Argentina national under-23 football team
(White and Sky blue)
|Association||Asociación del Fútbol Argentino
(Argentine Football Association)
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Gerardo Martino|
|Most caps||Javier Mascherano (18)|
|Top scorer||Domingo Tarasconi (9)|
|Home stadium||El Monumental|
| Argentina 11–2 United States
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; May 29, 1928)
|Appearances||7 (First in 1928)|
|Best result||Winners: 2004, 2008|
|Appearances||CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament 10 (First in 1960)|
|Best result||Champions: 1960, 1964, 1980, 2004|
|Olympic medal record|
Argentina Olympic football team represents Argentina in international football competitions in 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).
First silver medal and a long absence
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 decissive 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.
In the 1932 Summer Olympics no football tournament was held. Likewise Argentina did not participate in the 1936, 1948, 1952 and 1956 editions, returning for the 1960 games held in Rome. Argentina 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.
The national team returned for the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul. Argentina tied 1-1 to United States, then defeating South Korea 2-1, finishing 2nd to the Soviet Union and qualifying for the next stage. On the quarter finals, Argentina lost to Brazil by 2-1 being eliminated from the competition.
Return to the podium
Argentina did not qualify for the 1992 edition, coming back for the 1996 edition held in Atlanta. 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 range 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 received. On quarter finals, Argentina smashed Costa Rica 4-0, reaching the semi-finals against Italy which beat by 3-0. Argentina played the final against Paraguay on August 28, 2004, winning not only the game (1-0) by the gold medal.
Argentina won the competition with an astounding campaign, winning the 6 games played, with no goals received along the tournament. The team also totalized 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.
|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 Qualify|
|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||Qualified|
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.
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.
- 1928 Summer Olympics squads - Argentina
- 1960 Summer Olympics squads - Argentina
- 1964 Summer Olympics squads - Argentina
- 1988 Summer Olympics squads - Argentina
- 1996 Summer Olympics squads - Argentina
- 2004 Summer Olympics squads - Argentina
- 2008 Summer Olympics squads - Argentina
- 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