Argentina national football team

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
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Albiceleste
('The White and Sky Blue')[1]
AssociationAsociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachLionel Scaloni
CaptainLionel Messi
Most capsLionel Messi (180)
Top scorerLionel Messi (106)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeARG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 1 Steady (30 November 2023)[2]
Highest1 (March 2007, October 2007 – June 2008, July–October 2015, April 2016 – April 2017, April 2023 –)
Lowest20 (August 1996)
First international
 Uruguay 0–6 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 1902)[3][4][5][6]
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)[7]
 Colombia 5–0 Argentina 
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 September 1993)[8]
 Bolivia 6–1 Argentina 
(La Paz, Bolivia; 1 April 2009)[9]
 Spain 6–1 Argentina 
(Madrid, Spain; 27 March 2018)[10]
World Cup
Appearances19 (first in 1930)
Best resultChampions (1978, 1986, 2022)
Copa América
Appearances43 (first in 1916)
Best resultChampions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993, 2021)
Panamerican Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1956)
Best resultChampions (1960)
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions
Appearances2 (first in 1993)
Best resultChampions (1993, 2022)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1992)
Best resultChampions (1992)

Nicknamed La Albiceleste ('The White and Sky Blue'), they are the reigning world champions, having won the most recent World Cup in 2022, earning their third star shown by the team's crest. Overall, Argentina has appeared in a World Cup final six times, a record equaled by Italy and surpassed only by Brazil and Germany. Argentina played in the first ever final in 1930, which they lost 4–2 to Uruguay. The following final appearance came 48 years later, in 1978, when the team captained by Daniel Passarella defeated the Netherlands 3–1 in extra time, becoming world champions for the first time. Captained by Diego Maradona, Argentina won their second World Cup eight years later, in 1986, with a 3–2 final victory over West Germany. They reached the final once more under the guidance of Maradona, in 1990, but were ultimately beaten 1–0 by West Germany. A few decades later, Argentina, led by Lionel Messi made their fifth final appearance in 2014, losing to Germany 1–0 after extra time. In 2022, again captained by Messi, they were crowned world champions for the third time, the fourth-most of any country, beating France 4–2 on penalties, following a 3–3 draw after extra time.

The team's World Cup–winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978, Carlos Bilardo in 1986 and Lionel Scaloni in 2022. Since the Golden Ball for the tournament's best player was officially awarded by FIFA in 1982, Argentina players have won it thrice: Maradona in 1986 and Messi in 2014 and 2022. Argentines Guillermo Stábile in 1930 and Mario Kempes in 1978 were the top-scoring players at their respective World Cups.

Argentina has also been very successful in the Copa América, winning it 15 times, a record shared with Uruguay, most recently winning the 2021 edition. The team won the inaugural FIFA Confederations Cup in 1992. Argentina is the most successful team in the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions, having won it twice, in 1993 and 2022. Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, England, Germany and the Netherlands.[14][15] As of 2023, Argentina holds the record for most official titles won by a men's national team with 22. Individually for Argentina, Lionel Messi is the all-time most-capped player with 180 games and the highest goalscorer with 106 goals. As of October 2023 Argentina ranks 1st by FIFA.[16]

History edit

The first ever match Argentina played was against Uruguay on 20 June 1902.[note 3] The game, which was the first international for both sides, was held in Montevideo, and Argentina won 6–0.[3][6] During the first years of its existence, Argentina only played friendly matches against other South American teams. The reasons for this varied, including long travel times between countries and the interruption due to World War I.[18]

La Albiceleste has appeared in World Cup finals six times, including the first ever final on 30 July 1930, which they lost 4–2 to Uruguay. Argentina won their next final on 25 June 1978, beating the Netherlands 3–1. Eight years later, in 1986, Argentina led by Diego Maradona won their second title with a 3–2 victory over West Germany. Under the guidance of Maradona, they reached the final again, in 1990, but ultimately lost 1–0 to West Germany, by a much-disputed penalty. Led by Lionel Messi, Argentina reached the final in 2014, where they were beaten 1–0 by Germany in extra time. In 2022, again under the captaincy of Messi, Argentina won their third World Cup, beating France 4–2 on penalties, following a 3–3 draw after extra time.[19] The team's World Cup–winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978, Carlos Bilardo in 1986 and Lionel Scaloni in 2022.

