Argentina national football team

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The Argentina national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Argentina) represents Argentina in men's international football and is administered by the Argentine Football Association, the governing body for football in Argentina. Argentina's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires.

Argentina
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Albiceleste
(The White and Sky Blues)
AssociationArgentine Football Association (AFA)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachLionel Scaloni
CaptainLionel Messi
Most capsJavier Mascherano (147)
Top scorerLionel Messi (71)
Home stadiumAntonio V. Liberti
(Buenos Aires)
Alberto J. Armando
(Buenos Aires)
Malvinas Argentinas
(Mendoza)
Mario Alberto Kempes
(Córdoba)
Único Madre de Ciudades
(Santiago del Estero)
FIFA codeARG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 8 Decrease 1 (7 April 2021)[1]
Highest1 (March 2007, October 2007–June 2008, July–October 2015, April 2016–April 2017)
Lowest24 (August 1996)
First international
 Uruguay 0–6 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 Jul 1902) [2][3][4][5]
Biggest win
 Argentina 12–0 Ecuador 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 6–1 Argentina 
(Helsingborg, Sweden; 15 June 1958)
 Uruguay 5–0 Argentina 
(Guayaquil, Ecuador; 16 December 1959)
 Argentina 0–5 Colombia 
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 September 1993)
 Bolivia 6–1 Argentina 
(La Paz, Bolivia; 1 April 2009)
 Spain 6–1 Argentina 
(Madrid, Spain; 27 March 2018)
World Cup
Appearances17 (first in 1930)
Best resultChampions (1978, 1986)
Copa América
Appearances42 (first in 1916)
Best resultChampions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993)
Panamerican Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1956)
Best resultChampions (1960)
Intercontinental Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 1993)
Best resultChampions (1993)
Confederations Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1992)
Best resultChampions (1992)
Medal record
Olympic medal record
Men's football[6]
Silver medal – second place 1928 Amsterdam Team [note 1]

La Selección (national team), also known as La Albiceleste, 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 won again in 1986, through a 3–2 victory over West Germany, and a tournament campaign inspired by their captain Diego Maradona. They made the World Cup finals once more in 1990, and lost 1–0 to West Germany following a controversial penalty call in the 87th minute. Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, 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 also been very successful in the Copa América, winning it 14 times, second only to Uruguay. The team also won the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 1993 Artemio Franchi Trophy. Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, England, and Germany due to particular occurrences with one another throughout football history.[8][9]

HistoryEdit

The first match ever recorded for Argentina was against Uruguay, on 20 June 1902.[note 2] The game (which was the first international for both sides) was held in Montevideo and Argentina won 6–0.[2][5] 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 the interruption of 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. Argentina last reached the World Cup final in 2014, where it lost 1–0 to Germany national football team. Previous to this their last World Cup final was in 1990, which is also lost, 1–0, to West 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 14 times. The team also won the FIFA Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup, both in 1992, and the 1993 Artemio Franchi Trophy. 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 seven of the 18 football competitions at the Pan American Games, winning in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995, 2003 and 2019 .

In March 2007, Argentina reached the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time.[13]

Home stadiumEdit

The River Plate stadium, Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, is a national stadium of Argentina national team that plays most qualifying and friendlies at that stadium.

They play their matches outside the stadium at Córdoba, Rosario, Mendoza, La Plata, San Juan and Santiago del Estero.

Team imageEdit

UniformEdit

The classic light blue and white striped jersey was first worn in the 1908 Copa Newton v. Uruguay
The blue shirt worn v England at the 1986 World Cup, when Diego Maradona scored "the goal of the century"

The kit first worn by Argentina in their official debut v Uruguay in 1902 was a light blue shirt.[14][15] In August 1908, Argentina debuted the light blue vertical stripe on white jersey.[16] That kit would become the official kit. The away kits usually have been in dark blue shades, varying the colors of shorts and socks.

Argentina has sported other kits until the blue strip on white kit was made official. On 3 June 1919 in Rio de Janeiro playing the "Roberto Chery Cup" against Brazil, Argentina wore a light blue kit, similar to Uruguay.[17] 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.[18]

At the 1958 World Cup, Argentina wore the yellow jersey of Swedish club IFK Malmö in the match against West Germany, as the team arrived in Sweden without an away kit.

