Argentina–Brazil football rivalry

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Teams involved Argentina, Brazil
First contested 20 September 1914
Number of meetings 96
Most wins Tied at (36)
Most recent meeting Argentina 0–2 Brazil
Superclásico de las Américas
Beijing
(11 October 2014)
Next meeting TBD
Largest victory Brazil 6–2 Argentina
Roca Cup
Rio de Janeiro
(20 December 1945)

The ArgentinaBrazil football rivalry is a highly competitive sports rivalry that exists between the national football teams of the two countries, as well as their respective sets of fans. Games between the two teams, even those that are only friendly matches, are often marked by notable and sometimes controversial incidents. This rivalry is also called the "Battle of the South Americans."

Even to passionate football fans, Argentina-Brazil matches are often noteworthy for the sheer level of competitiveness and talent of the two squads. Both Argentina and Brazil are routinely ranked among the top 10 national teams in the world.

Origins[edit]

The origins of the football rivalry between Argentina and Brazil can be traced to before football became so popular in both countries. Today few remember wars and other political confrontations between both countries, and only recall matches, victories, goals and other sport-related incidents. Their rivalry is found in almost all sports, but a men's football match between Argentina and Brazil is one that neither side wants to lose, and often acquires more importance than the championship within which it takes place. To exemplify the intensity of this rivalry, is enough to remember that after the 1946 incidents (see below), the two teams did not play against each other for ten years; either team would decline to play a given cup so that they would never have to play against the neighboring country.

Games statistics[edit]

Matches For Argentina Draw For Brazil Goals
96[1] 36 24 36 151/147
Main Championship Titles Argentina Brazil
World Cup 2 5
Olympic Gold[2] 2 0
Copa América
14 8
Confederations Cup
1 4
U-20 World Cup[3] 6 5
U-17 World Cup[4] 0 3
Total 25 25
Minor and Qualification Tournaments Titles Argentina Brazil
Pan American Games 6 4
South American U-20 Championship 4 11
South American U-17 Championship 3 10
South American U-15 Championship 0 3
CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament[5] (d) 4 7
Panamerican Championship[6] (d) 1 2
Total 18 37

Since their first match in 1914, the national teams have played 102 matches counting friendlies, World Cup, and other official competitions (excluding matches between youth sides).

Even though there is a difference depending on whether the Argentine Football Association (AFA) or the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) does the counting, the near-balance is not in dispute. Of the 96 matches played between both national teams, Argentina holds 36 victories, with 24 draws, and 36 Brazilian victories. Also, with 151 goals for Argentina and 147 goals for Brazil.[7] Only counting World Cup matches, Brazil is slightly ahead with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, whereas in the Copa América matches, Argentina holds a comfortable lead with 15 victories, 8 draws and 9 defeats. Of the 50 friendly matches, 19 went to Brazil, 17 to Argentina and 14 were draws. Since the first match between the two countries in 1914, Argentina dominated the early years with more than double of the Brazilian victories. This is even when Brazil was world champion in 1958 and 1962. However, the 1970s proved to be dark times for Argentina, with 7 defeats, 4 draws and only 1 victory. Although it should be mentioned that one of the draws came in the 1978 World Cup played in Argentina. The draw (0–0) actually helped Argentina reach their second World Cup final and their first World Cup Title. In the 1978 World Cup, Brazil was left behind playing for third place.

Highest scoring wins between these two nations, for Argentina 6–1 (at home in Buenos Aires, 1940) and 1–5 (away at Rio de Janeiro, 1939), for Brazil 6–2 (at home in Rio de Janeiro, 1945) and 1–4 (away at Buenos Aires, 1960). Most important victory matches between these two nations, for Argentina was the tie in the 1978 world cup that helped them reach the final and their first title and the (1–0) victory over Brazil in the 1990 World Cup which eliminated Brazil from the World Cup. For Brazil, two Copa America win victories in the Copa America finals. The first, in Peru, 2004, Brazil won a penalty shoot out (4–2) after a (2–2) draw, and the second, a (3–0) win in the 2007 Copa America final played in Venezuela.[8]

The latest match between the two teams was the Superclásico de las Américas held in Beijing, China, in October 2014.

