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Argentina
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Albiceleste (The White and Sky-Blues)
Association Argentine Football Association (AFA)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Lionel Scaloni (interim)
Captain Lionel Messi
Most caps Javier Mascherano (147)
Top scorer Lionel Messi (65)
Home stadium Antonio Vespucio Liberti
(El Monumental)
FIFA code ARG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 11 Decrease 6 (16 August 2018)
Highest 1 (March 2007, October 2007 – June 2008, July – October 2015, April 2016 – April 2017)
Lowest 24 (August 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 13 Decrease 1 (9 July 2018)
Highest 1 (July 2007, May – July 2017)
Lowest 26 (June 1990)
First international
 Uruguay 2–3 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)[note 1][1]
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)
 Uruguay 5–0 Argentina 
(Guayaquil, Ecuador; 16 December 1959)
 Colombia 5–0 Argentina 
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 September 1993)
World Cup
Appearances 17 (first in 1930)
Best result Champion (1978, 1986)
Copa América
Appearances 41 (first in 1916)
Best result Champions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993)
Confederations Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 1992)
Best result Champions (1992)

The Argentina national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Argentina) represents Argentina in football and is controlled by the Argentine Football Association (AFA), 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 Albicelestes, 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 been very successful in the Copa América, winning it 14 times, being second only to Uruguay in Copa América victories. Argentina have also won the 'extra' South American Championships in 1941, 1945 and 1946. The team also won the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 1993 Artemio Franchi Trophy. The Argentine olympic team won the Olympics football tournaments in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.[3]

Argentina, Brazil, Germany[note 2] and France are the only national teams that have won the three most important men's titles recognized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic tournament. They have also won their respective continental championship (Copa América for Argentina and Brazil, and UEFA European Championship for Germany and France).[5][6]

Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, England, and Germany due to historic occurrences with one another throughout football history.[7][8]

History[edit]

The first match ever recorded by 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 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. Their most recent World Cup final was in 2014, which they lost 1–0 to Germany. Previous to this their last World Cup final was in 1990, which they 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 and also winning the "extra" South American Championships in 1941, 1945 and 1946. 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 six of the 14 football competitions at the Pan American Games, winning in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995 and 2003.

In March 2007, Argentina reached the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time.[13]

Team image[edit]

Kits and crest[edit]

Argentina wearing the yellow jersey of IFK Malmö v. West Germany at the 1958 World Cup

The first jersey worn by Argentina was a white shirt, when the national side officially debuted against Uruguay in 1902.[14] In September 1908, Argentina wore the white and light blue in vertical stripes jersey for the first time.[15] That kit would become the official kit since then. The away kits usually have been in dark blue tones, varying the colors of shorts and socks.

Nevertheless, Argentina wore other uniforms a few times. One of them was on 3 June 1919 in Rio de Janeiro playing the "Roberto Chery Cup" against Brazil. That time 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 Swedish club IFK Malmö's yellow jersey in the match against West Germany, as the team did not take away uniforms to Sweden.

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina wore a black away kit for the first time in their history.[18]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit supplier Period Notes
England Gath & Chaves[19] 1930–1934
West Germany Adidas[19][20] 1973–1979
France Le Coq Sportif[19][21] 1980–1989
Germany Adidas[20][22] 1990–1998
United Kingdom Reebok[23] 1999–2001
Germany Adidas[20] 2001–present

Managers[edit]

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).[24] Here is the complete list of managers:[25][26][27]

