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Argentina national football team

Men's national association football team representing Argentina

Argentina
Nickname(s)La Albiceleste
(The White and Sky Blues)
AssociationArgentine Football Association (AFA)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachLionel Scaloni
CaptainLionel Messi
Most capsLionel Messi (151)
Top scorerLionel Messi (76)
Home stadiumAntonio 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 codeARG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 8 (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest1 (March 2007, October 2007–June 2008, July–October 2015, April 2016–April 2017)
Lowest24 (August 1996)
First international
 Uruguay 0–6 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 Jul 1902) [2][3][4][5]
Biggest win
 Argentina 12–0 Ecuador 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 6–1 Argentina 
(Helsingborg, Sweden; 15 June 1958)
 Bolivia 6–1 Argentina 
(La Paz, Bolivia; 1 April 2009)
 Spain 6–1 Argentina 
(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]
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.[8][9]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

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

(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.[14][15] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

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,[19] and silvery American football numbers ironed to the backs.[20] Argentina beat England with Diego Maradona's "goal of the century".[21][22] The shirt style became an emblem of the occasion and a collector's item.[23]

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina debuted a black away kit, a first in their history.[24]

Kit sponsorship

The AFA emblem that was added to playing kits in 1976
Kit supplier Period Notes
Gath & Chaves 1930–1934 [25]
Sportlandia 1966 [26]
Adidas 1973–1979 [25][27]
Le Coq Sportif 1980–1989 [25][28]
Adidas 1990–1998 [27][29]
Reebok 1999–2001 [30]
Adidas 2001–present [27]

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.[19]

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,[31] that was added for the 1982 World Cup).[19]

In 2004, the two stars added above the crest symbolized the national team FIFA World championships of 1978 and 1986.[31]

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2020

12 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina  1–1  Paraguay Buenos Aires, Argentina
21:00 ART (UTC−3) González  41' Report Á. Romero  21' (pen.) Stadium: Estadio Alberto J. Armando
Attendance: 0
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
17 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Peru  0–2  Argentina Lima, Peru
19:30 PET (UTC−5) Report González  17'
L. Martínez  28'
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)

2021

3 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina  1–1  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  2–2  Argentina Barranquilla, Colombia
18:00 COT (UTC−5)
Report
Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano
Attendance: 0
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
14 June 2021 Copa América Argentina  1–1  Chile Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18:00 BRT (UTC−3)
Report
Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
21 June 2021 Copa América Argentina  1–0  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  1–4  Argentina Cuiabá, Brazil
20:00 BRT (UTC−4)
Report
Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andrés Rojas (Colombia)
3 July 2021 Copa América Argentina  3–0  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  1–0  Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
21:00 BRT (UTC−3)
Report Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã
Attendance: 7,800
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (Uruguay)

2022

Players

Current squad

The following 28 players were selected for the 2021 Copa América.[32]
Caps and goals correct as of: 10 July 2021, after the match against Brazil.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Franco Armani (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 34) 16 0 River Plate
12 1GK Agustín Marchesín (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 33) 8 0 Porto
23 1GK Emiliano Martínez (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 28) 8 0 Aston Villa
28 1GK Juan Musso (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 27) 1 0 Atalanta

2 2DF Lucas Martínez Quarta (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 25) 8 0 Fiorentina
3 2DF Nicolás Tagliafico (1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 28) 34 0 Ajax
4 2DF Gonzalo Montiel (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 24) 13 0 River Plate
6 2DF Germán Pezzella (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 30) 23 2 Fiorentina
8 2DF Marcos Acuña (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 29) 33 0 Sevilla
13 2DF Cristian Romero (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 23) 5 1 Atalanta
19 2DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 33) 80 4 Benfica
25 2DF Lisandro Martínez (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 23) 3 0 Ajax
26 2DF Nahuel Molina (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 23) 6 0 Udinese

5 3MF Leandro Paredes (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 27) 36 4 Paris Saint-Germain
7 3MF Rodrigo De Paul (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 27) 29 1 Atlético Madrid
11 3MF Ángel Di María (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 33) 111 21 Paris Saint-Germain
14 3MF Exequiel Palacios (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 22) 12 0 Bayer Leverkusen
17 3MF Nicolás Domínguez (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 23) 10 1 Bologna
18 3MF Guido Rodríguez (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 27) 16 1 Betis
20 3MF Giovani Lo Celso (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 25) 30 2 Tottenham Hotspur
21 3MF Ángel Correa (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 26) 15 2 Atlético Madrid
24 3MF Alejandro Gómez (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 33) 7 3 Sevilla

9 4FW Sergio Agüero (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 33) 101 41 Barcelona
10 4FW Lionel Messi (captain) (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 34) 151 76 Unattached
15 4FW Nicolás González (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 23) 11 2 Fiorentina
16 4FW Joaquín Correa (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 26) 8 2 Lazio
22 4FW Lautaro Martínez (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 23) 29 14 Internazionale
27 4FW Julián Álvarez (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 21) 2 0 River Plate