Date Venue Score Winner Comments
12 October 2014 China Beijing 2-0 Brazil Superclásico de las Américas
21 November 2012 Argentina Buenos Aires Argentina won 2–1. but as the series draw 1–1 then series decided by penalty shootout, where Brazil won by 4–3 Argentina Superclásico de las Américas
19 September 2012 Brazil Goiânia 2–1 Brazil Superclásico de las Américas
9 June 2012 United States East Rutherford, New Jersey 4–3 Argentina Friendly
28 September 2011 Brazil Belém 2–0 Brazil Superclásico de las Américas
14 September 2011 Argentina Córdoba, Argentina 0–0 Draw Superclásico de las Américas
17 November 2010 Qatar Doha 1–0 Argentina Friendly
5 September 2009 Argentina Rosario 3–1 Brazil World Cup 2010 Qualifier
18 June 2008 Brazil Belo Horizonte 0–0 Draw World Cup 2010 Qualifier
15 July 2007 Venezuela Maracaibo 3–0 Brazil Copa America 2007
3 September 2006 England London 3–0 Brazil Friendly
29 June 2005 Germany Frankfurt 4–1 Brazil 2005 Confederations Cup
8 June 2005 Argentina Buenos Aires 3–1 Argentina World Cup 2006 Qualifier
25 July 2004 Peru Lima 2(2) – 2(4) Draw-Brazil won on penalties Copa America 2004
2 June 2004 Brazil Belo Horizonte 3–1 Brazil World Cup 2006 Qualifier
5 September 2001 Argentina Buenos Aires 2–1 Argentina World Cup 2002 Qualifier
26 July 2000 Brazil São Paulo 3–1 Brazil World Cup 2002 Qualifier
7 September 1999 Brazil Porto Alegre 4–2 Brazil Friendly
4 September 1999 ArgentinaBuenos Aires 2–0 Argentina WORLD CUP
11 July 1999 Paraguay Ciudad del Este 2–1 Brazil Copa America 1999
29 April 1998 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 1–0 Argentina Friendly
8 November 1995 Argentina Buenos Aires 1–0 Brazil Friendly
17 July 1995 Uruguay Rivera 2(4) – 2(2) Draw-Brazil won on penalties Copa America 1995
23 March 1994 Brazil Recife 2–0 Brazil Friendly
27 June 1993 Ecuador Guayaquil 1(6) – 1(5) Draw-Argentina won on penalties Copa America 1993
18 February 1993 Argentina Buenos Aires 1–1 Draw Friendly
17 July 1991 Chile Santiago, Chile 3–2 Argentina Copa America 1991
27 June 1991 Brazil Curitiba 1–1 Draw Friendly
27 March 1991 Argentina Buenos Aires 3–3 Draw Friendly
24 June 1990 Italy Turin 1–0 Argentina FIFA World Cup 1990
12 July 1989 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 2–0 Brazil Copa America 1989
10 July 1988 Australia Melbourne 0–0 Draw Gold Cup 1988
5 May 1985 Brazil Salvador 2–1 Brazil Friendly
17 June 1984 Brazil São Paulo 0–0 Draw Friendly
14 September 1983 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 0–0 Draw Copa America 1983
24 August 1983 Argentina Buenos Aires 1–0 Argentina Copa America 1983
2 July 1982 Spain Barcelona 3–1 Brazil FIFA World Cup 1982
4 January 1981 Uruguay Montevideo 1–1 Draw Mundialito
23 August 1979 Argentina Buenos Aires 2–2 Draw Copa America 1979
2 August 1979 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 2–1 Brazil Copa America 1979
18 June 1978 Argentina Rosario 0–0 Draw FIFA World Cup 1978
19 May 1976 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 2–0 Brazil Roca Cup
27 February 1976 Argentina Buenos Aires 2–1 Brazil Atlantic Cup
16 August 1975 Argentina Rosario 1–0 Brazil Copa America 1975
6 August 1975 Brazil Belo Horizonte 2–1 Brazil Copa America 1975
30 June 1974 West Germany Hannover 2–1 Brazil FIFA World Cup 1974
31 July 1971 Argentina Buenos Aires 2–2 Draw Roca Cup
28 July 1971 Argentina Buenos Aires 1–1 Draw Roca Cup
8 March 1970 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 2–1 Brazil Friendly