Dates Name
1924–25 Argentina Ángel Vázquez
1927–28 Argentina José Lago Millán
1928–29 Argentina Francisco Olazar
1929–30 Argentina Francisco Olazar &
Argentina Juan J. Tramutola
1934 Italy Felipe Pascucci
1934–37 Argentina Manuel Seoane
1937–39 Argentina Ángel Fernández Roca
1939–58 Argentina Guillermo Stábile
1959 Argentina Victorio Spinetto
1960–61 Argentina Guillermo Stábile
Dates Name
1962–63 Argentina Juan Carlos Lorenzo
1963 Argentina Alejandro Galán
1963–64 Argentina Horacio Torres
1964–68 Argentina José María Minella
1968 Italy Argentina Renato Cesarini
1968–69 Argentina Humberto Maschio
1969 Argentina Adolfo Pedernera
1969–72 Argentina Juan José Pizzuti
1972–74 Argentina Omar Sívori
1974 Argentina Vladislao Cap
1974–83 Argentina César Luis Menotti
Dates Name
1983–90 Argentina Carlos Bilardo
1990–94 Argentina Alfio Basile
1994–98 Argentina Daniel Passarella
1998–2004 Argentina Marcelo Bielsa
2004–06 Argentina José Pékerman
2006–08 Argentina Alfio Basile
2008–10 Argentina Diego Maradona
2010–11 Argentina Sergio Batista
2011–14 Argentina Alejandro Sabella
2014–16 Argentina Gerardo Martino
2016–17 Argentina Edgardo Bauza
Dates Name
2017–18 Argentina Jorge Sampaoli
2018- Argentina Lionel Scaloni


Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Argentina Lionel Scaloni (interim)
Assistant Coach Argentina Pablo Aimar
Assistant Coach Argentina Walter Samuel
Goalkeeping Coach Argentina Martín Tocalli
Fitness Coach Vacant

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the two friendly matches against Guatemala and Colombia on 7 and 11 September 2018 respectively.[28]
Caps and goals correct as of: 11 September 2018, after the match against Colombia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sergio Romero (1987-02-22) 22 February 1987 (age 31) 94 0 England Manchester United
12 1GK Franco Armani (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 31) 3 0 Argentina River Plate
23 1GK Gerónimo Rulli (1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 (age 26) 1 0 Spain Real Sociedad

3 2DF Nicolás Tagliafico (captain) (1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 26) 10 0 Netherlands Ajax
4 2DF Fabricio Bustos (1996-04-28) 28 April 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Argentina Independiente
6 2DF Germán Pezzella (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 27) 4 0 Italy Fiorentina
8 2DF Marcos Acuña (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 26) 12 0 Portugal Sporting CP
13 2DF Ramiro Funes Mori (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 27) 21 1 Spain Villarreal
17 2DF Walter Kannemann (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Brazil Grêmio
18 2DF Renzo Saravia (1993-06-16) 16 June 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Argentina Racing
28 2DF Alan Franco (1996-10-11) 11 October 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Argentina Independiente
30 2DF Leonel Di Plácido (1994-01-28) 28 January 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Argentina Lanús

5 3MF Leandro Paredes (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 24) 5 1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
7 3MF Gonzalo Martínez (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 25) 2 1 Argentina River Plate
14 3MF Maximiliano Meza (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 26) 7 0 Argentina Independiente
15 3MF Santiago Ascacíbar (1997-02-25) 25 February 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Germany VfB Stuttgart
16 3MF Rodrigo Battaglia (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Portugal Sporting CP
20 3MF Giovani Lo Celso (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 22) 7 1 Spain Real Betis
24 3MF Franco Cervi (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Portugal Benfica
25 3MF Franco Vázquez (1989-02-22) 22 February 1989 (age 29) 1 0 Spain Sevilla
26 3MF Matías Vargas (1997-05-08) 8 May 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield
29 3MF Exequiel Palacios (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Argentina River Plate

9 4FW Mauro Icardi (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 (age 25) 5 0 Italy Internazionale
11 4FW Ángel Correa (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 23) 8 1 Spain Atlético Madrid
19 4FW Giovanni Simeone (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 23) 2 1 Italy Fiorentina
21 4FW Paulo Dybala (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 24) 14 0 Italy Juventus
22 4FW Cristian Pavón (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 22) 11 0 Argentina Boca Juniors

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Nahuel Guzmán (1986-02-10) 10 February 1986 (age 32) 6 0 Mexico UANL 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK Willy Caballero (1981-09-28) 28 September 1981 (age 36) 5 0 England Chelsea 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK Agustín Marchesín (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 30) 3 0 Mexico América v.  Nigeria, 14 November 2017

