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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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The team of Racing Club posing for pictures prior to their 1967 Intercontinental Cup match against Celtic
Credit: El Gráfico

The team of Racing Club de Avellaneda posing for pictures prior to their 1967 Intercontinental Cup match against Celtic F.C.. After reaching a 2–2 draw over two legs, the teams played a decider match in Montevideo, Uruguay which Racing Club won 1–0, becoming the first Argentinian club to win the trophy.

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Mario Kempes (born July 15, 1954 in Bell Ville, Córdoba) is an Argentine former football striker. His father, Mario, who was also a football player, inspired him to play from a young age. At the age of 7 years, he began playing with a junior team and at 14 he joined la cuarta de Talleres. He is most famous for playing for Valencia and being the focal point of Argentina's 1978 World Cup win.

Kempes was the only foreign based player on the list of coach César Luis Menotti's national team, he was at the time playing for Spanish giants Valencia while the other squad members all played in Argentina. The coach described him when announcing the squad he had selected for the 1978 tournament, "He's strong, he's got skill, he creates spaces and he shoots hard. He's a player who can make a difference, and he can play in a centre-forward position".

During his playing career he won 43 caps for Argentina and scored 20 times. He represented his country in three World Cups in 1974, 1978 and 1982, winning the competition in 1978. He was the leading goalscorer in the 1978 tournament, scoring six goals. In 1978 he was named South American Football Player of the Year and one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.

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