4 March 1970 Brazil Porto Alegre 2–0 Argentina Friendly
9 June 1965 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 0–0 Draw Friendly
3 June 1964 Brazil São Paulo 3–0 Argentina Nations Cup
16 April 1963 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 5–2 Brazil Roca Cup
13 April 1963 Brazil São Paulo 3–2 Argentina Roca Cup
24 March 1963 Bolivia La Paz 3–0 Argentina South American Championship
12 July 1960 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 5–1 Brazil Atlantic Cup
29 May 1960 Argentina Buenos Aires 4–1 Brazil Roca Cup
26 May 1960 Argentina Buenos Aires 4–2 Argentina Roca Cup
20 March 1960 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica 1–0 Brazil Panamerican Cup
13 March 1960 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica 2–1 Argentina Panamerican Cup
22 December 1959 Ecuador Guayaquil 4–1 Argentina South American Championship
4 April 1959 Argentina Buenos Aires 1–1 Draw South American Championship
10 July 1957 Brazil São Paulo 2–0 Brazil Roca Cup
7 July 1957 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 2–1 Argentina Roca Cup
3 April 1957 Peru Lima 3–0 Argentina South American Championship
8 July 1956 Argentina Avellaneda 0–0 Draw Atlantic Cup
18 March 1956 Mexico Mexico City 2–2 Draw Panamerican Cup
5 February 1956 Uruguay Montevideo 1–0 Brazil South American Championship
10 February 1946 Argentina Buenos Aires 2–0 Argentina South American Championship
23 December 1945 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 3–1 Brazil Roca Cup
20 December 1945 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 6–2 Brazil Roca Cup
16 December 1945 Brazil São Paulo 4–3 Argentina Roca Cup
15 February 1945 Chile Santiago 3–1 Argentina South American Championship
17 January 1942 Uruguay Montevideo 2–1 Argentina South American Championship
17 March 1940 Argentina Avellaneda 5–1 Argentina Roca Cup
10 March 1940 Argentina Buenos Aires 3–2 Brazil Roca Cup
5 March 1940 Argentina Buenos Aires 6–1 Argentina Roca Cup
25 February 1940 Brazil São Paulo 3–0 Argentina Roca Cup
18 February 1940 Brazil São Paulo 2–2 Draw Roca Cup
22 January 1939 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 3–2 Brazil Roca Cup
15 January 1939 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 5–1 Argentina Roca Cup
1 February 1937 Argentina Buenos Aires 2–0 Argentina South American Championship
30 January 1937 Argentina Buenos Aires 1–0 Argentina South American Championship
25 December 1925 Argentina Buenos Aires 2–2 Draw South American Championship
13 December 1925 Argentina Buenos Aires 4–1 Argentina South American Championship
9 December 1923 Argentina Buenos Aires 2–0 Argentina Roca Cup
18 November 1923 Uruguay Montevideo 2–1 Argentina South American Championship
15 October 1922 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 2–0 Brazil South American Championship
2 October 1921 Argentina Buenos Aires 1–0 Argentina South American Championship
25 September 1920 Chile Valparaíso 2–0 Argentina South American Championship
1 June 1919 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 3–3 Draw Friendly
18 May 1919 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 3–1 Brazil South American Championship
3 October 1917 Uruguay Montevideo 4–2 Argentina South American Championship
10 July 1916 Argentina Buenos Aires 1–1 Draw South American Championship
27 September 1914 Argentina Buenos Aires 1–0 Brazil Roca Cup
20 September 1914 Argentina Buenos Aires 3–0 Argentina Friendly