A last moment jersey changed at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico is memorable. Then manager Carlos Bilardo asked the team kit supplier Le Coq Sportif for a lighter blue shirt for the quarter-final in three days against England, that could not be provided. A member of coaching staff scour the shops of Mexico City for 38 shirt plain shirts. They were transformed with an improvised version of the AFA emblem embroidered on to the shirts,[19] and silvery American football numbers ironed to the backs.[20] Argentina beat England with Diego Maradona's "goal of the century".[21][22] The shirt style became an emblem of the occasion and a collector's item.[23]

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina debuted a black away kit, a first in their history.[24]

Kit sponsorshipEdit

 
The AFA emblem that was added to playing kits in 1976
Kit supplier Period Notes
  Gath & Chaves 1930–1934 [25]
  Sportlandia 1966 [26]
  Adidas 1973–1979 [25][27]
  Le Coq Sportif 1980–1989 [25][28]
  Adidas 1990–1998 [27][29]
  Reebok 1999–2001 [30]
  Adidas 2001–present [27]

CrestEdit

The Argentine Football Association ("AFA") logo has been always used as the team emblem. It debuted in the 1958 World Cup held in Sweden, when Argentina added the AFA logo to their jackets, but not to the shirts.[19]

Nevertheless, the AFA emblem was not used on jerseys until 16 November 1976, when Argentina played the Soviet Union at Estadio Monumental. The first emblem was a simplified version of the crest (without the laurel wreath,[31] that was added for the 1982 World Cup).[19]

In 2004, the two stars added above the crest symbolized the national team FIFA World championships of 1978 and 1986.[31]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 18 9 Squad Qualified as invitees
  1934 Round 1 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3 Squad Qualified automatically
  1938 Withdrew Withdrew
  1950
  1954
  1958 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 5 10 Squad 4 3 0 1 10 2
  1962 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 3 Squad 2 2 0 0 11 3
  1966 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 4 2 Squad 4 3 1 0 9 2
  1970 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 4 6
  1974 Round 2 8th 6 1 2 3 9 12 Squad 4 3 1 0 9 2
  1978 Champions 1st 7 5 1 1 15 4 Squad Qualified as hosts
  1982 Round 2 11th 5 2 0 3 8 7 Squad Qualified as defending champions
  1986 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 14 5 Squad 6 4 1 1 12 6
  1990 Runners-up 2nd 7 2 3 2 5 4 Squad Qualified as defending champions
  1994 Round of 16 10th 4 2 0 2 8 6 Squad 8 4 2 2 9 10
  1998 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 1 1 10 4 Squad 16 8 6 2 23 13
    2002 Group stage 18th 3 1 1 1 2 2 Squad 18 13 4 1 42 15
  2006 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 2 0 11 3 Squad 18 10 4 4 29 17
  2010 Quarter-finals 5th 5 4 0 1 10 6 Squad 18 8 4 6 23 20
  2014 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 1 1 8 4 Squad 16 9 5 2 35 15
  2018 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 6 9 Squad 18 7 7 4 19 16
  2022 To be determined In progress
      2026 To be determined
Total 2 Titles 17/21 81 43 15 23 137 93 136 75 36 25 235 127
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Copa AméricaEdit

South American Championship / Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1916 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 7 2 Squad
  1917 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 5 3 Squad
  1919 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 7 7 Squad
  1920 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 4 2 Squad
  1921 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 5 0 Squad
  1922 Fourth place 4th 4 2 0 2 6 3 Squad
  1923 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 6 Squad
  1924 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 2 0 Squad
  1925 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 11 4 Squad
  1926 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 14 3 Squad
  1927 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 15 4 Squad
  1929 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 9 1 Squad
  1935 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 8 5 Squad
  1937 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 5 Squad
  1939 Withdrew
  1941 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 10 2 Squad
  1942 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 21 6 Squad
  1945 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 22 5 Squad
  1946 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 17 3 Squad
  1947 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 28 4 Squad
  1949 Withdrew
  1953
  1955 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 18 6 Squad
 1956 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 5 3 Squad
  1957 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 25 6 Squad
  1959 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 19 5 Squad
  1959 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 9 Squad
  1963 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 15 10 Squad
  1967 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 12 3 Squad
  1975 Group stage 5th 4 2 0 2 17 4 Squad
  1979 Group stage 8th 4 1 1 2 7 6 Squad
  1983 Group stage 6th 4 1 3 0 5 4 Squad
  1987 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 4 Squad
  1989 Third place 3rd 7 2 3 2 2 4 Squad
  1991 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 16 6 Squad
  1993 Champions 1st 6 2 4 0 6 4 Squad
  1995 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 6 Squad
  1997 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 4 3 Squad
  1999 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 6 Squad
  2001 Withdrew
  2004 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 16 6 Squad
  2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 16 6 Squad
  2011 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 3 0 5 2 Squad
  2015 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 10 3 Squad
  2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 18 2 Squad
  2019 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 7 6 Squad
    2021 Qualified
  2024 Qualified
Total 14 Titles 42/46 195 122 40 33 462 179

