Argentina national under-23 football team
(White and Sky blue)
|Association||Asociación del Fútbol Argentino
(Argentine Football Association)
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Julio Olarticoechea|
|Most caps||Javier Mascherano (18)|
|Top scorer||Domingo Tarasconi (9)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Monumental|
| Argentina 11–2 United States
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 29 May 1928)
| Argentina 11–2 United States
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 29 May 1928)
| Nigeria 3–2 Argentina
(Athens, Georgia, United States; 3 August 1996)
|Appearances||8 (First in 1928)|
|Best result||Winners (2004, 2008)|
|Appearances||10 (First in 1960)|
|Best result||Champions (1960, 1964, 1980, 2004)|
Argentina Olympic football team represents Argentina in international football competitions in the Olympic Games. The selection is limited to players under the age of 23, except three overage players. The team is controlled by the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA).
- 1 History
- 2 Tournament record
- 3 Team
- 4 Honours
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
First participation and podium
Argentina took part for the first time in 1928 Summer Olympics held in the Netherlands. The team advanced to the final after defeating United States (with a thrashing 11-2) at the first round and Belgium (6-3) on second round. In semifinals, the national team smashed Egypt by 6-0, qualifying to play the final against Uruguay.
The first match ended in a 1-1 tie so a second game had to be played three days later. In the decisive match, Uruguay won the tournament when defeating Argentina by 2-1 winning the Gold Medal. The Argentine line-up was Bossio, Bidoglio, Paternóster, Médice, Monti, Evaristo, Carricaberri, Tarasconi, Ferreira, Perduca, Orsi.
Amateur teams era
In 1932 no football tournament was held, restarting the activities in 1936 (where Argentina did not take part), being interrupted due to WWII until 1948. Because of an agreement between FIFA and IOC, only amateur players were allowed to play the football tournaments from then on.
Argentina returned to football competition in the 1960 games held in Rome. The squad was eliminated in the first round after a loss to Denmark by 3-2, although the team won its successive games against Tunisia (2-1) and Poland (2-0). Argentina placed 2nd to Denmark.
Argentina's next participation was in the 1964 Summer Olympics organized by Tokyo, where the team finished in the last position of the groupd after a 1-1 to Ghana and a loss to Japan by 2-3. Since then, Argentina had a long absence of the games, not having taken part in the 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympics (being this the first competition where the IOC decided to admit professional players).
Professional teams again
The national team returned for the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul. The changes made by the IOC allowed the squad to include professional players in its list, some of them with several years playing in Argentine Primera División, such as Luis Islas, Pedro Monzón, Néstor Fabbri, Darío Siviski and Jorge Comas among others. Argentina tied 1-1 to United States, then defeating South Korea 2-1, finishing 2nd to the Soviet Union and qualifying to the next stage. On quarter finals, Argentina lost to Brazil by 2-1 being eliminated from the competition.
Since 1992 male competitors must be under 23 years old, then since 1996 23 years old players with three over-23 players allowed per squad. Nevertheless, Argentina did not qualify to play that edition.
Return to the podium
Argentina came back to the competition in the 1996 edition held in Atlanta, United States. For the first time in the history of the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee allowed football representatives to register a maximum of three above-23 players. The Argentine players registered under that condition were Diego Simeone, José Chamot and Roberto Sensini. Former Senior captain Daniel Passarella was the manager.
The national team debuted with a 3-1 victory over the United States. The team then tied to Portugal and Tunisia, both 1-1. Argentina placed 1st in the group, qualifying for the second round. In quarter finals, Argentina trashed Spain by 4-0 which allowed the team to pass to the semi-finals, where it defeated Portugal by 2-0. After 66 years since the first final played in Amsterdam, Argentina got right to play its second olympic final. The match was played on 3 August 1996 and Argentina lost to Nigeria (that had eliminated Brazil at semi-finals) by 2-3. The line-up for the final was: Cavallero; Zanetti, Ayala, Sensini, Chamot; Bassedas, Almeyda, Ortega, Hugo Morales; Claudio López, Crespo. Other players that formed the roster were Carlos Bossio, Marcelo Gallardo and Marcelo Delgado. In the next edition of the games (2000 Argentina did not participate.
The 2004 Summer Olympics were held in Athens and Argentina returned to the competition after the absence in Sydney. The squad, managed by Marcelo Bielsa, won the gold medal for the first time in its history. Before playing the final, Argentina won all the games in the first round, thrashing Serbia and Montenegro (6-0), then defeating Tunisia and Australia. Argentina finished 1st in the group with no goals allowed. In the quarter finals, Argentina smashed Costa Rica 4-0, reaching the semi-finals against Italy which it beat 3-0. Argentina played the final against Paraguay on August 28, 2004, winning not only the game (1-0) but the gold medal as well.
Argentina won the competition with an astounding campaign, winning the 6 games played, with no goals allowed during the tournament. The team also totaled 17 goals (2,83 per match). The line-up for the final was: Lux; Coloccini, Ayala, Heinze; Lucho González, Mascherano, Kily González, D'Alessandro, Tevez; Rosales, César Delgado. The most notable player of the tournament was Carlos Tevez, also the topscorer with 8 goals.
