The Argentina national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Argentina) represents Argentina in football and is controlled by the Argentine Football Association (AFA), the governing body for football in Argentina. Argentina's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires.
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, led by Diego Maradona won again in 1986, a 3–2 victory over West Germany. They again made the World Cup finals 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 and also winning the 'extra' South American Championships in 1941, 1945 and 1946. 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.
Argentina, Brazil, Germany[note 2] 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. They have also won their respective continental championship (Copa América for Argentina and Brazil, and UEFA European Championship for Germany and France).
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.
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. Their most recent World Cup final was in 2014, which they lost 1–0 to Germany. Previous to this their last 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 14 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 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.
The first jersey worn by Argentina was a white shirt, when the national side officially debuted against Uruguay in 1902. In September 1908, Argentina wore the white and light blue in vertical stripes jersey for the first time. 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. 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.
|Gath & Chaves ||1930–1934|
|Le Coq Sportif ||1980–1989|
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). The complete list of managers is:
Win Draw Loss
|28 March 2017 2018 FIFA WCQ||Bolivia||2–0||Argentina||La Paz, Bolivia|
|16:00 (UTC–4)||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
|9 June 2017 Friendly||Argentina||1–0||Brazil||Melbourne, Australia|
||Report||Stadium: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
|13 June 2017 Friendly||Singapore||0–6||Argentina||Kallang, Singapore|
|21:00 (UTC+8)||Report||Stadium: National Stadium
|31 August 2017 2018 FIFA WCQ||Uruguay||0–0||Argentina||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|20:00 (UTC−3)||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Víctor Carrillo (Peru)
|5 September 2017 2018 FIFA WCQ||Argentina||1–1||Venezuela||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|20:30 (UTC−3)||Report (FIFA)
||Stadium: Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
|5 October 2017 2018 FIFA WCQ||Argentina||0–0||Peru||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|20:30 (UTC−3)||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Estadio Alberto J. Armando
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
|10 October 2017 2018 FIFA WCQ||Ecuador||1–3||Argentina||Quito, Ecuador|
||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Referee: Anderson Daronco (Brazil)
|11 November 2017 Friendly||Russia||0–1||Argentina||Moscow, Russia|
||Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
|14 November 2017 Friendly||Argentina||2–4||Nigeria||Krasnodar, Russia|
|19:30 (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Krasnodar Stadium
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (Russia)
|23 March 2018 Friendly||Italy||0–2||Argentina||Manchester, England|
|19:45 GMT (UTC±0)||Report||Banega 75'
|Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
|27 March 2018 Friendly||Spain||6–1||Argentina||Madrid, Spain|
|21:30 CET (UTC+1)||Costa 12'
Isco 27', 52', 74'
|Report||Otamendi 39'||Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
|4 June 2018 Friendly||Argentina||v||Ukraine||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Stadium: Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti
|16 June 2018 2018 World Cup||Argentina||v||Iceland||Moscow, Russia|
|(UTC+3)||Stadium: Otkrytiye Arena
|21 June 2018 2018 World Cup||Argentina||v||Croatia||Nizhny Novgorod, Russia|
|(UTC+3)||Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
|26 June 2018 2018 World Cup||Nigeria||v||Argentina||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|(UTC+3)||Stadium: Zenit Arena