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1992 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 7 1 Squad
  1995 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 5 3 Squad
  1997 Did not qualify
  1999
    2001
  2003
  2005 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 10 10 Squad
  2009 Did not qualify
  2013
  2017
Total 1 Title 3/10 10 5 3 2 22 14

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1896 No football tournament
  1900 Did not participate
  1904
  1908
  1912
  1920
  1924
  1928 Silver medal 2nd 5 3 1 1 25 7 Squad
  1932 No football tournament
  1936 Did not participate
  1948
  1952
  1956
  1960 Quarter-finals 7th 3 2 0 1 6 4 Squad
  1964 Group stage 10th 2 0 1 1 3 4 Squad
  1968 Did not qualify
  1972
  1976
  1980 Qualified but withdrew
  1984 Did not qualify
  1988 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 5 Squad
Since 1992 See Argentina national under-23 football team
Total 1 Silver medal 4/19 14 6 3 5 38 20

Pan American GamesEdit

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1951 Gold medal 1st 4 4 0 0 16 2
  1955 Gold medal 1st 6 5 1 0 23 7
  1959 Gold medal 1st 6 5 1 0 20 4
  1963 Silver medal 2nd 4 2 2 0 11 3
  1967 Preliminary round 5th 3 1 1 1 7 3
  1971 Gold medal 1st 8 6 2 0 13 4
  1975 Bronze medal 3rd 6 5 1 0 19 1
  1979 Bronze medal 3rd 5 4 1 0 9 0
  1983 Preliminary round 5th 2 0 0 2 0 4
  1987 Bronze medal 3rd 5 3 1 1 11 3
  1991 Did not qualify
  1995 Gold medal 1st 6 4 2 0 10 4
Since 1999 See Argentina national under-23 football team
Total 5 Gold medals 11/12 55 39 12 4 139 35

All-time head-to-head recordEdit

Below is a result summary of all matches Argentina have played against FIFA recognized teams.[32]

As of 17 November 2020

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against   West Germany.
  2. ^ Includes matches against   Soviet Union.
  3. ^ Includes matches against   Yugoslavia and   Serbia and Montenegro.

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2020Edit

13 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   1–2   Argentina La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 (UTC−4) Moreno   24' Report L. Martínez   45'
Correa   79'
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Diego Haro (Peru)
12 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   1–1   Paraguay Buenos Aires, Argentina
21:00 ART (UTC−3) González   41' Report Á. Romero   21' (pen.) Stadium: Estadio Alberto J. Armando
Attendance: 0
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
17 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Peru   0–2   Argentina Lima, Peru
19:30 PET (UTC−5) Report González   17'
L. Martínez   28'
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)

2021Edit

3 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   v   Chile Argentina
2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Venezuela   v   Argentina Venezuela
2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   v   Bolivia Argentina
12 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   v   Peru Argentina
16 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   v   Brazil Argentina

2022Edit

1 February 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   v   Colombia Argentina

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru on 12 and 17 November 2020, respectively.[33]
Caps and goals correct as of: 17 November 2020, after the match against Peru.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Franco Armani (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 34) 15 0   River Plate
23 1GK Agustín Marchesín (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 33) 7 0   Porto
12 1GK Esteban Andrada (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 30) 4 0   Boca Juniors

19 2DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 33) 74 4   Benfica
3 2DF Nicolás Tagliafico (1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 28) 28 0   Ajax
6 2DF Walter Kannemann (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 30) 6 0   Grêmio
2 2DF Lucas Martínez Quarta (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 24) 6 0   Fiorentina
4 2DF Gonzalo Montiel (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 24) 6 0   River Plate
14 2DF Facundo Medina (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Lens
15 2DF Nehuén Pérez (2000-06-24) 24 June 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Granada

