Argentina national football team

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Argentina
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue)
Association Argentine Football Association (AFA)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Edgardo Bauza
Captain Lionel Messi
Most caps Javier Zanetti (143)[1]
Top scorer Lionel Messi (57)[2]
Home stadium Antonio Vespucio Liberti (El Monumental)
FIFA code ARG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 1 Steady (24 November 2016)
Highest 1 (March 2007, October 2007 – June 2008, July–October 2015, April 2016 - present)
Lowest 24 (August 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 2 Steady (1 December 2016)
Highest 1 (July 2007, May–July 2016)
Lowest 18 (June 1990)
First international
 Uruguay 2–3 Argentina Argentina
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)[1][3]
Biggest win
Argentina Argentina 12–0 Ecuador 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
Biggest defeat

Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 6–1 Argentina Argentina
(Helsingborg, Sweden; 15 May 1958)
Uruguay Uruguay 5–0 Argentina Argentina
(Guayaquil, Ecuador; 6 December 1959)
Argentina Argentina 0–5 Colombia Colombia
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 September 1993)

Bolivia Bolivia 6–1 Argentina Argentina
(La Paz, Bolivia; 1 April 2009)
World Cup
Appearances 16 (first in 1930)
Best result Champions, 1978 and 1986
Copa América
Appearances 41 (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 in Buenos Aires.

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 at extra time, 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 following a controversial penalty call in the 87th 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.[4]

Argentina, Brazil and France are the only 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 also won their respective continental championship (Copa América for Argentina and Brazil, and UEFA European Championship for France).[5][6]

Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, England and Germany due to historic occurrences with one another throughout football history.[7][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 16 May 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 last 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]

The first jersey wore by Argentina was a white one, when the national side officially debuted v. Uruguay in 1902.[14] In September 1908, Argentina wore the white and light blue in vertical stripes jersey for the first time.[15] That kit would become the official kit since then. The away kits usually have been 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.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18]

Home[edit]

1901–1908
1908–1974
1930
1975
1978
1982
1986
1990
1994
1998
1999
2002
2004
2006
2008
2010
2011
2014
2015

Away[edit]

1919 [16]
1958 [18]
1978
1982
1986
1994
1998
2002
2004
2006
2008
2010
2011
2014

Managers[edit]

The first Argentina national team manager was Ángel Vázquez, appointed in 1924. Guillermo Stábile is the manager with the most matches coaching the team (127).[19] The complete list of managers is:[20][21]

Dates Name
1924–25 Argentina Ángel Vázquez
1927–28 Argentina José Lago Millán
1928–29 Argentina Francisco Olazar
1929–30 Argentina Francisco Olazar &
Argentina Juan J. 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 Argentina 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
1998–2004 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
2014–16 Argentina Gerardo Martino
2016– Argentina Edgardo Bauza

[22]

