Argentina national football team

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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 Javier Mascherano (147)
Top scorer Lionel Messi (70)
Home stadium Antonio Vespucio Liberti
(El Monumental)
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FIFA ranking
Current 9 Steady2.svg(16 July 2020) [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 2–3 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901) [note 1] [2]
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
Appearances42 (first in 1916 )
Best resultChampions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993)
Panamerican Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1956 )
Best resultChampions (1960)
Intercontinental Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 1993 )
Best resultChampions (1993)
Confederations Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1992 )
Best resultChampions (1992)

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 the 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 at extra time, 3–1. Argentina won again in 1986, through a 3–2 victory over West Germany, and a tournament campaign led by 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 14 times, second only to Uruguay. 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. [4] [5]


The first match ever recorded for Argentina was against Uruguay. [note 1] The game was held in Montevideo on 16 May 1901 and Argentina won 3–2. 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. [8]

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 it 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 14 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. [9]

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. [10]

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 Salta.

Team image


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The classic light blue and white striped jersey was first worn in the 1908 Copa Newton v. Uruguay
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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 was a white shirt, at the official debut of the national side against Uruguay in 1902. [11] In August 1908, Argentina debuted the light blue vertical stripe on white jersey. [12] That kit would become the official kit. 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. [13] 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. [14]

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, [15] and silvery American football numbers ironed to the backs. [16] Argentina beat England with Diego Maradona's "goal of the century". [17] [18] The shirt style became an emblem of the occasion and a collector's item. [19]

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina debuted a black away kit, a first in their history. [20]

Kit suppliers

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 [21]
Flag of Argentina.svg Sportlandia1966 [22]
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1973–1979 [21] [23]
Flag of France.svg Le Coq Sportif 1980–1989 [21] [24]
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1990–1998 [23] [25]
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reebok 1999–2001 [26]
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 2001–present [23]


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. [27]

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, [28] that was added for the 1982 World Cup). [15]

In 2004, the two stars added above the crest symbolized the national team FIFA World championships of 1978 and 1986. [28]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Runners-up 2nd5401189Qualified as invitees
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Round 19th100123Qualified 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 stage13th31025104301102
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Group stage10th3111232200113
Flag of England.svg 1966 Quarter-finals5th421142431092
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Did not qualify411246
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Round 28th6123912431092
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Champions 1st7511154Qualified as hosts
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Round 211th520387Qualified as defending champions
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Champions 1st76101456411126
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Runners-up 2nd723254Qualified as defending champions
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Round of 1610th4202868422910
Flag of France.svg 1998 Quarter-finals6th5311104168622313
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Group stage18th3111221813414215
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Quarter-finals6th53201131810442917
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Quarter-finals5th5401106188462320
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Runners-up 2nd751184169523515
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Round of 1616th411269187741916
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Total2 Titles17/218143152313793136753625235127