11 3MF Ángel Di María (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 33) 104 20   Paris Saint-Germain
5 3MF Leandro Paredes (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 26) 28 3   Paris Saint-Germain
20 3MF Giovani Lo Celso (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 25) 23 2   Tottenham Hotspur
8 3MF Rodrigo De Paul (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 26) 21 0   Udinese
16 3MF Guido Rodríguez (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 27) 10 0   Betis
17 3MF Nicolás Domínguez (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 22) 8 1   Bologna

10 4FW Lionel Messi (Captain) (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 33) 142 71   Barcelona
22 4FW Lautaro Martínez (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 23) 21 11   Internazionale
13 4FW Lucas Alario (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 28) 9 3   Bayer Leverkusen
18 4FW Lucas Ocampos (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 26) 7 2   Sevilla
9 4FW Joaquín Correa (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 26) 5 2   Lazio
21 4FW Nicolás González (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 23) 5 2   VfB Stuttgart
7 4FW Alejandro Gómez (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 33) 5 1   Sevilla

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Emiliano Martínez (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 28) 0 0   Aston Villa v.   Peru, 17 November 2020
GK Jeremías Ledesma (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Cádiz v.   Paraguay, 12 November 2020 PRE
GK Juan Musso (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 26) 1 0   Udinese v.   Ecuador, 8 October 2020 INJ

DF Leonardo Balerdi (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 22) 2 0   Marseille v.   Peru, 17 November 2020
DF Lisandro Martínez (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 23) 1 0   Ajax v.   Peru, 17 November 2020
DF Germán Pezzella (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 29) 16 2   Fiorentina v.   Paraguay, 12 November 2020 INJ
DF Juan Foyth (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 23) 11 0   Villareal v.   Paraguay, 12 November 2020 INJ
DF Marcos Senesi (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Feyenoord v.   Paraguay, 12 November 2020 PRE
DF Renzo Saravia (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 (age 27) 9 0   Internacional v.   Ecuador, 8 October 2020 INJ

MF Exequiel Palacios (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 22) 6 0   Bayer Leverkusen v.   Peru, 17 November 2020 INJ
MF Marcos Acuña (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 29) 28 0   Sevilla v.   Paraguay, 12 November 2020 INJ
MF Roberto Pereyra (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 30) 19 2   Udinese v.   Paraguay, 12 November 2020 INJ
MF Eduardo Salvio (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 30) 14 0   Boca Juniors v.   Paraguay, 12 November 2020 INJ
MF Alexis Mac Allister (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Brighton & Hove Albion v.   Bolivia, 13 October 2020

FW Sergio Agüero (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 32) 97 41   Manchester City v.   Paraguay, 12 November 2020 INJ
FW Paulo Dybala (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 27) 29 2   Juventus v.   Paraguay, 12 November 2020 INJ
FW Giovanni Simeone (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 25) 5 1   Cagliari v.   Paraguay, 12 November 2020 PRE
FW Cristian Pavón (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 25) 11 0   Boca Juniors v.   Ecuador, 8 October 2020 PRE

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Suspended

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Lionel Scaloni
Assistant coach   Pablo Aimar
Assistant coach   Roberto Ayala
Assistant coach   Walter Samuel
Assistant coach (analyst)   Matías Manna
Fitness coach   Luis Martín
Goalkeeping coach   Martín Tocalli

StatisticsEdit

As of 18 November 2020[34]
Players in bold are still active with Argentina.

Most capped playersEdit

 
Javier Mascherano is the most capped player in the history of Argentina with 147 caps.
Rank Name Caps Goals Career
1 Javier Mascherano 147 3 2003–2018
2 Javier Zanetti 143 4 1994–2011
3 Lionel Messi 142 71 2005–
4 Roberto Ayala 114 7 1994–2007
5 Diego Simeone 106 9 1988–2002
6 Ángel Di María 104 20 2008–
7 Sergio Agüero 97 41 2006–
Oscar Ruggeri 97 7 1983–1994
9 Sergio Romero 96 0 2009–
10 Diego Maradona 91 34 1977–1994