Pelé/Maradona rivalry[edit]

Brazilian supporter with a fake coffin with the colors of the Argentinian flag and the name "Maradona"

Among the elite group of players football fans consider as contenders for the title, best player of all time, Brazil's Pelé and Argentina's Diego Maradona are probably the most famous, and generally dominate polls on the subject. Some of their fellow countrymen also feature regularly in such debates. The next most notable pair are perhaps Garrincha (Brazilian) and Alfredo di Stéfano (Argentinian). The most dominant figures from the two countries in the modern game are Neymar (Brazilian) and Lionel Messi (Argentinian). Both Pelé and Maradona have declared Neymar and Messi their respective "successors".

However, the over-riding discussion about which of Pele and Maradona is the greater has proved to be never ending. Even though most consider them as the best players of their own times, many consider the comparison between them useless, as they played during incomparable eras, and in different leagues.[9]

Pelé was given the title "Athlete of the Century" by the International Olympic Committee.[10] In 1999, Time Magazine named Pelé one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.[11] Also, he was elected Football Player of the Century, by France Football's Golden Ball Winners in 1999, Football Player of the Century, by IFFHS International Federation of Football History and Statistics, 1999, South America Football Player of the Century, by IFFHS International Federation of Football History and Statistics. Pelé's 1281 goals are recognized by FIFA as the highest total achieved by a professional footballer.

The controversy reached a climax during the FIFA century awards in 2000, in which Maradona was voted Player of the Century in an official internet poll, garnering 53.6% of the votes against 18.53% for Pelé. Shortly before the ceremony, FIFA unexpectedly decided to add a second award and appointed a "Football Family" committee composed of football journalists that gave to Pelé the title of best player of the century to make it a draw. This move was criticized in Argentina, that suspected Pelé was rewarded for his constant support of FIFA, in contrast to Maradona's frequent criticism.[12] Others believe that FIFA was considering issues other than football, notably Maradona's drug problem. Maradona left the ceremony right after receiving his award, and before Pelé was given his.[13]

In another internet poll that took place in 2002, Maradona received another award from FIFA, as one of his goals was selected as the World Cup Goal of the Century. One of Pelé's goals received third place, while Maradona had a second goal selected as fourth.[14]

In spite of their frequent confrontations,[15] usually through quotations by the media, Pelé was the guest star of Maradona's TV show La Noche del 10 ("The Night of the #10"), where they had a friendly chat and played a bout of headers.[16]

Famous players and football figures often give their opinion on the Maradona and Pelé rivalry, sometimes choosing one over the other.[17] Others prefer not to compare them, as they played in very different times. Perhaps one of the most reliable comparisons available is that by the Ballon d'Or winners (elected since 1956 by voters of several countries, and arguably greatest ones to properly appreciate both players). Pelé was elected Best Player of the Century for Ballon d'Or winners and Maradona was the runner-up.[18]

The table below presents factual data about both footballers career:

Criteria Pelé Maradona
Playing position Forward Forward/Attacking midfielder
National team appearances 92 91
Goals scored for national team 77 34
World Cup wins playing 1958,1962,1970 1986
Total goals scored 1281 311
Total matches played 1363 589
Average goals scored per match 0.939 0.528
Club Titles
Individual titles

Incidents and historical matches[edit]

1937 incident[edit]

In the South American Championship 1937 (current Copa América), the rivalry between both teams was already something of national pride. There were verbal confrontations between both parties, and Argentine fans often taunted the Brazilians by calling them macaquitos and making monkey sounds. The final match, held in Buenos Aires, was played between the two sides and was goalless after 90 minutes. In extra time, Argentina scored two goals. Questioning one of the goals and fearful for their own safety (reportedly Argentine fans insulted the Afro-Brazilian players in and outside stadium by calling them macaquitos), the Brazilian players decided to leave the stadium before the match was officially finished. The Brazilian press has since called this match "jogo da vergonha" (the shame game).[19] Argentina won 2-0 and was South American champion again.

1939 incident[edit]

In 1939, there were two matches between Argentina and Brazil, both of them in Rio de Janeiro and for the Roca Cup. The first one, held in January, ended 5–1 to Argentina.

