Argentina national football team

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Argentina
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue)
Association Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Alejandro Sabella
Captain Lionel Messi
Most caps Javier Zanetti (145)
Top scorer Gabriel Batistuta (56)
Home stadium El Monumental
Mario Alberto Kempes
FIFA code ARG
FIFA ranking 3
Highest FIFA ranking 1 (March 2007)
Lowest FIFA ranking 24 (August 1996)
Elo ranking 4
Highest Elo ranking 1 (most recently in July 2007, 34 times in total)
Lowest Elo ranking 28 (June 1990)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Uruguay 2–3 Argentina Argentina
(Montevideo, Uruguay; May 16, 1901)[1]1
Biggest win
Argentina Argentina 12–0 Ecuador 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; January 22, 1942)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 6–1 Argentina Argentina
(Helsingborg, Sweden; June 15, 1958)
 Bolivia 6–1 Argentina Argentina
(La Paz, Bolivia; April 1, 2009)
World Cup
Appearances 15 (First in 1930)
Best result Winners Gold medal icon.svg : 1978 and 1986
Copa América
Appearances 39 (First in 1916)
Best result Winners Gold medal icon.svg : 1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993
Copa Roca / Superclásico de las Américas
Appearances 13 (First in 1914)
Best result Winners Gold medal icon.svg: 1923, 1939, 1940, 19712
Confederations Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1992)
Best result Winners Gold medal icon.svg : 1992
Argentina national football team
Medal record
World Cup
Gold 1978 Argentina Team
Gold 1986 Mexico Team
Silver 1930 Uruguay Team
Silver 1990 Italy Team
Argentina national football team
Medal record
Confederations Cup
Gold 1992 Saudi Arabia Team
Silver 1995 Saudi Arabia Team
Silver 2005 Germany Team
Argentina national football team
Medal record
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Gold 1979 Japan Team
Gold 1995 Qatar Team
Gold 1997 Malaysia Team
Gold 2001 Argentina Team
Gold 2005 Netherlands Team
Gold 2007 Canada Team
Silver 1983 Mexico Team

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 Antonio Vespucio Liberti and their head coach is Alejandro Sabella. The team is currently third in the FIFA World Rankings.4

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 appearance 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 appearance was in 1990, which they lost 1–0 to Germany by penalty kick in the 85th minute. 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 an Argentine 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 2008.5

Argentina and France are the only two 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 both also won their respective continental championship (Copa América for Argentina, and UEFA European Football Championship for France).67

Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, Germany and England due to historic occurrences with one another throughout Football history.89

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.10

History

The first match ever recorded by Argentina was against Uruguay.a 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.13

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 2008.14

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.15

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 18 9
Italy 1934 Round 1 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3
France 1938 Withdrew
Brazil 1950 Withdrew
Switzerland 1954 Did Not Enter
Sweden 1958 Group Stage 13th 3 1 0 2 5 10 4 3 0 1 10 2
Chile 1962 10th 3 1 1 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 11 3
England 1966 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 2 1 1 4 2 4 3 1 0 9 2
Mexico 1970 Did Not Qualify 4 1 1 2 4 6
West Germany 1974 Round 2 8th 6 1 2 3 9 12 4 3 1 0 9 2
Argentina 1978 Champions 1st 7 5 1 1 15 4 Qualified as hosts
Spain 1982 Round 2 11th 5 2 0 3 8 7 Qualified as defending champions
Mexico 1986 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 14 5 6 4 1 1 12 6
Italy 1990 Runners-up 2nd 7 2 3 2 5 4 Qualified as defending champions
United States 1994 Round of 16 10th 4 2 0 2 8 6 8 4 2 2 9 10
France 1998 Quarter-Finals 6th 5 3 1 1 10 4 16 8 6 2 23 13
South Korea Japan 2002 Group Stage 18th 3 1 1 1 2 2 18 13 4 1 42 15
Germany 2006 Quarter-Finals 6th 5 3 2 0 11 3 18 10 4 4 29 17
South Africa 2010 5th 5 4 0 1 10 6 18 8 4 6 23 20
Brazil 2014 Qualified 16 9 5 2 35 15
Russia 2018 TBD
Qatar 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.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 7 1 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1995 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 5 3 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did not qualify
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 10 10 Squad
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017 TBD
Qatar 2021 TBD
Total 1 Title 3/9 10 5 3 2 22 14 -
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Kit history