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 12 8 3 1 28 9 +19 27 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–2 MD15 MD18 3–0 2–1 MD14 3–0 5–0 3–1
2  Uruguay 12 7 2 3 24 11 +13 23 MD13 2–1 3–0 MD15 3–0 4–0 1–0 MD18 3–0
3  Ecuador 12 6 2 4 22 16 +6 20 0–3 2–1 3–0 MD18 MD14 2–2 MD16 2–0 3–0
4  Chile 12 6 2 4 21 17 +4 20 2–0 3–1 MD17 1–2 1–1 MD15 2–1 3–0[b] MD14
5  Argentina 12 5 4 3 14 12 +2 19 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs 1–1 1–0 0–2 MD13 3–0 0–1 MD17 2–0 MD16
6  Colombia 12 5 3 4 15 15 0 18 MD16 2–2 3–1 0–0 0–1 MD17 2–0 MD13 2–0
7  Paraguay 12 4 3 5 11 17 −6 15 2–2 MD16 MD13 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–4 2–1 MD18
8  Peru 12 4 2 6 18 20 −2 14 0–2 MD14 2–1 3–4 2–2 MD18 1–0 MD15 2–2
9  Bolivia 12 2 1 9 10 31 −21 7 MD17 0–2 2–2 MD16 MD14 2–3 1–0 0–3[c] 4–2
10  Venezuela 12 1 2 9 14 29 −15 5 0–2 MD17 1–3 1–4 2–2 MD15 0–1 MD13 5–0
Updated to match(es) played on 15 November 2016. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  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. ^ FIFA awarded Chile a 3–0 win as a result of Bolivia fielding the ineligible player Nelson Cabrera, after the match had finished 0–0. Nelson Cabrera had previously represented Paraguay and did not meet eligibility rules.[25]
  3. ^ FIFA awarded Peru a 3–0 win as a result of Bolivia fielding the ineligible player Nelson Cabrera, after Bolivia had defeated Peru 2–0. Nelson Cabrera had previously represented Paraguay and did not meet eligibility rules.[25]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 26 players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Brazil on November 10 and Colombia on November 15, 2016.[26]
Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2016 after the match against Colombia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sergio Romero (1987-02-22) 22 February 1987 (age 29) 85 0 England Manchester United
12 1GK Nahuel Guzmán (1986-02-10) 10 February 1986 (age 30) 6 0 Mexico UANL
23 1GK Gerónimo Rulli (1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Spain Real Sociedad

4 2DF Pablo Zabaleta (1985-01-16) 16 January 1985 (age 31) 58 0 England Manchester City
2DF Martín Demichelis (1980-12-20) 20 December 1980 (age 35) 51 2 Spain Espanyol
17 2DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 28) 43 3 England Manchester City
13 2DF Ramiro Funes Mori (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 25) 18 1 England Everton
3 2DF Facundo Roncaglia (1987-02-10) 10 February 1987 (age 29) 12 0 Spain Celta
2 2DF Gabriel Mercado (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 29) 13 2 Spain Sevilla
15 2DF Emmanuel Más (1989-01-15) 15 January 1989 (age 27) 6 0 Argentina San Lorenzo
20 2DF Mateo Musacchio (1990-08-26) 26 August 1990 (age 26) 4 0 Spain Villarreal
21 2DF Julio Buffarini (1988-08-18) 18 August 1988 (age 28) 0 0 Brazil São Paulo

14 3MF Javier Mascherano (1984-06-08) 8 June 1984 (age 32) 135 3 Spain Barcelona
11 3MF Ángel Di María (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 28) 82 18 France Paris Saint-Germain
19 3MF Éver Banega (1988-06-29) 29 June 1988 (age 28) 51 5 Italy Internazionale
6 3MF Lucas Biglia (1986-01-30) 30 January 1986 (age 30) 48 1 Italy Lazio
8 3MF Enzo Pérez (1986-02-22) 22 February 1986 (age 30) 18 1 Spain Valencia
3MF Fernando Belluschi (1983-09-10) 10 September 1983 (age 33) 5 0 Argentina San Lorenzo
3MF Marcos Acuña (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 25) 1 0 Argentina Racing Club
5 3MF Guido Pizarro (1990-02-26) 26 February 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Mexico UANL

10 4FW Lionel Messi (captain) (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 29) 116 57 Spain Barcelona
7 4FW Sergio Agüero (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 28) 80 33 England Manchester City
9 4FW Gonzalo Higuaín (1987-12-10) 10 December 1987 (age 28) 67 31 Italy Juventus
22 4FW Ezequiel Lavezzi (1985-05-03) 3 May 1985 (age 31) 51 9 China Hebei China Fortune
16 4FW Ángel Correa (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 21) 7 1 Spain Atlético Madrid
18 4FW Lucas Pratto (1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 28) 4 2 Brazil Atlético Mineiro

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the lasts months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mariano Andújar (1983-07-30) 30 July 1983 (age 33) 11 0 Argentina Estudiantes v.  Paraguay, 11 October 2016
GK Agustín Marchesín (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 28) 2 0 Mexico América Copa América Centenario preliminary squad