Argentina has also been very successful in the South American Football Championship, the Copa América, winning it 15 times, a record it shares with Uruguay; they were crowned champions most recently in 2021. The team also won the inaugural FIFA Confederations Cup in 1992 and the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions in 1993 and 2022.

In March 2007, Argentina reached the top of the FIFA Men's World Ranking for the first time.[20]

Home stadium edit

 
Estadio Monumental, a frequent venue for Argentina

Argentina plays most of its home matches at River Plate's stadium, Estadio Monumental, in Buenos Aires,[21][22] although the team also uses various other venues frequently, such as Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades[23][24] and Boca Juniors' stadium, La Bombonera.[24] Those venues, along with Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes and Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario,[25] were used for the 2022 World Cup qualification.[26] Additionally, Argentina played some matches at Rosario Central's stadium, Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, during their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.[27][28][29]

GEBA Stadium was the first stadium Argentina used for its home matches; that includes the Copa Newton match against Uruguay held on 13 September 1908,[30] which has a historic significance for being the first time Argentina wore the light blue and white-striped jersey in an official game, which has since then been the defining uniform up to the present day.[31] GEBA was also used for the Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo, the first competition held between South American national teams, considered the predecessor of Copa América, organised by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in 1910. Most recently, Argentina played at GEBA on 19 October 1919, winning the Copa Premier Honor Argentino after a 6–1 victory over Uruguay.[32]

Furthermore, Estadio Sportivo Barracas is also considered a memorable venue for Argentina; the stadium was commonly used by Argentina from 1920 to 1932. Playing at the stadium for La Albiceleste on 2 October 1924, forward Cesáreo Onzari scored directly from a corner kick, the first such incident in football, when Argentina beat Uruguay 2–1; such goals are now often referred as Olympic goals due to the fact that Uruguay had just won the 1924 Olympic title.[33][34][35] Sportivo Barracas was later demolished after 1936.[36]

Team image edit

Kit edit

The classic light blue and white-striped jersey first worn on 2 July 1908 in a friendly match at São Paulo
The blue shirt worn v England at the 1986 World Cup, when Diego Maradona scored "the Hand of God goal"

The first kit ever worn by Argentina, in their official debut against Uruguay in 1902, included a light blue shirt.[37][38] On 2 July 1908, Argentina debuted a shirt with light blue vertical stripes on a white jersey, which they used when they played a side formed of Campeonato Paulista players at Velódromo Paulistano;[39] they used the jersey in an official game against Uruguay on 13 September 1908, and the striped jersey has remained as the definitive kit for Argentina ever since then.[31] The team's away kits have been in dark blue shades, with the colours of shorts and socks varying from time to time.[40]

Argentina has also sported other kits; on 3 June 1919 in Rio de Janeiro, playing against Brazil, Argentina wore a light blue kit, similar to that of Uruguay, out of respect for Roberto Chery, a substitute goalkeeper for Uruguay, who had collapsed and died during a match against Chile at the 1919 South American Championship;[41][42] the game between Argentina and Brazil was organised by the Brazilian Football Confederation for the benefit of Chery's relatives. At the 1958 World Cup, Argentina wore the yellow jersey of Swedish club IFK Malmö against West Germany, as the team had arrived in Sweden without an away kit.

