Argentina national under-23 football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Albicelestes
(White and Sky blue)
Association Asociación del Fútbol Argentino
(Argentine Football Association)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Gerardo Martino
Captain Vacant
Most caps Javier Mascherano (18)
Top scorer Domingo Tarasconi (9)
Home stadium El Monumental
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Argentina 11–2 United States 
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; May 29, 1928)
Appearances 7 (First in 1928)
Best result Winners: 2004, 2008
Confederations Cup
Appearances CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament 10 (First in 1960)
Best result Champions: 1960, 1964, 1980, 2004
Olympic medal record
Men's football
Silver medal – second place 1928 Amsterdam Team
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta Team
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Team
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team

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[edit]

The team that won the Silver Medal at the 1928 Olympics.

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[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.[4]

Return to the podium[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6] In the next edition of the games (2000 Argentina did not participate.

First gold[edit]

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.[7][8]

Second gold[edit]

The 2008 Summer Olympics were held in Beijing and Argentina consecutively competed at Athens and Beijing. The squad won their second consecutive gold medal.

Argentina did not qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London



Summer Olympics[edit]

Argentina vs. Uruguay, the final at Amsterdam 1928.
Argentina defeated Italy by 3-0 at the 2004 semi-finals.
Argentina team celebrating the gold medal at Beijing, 2008.
Olympics Record
Year Host Round Pos. GP W D L GS GA
1928 Netherlands Amsterdam Silver Medal 2 5 3 1 1 24 7
1932 United States Los Angeles No football tournament
1936 Germany Berlin Did Not Participate
1948 United Kingdom London Did Not Participate
1952 Finland Helsinki Did Not Participate
1956 Australia Melbourne Did Not Participate
1960 Italy Rome Round 1 - 3 2 0 1 6 4
1964 Japan Tokyo Round 1 - 2 0 1 1 3 4
1968 Mexico Mexico City Did Not Qualify
1972 West Germany Munich Did Not Qualify
1976 Canada Montreal Did Not Qualify
1980 Soviet Union Moscow Qualified and Withdrew
1984 United States Los Angeles Did Not Participate
1988 South Korea Seoul Quarter-finals - 4 1 1 2 4 5
1992 Spain Barcelona Did Not Qualify
1996 United States Atlanta Silver Medal 2 6 3 2 1 13 6
2000 Australia Sydney Did Not Qualify
2004 Greece Athens Gold Medal 1 6 6 0 0 17 0
2008 China Beijing Gold Medal 1 6 6 0 0 11 2
2012 United Kingdom London Did Not Qualify
2016 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Qualified
Total 8/19 2 32 21 5 6 78 28

South American Pre-Olympic[edit]

Year Host Pos. P W T L GF GC
1960  Peru 6 6 0 0 25 6
1964  Peru 5 5 0 0 11 1
1968  Colombia (Did not participate)
1972  Colombia 7 1 5 1 7 6
1976  Brazil 5 2 1 2 7 8
1980  Colombia 6 5 1 0 13 2
1984  Ecuador (Did not participate)
1988  Bolivia 7 3 3 1 8 2
1992  Paraguay 4 2 1 1 4 3
1996  Argentina 7 6 1 0 21 3
2000  Brazil 7 3 1 3 12 9
2004  Chile 7 5 2 0 16 8
Total 61 38 15 8 124 48

Notable players[edit]

Former squads[edit]

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