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup. He is the highest goalscorer in the history of Argentina with 71 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Lionel Messi (list) 71 142 0.5 2005–
2 Gabriel Batistuta (list) 54 77 0.7 1991–2002
3 Sergio Agüero 41 97 0.42 2006–
4 Hernán Crespo 35 64 0.55 1995–2007
5 Diego Maradona (list) 34 91 0.37 1977–1994
6 Gonzalo Higuaín 31 75 0.41 2009–2018
7 Luis Artime 24 25 0.96 1961–1967
8 Daniel Passarella 23 70 0.33 1976–1986
9 Leopoldo Luque 21 45 0.49 1975–1981
José Sanfilippo 21 29 0.76 1956–1962

World Cup winning captainsEdit

World Cup winning captains of Argentina, (left): Daniel Passarella in 1978; (right): Diego Maradona in 1986
Year Name Caps Goals
1978 Daniel Passarella 70 23
1986 Diego Maradona 91 34

Individual recordsEdit

  • Most goals scored in all international competitions, including friendlies: 71 – Lionel Messi, 2005–[35]
  • Most goals scored in official international competitions, including FIFA World Cup qualification and FIFA Confederations Cup: 38 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2002
  • Most goals scored in all major international tournaments, not including FIFA World Cup qualification and FIFA Confederations Cup: 23 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2002
  • Most goals scored in international friendlies: 34 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
  • Most goals scored in one calendar year, including friendlies: 12 – Lionel Messi, 2012; Gabriel Batistuta, 1998
  • Most goals scored in one FIFA World Cup qualification: 10 – Lionel Messi, 2014
  • Most goals scored in all FIFA World Cup qualifications: 22 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
  • Most goals scored in one FIFA World Cup tournament: 8 – Guillermo Stábile, 1930
  • Most goals scored in all FIFA World Cup tournaments: 10 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001
  • Most goals scored in one FIFA Confederations Cup: 4 – Luciano Figueroa, 2005
  • Most goals scored in all FIFA Confederations Cup: 4 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2002, Luciano Figueroa, 2004–2005
  • Most goals scored in one Copa América: 6 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991
  • Most goals scored in all Copas América: 13 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2002
  • Most goals scored in one South American Championship: 9 – Humberto Maschio, 1957
  • Most goals scored in all South American Championships: 17 – Norberto Méndez, 1945–1956
  • Most goals scored in one Football Summer Olympics: 9 – Domingo Tarasconi, 1928
  • Most goals scored in all Football Summer Olympics: 9 – Domingo Tarasconi, 1922–1929
  • Most goals scored in all U-20 international competitions, including friendlies: 18 – Lionel Messi, 2005[36]
  • Most goals scored in official U-20 international competitions: 11 – Lionel Messi, 2005; Javier Saviola, 2001
  • Most goals scored in one FIFA U-20 World Cup tournament: 11 – Javier Saviola, 2001
  • Most goals scored in all FIFA U-20 World Cup tournaments: 11 – Javier Saviola, 2001
  • Most goals scored in one South American Youth Football Championship: 9 – Luciano Galletti, 1999; Giovanni Simeone, 2015[37]
  • Most goals scored from the penalty kick: 13 – Lionel Messi, 2005–[35]
  • Most direct free kick goals scored in all international competitions, including friendlies: 6 – Lionel Messi, against Paraguay, Uruguay, Nigeria, Panama, United States, Colombia[citation needed]
  • Most hat-tricks scored in all international competitions, including friendlies: 6 – Lionel Messi, against Switzerland, Brazil, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador, Haiti
  • Most assists provided in all international competitions, including friendlies: 42 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
  • Most assists provided in Copa América matches: 11 – Lionel Messi, 2005–[38]
  • Most wins in all international competitions, including friendlies: 85 - Lionel Messi, 2005–[39][40]
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in one FIFA World Cup: 4 – Lionel Messi, 2014[41]
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in FIFA World Cup matches: 5 – Lionel Messi, 2005–[41][42]
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in one Copa América: 4 – Lionel Messi, 2015[43]
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in Copa América matches: 9 – Lionel Messi, 2005–[43][44]
  • Oldest player that have ever scored a goal: Martín Palermo, 36 years and 7 months old in 2010 against Greece
  • Oldest player that have scored a goal at FIFA World Cup tournament: Martín Palermo, 36 years and 7 months old in 2010 against Greece
  • Youngest player that have ever scored a goal: Diego Maradona, 18 years, 7 months and 4 days old in 1979 against Scotland[45]
  • Youngest player that have ever scored a goal at FIFA World Cup tournament: Lionel Messi, 18 years and 357 days old in 2006 against Serbia and Montenegro
  • Youngest player that have ever captained the team at FIFA World Cup tournament: Lionel Messi, 22 years and 363 days old in 2010 against Greece[46]
  • Youngest player to ever reach 100 caps: Lionel Messi, 27 years and 362 days old in 2015 against Jamaica[46]
  • Youngest player that have scored a goal at South American Championship/Copa America: Diego Maradona 18 years and 10 months old in 1979 against Brazil
  • Only player that have scored against all 9 South American Nations: Lionel Messi, against Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela[47]
  • Players that have scored the most goals in a match at any competition: 5 – Manuel Seoane, in 1925; Juan Marvezzi, in 1941
  • Players that have scored in all 3 matches of the group stage in one FIFA World Cup: Oreste Corbatta, in 1958; Lionel Messi, in 2014[48]
  • Players that have scored the most goals in a match at FIFA World Cup: 3 – Guillermo Stábile, in 1930; Gabriel Batistuta, in 1994 & 1998; Gonzalo Higuaín, in 2010
  • Players that have scored the most goals in a match at South American Championship/Copa América: 5 – Manuel Seoane, in 1925; Juan Marvezzi, in 1941
  • Players that have won the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: Diego Maradona, in 1986; Lionel Messi, in 2014
  • Players that have won the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot: Guillermo Stábile, 8 goals in 1930; Mario Kempes, 6 goals in 1978
  • Players that have won the Copa América era Golden Shoe: Leopoldo Luque, 4 goals in 1975; Jorge Burruchaga, 3 goals in 1983; Gabriel Batistuta, 6 goals in 1991, 4 goals in 1995
  • Players that have won the South American Championship Golden Shoe: Julio Libonatti, 3 goals in 1921; Juan Francia, 4 goals in 1922; Vicente Aguirre, 3 goals in 1923; Manuel Seoane, 6 goals in 1925; Alfredo Carricaberry & Segundo Luna, 7 goals in 1927; Herminio Masantonio, 4 goals in 1935; Juan Marvezzi, 5 goals in 1941; Herminio Masantonio & José Manuel Moreno, 7 goals in 1942; Norberto Méndez, 6 goals in 1945; Rodolfo Micheli, 8 goals in 1955; Humberto Maschio, 9 goals in 1957; José Sanfilippo, 5 goals in 1959; Luis Artime, 5 goals in 1967
  • Players that have won the Football Summer Olympics Golden Shoe: Domingo Tarasconi, 9 goals in 1928; Hernán Crespo, 6 goals in 1996; Carlos Tevez, 8 goals in 2004