At the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, the then manager, Carlos Bilardo, asked the team's kit supplier, Le Coq Sportif, for lighter blue shirts for their quarter-final against England in three days, but they could not be provided. Then, a member of the coaching staff scoured the shops of Mexico City for 38 plain shirts, which were transformed with an improvised version of the AFA emblem embroidered on the shirts[43] and silvery American football numbers ironed to the backs.[44] Sporting the makeshift jerseys, Argentina beat England on 22 June, with Diego Maradona scoring his famous "Hand of God goal".[45][46] Afterwards, the shirt became a symbol of the occasion and an important collector's item.[47]

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina debuted a black away kit;[48] and at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, they wore a purple away kit in a competitive game for the first time.[49][50]

Kit suppliers edit

 
The AFA emblem that was added to playing kits in 1976
Kit supplier Period Ref.
  St. Margaret 1901–1924
  Gath & Chaves 1930–1934 [51]
  Industria Lanús 1958–1963 [52]
  Noceto Sports 1964–1965 [53][54]
  Sportlandia 1966 [55]
  Industria Lanús 1967–1974 [55]
  Adidas 1974–1979 [51][56]
  Le Coq Sportif 1980–1989 [51][57]
  Adidas 1990–1998 [56][58]
  Reebok 1999–2001 [59]
  Adidas 2001–present [56]

Crest edit

Argentina has used the logo of the Argentine Football Association as its emblem since it was first worn at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden; the logo was added to the team's jackets, but not the shirts.[43] The emblem was not used on jerseys until 16 November 1976, when Argentina played the Soviet Union at Estadio Monumental. At the beginning, the crest used did not include a laurel wreath,[60] which was first added for the 1982 World Cup.[43]

As a respected and common practice,[61] two stars were added above the crest in 2004, symbolising Argentina's World Cup titles in 1978 and 1986.[60] In 2022, a third star was added after Argentina were crowned world champions for the third time.[62]

Results and fixtures edit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2022 edit

9 December 2022 FIFA World Cup QF Netherlands   2–2 (a.e.t.)
(3–4 p)
  Argentina Lusail, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+3)
  • Weghorst   83', 90+11'
Report
Stadium: Lusail Stadium
Attendance: 88,235
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Penalties
13 December 2022 FIFA World Cup SF Argentina   3–0   Croatia Lusail, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+3)
Report Stadium: Lusail Stadium
Attendance: 88,966
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
18 December 2022 FIFA World Cup Final Argentina   3–3 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
  France Lusail, Qatar
18:00 AST (UTC+3)
Report
Stadium: Lusail Stadium
Attendance: 88,966
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Penalties

2023 edit

23 March Friendly Argentina   2–0   Panama Buenos Aires, Argentina
20:30 ART (UTC−3)
Report Stadium: Más Monumental
Attendance: 83,214
Referee: Cristian Ferreyra (Uruguay)
28 March Friendly Argentina   7–0   Curaçao Santiago del Estero, Argentina
20:30 ART (UTC−3)
Report Stadium: Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades
Attendance: 42,000
Referee: Gustavo Tejera (Uruguay)
15 June Friendly Argentina   2–0   Australia Beijing, China
20:00 (UTC+8)
Report Stadium: Workers' Stadium
Attendance: 68,000
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
19 June Friendly Indonesia   0–2   Argentina Jakarta, Indonesia
19:30 (UTC+7) Report
Stadium: Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
Attendance: 56,060
Referee: Muhammad Usaid bin Jamal (Malaysia)
7 September 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   1–0   Ecuador Buenos Aires, Argentina
21:00 ART (UTC−3)
Report Stadium: Más Monumental
Attendance: 84,500[63]
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
12 September 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   0–3   Argentina La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 BOT (UTC−4) Report
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (Uruguay)
12 October 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   1–0   Paraguay Buenos Aires, Argentina
21:00 ART (UTC−3)
Report Stadium: Más Monumental
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
17 October 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Peru   0–2   Argentina Lima, Peru
21:00 PET (UTC−5) Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Attendance: 37,675
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)
16 November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   0–2   Uruguay Buenos Aires, Argentina
21:00 ART (UTC−3) Report
Stadium: La Bombonera
Attendance: 51,900
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
21 November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Brazil   0–1   Argentina Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
21:30 BRA (UTC−3) Report
Stadium: Maracanã
Attendance: 68,138
Referee: Piero Maza (Chile)

