Argentina.svg Victorio Spinetto
PeriodName
1960–1961 Flag of Argentina.svg Guillermo Stábile
1962–1963 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Carlos Lorenzo
1963 Flag of Argentina.svg Alejandro Galán
1963–1964 Flag of Argentina.svg Horacio Torres
1964–1968 Flag of Argentina.svg José María Minella
1968 Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Renato Cesarini
1968–1969 Flag of Argentina.svg Humberto Maschio
1969 Flag of Argentina.svg Adolfo Pedernera
1969–1972 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan José Pizzuti
PeriodName
1972–1974 Flag of Argentina.svg Omar Sívori
1974 Flag of Argentina.svg Vladislao Cap
1974–1982 Flag of Argentina.svg César Luis Menotti
1983–1990 Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Bilardo
1990–1994 Flag of Argentina.svg Alfio Basile
1994–1998 Flag of Argentina.svg Daniel Passarella
1998–2004 Flag of Argentina.svg Marcelo Bielsa
2004–2006 Flag of Argentina.svg José Pékerman
2006–2008 Flag of Argentina.svg Alfio Basile
PeriodName
2008–2010 Flag of Argentina.svg Diego Maradona
2010–2011 Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Batista
2011–2014 Flag of Argentina.svg Alejandro Sabella
2014–2016 Flag of Argentina.svg Gerardo Martino
2016–2017 Flag of Argentina.svg Edgardo Bauza
2017–2018 Flag of Argentina.svg Jorge Sampaoli
2018– Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Scaloni

Individual records

As of 11 July 2021 [36]
Players in bold are still active with Argentina.

Player records

Most capped players

Lionel Messi is Argentina's most capped player and all-time top scorer. Lionel Messi in 2018.jpg
Lionel Messi is Argentina's most capped player and all-time top scorer.
RankPlayerCapsGoalsCareer
1 Lionel Messi 151762005–present
2 Javier Mascherano 14732003–2018
3 Javier Zanetti 14551994–2011
4 Roberto Ayala 11671994–2007
5 Ángel Di María 111212008–present
6 Diego Simeone 108111988–2002
7 Sergio Agüero 101422006–present
8 Oscar Ruggeri 9771983–1994
9 Sergio Romero 9602009–2018
10 Diego Maradona 91341977–1994

Top goalscorers

RankPlayerGoalsCapsRatioCareer
1 Lionel Messi (list)761510.52005–present
2 Gabriel Batistuta (list)56780.71991–2002
3 Sergio Agüero 421010.412006–present
4 Hernán Crespo 35640.551995–2007
5 Diego Maradona (list)34910.371977–1994
6 Gonzalo Higuaín 31750.412009–2018
7 Luis Artime 24250.961961–1967
8 Daniel Passarella 23700.331976–1986
9 Leopoldo Luque 22450.51975–1981
10 Herminio Masantonio 21191.111935–1942
José Sanfilippo 21290.721956–1962
Ángel Di María 211110.192008–present

World Cup winning captains

Passarella copa mundo.jpg
Diego Maradona Argentina 1986 cup Azteca Stadium.jpg
World Cup winning captains of Argentina, (left): Daniel Passarella in 1978; (right): Diego Maradona in 1986
YearPlayerCapsGoals
1978 Daniel Passarella 7023
1986 Diego Maradona 9134

Goals

Manager records

Most manager appearances
Guillermo Stábile: 127 [39]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Runners-up 2nd5401189 Squad Qualified as invitees
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Round 19th100123 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 Group stage13th3102510 Squad 4301102
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Group stage10th311123 Squad 2200113
Flag of England.svg 1966 Quarter-finals5th421142 Squad 431092
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Did not qualify411246
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Round 28th6123912 Squad 431092
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Champions 1st7511154 Squad Qualified as hosts
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Round 211th520387 Squad Qualified as defending champions
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Champions 1st7610145 Squad 6411126
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Runners-up 2nd723254 Squad Qualified as defending champions
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Round of 1610th420286 Squad 8422910
Flag of France.svg 1998 Quarter-finals6th5311104 Squad 168622313
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Group stage18th311122 Squad 1813414215
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Quarter-finals6th5320113 Squad 1810442917
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Quarter-finals5th5401106 Squad 188462320
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Runners-up 2nd751184 Squad 169523515
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Round of 1616th411269 Squad 187741916
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined In progress
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determined
Total2 Titles17/218143152313793136753625235127
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Copa América