Argentina has been wearing white and light blue in vertical stripes jersey, black shorts and white/black socks. The away kits usually are 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.16 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.17

In the 1958 World Cup, Argentina wore the yellow IFK Malmo's jersey in the match against West Germany as the team didn't bring away uniforms to Sweden.18

Home

1901
1911–1974
1930 (World Cup)
1975
1978
1982
1986
1990
1994
1998
1999
2002
2004
2006
2008
2010
2011
2013

Away and rare kits

1919 16
1958 18
1978
1982
1986
1994
1998
2002
2004
2006
2008
2010
2011

Managers

From 19241 to present days:

Dates Name
1924-25 Argentina Ángel Vázquez
1926-27 Argentina Jorge Valderrama
1927-28 Spain José Lago Millán
1928-29 Argentina Francisco Olazar
1929-30 Argentina Francisco Olazar & Argentina Juan José Tramutola
1934 Italy Felipe Pascucci
1934-37 Argentina Manuel Seoane
1937-39 Argentina Ángel Fernández Roca
1939-60 Argentina Guillermo Stábile
1960-61 Argentina Victorio Spinetto
1962-63 Argentina Juan Carlos Lorenzo
Dates Name
1963 Argentina Alejandro Galán
1963-64 Argentina Horacio Torres
1964-68 Argentina José María Minella
1968 Italy Renato Cesarini
1968-69 Argentina Humberto Maschio
1969 Argentina Adolfo Pedernera
1969-72 Argentina Juan José Pizzuti
1972-74 Argentina Omar Sívori
1974 Argentina Vladislao Cap
1974-83 Argentina César Luis Menotti
1983-90 Argentina Carlos Bilardo
Dates Name
1990-94 Argentina Alfio Basile
1994-98 Argentina Daniel Passarella
1998-04 Argentina Marcelo Bielsa
2004-06 Argentina José Pekerman
2006-08 Argentina Alfio Basile
2008-10 Argentina Diego Maradona
2010-11 Argentina Sergio Batista
2011–present Argentina Alejandro Sabella

Notes:

  • 1 There is no recorded information about who were the managers in 1901-24 and 1930-35 (with the exception of Pascucci, credited just for one match played on May 27, 1934.19

Fixtures and results

The following are Argentina's results and fixtures since Alejandro Sabella took over on 3 August 2011, after the 2011 Copa America.20

      Win       Draw       Loss

Friendlies

2014 World Cup qualifiers

2014 FIFA World Cup

Recent and forthcoming matches

see also 2010–11 Argentina national team results.
see also 2011–12 Argentina national team results.
see also 2012–13 Argentina national team results.
see also 2013–14 Argentina national team results.

Players

Current squad

The following 26 players were named for the Friendly Match against Romania on March 5, 2014.21