2024 edit

March Friendly Argentina   v   TBC
March Friendly Argentina   v   TBC
20 June 2024 Copa América Argentina   v TBD Atlanta, United States
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
24 June 2024 Copa América TBD v   Argentina TBD, United States
Stadium: TBD
28 June 2024 Copa América Argentina   v TBD TBD, United States
Stadium: TBD
September 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   v   Chile Argentina
--:-- ARG (UTC−3)
October 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   v   Bolivia Argentina
--:-- ARG (UTC−3)
November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   v   Peru Argentina
--:-- ARG (UTC−3)

Coaching staff edit

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

Manager history edit

Players edit

Current squad edit

The following 23 players were named in the squad for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Uruguay and Brazil on 16 and 21 November 2023, respectively.[69]

Caps and goals are correct as of 22 November 2023, after the match against Brazil.[citation needed]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Franco Armani (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 37) 19 0   River Plate
12 1GK Juan Musso (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 29) 2 0   Atalanta
23 1GK Emiliano Martínez (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 31) 36 0   Aston Villa

2 2DF Nahuel Molina (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 25) 35 1   Atlético Madrid
3 2DF Nicolás Tagliafico (1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 31) 55 1   Lyon
4 2DF Gonzalo Montiel (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 26) 24 1   Nottingham Forest
6 2DF Germán Pezzella (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 32) 39 3   Real Betis
8 2DF Marcos Acuña (1991-11-28) 28 November 1991 (age 32) 56 0   Sevilla
13 2DF Cristian Romero (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 25) 28 2   Tottenham Hotspur
19 2DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 35) 109 6   Benfica

5 3MF Leandro Paredes (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 29) 58 5   Roma
7 3MF Rodrigo De Paul (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 29) 60 2   Atlético Madrid
14 3MF Exequiel Palacios (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 25) 28 0   Bayer Leverkusen
16 3MF Giovani Lo Celso (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 27) 48 2   Tottenham Hotspur
17 3MF Enzo Fernández (2001-01-17) 17 January 2001 (age 22) 19 3   Chelsea
18 3MF Guido Rodríguez (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 29) 29 1   Real Betis
20 3MF Alexis Mac Allister (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 24) 23 1   Liverpool

9 4FW Julián Álvarez (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 23) 28 7   Manchester City
10 4FW Lionel Messi (captain) (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 36) 180 106   Inter Miami
11 4FW Ángel Di María (vice-captain) (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 35) 136 29   Benfica
15 4FW Nicolás González (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 25) 30 5   Fiorentina
21 4FW Lucas Ocampos (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 29) 12 2   Sevilla
22 4FW Lautaro Martínez (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 26) 54 21   Internazionale

Recent call-ups edit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Walter Benítez (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 30) 0 0   PSV Eindhoven v.   Brazil, 21 November 2023
GK Gerónimo Rulli (1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 (age 31) 4 0   Ajax v.   Indonesia, 19 June 2023

DF Lucas Martínez Quarta (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 27) 12 0   Fiorentina v.   Brazil, 21 November 2023
DF Pablo Maffeo (1997-07-12) 12 July 1997 (age 26) 0 0   Mallorca v.   Brazil, 21 November 2023
DF Francisco Ortega (1999-03-19) 19 March 1999 (age 24) 0 0   Olympiacos v.   Brazil, 21 November 2023
DF Facundo Medina (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 24) 3 0   Lens v.   Peru, 17 October 2023
DF Juan Foyth (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 25) 18 0   Villarreal v.   Paraguay, 12 October 2023 INJ
DF Marco Pellegrino (2002-07-18) 18 July 2002 (age 21) 0 0   Milan v.   Paraguay, 12 October 2023 at U23
DF Lucas Esquivel (2001-10-14) 14 October 2001 (age 22) 0 0   Athletico Paranaense v.   Paraguay, 12 October 2023 at U23
DF Lisandro Martínez (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 25) 16 0   Manchester United v.   Ecuador, 7 September 2023 INJ
DF Marcos Senesi (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 26) 1 0   Bournemouth v.   Ecuador, 7 September 2023
DF Leonardo Balerdi (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 24) 2 0   Marseille v.   Indonesia, 19 June 2023
DF Nehuén Pérez (2000-06-24) 24 June 2000 (age 23) 1 0   Udinese v.   Curaçao, 28 March 2023
DF Lautaro Blanco (1999-02-19) 19 February 1999 (age 24) 0 0   Elche v.   Curaçao, 28 March 2023