A second match was held only one week later, with the Brazilian team seeking revenge for the previous defeat. The match was vibrating; first Brazil went ahead 1–0, then Argentina recovered to lead 1–2, and Brazil then drew level at 2–2. Shortly before the end of the match the referee, the same as in the previous match, gave a dubious penalty to Brazil. Furious, Argentina player Arcadio López verbally attacked the referee and had to be escorted out of the pitch by police. The Argentine team, enraged by the actions of the referee and the police, left the pitch. The penalty that gave Brazil the 3–2 victory was scored without a goalkeeper, because the entire Argentine team had already walked off the pitch.[19]

1945 and 1946 incidents[edit]

In the 1945 match that Brazil won by six goals to two, young Brazilian Ademir Menezes fractured Argentine Batagliero's leg. Though it seemed to be only an unfortunate accident, the game was played roughly and sometimes violently.

A few months later, the South American Championship 1946 final again involved Argentina and Brazil. There was a large media coverage, and the conviction that it would be a rough match. Twenty-eight minutes after the beginning, when both teams went for a free ball, Brazilian Jair Rosa Pinto fractured Argentine captain José Salomón's tibia and fibula. General disorder ensued, with Argentine and Brazilian players fighting on the pitch with the police. The public invaded the pitch and both teams had to go to the dressing rooms. After order was restored the game continued, and Argentina won the match 2–0. Salomon never recovered completely nor played professional football after the incident.[20]

World Cup 1978 ("The Battle of Rosario")[edit]

The Group B of the Second Round was essentially a battle between Argentina and Brazil, and it was resolved in controversial circumstances. In the first round of group games, Brazil beat Peru 3–0 while Argentina saw off Poland 2–0. Brazil and Argentina then played out a tense and violent goalless draw – also known as A Batalha de Rosário (The Battle of Rosario), so both teams went into the last round of matches with three points. Argentina had an advantage that their match against Peru kicked off several hours after Brazil's match with Poland. Brazil won their match 3–1, so Argentina could know that they had to beat Peru by four clear goals to go through to the final. Argentina managed it with what some saw as a suspicious degree of ease. Trailing 2–0 at half-time, Peru simply collapsed in the second half, and Argentina eventually won 6–0. Rumours suggested that Peru might have been somehow illicitly induced not to try too hard (especially because the Peruvian goalkeeper, Ramón Quiroga, was born in Argentina); but nothing could be proved, and Argentina met the Netherlands in the final. Brazil, denied a final place by Argentina's 6–0 win over Peru, took third place from an enterprising Italy side and were dubbed "moral champions" by coach Cláudio Coutinho, because they did not win the tournament, but did not lose a single match either.

World Cup 1982[edit]

Group C, a true Group of Death with Brazil, Argentina and Italy, that World Cup history was made. In the opener, Italy prevailed 2–1 over Argentina's side. Argentina now needed a win over Brazil on the second day, but they were no match as the Brazilian Team attacking game, characterised by nimble, one-touch passing on-the-run, eclipsed the reigning World Champions. The final score of 3–1 – Argentina only scoring in the last minute — could have been much higher had Brazil centre-forward Serginho not wasted a series of near-certain scoring opportunities. Frustrated because of the poor refereeing and the imminent loss, Diego Maradona kicked Brazilian player João Batista da Silva and received a straight red card.

World Cup 1990 (The holy Water Scandal)[edit]

The last time both teams met in a World Cup match was in the 1990 World Cup and featured Argentina defeating Brazil 1–0 with a goal from Claudio Caniggia after a pass from Maradona. The end of the match was controversial with Brazilian player Branco accusing the Argentina training staff of giving him a bottle of water laced with tranquillizers while they were tending to an injured player. This came years after Maradona revealed the news on an Argentine television show. The Argentinian Football Association and the team coach of the time, Carlos Bilardo, denied that the "holy water" incident ever took place.[21][22]

1991 Copa América match[edit]

Argentina defeated Brazil 3–2 in Santiago, Chile in the first match of the final pool. Five players were sent off: Claudio Caniggia and Mazinho after tangling in the 31st minute; Enrique and Márcio Santos for another fight in the 61st minute, with one player leaving on a stretcher; and Careca III in the 80th minute, two minutes after coming on as a substitute.[23]

1993 Copa América match[edit]

Argentina and Brazil finished 1–1 at the 8/final match, played in Guayaquil. Brazil started winning the game, but Leo Rodríguez drew with the head after a corner kick at the second part. In the penalties, Los Gauchos defeated 5–4 and advanced to the quarter-finals. Finally, Argentina obtained this tournament defeating Mexico in the Final.

