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Argentina
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue)
Association Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Captain Lionel Messi
Most caps Javier Zanetti (145)
Top scorer Gabriel Batistuta (56)
Home stadium Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti
FIFA code ARG
FIFA ranking 2 Increase 3 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 1 (March 2007, October 2007-June 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 24 (August 1996)
Elo ranking 3 (9 July 2014)
Highest Elo ranking 1 (July 2007)
Lowest Elo ranking 28 (June 1990)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Uruguay 2–3 Argentina Argentina
(Montevideo, Uruguay; May 16, 1901)[1][1]
Biggest win
 Argentina 12–0 Ecuador 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; January 22, 1942)
Biggest defeat

 Czechoslovakia 6–1 Argentina Argentina
(Helsingborg, Sweden; June 15, 1958)
Argentina Argentina 0–5 Colombia 
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; September 5, 1993)

 Bolivia 6–1 Argentina Argentina
(La Paz, Bolivia; April 1, 2009)
World Cup
Appearances 16 (First in 1930)
Best result Champions, 1978 and 1986
Copa América
Appearances 39 (First in 1916)
Best result Champions, 1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991 and 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.

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 appearance in 1978, beating the Netherlands, 3–1. Argentina, led by Diego Maradona won again in 1986, a 3–2 victory over West Germany. They again made the World Cup finals in 1990, and lost, 1–0, to West Germany after conceding a penalty kick in the 85th minute. Argentina 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 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 Argentine olympic team won the Olympics football tournaments in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.[3]

Argentina and France are the only two 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 both also won their respective continental championship (Copa América for Argentina, and UEFA European Championship for France).[4][5]

Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, Germany and England due to historic occurrences with one another throughout Football history.[6][7]

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.[8]

History[edit]

Further information: Football in Argentina

The first match ever recorded by Argentina was against Uruguay.[a] The game was held in Montevideo on May 16, 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 World Cup final was in 1990, which they lost, 1–0, to 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 fourteen 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 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]

Kit history[edit]

Argentina has been wearing white and light blue in vertical stripes jersey, black shorts and white/black socks. The away kits usually are 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.[14] 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.[15]

In the 1958 World Cup, Argentina wore the yellow IFK Malmo's jersey in the match against West Germany as the team didn't bring away uniforms to Sweden.[16]

Home[edit]

1901
1911–1974
1930
1975
1978
1982
1986
1990
1994
1998
1999
2002
2004
2006
2008
2010
2011
2014
2014 Alternate

Away[edit]

1919 [14]
1958 [16]
1978
1982
1986
1994
1998
2002
2004
2006
2008
2010
2011
2014

Strip manufacturer[edit]

Manufacturer Period
Germany Adidas 1973–1979
France Le Coq Sportif 1980–1989
Germany Adidas 1990–1998
England Reebok 1999–2001
Germany Adidas 2001–present

Managers[edit]

Alejandro Sabella, current coach since 2011. As coach of Argentina he played 40 matches (25 wins - 5 defeats and 10 draws)

From 19241 to date:

Dates Name
1924–25 Argentina Ángel Vázquez
1926–27 Argentina Jorge Valderrama
1927–28 Argentina José Lago Millán
1928–29 Argentina Francisco Olazar
1929–30 Argentina Francisco Olazar & Argentina Juan José Tramutola
1934 Italy Felipe Pascucci
1934–37 Argentina Manuel Seoane
1937–39 Argentina Ángel Fernández Roca
1939–60 Argentina Guillermo Stábile
1960–61 Argentina Victorio Spinetto
1962–63 Argentina Juan Carlos Lorenzo
Dates Name
1963 Argentina Alejandro Galán
1963–64 Argentina Horacio Torres
1964–68 Argentina José María Minella
1968 Italy 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
1983–90 Argentina Carlos Bilardo
Dates Name
1990–94 Argentina Alfio Basile
1994–98 Argentina Daniel Passarella
1998–04 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

Notes:

  • 1 There is no recorded information about who were the managers in 1901–24 and 1930–35 (with the exception of Pascucci, credited just for one match played on May 27, 1934.[17]

Fixtures and results[edit]

The following are Argentina's results and fixtures since Alejandro Sabella took over on 3 August 2011, after the 2011 Copa America.[18]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Friendlies[edit]

2014 World Cup qualifiers[edit]

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup

Recent and forthcoming matches[edit]

see also 2010–11 Argentina national team results.
see also 2011–12 Argentina national team results.
see also 2012–13 Argentina national team results.
see also 2013–14 Argentina national team results.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

On June 2, 2014, Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella named the 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[20]
Caps and goals updated as of July 13, 2014 after the match against Germany.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sergio Romero (1987-02-22) February 22, 1987 (age 27) 54 0 Portugal Benfica
12 1GK Agustín Orión (1981-01-26) January 26, 1981 (age 33) 3 0 Argentina Boca Juniors
21 1GK Mariano Andújar (1983-07-30) July 30, 1983 (age 30) 10 0 Italy Napoli
2 2DF Ezequiel Garay (1986-10-10) October 10, 1986 (age 27) 25 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
3 2DF Hugo Campagnaro (1980-06-27) June 27, 1980 (age 34) 16 0 Italy Internazionale
4 2DF Pablo Zabaleta (1985-01-16) January 16, 1985 (age 29) 43 0 England Manchester City
15 2DF Martín Demichelis (1980-12-20) December 20, 1980 (age 33) 41 2 England Manchester City
16 2DF Marcos Rojo (1990-03-20) March 20, 1990 (age 24) 28 1 Portugal Sporting
17 2DF Federico Fernández (1989-02-21) February 21, 1989 (age 25) 30 2 Italy Napoli
23 2DF José María Basanta (1984-04-03) April 3, 1984 (age 30) 12 0 Italy Fiorentina
5 3MF Fernando Gago (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 (age 28) 55 0 Argentina Boca Juniors
6 3MF Lucas Biglia (1986-01-30) January 30, 1986 (age 28) 25 0 Italy Lazio
7 3MF Ángel di María (1988-02-14) February 14, 1988 (age 26) 52 10 Spain Real Madrid
8 3MF Enzo Pérez (1986-02-22) February 22, 1986 (age 28) 10 1 Portugal Benfica
11 3MF Maxi Rodríguez (1981-01-02) January 2, 1981 (age 33) 57 16 Argentina Newell's Old Boys
13 3MF Augusto Fernández (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 (age 28) 9 1 Spain Celta Vigo
14 3MF Javier Mascherano (1984-06-08) June 8, 1984 (age 30) 105 3 Spain Barcelona
19 3MF Ricardo Álvarez (1988-04-12) April 12, 1988 (age 26) 8 1 Italy Internazionale
9 4FW Gonzalo Higuaín (1987-12-10) December 10, 1987 (age 26) 43 21 Italy Napoli
10 4FW Lionel Messi (Captain) (1987-06-24) June 24, 1987 (age 27) 93 42 Spain Barcelona
18 4FW Rodrigo Palacio (1982-02-05) February 5, 1982 (age 32) 27 3 Italy Internazionale
20 4FW Sergio Agüero (1988-06-02) June 2, 1988 (age 26) 56 21 England Manchester City
22 4FW Ezequiel Lavezzi (1985-05-03) May 3, 1985 (age 29) 37 4 France Paris Saint-Germain

