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The Argentina national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Argentina) represents Argentine Football Association in tournaments CONMEBOL/FIFA. 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 (68)
Home stadiumAntonio Vespucio Liberti
(El Monumental)
FIFA codeARG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 10 Increase 1 (25 July 2019)[1]
Highest1 (March 2007, October 2007 – June 2008, July – October 2015, April 2016 – April 2017)
Lowest24 (August 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 11 Increase 2 (30 July 2019)[2]
Highest1 (29 times between 1902 and 2016)
Lowest26 (June 1990)
First international
 Uruguay 2–3 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)[note 1][3]
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)

La Selección (national team), also known as the Albicelestes, 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 led by 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 been very successful in the Copa América, winning it 14 times, being second only to Uruguay in Copa América victories. The team also won the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 1993 Artemio Franchi Trophy. The Argentine olympic team won the Olympics football tournaments in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.[5]

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.[note 2] They have also won their respective continental championship (Copa América for Argentina and Brazil and UEFA European Championship for France).[6][7]

Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, England, and Germany due to particular occurrences with one another throughout football history.[8][9]

Contents

HistoryEdit

The first match ever recorded by Argentina was against Uruguay.[note 1] 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.[12]

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. Previous to this their last World Cup final was in 1990, which it 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.[13]

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.[14]

Team imageEdit

Kits and crestEdit

 
The classic light blue and white striped jersey was first worn in 1908 v. Uruguay
 
Argentina wearing the yellow jersey (of IFK Malmö) v. West Germany at the 1958 World Cup

The first jersey worn by Argentina was a white shirt, when the national side officially debuted against Uruguay in 1902.[15] In August 1908, Argentina wore the white and light blue in vertical stripes jersey for the first time.[16] 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.[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 Swedish club IFK Malmö's yellow jersey in the match against West Germany, as the team did not take away uniforms to Sweden.

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina wore a black away kit for the first time in their history.[19]

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit supplier Period Notes
  Gath & Chaves 1930–1934 [20]
  Adidas 1973–1979 [20][21]
  Le Coq Sportif 1980–1989 [20][22]
  Adidas 1990–1998 [21][23]
  Reebok 1999–2001 [24]
  Adidas 2001–present [21]

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).[25] Here is the complete list of managers:[26][27][28]

Period Name
1924–25   Ángel Vázquez
1927–28   José Lago Millán
1928–29   Francisco Olazar
1929–30   Francisco Olazar and
  Juan J. Tramutola
1934   Felipe Pascucci
1934–37   Manuel Seoane
1937–39   Ángel Fernández Roca
1939–58   Guillermo Stábile
Period Name
1959   Victorio Spinetto
1960–61   Guillermo Stábile
1962–63   Juan Carlos Lorenzo
1963   Alejandro Galán
1963–64   Horacio Torres
1964–68   José María Minella
1968    Renato Cesarini
1968–69   Humberto Maschio
1969   Adolfo Pedernera
Period Name
1969–72   Juan José Pizzuti
1972–74   Omar Sívori
1974   Vladislao Cap
1974–83   César Luis Menotti
1983–90   Carlos Bilardo
1990–94   Alfio Basile
1994–98   Daniel Passarella
1998–2004   Marcelo Bielsa
2004–06   José Pékerman
Period Name
2006–08   Alfio Basile
2008–10   Diego Maradona
2010–11   Sergio Batista
2011–14   Alejandro Sabella
2014–16   Gerardo Martino
2016–17   Edgardo Bauza
2017–18   Jorge Sampaoli
2018–   Lionel Scaloni

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Lionel Scaloni
Assistant Coach   Pablo Aimar
Assistant Coach   Roberto Ayala
Assistant Coach   Walter Samuel
Goalkeeping Coach   Martín Tocalli
Fitness Coach Vacant

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the friendly matches against Chile and Mexico on 5 and 10 September 2019.[29]
Caps and goals correct as of: 6 July 2019, after the match against Chile.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Franco Armani (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 32) 11 0   River Plate
1GK Agustín Marchesín (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 31) 4 0   Porto
1GK Esteban Andrada (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 28) 1 0   Boca Juniors

2DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 31) 66 4   Manchester City
2DF Marcos Rojo (1990-03-20) 20 March 1990 (age 29) 59 3   Manchester United
2DF Nicolás Tagliafico (1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 26) 20 0   Ajax
2DF Germán Pezzella (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 28) 13 1   Fiorentina
2DF Gonzalo Montiel (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 22) 2 0   River Plate
2DF Leonardo Balerdi (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Borussia Dortmund
2DF Nicolás Figal (1994-04-03) 3 April 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Independiente
2DF Lucas Martínez (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 23) 0 0   River Plate