DF Gabriel Mercado (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 31) 23 4 Spain Sevilla v.  Guatemala, 7 September 2018 INJ
DF Marcos Rojo (1990-03-20) 20 March 1990 (age 28) 59 3 England Manchester United 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 30) 58 4 England Manchester City 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Federico Fazio (1987-03-17) 17 March 1987 (age 31) 10 1 Italy Roma 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Cristian Ansaldi (1986-09-20) 20 September 1986 (age 31) 5 1 Italy Torino 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Emiliano Insúa (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 29) 5 0 Germany VfB Stuttgart v.  Nigeria, 14 November 2017
DF Emanuel Mammana (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  Nigeria, 14 November 2017 INJ
DF Milton Casco (1988-04-11) 11 April 1988 (age 30) 2 0 Argentina River Plate v.  Ecuador, 10 October 2017

MF Eduardo Salvio (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 28) 11 0 Portugal Benfica v.  Guatemala, 7 September 2018 INJ
MF Ángel Di María (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 30) 97 20 France Paris Saint-Germain 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Éver Banega (1988-06-29) 29 June 1988 (age 30) 65 6 Spain Sevilla 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Enzo Pérez (1986-02-22) 22 February 1986 (age 32) 26 1 Argentina River Plate 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Manuel Lanzini (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 25) 4 1 England West Ham United 2018 FIFA World Cup INJ
MF Guido Pizarro (1990-02-26) 26 February 1990 (age 28) 3 0 Mexico UANL 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Pablo Pérez (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 (age 32) 1 0 Argentina Boca Juniors 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Ricardo Centurión (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Argentina Racing 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Matías Kranevitter (1993-05-21) 21 May 1993 (age 25) 9 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  Nigeria, 14 November 2017
MF Fernando Belluschi (1983-09-10) 10 September 1983 (age 35) 5 0 Argentina San Lorenzo v.  Nigeria, 14 November 2017
MF Alejandro Gómez (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 30) 4 1 Italy Atalanta v.  Nigeria, 14 November 2017
MF Emiliano Rigoni (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Italy Atalanta v.  Nigeria, 14 November 2017
MF Fernando Gago (1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 32) 61 0 Argentina Boca Juniors v.  Ecuador, 10 October 2017 INJ

FW Lautaro Martínez (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Internazionale v.  Guatemala, 7 September 2018 INJ
FW Lionel Messi (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 31) 128 65 Spain Barcelona 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Sergio Agüero (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 30) 89 39 England Manchester City 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Gonzalo Higuaín (1987-12-10) 10 December 1987 (age 30) 75 31 Italy Milan 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Diego Perotti (1988-07-26) 26 July 1988 (age 30) 5 0 Italy Roma 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Darío Benedetto (1990-05-17) 17 May 1990 (age 28) 4 0 Argentina Boca Juniors v.  Ecuador, 10 October 2017
FW Lautaro Acosta (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 30) 2 0 Argentina Lanús v.  Ecuador, 10 October 2017 INJ

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

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 18 9
Italy 1934 Round 1 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3
France 1938 Withdrew
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 5 10 4 3 0 1 10 2
Chile 1962 10th 3 1 1 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 11 3
England 1966 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 4 2 4 3 1 0 9 2
Mexico 1970 Did Not Qualify 4 1 1 2 4 6
West Germany 1974 Round 2 8th 6 1 2 3 9 12 4 3 1 0 9 2
Argentina 1978 Champions 1st 7 5 1 1 15 4 Qualified as hosts
Spain 1982 Round 2 11th 5 2 0 3 8 7 Qualified as defending champions
Mexico 1986 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 14 5 6 4 1 1 12 6
Italy 1990 Runners-up 2nd 7 2 3 2 5 4 Qualified as defending champions
United States 1994 Round of 16 10th 4 2 0 2 8 6 8 4 2 2 9 10
France 1998 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 1 1 10 4 16 8 6 2 23 13
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 18th 3 1 1 1 2 2 18 13 4 1 42 15
Germany 2006 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 2 0 11 3 18 10 4 4 29 17
South Africa 2010 5th 5 4 0 1 10 6 18 8 4 6 23 20
Brazil 2014 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 1 1 8 4 16 9 5 2 35 15
Russia 2018 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 6 9 18 7 7 4 19 16
Total 2 Titles 17/21 81 43 15 23 137 93 136 75 36 25 235 127