Caps and goals updated as March 5, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sergio Romero (1987-02-22) February 22, 1987 (age 27) 45 0 Monaco Monaco
21 1GK Mariano Andújar (1983-07-30) July 30, 1983 (age 30) 10 0 Italy Catania
12 1GK Agustín Orión (1981-07-26) July 26, 1981 (age 32) 3 0 Argentina Boca Juniors
4 2DF Pablo Zabaleta (1985-01-16) January 16, 1985 (age 29) 36 0 England Manchester City
17 2DF Federico Fernández (1989-02-21) February 21, 1989 (age 25) 24 2 Italy Napoli
13 2DF Marcos Rojo (1990-03-20) March 20, 1990 (age 24) 20 0 Portugal Sporting Lisbon
2 2DF Ezequiel Garay (1986-10-10) October 10, 1986 (age 27) 18 0 Portugal Benfica
15 2DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) February 12, 1988 (age 26) 16 1 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
3 2DF Hugo Campagnaro (1980-06-27) June 27, 1980 (age 33) 13 0 Italy Internazionale
23 2DF José María Basanta (1984-04-03) April 3, 1984 (age 30) 8 0 Mexico Monterrey
24 2DF Lisandro Ezequiel López (1989-09-01) September 1, 1989 (age 24) 4 0 Spain Getafe
26 2DF Gino Peruzzi (1992-02-09) February 9, 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Italy Catania
14 3MF Javier Mascherano (1984-06-08) June 8, 1984 (age 29) 96 2 Spain Barcelona
11 3MF Maxi Rodríguez (1981-01-02) January 2, 1981 (age 33) 53 15 Argentina Newell's Old Boys
5 3MF Fernando Gago (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 (age 28) 47 0 Argentina Boca Juniors
7 3MF Ángel di María (1988-02-14) February 14, 1988 (age 26) 45 9 Spain Real Madrid
19 3MF Éver Banega (1988-06-29) June 29, 1988 (age 25) 24 2 Argentina Newell's Old Boys
25 3MF José Ernesto Sosa (1985-06-19) June 19, 1985 (age 28) 19 1 Spain Atlético Madrid
6 3MF Lucas Biglia (1986-01-30) January 30, 1986 (age 28) 16 0 Italy Lazio
8 3MF Augusto Fernández (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 (age 28) 7 1 Spain Celta Vigo
16 3MF Ricardo Álvarez (1988-04-12) April 12, 1988 (age 26) 5 0 Italy Internazionale
10 4FW Lionel Messi (Captain) (1987-06-24) June 24, 1987 (age 26) 84 37 Spain Barcelona
20 4FW Sergio Agüero (1988-06-02) June 2, 1988 (age 25) 50 21 England Manchester City
9 4FW Gonzalo Higuaín (1987-12-10) December 10, 1987 (age 26) 36 21 Italy Napoli
22 4FW Ezequiel Lavezzi (1985-05-03) May 3, 1985 (age 28) 29 4 France Paris Saint-Germain
18 4FW Rodrigo Palacio (1982-02-05) February 5, 1982 (age 32) 15 2 Italy Internazionale

Recent call-ups

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 Óscar Ustari (1986-07-03) July 3, 1986 (age 27) 2 0 England Sunderland v.  Italy, August 14, 2013
DF Lucas Orban (1989-02-03) February 3, 1989 (age 25) 1 0 France Bordeaux v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 18, 2013
DF Facundo Roncaglia (1987-02-10) February 10, 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Italy Fiorentina v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 18, 2013
DF Fabricio Coloccini (1982-01-22) January 22, 1982 (age 32) 39 1 England Newcastle United v.  Uruguay, October 15, 2013
DF Sebastián Domínguez (1980-07-29) July 29, 1980 (age 33) 8 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield v.  Uruguay, October 15, 2013
DF Gabriel Mercado (1987-03-18) March 18, 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Argentina River Plate v.  Uruguay, October 15, 2013
DF Cristian Ansaldi (1986-09-20) September 20, 1986 (age 27) 3 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  Peru, October 11, 2013
DF Santiago Vergini (1988-08-03) August 3, 1988 (age 25) 1 0 England Sunderland v.  Paraguay, September 10, 2013
DF Clemente Rodríguez (1981-07-31) July 31, 1981 (age 32) 20 0 Brazil São Paulo v.  Guatemala, June 14, 2013
MF Érik Lamela (1992-03-04) March 4, 1992 (age 22) 6 0 England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 18, 2013
MF Rodrigo Braña (1979-03-07) March 7, 1979 (age 35) 9 0 Argentina Quilmes v.  Uruguay, October 15, 2013
MF Leandro Somoza (1981-01-26) January 26, 1981 (age 33) 4 0 Argentina Lanús v.  Uruguay, October 15, 2013
MF Francisco Cerro (1988-02-09) February 9, 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Argentina Racing Club v.  Italy, August 14, 2013
MF Pablo Guiñazú (1978-08-26) August 26, 1978 (age 35) 16 0 Brazil Vasco da Gama v.  Guatemala, June 14, 2013
MF Walter Montillo (1984-04-14) April 14, 1984 (age 30) 6 0 China Shandong Luneng Taishan v.  Guatemala, June 14, 2013
FW Mauro Icardi (1993-02-19) February 19, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Internazionale v.  Uruguay, October 15, 2013