3MF Marcos Acuña (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 27) 21 0   Sporting CP
3MF Giovani Lo Celso (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 23) 19 2   Tottenham Hotspur
3MF Leandro Paredes (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 25) 18 1   Paris Saint-Germain
3MF Roberto Pereyra (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 28) 17 2   Watford
3MF Rodrigo De Paul (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 25) 11 0   Udinese
3MF Manuel Lanzini (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 26) 4 1   West Ham United
3MF Guido Rodríguez (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 25) 4 0   América
3MF Exequiel Palacios (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 20) 2 0   River Plate
3MF Matías Zaracho (1998-03-10) 10 March 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Racing
3MF Nicolás Domínguez (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Vélez Sarsfield
3MF Alexis Mac Allister (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Boca Juniors
3MF Lucas Ocampos (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Sevilla

4FW Paulo Dybala (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 25) 24 2   Juventus
4FW Lautaro Martínez (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 21) 11 6   Internazionale
4FW Joaquín Correa (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 25) 3 1   Lazio
4FW Adolfo Gaich (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0   San Lorenzo

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 Juan Musso (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 25) 1 0   Udinese 2019 Copa América
GK Gerónimo Rulli (1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Montpellier 2019 Copa América PRE
GK Sergio Romero (1987-02-22) 22 February 1987 (age 32) 96 0   Manchester United v.   Mexico, 20 November 2018
GK Paulo Gazzaniga (1992-02-01) 1 February 1992 (age 27) 1 0   Tottenham Hotspur v.   Mexico, 20 November 2018
GK Guido Herrera (1992-02-29) 29 February 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Talleres v.   Brazil, 16 October 2018

DF Ramiro Funes Mori (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 28) 26 2   Villarreal 2019 Copa América
DF Juan Foyth (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 21) 7 0   Tottenham Hotspur 2019 Copa América
DF Renzo Saravia (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 (age 26) 6 0   Porto 2019 Copa América
DF Milton Casco (1988-04-11) 11 April 1988 (age 31) 3 0   River Plate 2019 Copa América
DF Gabriel Mercado (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 32) 25 4   Al-Rayyan 2019 Copa América PRE
DF Walter Kannemann (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 28) 5 0   Grêmio 2019 Copa América PRE / INJ
DF Leonardo Sigali (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 32) 0 0   Racing 2019 Copa América PRE
DF Lisandro Martínez (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Ajax v.   Morocco, 26 March 2019
DF Emanuel Mammana (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Zenit Saint Petersburg v.   Mexico, 20 November 2018
DF Fabricio Bustos (1996-04-28) 28 April 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Independiente v.   Brazil, 16 October 2018
DF Alan Franco (1996-10-06) 6 October 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Independiente v.   Iraq, 11 October 2018 INJ
DF Leonel Di Plácido (1994-01-28) 28 January 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Lanús v.   Colombia, 12 September 2018

MF Ángel Di María (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 31) 102 20   Paris Saint-Germain 2019 Copa América
MF Guido Pizarro (1990-02-26) 26 February 1990 (age 29) 3 0   UANL 2019 Copa América
MF Erik Lamela (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 27) 25 3   Tottenham Hotspur 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Maximiliano Meza (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 27) 10 0   Monterrey 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Ignacio Fernández (1990-01-12) 12 January 1990 (age 29) 1 0   River Plate 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Gastón Giménez (1991-07-27) 27 July 1991 (age 28) 1 0   Vélez Sarsfield 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Iván Marcone (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 29) 1 0   Boca Juniors 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Domingo Blanco (1995-04-22) 22 April 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Independiente v.   Morocco, 26 March 2019
MF Franco Cervi (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 25) 4 1   Benfica v.   Mexico, 20 November 2018
MF Santiago Ascacíbar (1997-02-25) 25 February 1997 (age 22) 3 0   VfB Stuttgart v.   Mexico, 20 November 2018
MF Franco Vázquez (1989-02-22) 22 February 1989 (age 30) 3 0   Sevilla v.   Mexico, 20 November 2018
MF Eduardo Salvio (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 29) 13 0   Boca Juniors v.   Mexico, 16 November 2018 INJ
MF Rodrigo Battaglia (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 28) 2 0   Sporting CP v.   Mexico, 16 November 2018 INJ
MF Matías Vargas (1997-05-08) 8 May 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Espanyol v.   Colombia, 12 September 2018

