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ARGENTINA FOOTBALL HISTORY

The first match ever recorded by Argentina was against Uruguay. The game was held in Montevideo on May 16, 1901 and Argentina won 3-2. During the first years of existence, friendly matches were against South American teams only. The reasons varied from the long time that took the trips to another countries by then to the World War I.

La Selección (national team), also known as the Albicelestes (sky blue and whites), has appeared in four World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost 4–2 to Uruguay. Argentina won in their next final in 1978, beating the Netherlands 3–1. Argentina, led by Diego Maradona won again in 1986, a 3–2 victory over West Germany. Their most recent World Cup final was in 1990, which they lost 1–0 to Germany by a much disputed penalty. Argentina's World Cup winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978, and Carlos Bilardo in 1986.

Argentina has been very successful in the Copa América, winning it fourteen times and also winning the 'extra' South American Championships in 1941, 1945 and 1946. The team also won the FIFA Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup, both in 1992, and an Argentina team (with only three players of over 23 years of age included in the squad) won the Olympics football tournaments in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

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

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

 

 

ARGENTINA FOOTBALL TEAM

# Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Sergio Romero February 22, 1987 (age 27) 45 0 Monaco
21 GK Mariano Andújar July 30, 1983 (age 30) 10 0 Catania
12 GK Agustín Orión July 26, 1981 (age 32) 3 0 Boca Juniors
4 DF Pablo Zabaleta January 16, 1985 (age 29) 36 0 Manchester City
17 DF Federico Fernández February 21, 1989 (age 25) 24 2 Napoli
13 DF Marcos Rojo March 20, 1990 (age 24) 20 0 Sporting Lisbon
2 DF Ezequiel Garay October 10, 1986 (age 27) 18 0 Benfica
15 DF Nicolás Otamendi February 12, 1988 (age 26) 16 1 Atlético Mineiro
3 DF Hugo Campagnaro June 27, 1980 (age 33) 13 0 Internazionale
23 DF José María Basanta April 3, 1984 (age 30) 8 0 Monterrey
24 DF Lisandro Ezequiel López September 1, 1989 (age 24) 4 0 Getafe
26 DF Gino Peruzzi February 9, 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Catania
14 MF Javier Mascherano June 8, 1984 (age 29) 96 2 Barcelona
11 MF Maxi Rodríguez January 2, 1981 (age 33) 53 15 Newell's Old Boys
5 MF Fernando Gago April 10, 1986 (age 28) 47 0 Boca Juniors
7 MF Ángel di María February 14, 1988 (age 26) 45 9 Real Madrid
19 MF Éver Banega June 29, 1988 (age 25) 24 2 Newell's Old Boys
25 MF José Ernesto Sosa June 19, 1985 (age 28) 19 1 Atlético Madrid
6 MF Lucas Biglia January 30, 1986 (age 28) 16 0 Lazio
8 MF Augusto Fernández April 10, 1986 (age 28) 7 1 Celta Vigo
16 MF Ricardo Álvarez April 12, 1988 (age 26) 5 0 Internazionale
10 FW Lionel Messi (Captain) June 24, 1987 (age 26) 84 37 Barcelona
20 FW Sergio Agüero June 2, 1988 (age 25) 50 21 Manchester City
9 FW Gonzalo Higuaín December 10, 1987 (age 26) 36 21 Napoli
22 FW Ezequiel Lavezzi May 3, 1985 (age 28) 29 4 Paris Saint-Germain
18 FW Rodrigo Palacio February 5, 1982 (age 32) 15 2 Internazionale

 

WORLDCUP HISTORY

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 Withdrew
1954 Did Not Enter
1958 Group Stage 13th 3 1 0 2 5 10 4 3 0 1 10 2
1962 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 5th 5 4 0 1 10 6 18 8 4 6 23 20
2014 Qualified 16 9 5 2 35 15
2018 TBD
2022 TBD
Total 2 Titles 16/20 70 37 13 20 123 80 116 68 27 21 195 111
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

 

 

ARGENTINA FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECORD

Rank. Name Career Caps Goals
1 Javier Zanetti 1994–2011 145 5
2 Roberto Ayala 1994–2007 115 7
3 Diego Simeone 1988–2002 106 11
4 Oscar Ruggeri 1983–1994 97 7
5 Javier Mascherano 2003–present 96 2
6 Diego Maradona 1977–1994 91 34
7 Ariel Ortega 1993–2010 87 17
8 Lionel Messi 2005–present 84 37
9 Gabriel Batistuta 1991–2002 78 56
10 Juan Pablo Sorín 1996–2006 76 11

 

TOP GOAL SCORERS

Rank. Player Career Goals Caps Avg/Game
1 Gabriel Batistuta 1991–2002 56 78 0.718
2 Lionel Messi 2005–present 37 84 0.446
3 Hernán Crespo 1995–2007 35 64 0.555
4 Diego Maradona 1977–1994 34 91 0.374
5 Luis Artime 1961–1967 24 25 0.960
6 Leopoldo Luque 1975–1981 22 45 0.488
Daniel Passarella 1976–1986 22 70 0.314
8 Herminio Masantonio 1935–1942 21 19 1.105
José Sanfilippo 1956–1962 21 29 0.724
Gonzalo Higuaín 2009–present 21 36 0.600
Sergio Agüero 2006–present 21 50 0.429

 

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