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Esteban Andrada (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 30) 4 0 Monterrey v.  Peru, 17 November 2020
GK Jeremías Ledesma (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Cádiz v.  Paraguay, 12 November 2020 PRE

DF Juan Foyth (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 23) 13 0 Villarreal v.  Colombia, 8 June 2021 PRE
DF José Luis Palomino (1990-01-05) 5 January 1990 (age 31) 0 0 Atalanta v.  Colombia, 8 June 2021 PRE
DF Walter Kannemann (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 30) 6 0 Grêmio v.  Peru, 17 November 2020
DF Leonardo Balerdi (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 22) 2 0 Marseille v.  Peru, 17 November 2020
DF Facundo Medina (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Lens v.  Peru, 17 November 2020
DF Nehuén Pérez (2000-06-24) 24 June 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Granada v.  Peru, 17 November 2020
DF Marcos Senesi (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Feyenoord v.  Paraguay, 12 November 2020 PRE
DF Renzo Saravia (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 (age 27) 9 0 Internacional v.  Ecuador, 8 October 2020 INJ

MF Emiliano Buendía (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Aston Villa v.  Colombia, 8 June 2021 PRE
MF Roberto Pereyra (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 30) 19 2 Udinese v.  Paraguay, 12 November 2020 INJ
MF Eduardo Salvio (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 31) 14 0 Boca Juniors v.  Paraguay, 12 November 2020 INJ
MF Alexis Mac Allister (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Brighton & Hove Albion v.  Bolivia, 13 October 2020

FW Lucas Alario (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 28) 9 3 Bayer Leverkusen v.  Colombia, 8 June 2021 INJ
FW Lucas Ocampos (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 27) 8 2 Sevilla v.  Colombia, 8 June 2021 PRE
FW Paulo Dybala (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 27) 29 2 Juventus v.  Paraguay, 12 November 2020 INJ
FW Giovanni Simeone (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 26) 5 1 Cagliari v.  Paraguay, 12 November 2020 PRE
FW Cristian Pavón (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 25) 11 0 Boca Juniors v.  Ecuador, 8 October 2020 PRE

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

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Lionel Scaloni
Assistant coach Pablo Aimar
Assistant coach Roberto Ayala
Assistant coach Walter Samuel
Assistant coach (analyst) Matías Manna
Fitness coach Luis Martín
Goalkeeping coach Martín Tocalli

Manager history

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

Individual records

As of 11 July 2021[37]
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.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Lionel Messi 151 76 2005–0000
2 Javier Mascherano 147 3 2003–2018
3 Javier Zanetti 143 4 1994–2011
4 Roberto Ayala 114 7 1994–2007
5 Ángel Di María 111 21 2008–0000
6 Diego Simeone 106 9 1988–2002
7 Sergio Agüero 101 41 2006–0000
8 Oscar Ruggeri 97 7 1983–1994
9 Sergio Romero 96 0 2009–2018
10 Diego Maradona 91 34 1977–1994

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Lionel Messi 76 151 0.5 2005–
2 Gabriel Batistuta 54 77 0.7 1991–2002
3 Sergio Agüero 42 101 0.41 2006–
4 Hernán Crespo 35 64 0.55 1995–2007
5 Diego Maradona 34 91 0.37 1977–1994
6 Gonzalo Higuaín 31 75 0.41 2009–2018
7 Luis Artime 24 25 0.96 1961–1967
8 Daniel Passarella 23 70 0.33 1976–1986
9 Leopoldo Luque 22 44 0.5 1975–1981
10 Ángel Di María 21 111 0.19 2008-
José Sanfilippo 21 29 0.72 1956–1962
Herminio Masantonio 21 19 1.11 1935–1942

World Cup winning captains

World Cup winning captains of Argentina, (left): Daniel Passarella in 1978; (right): Diego Maradona in 1986
Year Player Caps Goals
1978 Daniel Passarella 70 23
1986 Diego Maradona 91 34

Goals

Manager records

Most manager appearances
Guillermo Stábile: 127[40]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 18 9 Squad Qualified as invitees
1934 Round 1 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3 Squad Qualified automatically
1938 Withdrew Withdrew
1950
1954
1958 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 5 10 Squad 4 3 0 1 10 2
1962 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 3 Squad 2 2 0 0 11 3
1966 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 4 2 Squad 4 3 1 0 9 2
1970 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 4 6
1974 Round 2 8th 6 1 2 3 9 12 Squad 4 3 1 0 9 2
1978 Champions 1st 7 5 1 1 15 4 Squad Qualified as hosts
1982 Round 2 11th 5 2 0 3 8 7 Squad Qualified as defending champions
1986 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 14 5 Squad 6 4 1 1 12 6
1990 Runners-up 2nd 7 2 3 2 5 4 Squad Qualified as defending champions
1994 Round of 16 10th 4 2 0 2 8 6 Squad 8 4 2 2 9 10
1998 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 1 1 10 4 Squad 16 8 6 2 23 13
2002 Group stage 18th 3 1 1 1 2 2 Squad 18 13 4 1 42 15
2006 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 2 0 11 3 Squad 18 10 4 4 29 17
2010 Quarter-finals 5th 5 4 0 1 10 6 Squad 18 8 4 6 23 20
2014 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 1 1 8 4 Squad 16 9 5 2 35 15
2018 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 6 9 Squad 18 7 7 4 19 16
2022 To be determined In progress
2026 To be determined
Total 2 Titles 17/21 81 43 15 23 137 93 136 75 36 25 235 127
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Copa América

