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Football is the most popular sport in Argentina and has more registered participants than any other sport played in the country. 90% of Argentines declare support of an Argentine football club.

Football was introduced to Argentina in the latter half of the 19th century by British immigrants in Buenos Aires. The first Argentine league was contested in 1891, making it one of the oldest leagues outside Great Britain and the Argentine Football Association (AFA) was formed in 1893, being the eighth oldest in the world.

Argentina is one of the seven countries to have won the football World Cup, having done so in 1978 and 1986. They have also won the continental tournament Copa América on fourteen occasions. At youth level; the Argentina Olympic football team has won two Gold Medals and the Argentina Under-20 team has won a record six FIFA U-20 World Cups. There has been a national women's league in Argentine since 1991 and Argentina women's team qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2007.

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Argentinos Juniors is an Argentine football club, founded in La Paternal, Buenos Aires, on August 15, 1904. The club was originally called The “Martyrs of Chicago”, a homage to the eight anarchists imprisoned or hanged after the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago.

The club were founded in the Villa Crespo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires on August 14, 1904. In 1905 thet joined the "Fútbol de competencia" league playing their first game against Club La Prensa, which they lost by a catastrophic scoreline of 12-1. On Thursday October 20, 1976, fans of Argentinos Juniors and a few travelling Talleres fans witnessed probably the most important debut in the history of Argentine football. With Argentinos losing 1-0 the manager, Juan Carlos Montes sent on a fifteen year old debutant named Diego Armando Maradona making him the leagues youngest ever player until his record was broken by Sergio Agüero in 2003. Argentinos lost the game but Diego went on to propel the club forward over the next four years and to achieve great successes with other clubs and the Argentina national team.

The team won the 1985 Copa Libertadores beating América de Cali of Colombia in a deciding game in Asunción, Paraguay. The game finished 1-1 and Argentinos won 5-4 on penalties. It was only the second time the competition had been decided on penalties, and marked the finest achievement in the history of Argentinos Juniors.

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Miguel Angel Lauri, Alejandro Scopelli, Alberto Zozaya, Manuel Ferreira y Enrique Guaita
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Miguel Angel Lauri, Alejandro Scopelli, Alberto Zozaya, Manuel Ferreira and Enrique Guaita pictured in 1931. Nicknamed los profesores ("the professors"), these players from Estudiantes de La Plata are still considered to be amongst Argentina's all time greatest league players.

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Diego Maradona (born 30 October 1960) is an Argentine ex-football player, and coach of the Argentine national side. He finished first in a FIFA internet poll on the best player of the 20th century.

Over the course of his professional club career Maradona played for Boca Juniors, FC Barcelona, and, most distinguishedly, SSC Napoli. In his international career, playing for Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. He played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 World Cup where he captained Argentina and led them to their victory over West Germany in the final, winning the Golden Ball award as the tournament's best player. In that same tournament's quarter-final round he scored two remarkable goals in a 2-1 victory over England which instantly cemented his fame. The first goal was an unpenalized handball known as the "Hand of God", while the second goal was a spectacular 60-metre weave through six England players, commonly referred to as "The Goal of the Century".

For various reasons, Maradona is considered one of the sport's most controversial and newsworthy figure. He was suspended from football for 15 months in 1991 after failing a doping test for cocaine in Italy, and he was sent home from the 1994 World Cup in the USA for using ephedrine. He retired from playing on his 37th birthday in 1997 and became head coach of the Argentina national football team in October 2008.

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