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 Óscar Ustari (1986-07-03) July 3, 1986 (age 28) 2 0 Argentina Newell's Old Boys v.  Italy, August 14, 2013
DF Emanuel Mammana (1996-02-10) February 10, 1996 (age 18) 1 0 Argentina River Plate v.  Slovenia, June 7, 2014
DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) February 12, 1988 (age 26) 16 1 Spain Valencia 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
DF Lisandro Ezequiel López (1989-09-01) September 1, 1989 (age 24) 4 0 Portugal Benfica 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
DF Gabriel Mercado (1987-03-18) March 18, 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Argentina River Plate 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
DF Gino Peruzzi (1992-02-09) February 9, 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Italy Catania v.  Romania, March 5, 2014
DF Lucas Orbán (1989-02-03) February 3, 1989 (age 25) 1 0 France Bordeaux v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 18, 2013
DF Facundo Roncaglia (1987-02-10) February 10, 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Italy Fiorentina v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 18, 2013
DF Fabricio Coloccini (1982-01-22) January 22, 1982 (age 32) 39 1 England Newcastle United v.  Uruguay, October 15, 2013
DF Sebastián Domínguez (1980-07-29) July 29, 1980 (age 34) 8 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield v.  Uruguay, October 15, 2013
DF Cristian Ansaldi (1986-09-20) September 20, 1986 (age 27) 3 0 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  Peru, October 11, 2013
DF Santiago Vergini (1988-08-03) August 3, 1988 (age 25) 1 0 England Sunderland v.  Paraguay, September 10, 2013
MF Éver Banega (1988-06-29) June 29, 1988 (age 26) 24 2 Spain Valencia 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF José Sosa (1985-06-19) June 19, 1985 (age 29) 19 1 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF Fabián Rinaudo (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 27) 4 0 Italy Catania 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF Érik Lamela (1992-03-04) March 4, 1992 (age 22) 6 0 England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 18, 2013
MF Rodrigo Braña (1979-03-07) March 7, 1979 (age 35) 9 0 Argentina Quilmes v.  Uruguay, October 15, 2013
MF Leandro Somoza (1981-01-26) January 26, 1981 (age 33) 4 0 Argentina Lanús v.  Uruguay, October 15, 2013
MF Francisco Cerro (1988-02-09) February 9, 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Argentina Racing v.  Italy, August 14, 2013
FW Franco Di Santo (1989-04-07) April 7, 1989 (age 25) 3 0 Germany Werder Bremen 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
FW Mauro Icardi (1993-02-19) February 19, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Internazionale v.  Uruguay, October 15, 2013

Previous squads[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

     Gold       Silver       Bronze  

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 Group Stage 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*) 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(1*) 0 11 3 18 10 4 4 29 17
South Africa 2010 Quarter-Finals 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 TBD
Qatar 2022 TBD
Total 2 Titles 16/20 77 42 14 21 131 84 118 68 29 21 216 111
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

     Gold       Silver       Bronze  

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 TBD
Qatar 2021 TBD
Total 1 Title 3/9 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.

Honours[edit]

Honours U-17,U-20 & U-23[edit]

2003

2013

Most capped players[edit]

Javier Zanetti is the most capped player in the history of Argentina with 145 caps.

As of July 13, 2014, the ten players with the most caps for Argentina are:

Rank. Name Career Caps Goals
1 Javier Zanetti 1994–2014 145 5
2 Roberto Ayala 1994–2007 115 7
3 Diego Simeone 1988–2002 106 11
4 Javier Mascherano 2003–present 105 3
5 Oscar Ruggeri 1983–1994 97 7
6 Lionel Messi 2005–present 93 42
7 Diego Maradona 1977–1994 91 34
8 Ariel Ortega 1993–2010 87 17
9 Gabriel Batistuta 1991–2002 78 56
10 Juan Pablo Sorín 1996–2006 76 11

Top goalscorers[edit]

Gabriel Batistuta is the top goalscorer in the history of Argentina with 56 goals.