DF Marcos Rojo (1990-03-20) 20 March 1990 (age 26) 52 2 England Manchester United v.  Paraguay, 11 October 2016
DF Jonathan Maidana (1985-07-29) 29 July 1985 (age 31) 4 0 Argentina River Plate v.  Paraguay, 11 October 2016
DF Víctor Cuesta (1988-11-19) 19 November 1988 (age 28) 3 1 Argentina Independiente Copa América Centenario
DF Ezequiel GarayINJ (1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 30) 32 0 Spain Valencia Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
DF Gonzalo Rodríguez (1984-10-04) 4 October 1984 (age 32) 7 1 Italy Fiorentina Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
DF Leonel Vangioni (1987-05-05) 5 May 1987 (age 29) 4 0 Italy Milan Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
DF Milton Casco (1988-04-11) 11 April 1988 (age 28) 2 0 Argentina River Plate Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
DF Javier Pinola (1983-02-24) 24 February 1983 (age 33) 2 0 Argentina Rosario Central Copa América Centenario preliminary squad

MF Nicolás GaitánINJ (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 (age 28) 19 2 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  Brazil, 10 November 2016
MF Érik Lamela (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 24) 23 3 England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Paraguay, 11 October 2016
MF Matías Kranevitter (1993-05-21) 21 May 1993 (age 23) 8 0 Spain Sevilla v.  Paraguay, 11 October 2016
MF Augusto FernándezINJ (1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 30) 15 1 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  Peru, 6 October 2016
MF Javier Pastore (1989-06-20) 20 June 1989 (age 27) 27 2 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  Uruguay, 1 September 2016
MF Roberto Pereyra (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 25) 10 0 England Watford Copa América Centenario preliminary squad

FW Paulo DybalaINJ (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 23) 6 0 Italy Juventus v.  Brazil, 10 November 2016
FW Lucas Alario (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 24) 2 0 England Tottenham v.  Paraguay, 11 October 2016
FW Carlos Tevez (1984-02-05) 5 February 1984 (age 32) 76 13 Argentina Boca Juniors Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
FW Lautaro Acosta (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 28) 0 0 Argentina Lanús Copa América Centenario preliminary squad

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place

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 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined
Total 2 Titles 16/22 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]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
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
Qatar 2021 TBD
Total 1 Title 3/11 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.

South American Championship[edit]

South American Championship
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Argentina 1916 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 7 2
Uruguay1917 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 5 3
Brazil 1919 Third Place 3rd 3 1 0 2 7 7
Chile 1920 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 4 2
Argentina 1921 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 5 0
Brazil 1922 Fourth Place 4th 4 2 0 2 6 3
Uruguay 1923 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 6
Uruguay 1924 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 2 0
Argentina 1925 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 11 4
Chile 1926 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 14 3
Peru 1927 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 15 4
Argentina 1929 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 9 1
Peru 1935 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 8 5
Argentina 1937 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 5
Peru 1939 Withdrew
Chile 1941 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 10 2
Uruguay 1942 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 21 6
Chile 1945 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 22 5
Argentina 1946 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 17 3
Ecuador 1947 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 28 4
Brazil 1949 Withdrew
Peru 1953 Withdrew
Chile 1955 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 18 6
Uruguay1956 Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 5 3
Peru 1957 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 25 6
Argentina 1959 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 19 5
Ecuador 1959 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 9
Bolivia 1963 Third Place 3rd 6 3 1 2 15 10
Uruguay 1967 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 12 3
Total 12 Titles 26/29 113 81 15 17 314 107

Copa América[edit]

Copa América
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
South America 1975 Group Stage 5th 4 2 0 2 17 4
South America 1979 Group Stage 8th 4 1 1 2 7 6
South America 1983 Group Stage 6th 4 1 3 0 5 4
Argentina 1987 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 4
Brazil 1989 Third Place 3rd 7 2 3 2 2 4
Chile 1991 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 16 6
Ecuador 1993 Champions 1st 6 2 4 0 6 4
Uruguay 1995 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 6
Bolivia 1997 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 1 2 1 4 3
Paraguay 1999 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 6
Colombia 2001 Withdrew
Peru 2004 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 16 6
Venezuela 2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 16 6
Argentina 2011 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 3 0 5 2
Chile 2015 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 10 3
United States 2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 18 2
Brazil 2019 Qualified
Total 2 Titles 15/16 76 38 24 14 141 66