Copa América

South American Championship / Copa América record
Flag of Argentina.svg 1916 Runners-up2nd312072
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1917 Runners-up2nd320153
Flag of Brazil.svg 1919 Third place3rd310277
Flag of Chile.svg 1920 Runners-up2nd312042
Flag of Argentina.svg 1921 Champions1st330050
Flag of Brazil.svg 1922 Fourth place4th420263
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1923 Runners-up2nd320166
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1924 Runners-up2nd312020
Flag of Argentina.svg 1925 Champions1st4310114
Flag of Chile.svg 1926 Runners-up2nd4211143
Flag of Peru.svg 1927 Champions1st3300154
Flag of Argentina.svg 1929 Champions1st330091
Flag of Peru.svg 1935 Runners-up2nd320185
Flag of Argentina.svg 1937 Champions1st6501145
Flag of Peru.svg 1939 Withdrew
Flag of Chile.svg 1941 Champions1st4400102
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1942 Runners-up2nd6411216
Flag of Chile.svg 1945 Champions1st6510225
Flag of Argentina.svg 1946 Champions1st5500173
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1947 Champions1st7610284
Flag of Brazil.svg 1949 Withdrew
Flag of Peru.svg 1953
Flag of Chile.svg 1955 Champions1st5410186
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1956 Third place3rd530253
Flag of Peru.svg 1957 Champions1st6501256
Flag of Argentina.svg 1959 Champions1st6510195
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1959 Runners-up2nd421199
Flag of Bolivia.svg 1963 Third place3rd63121510
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1967 Runners-up2nd5401123
Flag of UNASUR.svg 1975 Group stage5th4202174
Flag of UNASUR.svg 1979 Group stage8th411276
Flag of UNASUR.svg 1983 Group stage6th413054
Flag of Argentina.svg 1987 Fourth place4th411254
Flag of Brazil.svg 1989 Third place3rd723224
Flag of Chile.svg 1991 Champions1st7610166
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1993 Champions 1st624064
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1995 Quarter-finals5th421186
Flag of Bolivia.svg 1997 Quarter-finals6th412143
Flag of Paraguay.svg 1999 Quarter-finals8th420266
Flag of Colombia.svg 2001 Withdrew
Flag of Peru.svg 2004 Runners-up 2nd6411166
Flag of Venezuela.svg 2007 Runners-up 2nd6501166
Flag of Argentina.svg 2011 Quarter-finals7th413052
Flag of Chile.svg 2015 Runners-up 2nd6330103
Flag of the United States.svg 2016 Runners-up 2nd6510182
Flag of Brazil.svg 2019 Third place3rd631276
Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Colombia.svg 2021 Qualified
Flag of Ecuador.svg 2024 Qualified
Total14 Titles42/461951224033462179

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1992 Champions 1st220071
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1995 Runners-up 2nd311153
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
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
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
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
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1964 Group stage10th201134
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 South Korea (1984-1997).svg 1988 Quarter-finals8th411245
Since 1992 See Argentina national under-23 football team
Total1 Silver medal4/19146353820

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
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

All-time head-to-head record

Below is a result summary of all matches Argentina have played against FIFA recognized teams. [29]

As of 18 November 2019

  Positive Record  Neutral Record  Negative Record

Results and fixtures

  Win  Draw  Loss


5 September Friendly Chile  Flag of Chile.svg0–0Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Los Angeles, United States
19:00 PST (UTC-8) Report Stadium: Los Angeles Coliseum
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
10 September Friendly Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg4–0Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico San Antonio, United States
20:30 CDT (UTC-5) Martínez Soccerball shade.svg 17', 22', 39'
Paredes Soccerball shade.svg 33' (pen.)
Report Stadium: Alamodome
Attendance: 56,511 [30]
Referee: Héctor Said Martínez (Honduras)
9 October Friendly Germany  Flag of Germany.svg2–2Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Dortmund, Germany
20:45 CEST (UTC+2) Gnabry Soccerball shade.svg 15'
Havertz Soccerball shade.svg 22'
Report Alario Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Ocampos Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Stadium: Westfalenstadion
Attendance: 45,197 [31]
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
13 October Friendly Ecuador  Flag of Ecuador.svg1–6Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Alicante, Spain
Mena Soccerball shade.svg 49' Report Alario Soccerball shade.svg 20'
Espinoza Soccerball shade.svg 27' (o.g.)
Paredes Soccerball shade.svg 32' (pen.)
Pezzella Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Domínguez Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Ocampos Soccerball shade.svg 86'
Stadium: Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero
Referee: Luca Barbeno (San Marino)
15 November 2019 Superclásico de las Américas Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg0–1Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
20:00 (UTC+3) Report Messi Soccerball shade.svg 13'Stadium: King Saud University Stadium
Attendance: 22,451
Referee: Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
18 November Friendly Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg2–2Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Tel Aviv, Israel
21:00 (UTC+2) Agüero Soccerball shade.svg 63'
Messi Soccerball shade.svg 90+1' (pen.)
Report Cavani Soccerball shade.svg 34'
Suárez Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Stadium: Bloomfield Stadium
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (Israel)


27 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svgPostponedFlag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador Argentina
Stadium: TBD
31 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia  Flag of Bolivia (state).svgPostponedFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Bolivia
Stadium: TBD
8 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Peru  Flag of Peru (state).svgvFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Peru
Stadium: TBD