South American Championship / Copa América record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquad
Flag of Argentina.svg 1916 Runners-up2nd312072 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1917 Runners-up2nd320153 Squad
Flag of Brazil.svg 1919 Third place3rd310277 Squad
Flag of Chile.svg 1920 Runners-up2nd312042 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 1921 Champions1st330050 Squad
Flag of Brazil.svg 1922 Fourth place4th420263 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1923 Runners-up2nd320166 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1924 Runners-up2nd312020 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 1925 Champions1st4310114 Squad
Flag of Chile.svg 1926 Runners-up2nd4211143 Squad
Flag of Peru.svg 1927 Champions1st3300154 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 1929 Champions1st330091 Squad
Flag of Peru.svg 1935 Runners-up2nd320185 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 1937 Champions1st6501145 Squad
Flag of Peru.svg 1939 Withdrew
Flag of Chile.svg 1941 Champions1st4400102 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1942 Runners-up2nd6411216 Squad
Flag of Chile.svg 1945 Champions1st6510225 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 1946 Champions1st5500173 Squad
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1947 Champions1st7610284 Squad
Flag of Brazil.svg 1949 Withdrew
Flag of Peru.svg 1953
Flag of Chile.svg 1955 Champions1st5410186 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1956 Third place3rd530253 Squad
Flag of Peru.svg 1957 Champions1st6501256 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 1959 Champions1st6510195 Squad
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1959 Runners-up2nd421199 Squad
Flag of Bolivia.svg 1963 Third place3rd63121510 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1967 Runners-up2nd5401123 Squad
Flag of UNASUR.svg 1975 Group stage5th4202174 Squad
Flag of UNASUR.svg 1979 Group stage8th411276 Squad
Flag of UNASUR.svg 1983 Group stage6th413054 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 1987 Fourth place4th411254 Squad
Flag of Brazil.svg 1989 Third place3rd723224 Squad
Flag of Chile.svg 1991 Champions1st7610166 Squad
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1993 Champions 1st624064 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1995 Quarter-finals5th421186 Squad
Flag of Bolivia.svg 1997 Quarter-finals6th412143 Squad
Flag of Paraguay.svg 1999 Quarter-finals8th420266 Squad
Flag of Colombia.svg 2001 Withdrew
Flag of Peru.svg 2004 Runners-up 2nd6411166 Squad
Flag of Venezuela.svg 2007 Runners-up 2nd6501166 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 2011 Quarter-finals7th413052 Squad
Flag of Chile.svg 2015 Runners-up 2nd6330103 Squad
Flag of the United States.svg 2016 Runners-up 2nd6510182 Squad
Flag of Brazil.svg 2019 Third place3rd631276 Squad
Flag of Brazil.svg 2021 Champions 1st7520123 Squad
Flag of Ecuador.svg 2024 Qualified
Total15 Titles43/472021274233474182

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1992 Champions 1st220071 Squad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1995 Runners-up 2nd311153 Squad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1997 Did not qualify
Flag of Mexico.svg 1999
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2001
Flag of France.svg 2003
Flag of Germany.svg 2005 Runners-up 2nd52211010 Squad
Flag of South Africa.svg 2009 Did not qualify
Flag of Brazil.svg 2013
Flag of Russia.svg 2017
Total1 Title3/10105322214

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquad
Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg 1896 No football tournament
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1900 Did not participate
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg 1904
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1908
Flag of Sweden.svg 1912
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1920
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1924
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928 Silver medal2nd5311257 Squad
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg 1932 No football tournament
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 Did not participate
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948
Flag of Finland.svg 1952
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956
Flag of Italy.svg 1960 Quarter-finals7th320164 Squad
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1964 Group stage10th201134 Squad
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968 Did not qualify
Flag of Germany.svg 1972
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980 Qualified but withdrew
Flag of the United States.svg 1984 Did not qualify
Flag of Korea (1899).svg 1988 Quarter-finals8th411245 Squad
Since 1992 See Argentina national under-23 football team
Total1 Silver medal4/19146353820

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Argentina.svg 1951 Gold medal1st4400162
Flag of Mexico.svg 1955 Gold medal1st6510237
Flag of the United States.svg 1959 Gold medal1st6510204
Flag of Brazil.svg 1963 Silver medal2nd4220113
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1967 Preliminary round5th311173
Flag of Colombia.svg 1971 Gold medal1st8620134
Flag of Mexico.svg 1975 Bronze medal3rd6510191
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg 1979 Bronze medal3rd541090
Flag of Venezuela.svg 1983 Preliminary round5th200204
Flag of the United States.svg 1987 Bronze medal3rd5311113
Flag of Cuba.svg 1991 Did not qualify
Flag of Argentina.svg 1995 Gold medal1st6420104
Since 1999 See Argentina national under-23 football team
Total5 Gold medals11/12553912413935

Head-to-head record

Below is a result summary of all matches Argentina have played against FIFA recognized teams. [40]

As of 10 July 2021

  Positive Record  Neutral Record  Negative Record

  1. Includes matches against Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany .
  2. Includes matches against Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union .
  3. Includes matches against Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia .

Rivalries

Brazil

Argentina have a long and fierce rivalry with their South American neighbours. [41]

England

With a rivalry stemming from the 1966 World Cup and intensified by the Falklands War of 1982, Argentina and England have had numerous confrontations in World Cup tournaments. Among them was the quarter-final match in 1986, where Diego Maradona scored two goals against England. The first was a handball, but was ruled legal by the referee. The second, scored minutes later, saw Maradona passing five England outfield players before scoring, and is often described as one of the greatest goals in football history.

The nations were paired together in the Round of 16 at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, won by Argentina on penalties, and again at the group stage in 2002, England winning 1–0 through a penalty by David Beckham who had been sent off in the tie four years earlier.

Germany

Action from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany Germany and Argentina face off in the final of the World Cup 2014 -2014-07-13 (29).jpg
Action from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany

Argentina have played Germany in seven FIFA World Cup matches including three FIFA World Cup finals: In 1986 Argentina won 3–2, but in 1990 it was the Germans who were the victors by a 1–0 scoreline.

In 1958 they met for the first time in the group stage, where Argentina suffered a 1–3 loss to defending champions West Germany. [42] In 1966 both again faced each other in the group stage which ended in a scoreless draw. [43] 2006 they met in the quarter-finals; Argentina lost on penalties after a 1–1 draw. They met again at the same stage in 2010, this time ending with a 4–0 victory for Germany. They played each other for the third consecutive World Cup in the Brazil 2014 event's final, where Argentina was defeated in extra time by a score of 1–0.

Uruguay

Argentina have a long-standing rivalry with their neighbors, that came into existence from the early South American Championships, the 1928 Summer Olympics and the first World Cup final, held in 1930.

Argentina and Uruguay hold the record for most international matches played between two countries. [2] The two teams have faced each other 197 times since 1902. The first match between Argentina and Uruguay was also the first official international match to be played outside the United Kingdom. [note 4]

Nigeria

A minor rivalry developed from the 1990s between Argentina and Nigeria, based not on geographical proximity, long-term battles for honours or factors outside football, but due to the frequency of significant matches between them. [44] [45] [46] [47] [48] [49] This has included five World Cup group games, all won by Argentina by a single goal margin: 2–1 in 1994, 1–0 in 2002, 1–0 in 2010, 3–2 in 2014 and 2–1 in 2018. The fixture is the most common in the competition's history involving an African nation, [50] and has occurred in five of the six tournaments for which Nigeria has qualified. The sides also met in the 1995 King Fahd Cup (the predecessor to the Confederations Cup) as champions of their respective continents, drawing 0–0.

Below full international level, their Olympic teams also faced off in the gold medal match in 1996 (3–2 to Nigeria), and 2008 (1–0 to Argentina). The final of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship was also played between them; both Argentina goals in their 2–1 win were scored by Lionel Messi, who would go on to find the net for the senior team in the 2014 [51] and 2018 [52] World Cup fixtures. On 6 September 2011, Bangabandhu National Stadium hosted an international friendly football match between the full-strength Argentina and Nigeria teams, featuring Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Javier Mascherano and John Obi Mikel among the other star players of both nations. Argentina won 3–1 with goals from then-Real Madrid teammates Gonzalo Higuaín and Ángel Di María, and an own goal from Nigeria's Elderson Echiéjilé with Chinedu Obasi scoring Nigeria's lone goal.

The sense of rivalry is more keenly felt on the Nigerian side, as Argentina have won almost all of their encounters and have more important traditional opponents to concentrate on, in contrast to the West Africans who remain keen to finally overcome a more illustrious foe. [45]

Honours

Official

Friendly

Notes
  1. Senior squad participations include the 1928–1936 period so only amateur players were allowed from the 1948 Games, and only U-23 players starting in 1992. For further information, see Argentina national under-23 football team.
CompetitionGold medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svgTotal
World Cup 2305
Copa América 1514534
Confederations Cup 1203
Panamerican Championship 1102
Intercontinental Cup of Nations 1001
Olympic Games 2204
Total2222549

See also

Notes and references

Notes

  1. From 1996 on, medals won by Argentina were with the U-23 team, not the senior squad, as ruled by the IOC.
  2. There is a precedent of a match played between an Argentine representative v an Uruguayan side on 16 May 1901 in Paso del Molino. Nevertheless, most historians discard this match as the first, stating that match was not organised by the AUF but by the Albion F.C.. In fact, the initial lineup featured nine players from Albion and two from Nacional. [4] [9] [3]
  3. A match against England on 17 May 1953 was abandoned, and the result declared void, hence the number of matches played is greater than the total of wins/draws/losses.
  4. Although Canada and the United States played two internationals in 1885 and 1886, neither match is considered official; Canada did not play an official international until 1904 and the USA did not play one until 1916.[ citation needed ]
  5. 1 2 3 4 Organised by Argentine and Uruguayan Associations
  6. 1 2 Organised by Brazilian and Argentine Associations
  7. Organised by the Brazilian Confederation
  8. Organised by Japanese Kirin Company

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