Olympics record[edit]

Olympics record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
Greece 1896 No Football Tournament
France 1900 Did Not Participate
United States 1904
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924
Netherlands 1928 Silver Medal 2nd 5 3 1 1 25 7
United States1932 No Football Tournament
Nazi Germany1936 Did Not Participate
United Kingdom 1948
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960 Quarter-Finals 7th 3 2 0 1 6 4
Japan 1964 Group Stage 10th 2 0 1 1 3 4
Mexico 1968 Did Not Qualify
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980 Qualified and Withdrew
United States 1984 Did Not Qualify
South Korea 1988 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 5
Spain 1992 Did Not Qualify
United States 1996 Silver Medal 2nd 6 3 2 1 13 6
Australia 2000 Did Not Qualify
Greece 2004 Gold Medal 1st 6 6 0 0 17 0
China 2008 Gold Medal 1st 6 6 0 0 11 2
United Kingdom 2012 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2016 Group Stage 11th 3 1 1 1 3 4
Japan 2020 TBD
Total 2 Gold Medals
2 Silver Medal
8/19 35 22 6 7 81 32

Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992. See Argentina Olympic football team.

Pan American Games[edit]

Argentina has won 6 of the 14 football competitions at the Pan American Games, winning in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995 and 2003.

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Argentina 1951 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 16 2
Mexico 1955 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 23 7
United States 1959 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 20 4
Brazil 1963 Runners-up 2nd 7 3 1 0 18 3
Canada 1967 Round 1 5th 3 1 1 1 7 3
Colombia 1971 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 7 2
Mexico 1975 Third Place 3rd 3 2 1 0 9 1
Puerto Rico 1979 Third Place 3rd 4 2 2 0 3 0
Venezuela 1983 Round 1 5th 2 0 0 2 0 4
United States 1987 Third Place 3rd 4 3 0 1 11 3
Cuba 1991 Did not Qualify
Argentina 1995 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 10 4
Canada 1999 Did not Qualify
Dominican Republic 2003 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 10 5
Brazil 2007 Round 1 9th 3 0 2 1 1 3
Mexico 2011 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 6 2
Canada 2015 Did not Enter
Peru 2019 TBD
Total 6 Titles 14/16 60 46 10 6 134 43

Records and statistics[edit]

Most caps[edit]

As of 15 November 2016 [1][27]

Rank. Name Career Caps Goals
1 Javier Zanetti 1994–2011 145 5
2 Javier Mascherano 2003– 135 3
3 Lionel Messi 2005– 116 57
4 Roberto Ayala 1994–2007 115 7
5 Diego Simeone 1988–2002 106 11
6 Oscar Ruggeri 1983–1994 97 7
7 Diego Maradona 1977–1994 91 34
8 Ariel Ortega 1993–2010 87 17
9 Sergio Romero 2009– 85 0
10 Ángel Di María 2008– 82 18

Top goalscorers[edit]

Lionel Messi (left) is the highest goalscorer in the history of Argentina with 57 goals.