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 7 1 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1995 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 5 3 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1999
South KoreaJapan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 10 10 Squad
South Africa 2009 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017
Total 1 Title 3/10 10 5 3 2 22 14 -
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

South American Football Championship[edit]

South American Football Championship
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Argentina 1916 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 7 2
Uruguay1917 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 5 3
Brazil 1919 Third Place 3rd 3 1 0 2 7 7
Chile 1920 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 4 2
Argentina 1921 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 5 0
Brazil 1922 Fourth Place 4th 4 2 0 2 6 3
Uruguay 1923 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 6
Uruguay 1924 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 2 0
Argentina 1925 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 11 4
Chile 1926 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 14 3
Peru 1927 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 15 4
Argentina 1929 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 9 1
Peru 1935 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 8 5
Argentina 1937 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 5
Peru 1939 Withdrew
Chile 1941 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 10 2
Uruguay 1942 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 21 6
Chile 1945 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 22 5
Argentina 1946 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 17 3
Ecuador 1947 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 28 4
Brazil 1949 Withdrew
Peru 1953 Withdrew
Chile 1955 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 18 6
Uruguay1956 Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 5 3
Peru 1957 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 25 6
Argentina 1959 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 19 5
Ecuador 1959 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 9
Bolivia 1963 Third Place 3rd 6 3 1 2 15 10
Uruguay 1967 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 12 3
Total 12 Titles 26/29 113 81 15 17 314 107

Copa América[edit]

Copa América
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
South America 1975 Group Stage 5th 4 2 0 2 17 4
South America 1979 Group Stage 8th 4 1 1 2 7 6
South America 1983 Group Stage 6th 4 1 3 0 5 4
Argentina 1987 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 4
Brazil 1989 Third Place 3rd 7 2 3 2 2 4
Chile 1991 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 16 6
Ecuador 1993 Champions 1st 6 2 4 0 6 4
Uruguay 1995 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 6
Bolivia 1997 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 1 2 1 4 3
Paraguay 1999 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 6
Colombia 2001 Withdrew
Peru 2004 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 16 6
Venezuela 2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 16 6
Argentina 2011 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 3 0 5 2
Chile 2015 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 10 3
United States 2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 18 2
Brazil 2019 Qualified
Ecuador 2023 Qualified
Total 2 Titles 15/16 76 38 24 14 141 66

Olympics record[edit]

Olympics record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
Greece 1896 No Football Tournament
France 1900 Did Not Participate
United States 1904
Greece 1906
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924
Netherlands 1928 Silver Medal 2nd 5 3 1 1 25 7
United States1932 No Football Tournament
Nazi Germany1936 Did Not Participate
United Kingdom 1948
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960 Quarter-Finals 7th 3 2 0 1 6 4
Japan 1964 Group Stage 10th 2 0 1 1 3 4
Mexico 1968 Did Not Qualify
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980 Qualified and Withdrew
United States 1984 Did Not Qualify
South Korea 1988 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 5
Spain 1992 Did Not Qualify
United States 1996 Silver Medal 2nd 6 3 2 1 13 6
Australia 2000 Did Not Qualify
Greece 2004 Gold Medal 1st 6 6 0 0 17 0
China 2008 Gold Medal 1st 6 6 0 0 11 2
United Kingdom 2012 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2016 Group Stage 11th 3 1 1 1 3 4
Japan 2020 TBD
Total 2 Gold Medals
2 Silver Medal
8/19 35 22 6 7 81 32

Football at the Summer Olympics has been an amateur tournament from 1908 to 1988.

Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992 (with three players of over 23 years of age allowed in the squad).