1995 Copa América match[edit]

Held in Uruguay, they met at the quarter-finals stage on 17 July 1995 . Brazilian Túlio Maravilha became famous for scoring a late equalizer five minutes from time after controlling the ball with his left arm. Despite the obvious foul, the referee (Alberto Tejada Noriega from Peru) claimed he did not see the incident and the goal stood. The game finished with a 2–2 draw and Brazil went on to win on penalties. The Argentine media labeled the incident as the "hand of the devil",[24] a reference to the controversial goal made by Diego Maradona in the 1986 World Cup against England

Copa América 2004[edit]

Argentina, was winning by 2–1, but in a spectacular turn of events, Adriano Leite Ribeiro scored a goal in the last minute of the match, taking it to the penalties, where Brazil won with Júlio César stopping an impossible shot from Andrés D'Alessandro. Brazil was playing with its second team and this victory might be considered an underdog one.

2005 Confederations Cup Final[edit]

In 2005, a year just before the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Brazil and Argentina participated in the Confederations Cup. Brazil entered the competition for being the current World Cup champion at the time; however, since Brazil had also won the Copa América, the previous year, runner-up Argentina, was allowed to participate in the tournament. In the semi-finals, Brazil eliminated host nation Germany national football team, while Argentina eliminated Mexico. This competition was the first time the two rivals would meet in a final game of a tournament sponsored by FIFA. In a surprising turn of events, the Brazilian team won the game easily, thrashing the Argentinians by a score of 4–1. Adriano Leite Ribeiro scored twice for Brazil, along with Kaká and Ronaldinho; while Pablo Aimar scored Argentina's only goal.

Copa América 2007[edit]

Brazil defeated Argentina 3–0 in Maracaibo, Venezuela, at the final pool. Goals by Júlio Baptista, Roberto Ayala (own goal) and Daniel Alves.

2008 Summer Olympics – Beijing[edit]

Defending champions Argentina and Brazil met on 19 August in the semifinal game of the Summer Olympics. The game, billed as a tête-à-tête between Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho, Barcelona teammates, was in the end a hard-fought clash between two historic rivals, marred by numerous fouls and two ejections for Brazil. Argentina convincingly won with a score of 3–0, and went on to beat Nigeria 1–0 in the final, being the first in obtaining two consecutive gold medals in football in 40 years and the third overall after the Olympic teams of the United Kingdom and Uruguay. Brazil has yet to conquer an Olympic gold medal in football, coming close in 2012 but losing to Mexico 2–1

2014 Fifa World Cup[edit]

The two teams did not meet at any game at the 2014 World Cup. Argentina, however, qualified to the final as Brazil were eliminated in the semi final thanks to an outstanding 7-1 defeat over eventual winners Germany. At the final, the Brazilians in the stadium supported Germany while Argentine supporters had celebrated Brazil's failure to reach the final.

Club level[edit]

Competition Argentina Brazil
FIFA Club World Cup
Intercontinental Cup (d)
9 10
Copa Libertadores 23 17
Copa Sudamericana
Copa CONMEBOL (d)[25]
Copa Mercosur (d)
Supercopa Sudamericana (d)
16 13
Recopa Sudamericana 6 9
Suruga Bank Championship 1 1
Copa Interamericana (d)
Copa de Oro (d)
Supercopa Masters (d)
Copa Masters Conmebol (d)
Recopa Intercontinental (d)
South American Championship of Champions (d)
9 6
Total 64 56

At club level, Argentine clubs have shown a superior advantage over the Brazilians; Argentine clubs have won 23 Copa Libertadores, against 17 for Brazil. In the last 21 years, the Brazilians have made a run at this competition and have captured 11 titles and came in second place 9 other times. There are no Brazilian teams in the semifinal phase of the 2014 edition. See on List of Copa Libertadores finals. Brazil shows a slight advantage in world titles; Brazilians have 10 against 9 Intercontinental Cups / FIFA Club World Cup. Argentine club Boca Juniors, Maradona's team, earned the most FIFA club titles in South America with three. The second-most important CONMEBOL championship, equivalent to the UEFA Europa League, is the Copa Sudamericana (after the merger of Copa Conmebol,[25][26][27][28][29] Copa Mercosur and Copa Merconorte, which replace Supercopa Sudamericana) with a slight advantage for Argentina. Other minor events include the Recopa Sudamericana and the defunct Copa Interamericana.