MF Thiago Almada (2001-04-26) 26 April 2001 (age 22) 4 1   Atlanta United v.   Paraguay, 12 October 2023 at U23
MF Carlos Alcaraz (2002-11-30) 30 November 2002 (age 21) 0 0   Southampton v.   Paraguay, 12 October 2023 at U23
MF Facundo Farías (2002-08-28) 28 August 2002 (age 21) 0 0   Inter Miami v.   Paraguay, 12 October 2023 at U23
MF Bruno Zapelli (2002-05-17) 17 May 2002 (age 21) 0 0   Athletico Paranaense v.   Paraguay, 12 October 2023 at U23
MF Facundo Buonanotte (2004-12-23) 23 December 2004 (age 18) 1 0   Brighton & Hove Albion v.   Ecuador, 7 September 2023
MF Emiliano Buendía (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 26) 1 0   Aston Villa v.   Curaçao, 28 March 2023
MF Máximo Perrone (2003-01-07) 7 January 2003 (age 20) 0 0   Las Palmas v.   Curaçao, 28 March 2023
MF Valentín Carboni (2005-03-05) 5 March 2005 (age 18) 0 0   Monza v.   Curaçao, 28 March 2023
MF Alejandro Gómez (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 35) 17 3   Monza v.   Panama, 23 March 2023 INJ

FW Paulo Dybala (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 30) 38 3   Roma v.   Brazil, 21 November 2023
FW Alejandro Garnacho (2004-07-01) 1 July 2004 (age 19) 3 0   Manchester United v.   Peru, 17 October 2023
FW Lucas Beltrán (2001-03-29) 29 March 2001 (age 22) 0 0   Fiorentina v.   Peru, 17 October 2023
FW Ángel Correa (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 28) 24 3   Atlético Madrid v.   Bolivia, 12 September 2023
FW Alan Velasco (2002-07-27) 27 July 2002 (age 21) 0 0   FC Dallas v.   Ecuador, 7 September 2023 at U23
FW Giovanni Simeone (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 28) 6 1   Napoli v.   Indonesia, 19 June 2023

COV Withdrew from the squad due to quarantine or infection by COVID-19
INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Suspended
U23 Selected at Argentina Under 23 National Football Team

Individual records and achievements edit

As of 17 November 2023[70]
Players in bold are still active with Argentina.

Most-capped players edit

 
Lionel Messi is Argentina's most-capped player ever and also its all-time top scorer.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Lionel Messi 180 106 2005–present
2 Javier Mascherano 147 3 2003–2018
3 Javier Zanetti 145 5 1994–2011
4 Ángel Di María 136 29 2008–present
5 Roberto Ayala 115 7 1994–2007
6 Nicolás Otamendi 109 6 2009–present
7 Diego Simeone 104 11 1988–2002
8 Sergio Agüero 101 41 2006–2021
9 Oscar Ruggeri 97 7 1983–1994
10 Sergio Romero 96 0 2009–2018

Top goalscorers edit

Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Lionel Messi (list) 106 180 0.59 2005–present
2 Gabriel Batistuta (list) 56 78 0.72 1991–2002
3 Sergio Agüero 41 101 0.41 2006–2021
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 Ángel Di María 29 136 0.21 2008–present
8 Luis Artime 24 25 0.96 1961–1967
9 Leopoldo Luque 22 45 0.49 1975–1981
Daniel Passarella 22 70 0.31 1976–1986

World Cup-winning captains edit

World Cup winning captains of Argentina
Daniel Passarella in 1978
Diego Maradona in 1986
Lionel Messi in 2022
Year Player Caps Goals
1978 Daniel Passarella 70 22
1986 Diego Maradona 91 34
2022 Lionel Messi 180 106

Caps edit

Goals edit

Manager records edit

World Cup awards and achievements edit

World Cup Golden Ball

The World Cup Golden Ball has been given by FIFA to the best player at the World Cup since 1982; Argentina players have won it thrice; Maradona in 1986 and Messi in 2014 and 2022.[84]