South American Championship / Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
1916 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 7 2 Squad
1917 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 5 3 Squad
1919 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 7 7 Squad
1920 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 4 2 Squad
1921 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 5 0 Squad
1922 Fourth place 4th 4 2 0 2 6 3 Squad
1923 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 6 Squad
1924 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 2 0 Squad
1925 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 11 4 Squad
1926 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 14 3 Squad
1927 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 15 4 Squad
1929 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 9 1 Squad
1935 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 8 5 Squad
1937 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 5 Squad
1939 Withdrew
1941 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 10 2 Squad
1942 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 21 6 Squad
1945 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 22 5 Squad
1946 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 17 3 Squad
1947 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 28 4 Squad
1949 Withdrew
1953
1955 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 18 6 Squad
1956 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 5 3 Squad
1957 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 25 6 Squad
1959 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 19 5 Squad
1959 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 9 Squad
1963 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 15 10 Squad
1967 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 12 3 Squad
1975 Group stage 5th 4 2 0 2 17 4 Squad
1979 Group stage 8th 4 1 1 2 7 6 Squad
1983 Group stage 6th 4 1 3 0 5 4 Squad
1987 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 4 Squad
1989 Third place 3rd 7 2 3 2 2 4 Squad
1991 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 16 6 Squad
1993 Champions 1st 6 2 4 0 6 4 Squad
1995 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 6 Squad
1997 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 4 3 Squad
1999 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 6 Squad
2001 Withdrew
2004 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 16 6 Squad
2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 16 6 Squad
2011 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 3 0 5 2 Squad
2015 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 10 3 Squad
2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 18 2 Squad
2019 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 7 6 Squad
2021 Champions 1st 7 5 2 0 12 3 Squad
2024 Qualified
Total 15 Titles 43/47 202 127 42 33 474 182

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
1992 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 7 1 Squad
1995 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 5 3 Squad
1997 Did not qualify
1999
2001
2003
2005 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 10 10 Squad
2009 Did not qualify
2013
2017
Total 1 Title 3/10 10 5 3 2 22 14

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
1896 No football tournament
1900 Did not participate
1904
1908
1912
1920
1924
1928 Silver medal 2nd 5 3 1 1 25 7 Squad
1932 No football tournament
1936 Did not participate
1948
1952
1956
1960 Quarter-finals 7th 3 2 0 1 6 4 Squad
1964 Group stage 10th 2 0 1 1 3 4 Squad
1968 Did not qualify
1972
1976
1980 Qualified but withdrew
1984 Did not qualify
1988 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 5 Squad
Since 1992 See Argentina national under-23 football team
Total 1 Silver medal 4/19 14 6 3 5 38 20

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1951 Gold medal 1st 4 4 0 0 16 2
1955 Gold medal 1st 6 5 1 0 23 7
1959 Gold medal 1st 6 5 1 0 20 4
1963 Silver medal 2nd 4 2 2 0 11 3
1967 Preliminary round 5th 3 1 1 1 7 3
1971 Gold medal 1st 8 6 2 0 13 4
1975 Bronze medal 3rd 6 5 1 0 19 1
1979 Bronze medal 3rd 5 4 1 0 9 0
1983 Preliminary round 5th 2 0 0 2 0 4
1987 Bronze medal 3rd 5 3 1 1 11 3
1991 Did not qualify
1995 Gold medal 1st 6 4 2 0 10 4
Since 1999 See Argentina national under-23 football team
Total 5 Gold medals 11/12 55 39 12 4 139 35

Head-to-head record

Below is a result summary of all matches Argentina have played against FIFA recognized teams.[41]

As of 10 July 2021

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.
  2. ^ Includes matches against  Soviet Union.
  3. ^ Includes matches against  Yugoslavia.

Rivalries

Brazil

Argentina have a long and fierce rivalry with their South American neighbours.[42]

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

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.[43] In 1966 both again faced each other in the group stage which ended in a scoreless draw.[44] 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.

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.[45][46][47][48][49][50] 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,[51] 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[52] and 2018[53] 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.[46]

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.
Competition Total
World Cup 2 3 0 5
Copa América 15 14 5 34
Confederations Cup 1 2 0 3
Panamerican Championship 1 1 0 2
Intercontinental Cup of Nations 1 0 0 1
Olympic Games 2 2 0 4
Total 22 22 5 49

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][10][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.
  5. ^ a b c d Organised by Argentine and Uruguayan Associations
  6. ^ a b Organised by Brazilian and Argentine Associations
  7. ^ Organised by the Brazilian Confederation
  8. ^ Organised by Japanese Kirin Company

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