Since its establishment, the Argentina national team has appeared in five FIFA World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930,1978 beating the Netherlands), the 1986,1990 and 2014. Argentina has been 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 Argentine olympic team won the Olympics football tournaments in Athens 2004, although the first match ever recorded by an Argentine side was played on 16 May 1901 against Uruguay. Nevertheless, this is not considered a game due to the match not being organized by Uruguays football association but by Albion FC in its home field. The Uruguayan side had nine players from club and the remainder from Nacional. Argentina won the match by 3-2, the first official game played by Argentina was held in the same venue, on 20 July 1902 against Uruguay. The goals were scored by Dickinson, Arímalo, Morgan, Carve Urioste, Anderson, during its first years of existence, the national team played only friendly matches until 1905, when the first edition of Lipton Cup was held. It was a cup organized by both Argentine and Uruguayan Football Associations, with its last edition being contested in 1992, the first official title won by Argentina was the 1906 Copa Lipton, defeating Uruguay 2–0 in Montevideo. That same year, Argentina also played the Newton Cup, another competition organized by associations, earning the trophy after defeating Uruguay 2–1 in Buenos Aires. In the following years, matches played by the Argentine side were against South American teams only, the reasons varied from the long time the trips took to another countries by then to World War I. Argentina would win four consecutive Newton Cups from 1907 to 1911, after some Uruguayan victories, Argentina won the 1913,1915 and 1916 Lipton and 1916 Newton Cup trophies. In 1916, Argentina contested the first tournament organized by CONMEBOL, the host plus Brazil, Chile and Uruguay were the only teams contesting the inaugural competition. During that tournament Argentina played three matches, defeating Chile 6–0 and drawing Brazil and Uruguay, who became champions on goal difference. The line-up at the final was, Isola, Díaz, Reyes, Martínez, Olazar, Badaracco, Heissinger, Ohaco, H. Hayes, E. Hayes, Argentina won its first South American championship in 1921, also held in Buenos Aires. The squad won all the games disputed, defeating Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay to earn six points with no goals received, notable players of that team were goalkeeper Américo Tesoriere and striker Pedro Calomino. Julio Libonatti was also top scorer. In 1924, Argentina played a match against Uruguay at Sportivo Barracas stadium. When only 15 minutes had been played, winger Cesáreo Onzari scored from a corner kick, due to the fact that Uruguay was the Olympic champion, this play was called Gol Olímpico
Argentine team before playing its first official match ever, v. Uruguay, on July 27, 1902. This is also the first photo recorded of a national team.
An Argentina line-up of 1908, using the light blue and white jersey.