ManagersEdit

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).[49] Here is the complete list of managers:[50][51][52][53]

Period Name
1924–1925   Ángel Vázquez
1927–1928   José Lago Millán
1928–1929   Francisco Olazar
1929–1930   Francisco Olazar and Juan J. Tramutola
1934   Felipe Pascucci
1934–1937   Manuel Seoane
1937–1939   Ángel Fernández Roca
1939–1959   Guillermo Stábile
1959   Victorio Spinetto
Period Name
1960–1961   Guillermo Stábile
1962–1963   Juan Carlos Lorenzo
1963   Alejandro Galán
1963–1964   Horacio Torres
1964–1968   José María Minella
1968    Renato Cesarini
1968–1969   Humberto Maschio
1969   Adolfo Pedernera
1969–1972   Juan José Pizzuti
Period Name
1972–1974   Omar Sívori
1974   Vladislao Cap
1974–1982   César Luis Menotti
1983–1990   Carlos Bilardo
1990–1994   Alfio Basile
1994–1998   Daniel Passarella
1998–2004   Marcelo Bielsa
2004–2006   José Pékerman
2006–2008   Alfio Basile
Period Name
2008–2010   Diego Maradona
2010–2011   Sergio Batista
2011–2014   Alejandro Sabella
2014–2016   Gerardo Martino
2016–2017   Edgardo Bauza
2017–2018   Jorge Sampaoli
2018–   Lionel Scaloni

RivalriesEdit

BrazilEdit

Argentina have a long and fierce rivalry with their South American neighbours.[54]

EnglandEdit

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. Among them was the quarter-final match in 1986, where Diego Maradona scored two goals against England. The first was a handball, but was ruled legal by the referee. The second, scored minutes later, saw Maradona passing five England outfield players before scoring, and is often described as one of the greatest goals in football history.