Pan American Games[edit]

Argentina has won 6 of the 14 football competitions at the Pan American Games, winning in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995 and 2003.

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Argentina 1951 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 16 2
Mexico 1955 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 23 7
United States 1959 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 20 4
Brazil 1963 Runners-up 2nd 7 3 1 0 18 3
Canada 1967 Round 1 5th 3 1 1 1 7 3
Colombia 1971 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 7 2
Mexico 1975 Third Place 3rd 3 2 1 0 9 1
Puerto Rico 1979 Third Place 3rd 4 2 2 0 3 0
Venezuela 1983 Round 1 5th 2 0 0 2 0 4
United States 1987 Third Place 3rd 4 3 0 1 11 3
Cuba 1991 Did not Qualify
Argentina 1995 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 10 4
Canada 1999 Did not Qualify
Dominican Republic 2003 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 10 5
Brazil 2007 Round 1 9th 3 0 2 1 1 3
Mexico 2011 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 6 2
Canada 2015 Did not Enter
Peru 2019 15th or 16th
Total 6 Titles 14/16 60 46 10 6 134 43

Records and statistics[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Javier Mascherano is the most capped player in the history of Argentina with 147 caps.
As of 30 June 2018, the ten players with the most appearances for Argentina are:[29][30]
Rank. Name Career Caps Goals
1 Javier Mascherano 2003–2018 147 3
2 Javier Zanetti 1994–2011 143 4
3 Lionel Messi 2005– 128 65
4 Roberto Ayala 1994–2007 114 7
5 Diego Simeone 1988–2002 104 9
6 Ángel Di María 2008– 97 20
Oscar Ruggeri 1983–1994 97 7
8 Sergio Romero 2009– 94 0
9 Diego Maradona 1977–1994 91 34
10 Sergio Agüero 2006– 89 39

Top goalscorers[edit]

Lionel Messi celebrating after scoring a crucial hat-trick against Ecuador on 10 October 2017. He is the highest goalscorer in the history of Argentina with 65 goals.
As of 30 June 2018, the ten players with the most goals for Argentina are:[31]
Rank. Player Career Goals Caps Avg/Game Official Match Goals
1 Lionel Messi (list) 2005– 65 128 0.51 47
2 Gabriel Batistuta (list)[note 3] 1991–2002 54 77 0.7 38
3 Sergio Agüero (list) 2006– 39 89 0.44 34
4 Hernán Crespo (list) 1995–2007 35 64 0.55 26
5 Diego Maradona (list) 1977–1994 34 91 0.37 26
6 Gonzalo Higuaín (list) 2009– 31 75 0.41 23
7 Luis Artime 1961–1967 24 25 0.96 ?
8 Daniel Passarella 1976–1986 23 70 0.33 ?
9 Leopoldo Luque (list) 1975–1981 21 45 0.49 8
José Sanfilippo 1956–1962 21 29 0.76 ?

World Cup winning captains[edit]

Year Name Caps Goals
1978 Daniel Passarella 70 23
1986 Diego Maradona 91 34

Individual records[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Argentina have a long and fierce rivalry with their South American neighbours.[45][clarification needed]

England[edit]

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.

Action from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany

Germany[edit]

Argentina have played Germany in 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 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[edit]

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.[1] 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 4]

Nigeria[edit]

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.[46][47][48][49][50][51] 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,[52] 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[53] and 2018[54] World Cup fixtures.

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.[47]

Honours[edit]

Official[edit]

Friendly[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Some versions state that the team that faced Argentina was Albion F.C. based on the initial line-up had nine players from that club. In fact, it was the first match disputed by an Uruguayan national team.[9][10]
  2. ^ Includes Olympic Gold won by East Germany in 1976.[4]
  3. ^ 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.[32]
  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. ^ a b Extra edition
  6. ^ a b Organised by Argentine and Uruguayan Associations
  7. ^ Organised by Brazilian and Argentine Associations
  8. ^ Organised by the Brazilian Confederation
  9. ^ Organised by Japanese Kirin Company

References[edit]

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