Current squad

The following players were selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia on 27 and 31 March 2020, respectively. A complementary list including Argentine Primera División players will be released at a further date. [32]

On 12 March 2020, the FIFA announced that the matches originally scheduled to take place during the international window of 23–31 March 2020 are postponed to later dates. Details of the postponed matches will be discussed and announced soon. [33]
Caps and goals correct as of:18 November 2019, after the match against Uruguay.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
121 GK Juan Musso (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 26)10 Flag of Italy.svg Udinese

192 DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 32)704 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
32 DF Nicolás Tagliafico (1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 27)250 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
62 DF Germán Pezzella (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 29)162 Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina
42 DF Renzo Saravia (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 (age 27)90 Flag of Brazil.svg Internacional
142 DF Leonardo Balerdi (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 21)20 Flag of France.svg Marseille
22 DF Nehuén Pérez (2000-06-24) 24 June 2000 (age 20)00 Flag of Portugal.svg Famalicão

83 MF Marcos Acuña (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 28)270 Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting CP
53 MF Leandro Paredes (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 26)243 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain
203 MF Giovani Lo Celso (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 24)212 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur
73 MF Roberto Pereyra (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 29)192 Flag of England.svg Watford
163 MF Rodrigo De Paul (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 26)170 Flag of Italy.svg Udinese
183 MF Guido Rodríguez (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 26)90 Flag of Spain.svg Betis
173 MF Nicolás Domínguez (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 22)51 Flag of Italy.svg Bologna
153 MF Exequiel Palacios (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 21)40 Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen
113 MF Lucas Ocampos (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 26)32 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla
3 MF Alexis Mac Allister (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 21)20 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion

104 FW Lionel Messi (Captain) (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 33)13870 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
94 FW Sergio Agüero (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 32)9741 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
214 FW Paulo Dybala (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 26)292 Flag of Italy.svg Juventus
224 FW Lautaro Martínez (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 22)179 Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale
134 FW Lucas Alario (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 27)73 Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen
4 FW Nicolás González (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 22)30 Flag of Germany.svg VfB Stuttgart

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Agustín Marchesín (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 32)70 Flag of Portugal.svg Porto v. Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay , 18 November 2019
GK Esteban Andrada (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 29)40 Flag of Argentina.svg Boca Juniors v. Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay , 18 November 2019
GK Emiliano Martínez (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 27)00 Flag of England.svg Arsenal v. Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil , 15 November 2019
GK Franco Armani (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 33)110 Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate v. Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico , 10 September 2019

DF Juan Foyth (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 22)100 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur v. Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay , 18 November 2019
DF Walter Kannemann (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 29)60 Flag of Brazil.svg Grêmio v. Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay , 18 November 2019
DF Marcos Rojo (1990-03-20) 20 March 1990 (age 30)613 Flag of Argentina.svg Estudiantes LP v. Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil , 15 November 2019 INJ
DF Gonzalo Montiel (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 23)40 Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate v. Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico , 10 September 2019
DF Lucas Martínez Quarta (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 24)20 Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate v. Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico , 10 September 2019
DF Nicolás Figal (1994-04-03) 3 April 1994 (age 26)00 Flag of the United States.svg Inter Miami v. Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico , 10 September 2019

MF Erik Lamela (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 28)253 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur v. Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador , 13 October 2019
MF Matías Zaracho (1998-03-10) 10 March 1998 (age 22)10 Flag of Argentina.svg Racing v. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany , 9 October 2019 INJ
MF Manuel Lanzini (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 27)51 Flag of England.svg West Ham United v. Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico , 10 September 2019

FW Ángel Correa (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 25)122 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid v. Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador , 13 October 2019
FW Matías Vargas (1997-05-08) 8 May 1997 (age 23)10 Flag of Spain.svg Espanyol v. Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador , 13 October 2019
FW Joaquín Correa (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 25)41 Flag of Italy.svg Lazio v. Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico , 10 September 2019
FW Adolfo Gaich (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 (age 21)10 Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow v. Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico , 10 September 2019