The 2008 Summer Olympics were held in Beijing where Argentina won their second consecutive gold medal. The squad debuted with a victory over Ivory Coast by 2-1, then defeating Australia (1-0) and Serbia (2-0). On knockout stage, Argentina eliminated Netherlands (aet) by 2-1, thrashed Brazil by 3-0 and won the gold medal in the final match v. Nigeria by 1-0.
Argentina won all the matches played (6), scoring 11 goals with only 2 goals conceded. Some of the most notable players of the tournament were Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Ángel Di María, Ever Banega, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Fernando Gago and Pablo Zabaleta, who would also play for the Senior team in successive years. The three over-23 years players were Juan Román Riquelme, Javier Mascherano and Nicolás Pareja.
For the 2016 competition held in Rio de Janeiro, most of the players called-up for the squad were not allowed to play by their respective clubs. Some of the players who were denied to the national team were Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi, Matías Kranevitter, Luciano Vietto, Ramiro Funes Mori and goalkeeper Augusto Batalla, among others. After the resignation of Gerardo Martino as coach, Julio Olarticoechea (who was the Argentina u-20 coach) was appointed to take over the team.
In Rio 2016, the squad debuted with a loss to Portugal by 2–0, then defeating Algeria by 2–1. In the last fixture of group stage, Argentina drew 1–1 with Honduras, which caused the squad finished 3rd. in the group being eliminated from the competition. Some Argentina's players were Ángel Correa, Jonathan Calleri and Cristian Pavón.
|1896||Athens||No football tournament|
|1900||Paris||Did Not Participate|
|1904||St. Louis||Did Not Participate|
|1908||London||Did Not Participate|
|1912||Stockholm||Did Not Participate|
|1920||Antwerp||Did Not Participate|
|1924||Paris||Did Not Participate|
|1932||Los Angeles||No football tournament|
|1936||Berlin||Did Not Participate|
|1948||London||Did Not Participate|
|1952||Helsinki||Did Not Participate|
|1956||Melbourne||Did Not Participate|
|1968||Mexico City||Did Not Participate|
|1972||Munich||Did Not Qualify|
|1976||Montreal||Did Not Qualify|
|1980||Moscow||Qualified and Withdrew|
|1984||Los Angeles||Did Not Participate|
|1992||Barcelona||Did Not Qualify|
|2000||Sydney||Did Not Qualify|
|2012||London||Did Not Qualify|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro||Round 1||11||3||1||1||1||3||4|
South American Pre-Olympic
|1968||Colombia||(Did not participate)|
|1984||Ecuador||(Did not participate)|
- Since 2007, the Olympic Qualification tournament from CONMEBOL's members is the U-20 South American Championship.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Gerónimo Rulli||May 20, 1992||6||-5||Real Sociedad|
|12||GK||Axel Werner||February 28, 1996||0||0||Atlético de Madrid|
|2||DF||Lautaro Gianetti||November 13, 1993||5||0||Vélez Sarsfield|
|3||DF||Alexis Soto||October 20, 1993||4||0||Banfield|
|4||DF||José Luis Gómez||September 10, 1993||6||0||Lanús|
|6||DF||Victor Cuesta||November 19, 1988||6||0||Independiente|
|15||DF||Lisandro Magallán||September 27, 1993||3||0||Boca Juniors|
|16||DF||Leandro Vega||May 27, 1996||2||0||River Plate|
|5||MF||Lucas Romero||April 18, 1994||3||0||Cruzeiro|
|8||MF||Santiago Ascacibar||February 25, 1997||5||0||Estudiantes|
|13||FW||Joaquin Arzura||May 18, 1993||2||0||River Plate|
|14||MF||Giovani Lo Celso||April 9, 1996||6||0||Rosario Central|
|17||MF||Mauricio Martínez||February 20, 1993||5||2||Rosario Central|
|7||MF||Cristian Pavón||January 21, 1996||3||0||Boca Juniors|
|9||FW||Jonathan Calleri||September 23, 1993||6||1||São Paulo|
|10||FW||Ángel Correa||March 9, 1995||6||2||Atlético Madrid|
|11||FW||Giovanni Simeone||July 5, 1995||6||1||Genoa|
|18||FW||Cristian Espinoza||April 3, 1995||6||0||Villareal|
Domingo Tarasconi, 1928 topscorer (9 goals).
Javier Mascherano, 2 gold medals and most caps.
Lionel Messi won the gold medal in 2008.
Sergio Agüero was part of the 2008 team.
- Games of the IX Olympiad at RSSSF
- Games of the XVII Olympiad
- Games of the XVIII Olympiad
- Games of the XXIV Olympiad
- "1996: Nigeria tocó el cielo olímpico" at Univisión
- Games of the XXVI Olympiad
- "Argentina era campeón olímpico de la mano de Bielsa en Atenas 2004", PlayFutbol, 27 December 2012
- Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
- La selección olímpica, abandonada: faltan jugadores y ni siquiera hay plata para "pagar el almuerzo", La Nación, 30 Jun 2016
- Olarticoechea, el técnico de la Sub 20, fue designado para dirigir en los Juegos Olímpicos, La Capital, 6 Jul 2016
- "La Selección no pudo con Honduras y quedó afuera en primera ronda", Clarín, 10 Aug 2016
- "La AFA confirmó la lista de 18 jugadores que irán a Río" [AFA confirms the list of 18 players that will go to Rio]. Clarin (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 July 2006.
- ""Estoy Orgulloso"" ["I'm proud"] (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 July 2006.