FW Lionel Messi (Captain) (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 32) 136 68   Barcelona 2019 Copa América
FW Sergio Agüero (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 31) 96 40   Manchester City 2019 Copa América
FW Matías Suárez (1988-02-19) 19 February 1988 (age 31) 6 0   River Plate 2019 Copa América
FW Ángel Correa (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 24) 11 2   Atlético Madrid 2019 Copa América PRE
FW Mauro Icardi (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 (age 26) 8 1   Internazionale 2019 Copa América PRE
FW Gonzalo Martínez (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 26) 3 1   Atlanta United 2019 Copa América PRE
FW Darío Benedetto (1990-05-17) 17 May 1990 (age 29) 5 0   Marseille v.   Morocco, 26 March 2019
FW Giovanni Simeone (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 24) 5 1   Fiorentina v.   Mexico, 20 November 2018
FW Cristian Pavón (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 23) 11 0   LA Galaxy v.   Iraq, 11 October 2018 INJ

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

§ On August 2, 2019, Lionel Messi was suspended by the CONMEBOL for three months with US$ 50,000.- fine for his allegations of corruption during the Copa América tournament in July.[30]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

     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
  1930 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 18 9
  1934 Round 1 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3
  1938 Withdrew
  1950
  1954
  1958 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 5 10 4 3 0 1 10 2
  1962 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 11 3
  1966 Quarter finals 5th 4 2 1 1 4 2 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 4 3 1 0 9 2
  1978 Champions 1st 7 5 1 1 15 4 Qualified as hosts
  1982 Round 2 11th 5 2 0 3 8 7 Qualified as defending champions
  1986 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 14 5 6 4 1 1 12 6
  1990 Runners-up 2nd 7 2 3 2 5 4 Qualified as defending champions
  1994 Round of 16 10th 4 2 0 2 8 6 8 4 2 2 9 10
  1998 Quarter finals 6th 5 3 1 1 10 4 16 8 6 2 23 13
    2002 Group stage 18th 3 1 1 1 2 2 18 13 4 1 42 15
  2006 Quarter finals 6th 5 3 2 0 11 3 18 10 4 4 29 17
  2010 Quarter finals 5th 5 4 0 1 10 6 18 8 4 6 23 20
  2014 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 1 1 8 4 16 9 5 2 35 15
  2018 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 6 9 18 7 7 4 19 16
  2022 To be determined
Total 2 Titles 17/21 81 43 15 23 137 93 136 75 36 25 235 127

South American Football ChampionshipEdit

South American Football Championship
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
  1916 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 7 2
  1917 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 5 3
  1919 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 7 7
  1920 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 4 2
  1921 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 5 0
  1922 Fourth place 4th 4 2 0 2 6 3
  1923 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 6
  1924 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 2 0
  1925 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 11 4
  1926 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 14 3
  1927 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 15 4
  1929 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 9 1
  1935 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 8 5
  1937 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 5
  1939 Withdrew
  1941 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 10 2
  1942 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 21 6
  1945 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 22 5
  1946 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 17 3
  1947 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 28 4
  1949 Withdrew
  1953 Withdrew
  1955 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 18 6
 1956 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 5 3
  1957 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 25 6
  1959 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 19 5
  1959 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 9
  1963 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 15 10
  1967 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 12 3
Total 12 Titles 26/29 113 81 15 17 314 107

Copa AméricaEdit

Copa América
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  1975 Group stage 5th 4 2 0 2 17 4
  1979 Group stage 8th 4 1 1 2 7 6
  1983 Group stage 6th 4 1 3 0 5 4
  1987 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 4
  1989 Third place 3rd 7 2 3 2 2 4
  1991 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 16 6
  1993 Champions 1st 6 2 4 0 6 4
  1995 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 6
  1997 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 4 3
  1999 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 6
  2001 Withdrew
  2004 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 16 6
  2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 16 6
  2011 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 3 0 5 2
  2015 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 10 3
  2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 18 2
  2019 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 7 6
  /   2020 Qualified
  2024 Qualified
Total 2 Titles 16/17 82 41 25 16 148 72

Olympics recordEdit

Olympics record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
  1896 No Football Tournament
  1900 Did not participate
  1904
  1906
  1908
  1912
  1920
  1924
  1928 Silver Medal 2nd 5 3 1 1 25 7
 1932 No Football Tournament
 1936 Did not participate
  1948
  1952
  1956
  1960 Quarter-finals 7th 3 2 0 1 6 4
  1964 Group stage 10th 2 0 1 1 3 4
  1968 Did not qualify
  1972
  1976
  1980 Qualified and Withdrew
  1984 Did not qualify
  1988 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 5
  1992 Did not qualify
  1996 Silver Medal 2nd 6 3 2 1 13 6
  2000 Did not qualify
  2004 Gold Medal 1st 6 6 0 0 17 0
  2008 Gold Medal 1st 6 6 0 0 11 2
  2012 Did not qualify
  2016 Group stage 11th 3 1 1 1 3 4
  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 amateur tournament from 1908 to 1988.

Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992 (with three players of over 23 years of age allowed in the squad).

Pan American GamesEdit

Argentina has won 7 of the 15 football competitions at the Pan American Games, winning in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995, 2003 and 2019.

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  1951 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 16 2
  1955 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 23 7
  1959 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 20 4
  1963 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 2 0 11 3
  1967 Round 1 5th 3 1 1 1 7 3
  1971 Champions 1st 8 6 2 0 13 4
  1975 Third place 3rd 6 5 1 0 19 1
  1979 Third place 3rd 5 4 1 0 9 0
  1983 Round 1 5th 2 0 0 2 0 4
  1987 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 11 3
  1991 Did not qualify
  1995 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 10 4
  1999 Did not qualify
  2003 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 10 5
  2007 Round 1 9th 3 0 2 1 1 3
  2011 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 6 2
  2015 Did not enter
  2019 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 14 6
Total 7 Titles 15/18 73 51 15 7 170 51

Records and statisticsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of 6 July 2019, the ten players with the most appearances for Argentina are:[31][32]
 
Javier Mascherano is the most capped player in the history of Argentina with 147 caps
Rank. Name Career Caps Goals
1 Javier Mascherano 2003–2018 147 3
2 Javier Zanetti 1994–2011 143 4
3 Lionel Messi 2005– 136 68
4 Roberto Ayala 1994–2007 114 7
5 Diego Simeone 1988–2002 104 9
6 Ángel Di María 2008– 102 20
7 Oscar Ruggeri 1983–1994 97 7
8 Sergio Agüero 2006– 96 40
Sergio Romero 2009– 96 0
10 Diego Maradona 1977–1994 91 34

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 6 July 2019, the ten players with the most goals for Argentina are:[33]
 
Lionel Messi celebrating v Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup. He is the highest goalscorer in the history of Argentina with 68 goals.
Rank. Player Career Goals Caps Avg/Game Official Match Goals
1 Lionel Messi (list) 2005– 68 136 0.5 36
2 Gabriel Batistuta (list)[note 3] 1991–2002 54 77 0.7 38
3 Sergio Agüero (list) 2006– 40 96 0.42 20
4 Hernán Crespo (list) 1995–2007 35 64 0.55 26
5 Diego Maradona (list) 1977–1994 34 91 0.37 15
6 Gonzalo Higuaín (list) 2009–2018 31 75 0.41 23
7 Luis Artime 1961–1967 24 25 0.96 ?
8 Daniel Passarella (list) 1976–1986 23 70 0.33 6
9 Leopoldo Luque (list) 1975–1981 21 45 0.49 8
José Sanfilippo 1956–1962 21 29 0.76 ?

World Cup winning captainsEdit

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

Individual recordsEdit

RivalriesEdit

BrazilEdit

Argentina have a long and fierce rivalry with their South American neighbours.[47]

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.

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

GermanyEdit

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.[48] In 1966 both again faced each other in the group stage which ended in a scoreless draw.[49] 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.[3] The two teams have faced each other 198 times since 1901. 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.[50][51][52][53][54][55] 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,[56] 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[57] and 2018[58] 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.[51]

HonoursEdit

CompetitiveEdit

FIFA World Cup

South American Championship / Copa América

FIFA Confederations Cup

Summer Olympics

Panamerican Championship

Intercontinental Cup of Nations

FriendlyEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Some versions state that the team that faced Argentina was Albion F.C. based on the initial line-up had nine players from that club. In fact, it was the first match disputed by an Uruguayan national team.[10][11]
  2. ^ East Germany won the Olympics in 1976, but the current Germany national team hasn't inherited their Olympic record.
  3. ^ Although FIFA recognises two goals Batistuta scored in a 6–0 home win against the Slovakia national youth side on 22 June 1995, the Argentine Football Association does not recognise these goals.[34]
  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 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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