World Cup top goalscorer

Guillermo Stábile in 1930 and Mario Kempes in 1978 were both the top-scoring players at their respective World Cups.[85]

World Cup Golden Glove

The best goalkeeper at the World Cup is awarded the FIFA World Cup Golden Glove. In 2022 this award was won by Emiliano Martínez.[86]

World Cup Young Player Award

The best player at the World Cup who is no older than 21 during the calendar year of the tournament is awarded the FIFA World Cup Young Player Award. In 2022 this award was won by Enzo Fernández.[86]

Competitive record edit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place     Tournament played fully or partially on home soil  

FIFA World Cup edit

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 of 16 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 Second group stage 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 Second group stage 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 Champions 1st 7 4 2 1 15 8 Squad 17 11 6 0 27 8
      2026 Qualification in progress 6 5 0 1 8 2
      2030 Qualified as commemorative match hosts Qualified as commemorative match hosts
  2034 To be determined To be determined
Total 3 Titles 18/22 88 47 17 24 152 101 159 91 42 26 270 137
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Copa América edit

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 Champions 1st 7 5 2 0 12 3 Squad
  2024 Qualified
Total 15 Titles 43/47 202 127 42 33 474 182

FIFA Confederations Cup edit

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

CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions edit

CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1985 Did not qualify
  1993 Champions 1st 1 0 1 0 1 1
  2022 Champions 1st 1 1 0 0 3 0
Total 2 Titles 2/3 2 1 1 0 4 1
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympic Games edit

Notes
  • 1928: Senior squad[note 5]
  • 1936–1988: Amateur (youth) players[11]
  • 1992–present: U-23 players[12][11]
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
Total 1 Silver medal 4/19 14 6 3 5 38 20

Head-to-head record edit

Below is a result summary of all matches Argentina has played against FIFA recognised teams.[87]

As of 21 November 2023

  Positive record   Neutral record   Negative record

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

Rivalries edit

Brazil edit

Argentina and Brazil have a fierce rivalry which is one of the oldest in South America.[88] Games between the two teams, even those that are only friendly matches, are often marked by notable and controversial incidents. The rivalry has also been referred to as the "Battle of the Americas." FIFA has described it as the "essence of football rivalry".[89] According to CNN, Argentina-Brazil rivalry ranked second on their top 10 list of international football rivalries—only below the ancient England–Scotland football rivalry.[90]

The rivalry has extended to comparisons between Pelé and Diego Maradona.[91][92] Some of their countrymen also feature regularly in such debates. The next most notable pair are perhaps Garrincha (Brazilian)[93] and Alfredo Di Stéfano (Argentine).[94] The most dominant figures from the two countries in the modern game are Neymar (Brazilian) and Lionel Messi (Argentine). Both Pelé and Maradona have declared Neymar and Messi their respective "successors".[95][96]

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. 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.

Germany edit

 
Diego Maradona and Karl Rummenigge prior to the 1986 World Cup Final between Argentina and West Germany

Argentina has 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.[97] In 1966 both again faced each other in the group stage which ended in a scoreless draw.[98] In 2006, they met in the quarter-finals; Argentina lost on penalties after a 1–1 draw, which was followed by a brawl on the pitch involving several players.[99][100] 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 was defeated in extra time by a score of 1–0.

Uruguay edit

Argentina has a long-standing rivalry with its neighbour, 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 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 7]

Mexico edit

Argentina has a minor rivalry with Mexico, which developed in the 1990s. The rivalry is considered one-sided as a number of Argentines do not consider Mexico as rivals. Although the first official match between both nations came in the 1930 FIFA World Cup where Argentina beat Mexico 6–3 on group stage, the rivalry emerged during the late twentieth century, especially after the 1993 Copa América Final, where Argentina beat Mexico 2–1.[102][103][104] That was the first time a non-CONMEBOL nation played in a Copa América final, and the first final played between both sides.[105]