As of 15 November 2016, the ten players with the most goals for Argentina are:[28]

Rank. Player Career Goals Caps Avg/Game
1 Lionel Messi (list) 2005– 57 116 0.491
2 Gabriel Batistuta (list)[a] 1991–2002 54 77 0.701
3 Hernán Crespo 1995–2007 35 64 0.555
4 Diego Maradona 1977–1994 34 91 0.374
5 Sergio Agüero 2006– 33 80 0.413
6 Gonzalo Higuaín 2009– 31 67 0.463
7 Luis Artime 1961–1967 24 25 0.960
8 Daniel Passarella 1976–1986 23 70 0.328
9 Leopoldo Luque 1975–1981 22 45 0.488
José Sanfilippo 1956–1962 22 29 0.759

World Cup winning captains[edit]

Year Name Caps Goals
1978 Daniel Passarella 70 23
1986 Diego Maradona 91 34

Individual stats[edit]

  • Most goals scored in all international competitions, including friendlies: 57 – Lionel Messi, 2005–[30]
  • Most goals scored from the penalty spot: 11 – Lionel Messi, 2005–[30]
  • Most goals scored from direct free-kick: 6 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
  • Most goals scored in all international competitions (including 11 goals FIFA WC qualification and 4 goals in FIFA Confederations Cup): 38 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001
  • Most goals scored in all international competitions (not including FIFA WC qualification and FIFA Confederations Cup goals): 23 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001
  • Most goals scored in International friendlies: 27 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
  • Most goals scored in one calendar year: 12 – Lionel Messi, 2012, Gabriel Batistuta, 1998
  • Most goals scored in one FIFA World Cup qualification: 10 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
  • Most goals scored in all FIFA World Cup qualifications: 19 – Hernán Crespo, 1995–2007
  • Most goals scored in one FIFA World Cup Finals: 8 – Guillermo Stábile, 1930
  • Most goals scored in all FIFA World Cup Finals: 10 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001
  • Most goals scored in one FIFA Confederations Cup: 4 – Luciano Figueroa, 2004–2005
  • Most goals scored in all FIFA Confederations Cup: 4 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001, Luciano Figueroa, 2004–2005
  • Most goals scored in one Copa America era: 6 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001
  • Most goals scored in all Copa America era: 13 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001
  • Most goals scored in one South American Championship: 9 – Humberto Maschio, 1956–1957
  • Most goals scored in all South American Championship: 17 – Norberto Méndez, 1945–1956
  • Most goals scored in one Football Summer Olympics: 9 – Domingo Tarasconi, 1922–1929
  • Most goals scored in all Football Summer Olympics: 9 – Domingo Tarasconi, 1922–1929
  • Most goals scored in all U-20 international competitions, including friendlies: 14 – Lionel Messi, 2005
  • Most goals scored in all U-20 international competitions: 11 – Lionel Messi, 2005 and Javier Saviola, 2001
  • Most goals scored in one FIFA U-20 World Cup Finals: 11 – Javier Saviola, 2001
  • Most goals scored in all FIFA U-20 World Cup Finals: 11 – Javier Saviola, 2001
  • Most goals scored in one South American Youth Football Championship: 9 – Luciano Galletti, 1999
  • Most direct free-kick goals scored in all international competitions, including friendlies: 6, Lionel Messi, against Paraguay, Uruguay, Nigeria, Panama, USA, Colombia
  • Most hat-tricks scored in all international competitions, including friendlies: 4 Lionel Messi, against Switzerland, Brazil, Guatemala, Panama
  • Most assists provided in all international competitions, including friendlies: 37, Lionel Messi, 2005–
  • Most assists provided in Copa America matches: 11, Lionel Messi, 2007–
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in one FIFA World Cup: 4 Lionel Messi[31]
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in FIFA World Cup matches: 5 – Lionel Messi[31][32]
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in one Copa America: 4 – Lionel Messi[33]
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in Copa America matches: 9 – Lionel Messi[33][34]
  • Oldest player that have ever scored a goal: 36 years and 7 months old in 2010 against Greece – Martín Palermo
  • Oldest player that have scored a goal at FIFA World Cup Finals: 36 years and 7 months old in 2010 against Greece – Martín Palermo
  • Oldest player that have scored a goal at South American Championship/Copa America:
  • Youngest player that have ever scored a goal: 18 years, 7 months and 4 days old in 1979 against Scotland – Diego Maradona [35]
  • Youngest player that have ever scored a goal at FIFA World Cup Finals: 18 years and 357 days old in 2006 against Serbia and Montenegro – Lionel Messi
  • Youngest player that have ever captained the team at FIFA World Cup Finals: 22 years and 363 days old in 2010 against Greece Lionel Messi[36]
  • Youngest player to ever reach 100 caps: 27 years and 362 days old in 2015 against Jamaica Lionel Messi[36]
  • Youngest player that have scored a goal at South American Championship/Copa America: 18 years and 10 months old in 1979 against Brazil – Diego Maradona
  • Only player that have scored against all 9 South American Nations: Lionel Messi - against Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela[37]
  • Players that have scored the most goals in a match at any competition: 5 – 1925 Manuel Seoane, 1941 Juan Marvezzi
  • Players that have scored the most goals in a match at International friendlies:
  • Players that have scored in all 3 matches of the group stage in one FIFA World Cup: Omar Orestes Corbatta in 1958 and Lionel Messi in 2014[38]
  • Players that have scored the most goals in a match at FIFA World Cup: 3 – 1930 Guillermo Stábile, 1994 & 1998 Gabriel Batistuta, 2010 Gonzalo Higuaín
  • Players that have scored the most goals in a match at South American Championship/Copa America: 5 – 1925 Manuel Seoane, 1941 Juan Marvezzi
  • Players that have won the FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe: 8 – goals in 1930– Guillermo Stábile, 6 goals in 1978– Mario Kempes
  • Players that have won the Copa America era Golden Shoe: 4  goals in 1975– Leopoldo Luque, 3 goals in 1983– Jorge Burruchaga, 6 goals in 1991– Gabriel Batistuta, 4 goals in 1995– Gabriel Batistuta
  • Players that have won the South American Championship Golden Shoe: 3  goals in 1921– Julio Libonatti, 4 goals in 1922– Julio Francia, 3 goals in 1923– Valdino Aguirre, 6 goals in 1925– Manuel Seoane, 7 goals in 1927– Alfredo Carricaberry & Segundo Luna, 4 goals in 1935– Herminio Masantonio, 5 goals in 1941– Juan Marvezzi, 7 goals in 1942– Herminio Masantonio & José Manuel Moreno, 6 goals in 1945– Norberto Méndez, 8 goals in 1955– Rodolfo Micheli, 9 goals in 1957– Humberto Maschio, 5 goals in 1959– José Sanfilippo, 5 goals in 1967– Luis Artime
  • Players that have won the Football Summer Olympics Golden Shoe: 9  goals in 1928– Domingo Tarasconi, 6 goals in 1996– Hernán Crespo, 8 goals in 2004– Carlos Tevez