As of July 13, 2014, the ten players with the most goals for Argentina are:

Rank. Player Career Goals Caps Avg/Game
1 Gabriel Batistuta 1991–2002 56 78 0.718
2 Lionel Messi 2005–present 42 93 0.452
3 Hernán Crespo 1995–2007 35 64 0.555
4 Diego Maradona 1977–1994 34 91 0.374
5 Luis Artime 1961–1967 24 25 0.960
6 Leopoldo Luque 1975–1981 22 45 0.488
Daniel Passarella 1976–1986 22 70 0.314
Gonzalo Higuaín 2009–present 22 43 0.512
9 Herminio Masantonio 1935–1942 21 19 1.105
José Sanfilippo 1956–1962 21 29 0.724
Sergio Agüero 2006–present 21 56 0.375

Gallery[edit]

Notable matches[edit]

  • Argentina and Uruguay hold the record for the most international matches played between two countries.[1] The two teams have faced each other 198 times since 1901. The first match against Uruguay was the first official international match to be played outside the United Kingdom.[22]
  • Marcelo Trobbiani was a member of the Argentina World Cup squad in 1986, but he only managed two minutes of play in the entire tournament, he came on in the 88th minute of the World Cup Final against West Germany. This two minutes of football equalled the world record for the shortest World Cup career set by Tunisia's Khemais Labidi in 1978.
  • In the 2006 World Cup Leandro Cufré was given a red card and sent off after the end of the Quarter Final game with Germany for his part in the brawl after the match, even though he was a substitute and had not participated in the game itself. It is the only occasion of a player being sent off in a FIFA World Cup match after the final whistle. Four years earlier, in the 2002 World Cup, Claudio Caniggia was sent off for swearing at a match official from the substitute bench.

Rivalries[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Argentina have a long rivalry with their South American neighbours. The two teams are by far the most successful in South America.

Germany[edit]

Argentina have played Germany in three World Cup finals. The teams also have played in knockout stages in 2006 and 2010.

England[edit]

A rivalry stemming from the 1966 World Cup and intensified by the infamous Falklands War, Argentina and England had numerous confrontations in the World Cup, notably their match in 1986 where Diego Maradona scored two goals against England.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Some versions stated that the team that faced Argentina was Albion FC based on the initial line-up had 9 players from that club. In fact, it was the first match disputed by an Uruguayan national team.[9][10]
  2. ^ Extra edition
  3. ^ a b Played between Argentina and Uruguay.
  4. ^ Played between Argentina and Brazil.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pelayes, Héctor Darío (September 24, 2010). "ARGENTINA-URUGUAY Matches 1902–2009". RSSSF. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ After 1988, the tournament has been restricted to squads with no more than 3 players over the age of 23, and these matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
  3. ^ "Football gold for Argentina". BBC News. August 28, 2004. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "– Argentina on". FIFA. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "– Tournaments". FIFA. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ Wetzel, Dan (July 1, 2010). "War of words renews Argentina-Germany rivalry – FBINTL – Yahoo! Sports". G.sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved June 7, 2012. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Great Footballing Rivalries : Argentina vs. Uruguay « SportsKeeda". Sportskeeda.com. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ "– Argentina first for first time". FIFA. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ ""Historia del Fútbol Uruguayo" at Deportes en Uruguay". Deportesenuruguay.eluruguayo.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  10. ^ ""Reasons for excluding or including full "A" internationals (1901–1910) at IFFHS". Iffhs.de. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  11. ^ "los comienzos (1901–1930)", AFA official site". "AFA. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  12. ^ "Football gold for Argentina". BBC News. August 28, 2004. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  13. ^ "– Argentina first for first time". Fifa.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  14. ^ a b "Copa Roberto Chery, Brasil 3 – Argentina 3" at IFFHS
  15. ^ Publicado por Federico Mauccione Pérez (2004-02-26). ""El 3 de Julio de 1919, la Selección de Brasil vistió la camiseta de Peñarol", GloriosoMirasol.com". Gloriosomirasolfm.blogspot.com.ar. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  16. ^ a b "En el placard: Argentina de amarillo 1958". Enunabaldosa.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  17. ^ Argentina national team archive at RSSSF
  18. ^ http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=bra/fixturesresults/gender=m/index.html
  19. ^ "Referee designations for matches 9–11". fifa.com. 2014-06-13. 
  20. ^ "Argentina World cup squad: Carlos tevez left out". 
  21. ^ "Copa Julio Roca at RSSSF". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  22. ^ 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.

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