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

Previous squads

Coaching staff

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


Most capped players

As of 18 November 2019, the ten players with the most appearances for Argentina are: [34] [35]
Javier Mascherano is the most capped player in the history of Argentina with 147 caps. Mascherano 2017.png
Javier Mascherano is the most capped player in the history of Argentina with 147 caps.
1 Javier Mascherano 2003–20181473
2 Javier Zanetti 1994–20111434
3 Lionel Messi 2005–13870
4 Roberto Ayala 1994–20071147
5 Diego Simeone 1988–20021069
6 Ángel Di María 2008–10220
7 Sergio Agüero 2006–9741
Oscar Ruggeri 1983–1994977
9 Sergio Romero 2009–960
10 Diego Maradona 1977–19949134

Top goalscorers

As of 18 November 2019, the ten players with the most goals for Argentina are: [36]
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup. He is the highest goalscorer in the history of Argentina with 70 goals. Messi vs Nigeria 2018.jpg
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup. He is the highest goalscorer in the history of Argentina with 70 goals.
Rank.PlayerCareerGoalsCapsAvg/GameOfficial Match Goals
1 Lionel Messi 2005– 70 1380.5136
2 Gabriel Batistuta [note 6] 1991–2002 54 770.738
3 Sergio Agüero 2006– 41 970.4220
4 Hernán Crespo 1995–2007 35 640.5526
5 Diego Maradona 1977–1994 34 910.3715
6 Gonzalo Higuaín 2009–2018 31 750.4123
7 Luis Artime 1961–196724250.96?
8 Daniel Passarella 1976–1986 23 700.336
9 Leopoldo Luque 1975–1981 21 450.498
José Sanfilippo 1956–196221290.76?

World Cup winning captains

Daniel Passarella 1986 Passarella world cup.jpg
Daniel Passarella 1986
Argentina national football team 2018 Argentina team in St. Petersburg.jpg
Argentina national football team 2018
1978 Daniel Passarella 7023
1986 Diego Maradona 9134

Individual records


The first Argentina national team manager was Ángel Vázquez, appointed in 1924. Guillermo Stábile is the manager with the most matches coaching the team (127). [50] Here is the complete list of managers: [51] [52] [53] [54]

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
Flag of Argentina.svg Juan 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
1939–1958 Flag of Argentina.svg Guillermo Stábile
1959 Flag of Argentina.svg Victorio Spinetto
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
1972–1974 Flag of Argentina.svg Omar Sívori
1974 Flag of Argentina.svg Vladislao Cap
1974–1983 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
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



Argentina have a long and fierce rivalry with their South American neighbours. [55]


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.


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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. [56] In 1966 both again faced each other in the group stage which ended in a scoreless draw. [57] 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 were defeated in extra time by a score of 1–0.


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 198 times since 1901. The first match between Argentina and Uruguay was also the first official international match to be played outside the United Kingdom. [note 7]


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. [58] [59] [60] [61] [62] [63] 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, [64] 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 [65] and 2018 [66] 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. [59]



FIFA World Cup

South American Championship / Copa América

FIFA Confederations Cup

Intercontinental Cup of Nations

Panamerican Championship

Summer Olympics

Pan American Games


See also

Notes and references


  1. 1 2 Some versions state that the team that faced Argentina was Albion F.C. based on that the initial line-up had nine players from that club. It was the first match disputed by an Uruguayan national team. [6] [7]
  2. Includes matches against former Czechoslovakia
  3. Includes matches against former West Germany
  4. Includes matches against former Soviet Union
  5. Includes matches against former Yugoslavia
  6. Although FIFA recognises two goals Batistuta scored in a 6–0 home win against the Slovakia national youth side on 22 June 1995, the Argentine Football Association does not recognise these goals. [37]
  7. 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 ]
  8. 1 2 Organised by Argentine and Uruguayan Associations
  9. 1 2 Organised by Brazilian and Argentine Associations
  10. Organised by the Brazilian Confederation
  11. Organised by Japanese Kirin Company

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