The rivalry has continued in club competitions, where Argentine and Mexicans first met in 1968 Copa Interamericana. The rivalry between both nations at club level increased during the late 1990s, when Mexican clubs were invited to participate in Copa Libertadores, where they played memorable matches v Boca Juniors.[106]

During the 2022 FIFA World Cup held in Qatar, some Mexican and Argentine fans had a fight in Doha prior to the match between both sides, among great animosity.[107] Both supporters fought again inside Lusail Stadium after the match that Argentina won 2–0, giving Argentina a chance to qualify and forcing Mexico to win against Saudi Arabia to qualify, which ended with Argentina and Poland qualifying and Mexico being eliminated alongside Saudi Arabia.[108]

This sense of rivalry is more keenly felt by Mexican supporters and media, since Argentines do not consider Mexico rivals like Brazil, Germany, Uruguay or England.

Nigeria edit

A recurrent 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.[109][110][111][112][113][114] 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,[115] 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[116] and 2018[117] World Cup fixtures.

The sense of rivalry is more keenly felt on the Nigerian side, as Argentina has won almost all of their encounters, so they do not consider Nigeria a rival like Brazil, England, Uruguay or Germany, in contrast to the West Africans who remain keen to finally overcome a more illustrious foe.[110]

Netherlands edit

Considered by sports media to be two historically great teams,[118] the Argentines and Dutch have developed an intense rivalry. They have met ten times in total, including six times during the FIFA World Cup tournament.[119][120][121]

The two teams first met on 26 May 1974 in an international friendly, won by the Netherlands 4–1. Their most high-profile matchup occurred in the 1978 FIFA World Cup final which was won by Argentina.[122] One of the most recent and intense meetings happened in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a 2–2 draw where Argentina advanced on penalties, in what is known as the Battle of Lusail.[123][124]

Honours edit

Senior team edit

Olympic team edit

Friendly edit

Awards edit

Chronology of titles edit

Host nation Tournament Year No.
  Argentina Copa América 1921 1st
  Argentina Copa América 1925 2nd
  Peru Copa América 1927 3rd
  Argentina Copa América 1929 4th
  Argentina Copa América 1937 5th
  Chile Copa América 1941 6th
  Chile Copa América 1945 7th
  Argentina Copa América 1946 8th
  Ecuador Copa América 1947 9th
  Chile Copa América 1955 10th
  Peru Copa América 1957 11th
  Argentina Copa América 1959 12th
  Costa Rica Panamerican Championship 1960 13th
  Argentina World Cup 1978 14th
  Mexico World Cup 1986 15th
  Chile Copa América 1991 16th
  Saudi Arabia Confederations Cup 1992 17th
  Argentina CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions 1993 18th
  Ecuador Copa América 1993 19th
  Brazil Copa América 2021 20th
  England CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions 2022 21st
  Qatar World Cup 2022 22nd

Summary edit

Senior competition       Total
World Cup 3 3 0 6
Olympic Games 0 1 0 1
Confederations Cup 1 2 0 3
Copa América 15 14 5 34
Panamerican Championship 1 1 0 2
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions 2 0 0 2
Total 22 21 5 48
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 also edit

Notes and references edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ After 1988, the tournament has been restricted to squads with no more than 3 players over the age of 23, and these matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
  2. ^ From 1992 on, medals won by Argentina were with the U-23 team, not the senior squad, as ruled by the IOC.[11][12]
  3. ^ There is a precedent of a match played between an Argentine representative against 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 line-up featured nine players from Albion and two from Nacional.[5][17][4]
  4. ^ Calomino is cited on AFA website as one of the managars who won Copa América titles.[68] Nevertheless, other sources do not include him as coach.
  5. ^ Rules of IOC stated that only amateur players could participate but football in South America was not professional in those years, Argentina compete with its senior squad.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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[citation needed] and the United States did not play one until 1916.[101]
  8. ^ a b c d Organised by Argentine and Uruguayan Associations
  9. ^ Organised as part of the celebrations for the Argentine Centennial.
  10. ^ a b Organised by Brazilian and Argentine Associations
  11. ^ Organised by the Brazilian Confederation
  12. ^ Organised by Japanese Kirin Company

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