Previous squads

Honours

Note: The list above is only for the Senior team.

Other Awards

Most capped players

Javier Zanetti is the most capped player in the history of Argentina with 145 caps.

As of March 5, 2014, the ten players with the most caps for Argentina are:

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 goalscorers

Gabriel Batistuta is the top goalscorer in the history of Argentina with 56 goals.

As of March 5, 2014, the ten players with the most goals for Argentina are:

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

Gallery

Facts

  • Argentina and Uruguay hold the record for the most international matches played between two countries.1 The two teams have faced each other 198 times since 1901. The first match against Uruguay was the first official international match to be played outside the United Kingdom.23
  • Marcelo Trobbiani was a member of the Argentina World Cup squad in 1986, but he only managed two minutes of play in the entire tournament, he came on in the 88th minute of the World Cup Final against West Germany. This two minutes of football equalled the world record for the shortest World Cup career set by Tunisia's Khemais Labidi in 1978.
  • In the 2006 World Cup Leandro Cufré was given a red card and sent off after the end of the Quarter Final game with Germany for his part in the brawl after the match, even though he was a substitute and had not participated in the game itself. It is the only occasion of a player being sent off in a FIFA World Cup match after the final whistle. Four years earlier, in the 2002 World Cup, Claudio Caniggia was sent off for swearing at a match official from the substitute bench.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Some versions stated that the team that faced Argentina was Albion FC based on the initial line-up had 9 players from that club. In fact, it was the first match disputed by an Uruguayan national team.1112
  2. ^ Extra edition
  3. ^ a b Played between Argentina and Uruguay.
  4. ^ Played between Argentina and Brazil.

References

  1. ^ a b Pelayes, Héctor Darío (September 24, 2010). "ARGENTINA-URUGUAY Matches 1902–2009". RSSSF. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ Title shared with Brazil
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "– The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Football gold for Argentina". BBC News. August 28, 2004. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ "– Argentina on". FIFA. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "– Tournaments". FIFA. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ Wetzel, Dan (July 1, 2010). "War of words renews Argentina-Germany rivalry – FBINTL – Yahoo! Sports". G.sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved June 7, 2012. dead link
  9. ^ "Great Footballing Rivalries : Argentina vs. Uruguay « SportsKeeda". Sportskeeda.com. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "– Argentina first for first time". FIFA. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Historia del Fútbol Uruguayo" at Deportes en Uruguay
  12. ^ "Reasons for excluding or including full "A" internationals (1901-1910) at IFFHS
  13. ^ "AFA: los comienzos (1901-1930)", AFA official site
  14. ^ "Football gold for Argentina". BBC News. August 28, 2004. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  15. ^ FIFA.com – Argentina first for first time
  16. ^ a b "Copa Roberto Chery, Brasil 3 - Argentina 3" at IFFHS
  17. ^ "El 3 de Julio de 1919, la Selección de Brasil vistió la camiseta de Peñarol", GloriosoMirasol.com
  18. ^ a b "En el placard: Argentina de amarillo 1958"
  19. ^ Argentina national team archive at RSSSF
  20. ^ FIFA.com – Argentina: Fixtures and Results
  21. ^ "Lista de convocados para partido con Rumania". AFA. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  22. ^ Copa Julio Roca at RSSSF
  23. ^ 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.

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