The nations were paired together in the Round of 16 at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, won by Argentina on penalties, and again at the group stage in 2002, England winning 1–0 through a penalty by David Beckham who had been sent off in the tie four years earlier.

GermanyEdit

 
Action from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany

Argentina have played Germany in seven FIFA World Cup matches including three FIFA World Cup finals: In 1986 Argentina won 3–2, but in 1990 it was the Germans who were the victors by a 1–0 scoreline.

In 1958 they met for the first time in the group stage, where Argentina suffered a 1–3 loss to defending champions West Germany.[55] In 1966 both again faced each other in the group stage which ended in a scoreless draw.[56] 2006 they met in the quarter-finals; Argentina lost on penalties after a 1–1 draw. They met again at the same stage in 2010, this time ending with a 4–0 victory for Germany. They played each other for the third consecutive World Cup in the Brazil 2014 event's final, where Argentina were defeated in extra time by a score of 1–0.

UruguayEdit

Argentina have 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.

Argentina and Uruguay hold the record for most international matches played between two countries.[2] The two teams have faced each other 197 times since 1902. The first match between Argentina and Uruguay was also the first official international match to be played outside the United Kingdom.[note 4]

NigeriaEdit

A minor rivalry developed from the 1990s between Argentina and Nigeria, based not on geographical proximity, long-term battles for honours or factors outside football, but due to the frequency of significant matches between them.[57][58][59][60][61][62] This has included five World Cup group games, all won by Argentina by a single goal margin: 2–1 in 1994, 1–0 in 2002, 1–0 in 2010, 3–2 in 2014 and 2–1 in 2018. The fixture is the most common in the competition's history involving an African nation,[63] and has occurred in five of the six tournaments for which Nigeria has qualified. The sides also met in the 1995 King Fahd Cup (the predecessor to the Confederations Cup) as champions of their respective continents, drawing 0–0.

Below full international level, their Olympic teams also faced off in the gold medal match in 1996 (3–2 to Nigeria), and 2008 (1–0 to Argentina). The final of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship was also played between them; both Argentina goals in their 2–1 win were scored by Lionel Messi, who would go on to find the net for the senior team in the 2014[64] and 2018[65] World Cup fixtures. On 6 September 2011, Bangabandhu National Stadium hosted an international friendly football match between the full-strength Argentina and Nigeria teams, featuring Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Javier Mascherano and John Obi Mikel among the other star players of both nations. Argentina won 3–1 with goals from then-Real Madrid teammates Gonzalo Higuaín and Ángel Di María, and an own goal from Nigeria's Elderson Echiéjilé with Chinedu Obasi scoring Nigeria's lone goal.

The sense of rivalry is more keenly felt on the Nigerian side, as Argentina have won almost all of their encounters and have more important traditional opponents to concentrate on, in contrast to the West Africans who remain keen to finally overcome a more illustrious foe.[58]

HonoursEdit

OfficialEdit

FriendlyEdit

Notes
  1. ^ Senior squad participations include the 1928–1936 period so only amateur players were allowed from the 1948 Games, and only U-23 players starting in 1992. For further information, see Argentina national under-23 football team.

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ From 1996 on, medals won by Argentina were with the U-23 team, not the senior squad, as ruled by the IOC.
  2. ^ There is a precedent of a match played between an Argentine representative v an Uruguayan side on 16 May 1901 in Paso del Molino. Nevertheless, most historians discard this match as the first, stating that match was not organised by the AUF but by the Albion F.C.. In fact, the initial lineup featured nine players from Albion and two from Nacional.[4][10][3]
  3. ^ A match against England on 17 May 1953 was abandoned, and the result declared void, hence the number of matches played is greater than the total of wins/draws/losses.
  4. ^ Although Canada and the United States played two internationals in 1885 and 1886, neither match is considered official; Canada did not play an official international until 1904 and the USA did not play one until 1916.[citation needed]
  5. ^ a b c d Organised by Argentine and Uruguayan Associations
  6. ^ a b Organised by Brazilian and Argentine Associations
  7. ^ Organised by the Brazilian Confederation
  8. ^ Organised by Japanese Kirin Company

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