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Sergio Romero||22 February 1987||94||0||Manchester United|
|12||GK||Nahuel Guzmán||10 February 1986||6||0||UANL|
|23||GK||Willy Caballero||28 September 1981||2||0||Chelsea|
|2||DF||Gabriel Mercado||18 March 1987||20||3||Sevilla|
|3||DF||Nicolás Tagliafico||31 August 1992||3||0||Ajax|
|4||DF||Federico Fazio||17 March 1987||8||1||Roma|
|13||DF||Ramiro Funes Mori||5 March 1991||19||1||Everton|
|16||DF||Marcos Rojo||20 March 1990||55||2||Manchester United|
|17||DF||Nicolás Otamendi||12 February 1988||53||4||Manchester City|
|26||DF||Fabricio Bustos||28 April 1996||2||0||Independiente|
|5||MF||Leandro Paredes||29 June 1994||3||1||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|6||MF||Lucas Biglia||30 January 1986||57||1||Milan|
|8||MF||Marcos Acuña||28 October 1991||9||0||Sporting CP|
|11||MF||Ángel Di María||14 February 1988||93||19||Paris Saint-Germain|
|14||MF||Javier Mascherano||8 June 1984||142||3||Hebei China Fortune|
|15||MF||Pablo Pérez||8 October 1985||1||0||Boca Juniors|
|19||MF||Éver Banega||29 June 1988||61||6||Sevilla|
|20||MF||Giovani Lo Celso||9 April 1996||4||0||Paris Saint-Germain|
|24||MF||Diego Perotti||26 July 1988||6||0||Roma|
|25||MF||Manuel Lanzini||15 February 1993||3||1||West Ham United|
|27||MF||Maximiliano Meza||15 January 1992||1||0||Independiente|
|7||FW||Sergio Agüero||2 June 1988||84||36||Manchester City|
|9||FW||Gonzalo Higuaín||10 December 1987||70||31||Juventus|
|10||FW||Lionel Messi (captain)||24 June 1987||123||61||Barcelona|
|18||FW||Ángel Correa||9 March 1995||7||1||Atlético Madrid|
|21||FW||Cristian Pavón||21 January 1996||4||0||Boca Juniors|
|22||FW||Lautaro Martínez||22 August 1997||1||0||Racing|
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||Agustín Marchesín||16 March 1988||3||0||América||v. Nigeria, 14 November 2017|
|GK||Gerónimo Rulli||20 May 1992||0||0||Real Sociedad||v. Venezuela, 5 September 2017|
|DF||Emiliano Insúa||7 January 1989||5||0||Stuttgart||v. Nigeria, 14 November 2017|
|DF||Emanuel Mammana||10 February 1996||3||0||Zenit Saint Petersburg||v. Nigeria, 14 November 2017|
|DF||Germán Pezzella||27 June 1991||2||0||Fiorentina||v. Nigeria, 14 November 2017|
|DF||Cristian Ansaldi||20 September 1986||5||0||Torino||v. Russia, 10 November 2017 INJ|
|DF||Milton Casco||11 April 1988||2||0||River Plate||v. Ecuador, 10 October 2017|
|DF||Nicolás Pareja||19 January 1984||1||0||Sevilla||v. Venezuela, 5 September 2017|
|DF||Javier Pinola||24 February 1983||2||0||River Plate||v. Uruguay, 31 August 2017|
|DF||Jonatan Maidana||29 July 1985||5||0||River Plate||v. Singapore, 13 June 2017|
|DF||José Luis Gómez||10 September 1993||1||0||Lanús||v. Singapore, 13 June 2017|
|MF||Eduardo Salvio||13 July 1990||8||0||Benfica||v. Italy, 23 March 2018 INJ|
|MF||Enzo Pérez||22 February 1986||23||1||River Plate||v. Nigeria, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Matías Kranevitter||21 May 1993||9||0||Zenit Saint Petersburg||v. Nigeria, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Fernando Belluschi||10 September 1983||5||0||San Lorenzo||v. Nigeria, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Alejandro Gómez||15 February 1988||4||1||Atalanta||v. Nigeria, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Emiliano Rigoni||4 February 1993||4||0||Zenit Saint Petersburg||v. Nigeria, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Fernando Gago||10 April 1986||61||0||Boca Juniors||v. Ecuador, 10 October 2017 INJ|
|MF||Javier Pastore||20 June 1989||29||2||Paris Saint-Germain||v. Venezuela, 5 September 2017|
|MF||Guido Pizarro||26 February 1990||3||0||Sevilla||v. Venezuela, 5 September 2017|
|MF||Augusto Fernández||10 April 1986||16||1||Beijing Renhe||v. Uruguay, 31 August 2017|
|MF||Ignacio Fernández||12 January 1990||1||0||River Plate||v. Singapore, 13 June 2017|
|MF||Guido Rodríguez||12 April 1994||1||0||América||v. Singapore, 13 June 2017|
|FW||Paulo Dybala||15 November 1993||12||0||Juventus||v. Nigeria, 14 November 2017|
|FW||Mauro Icardi||19 February 1993||4||0||Internazionale||v. Nigeria, 14 November 2017|
|FW||Darío Benedetto||17 May 1990||3||0||Boca Juniors||v. Ecuador, 10 October 2017|