Gallery[edit]

Notable matches[edit]

  • Argentina and Uruguay hold the record for the most international matches played between two countries.[3] 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.[39]
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • 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.[citation needed]

Rivalries[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Argentina have a long and fierce rivalry with their South American neighbours.

England[edit]

With a rivalry stemming from the 1966 World Cup and intensified by the Falklands War of 1982, Argentina and England have had numerous confrontations in World Cup tournaments. Perhaps the most notable was the quarter-final match in 1986, where Diego Maradona scored two goals against England.

Germany[edit]

Argentina have played Germany in three FIFA World Cup finals. In 1986 and 1990 the two teams played each other in two consecutive World Cup finals. After that, in 2006, Argentina lost on penalties after a 1–1 draw and lost again in 2010, this time with a 4–0 victory for Germany. They played each other for the third consecutive World Cup when they met at the 2014 World Cup final match, where they were defeated by Germany in extra time by a score of 1–0.

Uruguay[edit]

Argentina has a long-standing rivalry with their neighbors, that came into existence from the early South American Championships, the 1928 Summer Olympics and the first World Cup final, held in 1930.

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although FIFA recognises two goals Batistuta scored against the Slovakia national youth side in 1995, the Argentine Football Association does not recognise these goals.[29]
  2. ^ Extra edition
  3. ^ a b Played between Argentina and Uruguay.
  4. ^ Played between Argentina and Brazil.

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