Copa Libertadores de America[edit]

In the history of this tournament played since 1960, only once has a Brazilian team captured a title on Argentine soil. This took place in 1963 when the Brazilian team Santos FC defeated the most popular Argentine club, Boca Juniors. However, known as "LOS CAZADORES DE EQUIPOS BRASILENOS" ("The Brazilian team hunters"), The same Argentine club team, Boca Juniors, has celebrated three of its 6 titles on Brazilian soil, defeating Palmeiras in 2000, Santos FC in 2003, and Gremio in 2007. The two greatest Argentine and Brazilian players that have ever played this sport had at one point played in these same two clubs: Pele for Santos FC while Maradona had done the same for Boca Juniors. It has been reported that in all three of Boca Junior's victories on Brazilian soil, Boca's players were not allowed to properly sleep in their hotel rooms the night before their final matches because of the chaos and noise created by Brazilian fans outside the hotel rooms who attempted to disrupt the Argentine players from performing to their best of their abilities the following day.[citation needed]

In the international arena, the most successful Argentine clubs are Boca Juniors (six Libertadores and three Intercontinental Cups), Independiente (seven Libertadores and two Intercontinental Cups), Estudiantes La Plata (four Libertadores and one Intercontinental Cup), Club Atlético River Plate (two Libertadores and one Intercontinental Cup), Vélez (one Libertadores and one Intercontinental), San Lorenzo de Almagro (one Libertadores, one Copa Mercosur and one Copa Sudamericana), Argentinos Juniors (one Libertadores) and Racing Club (one Libertadores and one Intercontinental Cup).

The most successful Brazilian clubs are São Paulo (three Libertadores, one FIFA Club World Cup, and two Intercontinental Cups), Santos (three Libertadores and two Intercontinental Cups), Sport Club Corinthians Paulista (one Libertadores, two FIFA Club World Cup, ), Grêmio (two Libertadores and one Intercontinental Cup), Internacional (two Libertadores and one FIFA Club World Cup), Cruzeiro (two Libertadores), Flamengo, (one Libertadores and one Intercontinental Cup), Vasco da Gama (one Libertadores, one South American Championship of Champions and one Copa Mercosur). Palmeiras (one Libertadores Champions).

Women's football[edit]

The Brazil women's national football team is a successful women's football team, though not as successful as the men's counterpart. It was runner-up in the FIFA Women's World Cup of 2007, and a Silver Medal at the Olympic games in 2004. In comparison, Argentina does not have a professional (or even semi-professional) women's football league; the members of the Argentina women's national football team are all amateur players despite their clubs often being affiliated with prominent men's professional clubs. Although the two teams usually have to battle for the top qualification spots for CONMEBOL when the World Cup qualification comes around, this rivalry does not provide the passion that men's matches encounter yet.

Brazil won every game of the Sudamericano Femenino against Argentina until the 2006 edition, when Argentina finally beat them 2–0 in the final group stage, awarding Argentina the championship. Argentina did not participate in the 1991 South American competition and was second to Brazil in the following three tournaments. Beginning with the 2003 edition, both champion and runner-up qualified for the World Cup. As Argentina has not been past the group stages in the World Cup, the two teams have not met in the Olympic Football Tournament yet.

Football culture[edit]

Depicting the football rivalry between the two South American countries, Diego Maradona filmed a television commercial in which he is wearing the Brazilian outfit, lined up with Brazilian stars Kaká and Ronaldo, singing the Brazilian national anthem before a match. He then wakes up from the nightmare, where he can be seen wearing an Argentine national shirt in his bed, next to a bunch of empty cans of Guaraná Antarctica, a Brazilian traditional soft drink.[30]

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