|FW||Lautaro Acosta||14 March 1988||2||0||Lanús||v. Ecuador, 10 October 2017 INJ|
|FW||Joaquín Correa||13 August 1994||3||1||Sevilla||v. Venezuela, 5 September 2017|
|FW||Lucas Alario||8 October 1992||3||1||Bayer Leverkusen||v. Singapore, 13 June 2017|
INJ Withdrew due to injury
Champions Runners-up Third place
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1970||Did Not Qualify||4||1||1||2||4||6|
|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|
|1990||Runners-up||2nd||7||2||3(2*)||2||5||4||Qualified as defending champions|
|1994||Round of 16||10th||4||2||0||2||8||6||8||4||2||2||9||10|
|2022||To Be Determined|
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1997||Did Not Qualify|
|2009||Did Not Qualify|
|South American Championship|
|1896||No Football Tournament|
|1900||Did Not Participate|
|1932||No Football Tournament|
|1936||Did Not Participate|
|1968||Did Not Qualify|
|1980||Qualified and Withdrew|
|1984||Did Not Qualify|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|2000||Did Not Qualify|
|2012||Did Not Qualify|
|Total||2 Gold Medals
2 Silver Medal
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 Games record|
|1991||Did not Qualify|
|1999||Did not Qualify|
|2015||Did not Enter|
|8||Ángel Di María||2008–||93||19|
|Rank.||Player||Career||Goals||Caps||Avg/Game||Official Match Goals|
|1||Lionel Messi (list)||2005–||61||123||0.5||34|
|2||Gabriel Batistuta (list)[note 3]||1991–2002||54||77||0.7||38|
|3||Sergio Agüero (list)||2006–||36||84||0.43||16|
|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–||31||70||0.44||23|
|9||Leopoldo Luque (list)||1975–1981||21||45||0.49||8|
Américo Tesoriere played for Argentina between 1919 and 1925.
Guillermo Stábile played in the 1930 World Cup and managed the team from 1939 to 1960.
José Manuel Moreno, perhaps the 1940s world's best player, won the Copa América in 1941 and 1947, being chosen best player of the latter.
Norberto Méndez, all-time top scorer of the Copa América with 17 goals.
Adolfo Pedernera was the best player in the 1946 Copa América.
Alfredo Di Stefano was champion and top scorer at the Copa America in 1947.
Omar Sivori, champion and best player at the Copa América in 1957.
Silvio Marzolini played in the 1962 and 1966 World Cup.
Daniel Passarella played 12 years for the national team.
Mario Kempes was the top scorer in the 1978 World Cup.
Ubaldo Fillol was the best goalkeper in the 1978 World Cup.
Diego Maradona played four World Cups, winning the 1986 title with a memorable performance, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
Jorge Burruchaga played 57 matches for Argentina and is famous for scoring the winning goal in the 1986 World Cup final.
Oscar Ruggeri played three World Cups in 11 years with the team and won four international titles.
Claudio Caniggia competed in three World Cups.
Sergio Goycochea was the 1990 World Cup runner-up goalkeper and won three international titles.
Diego Simeone played 106 matches and took part in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups.
Roberto Ayala played in 10 tournaments from 1994 to 2007, also spent time as captain.
Hernán Crespo scored 35 goals in 64 matches for Argentina.
Gabriel Batistuta 2nd highest scorer for Argentina with 54 goals in 77 matches.
Lionel Messi is the highest goalscorer in the history of Argentina with 61 goals, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
Argentina have a long and fierce rivalry with their South American neighbours.
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. Perhaps the most notable was the quarter-final match in 1986, where Diego Maradona scored two goals against England.
Argentina have played Germany in three FIFA World Cup finals. In 1986 and 1990 the two teams played each other in two consecutive World Cup finals. After that, in 2006, Argentina lost on penalties after a 1–1 draw and lost again in 2010, this time with a 4–0 victory for Germany. They played each other for the third consecutive World Cup when they met at the 2014 World Cup final match, where they were defeated by Germany in extra time by a score of 1–0.
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. 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]
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