Argentina national football team
|Nickname(s)||La Albiceleste |
(The White and Sky Blues)
|Association||Argentine Football Association (AFA)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Lionel Scaloni|
|Most caps||Javier Mascherano (147)|
|Top scorer||Lionel Messi (70)|
|Home stadium||Antonio V. Liberti |
|Current||9 (19 December 2019)|
|Highest||1 (March 2007, October 2007–June 2008, July–October 2015, April 2016–April 2017)|
|Lowest||24 (August 1996)|
|Current||9 4 (25 November 2019)|
|Highest||1 (29 times between 1902 and 2016)|
|Lowest||26 (June 1990)|
| Uruguay 2–3 Argentina |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)[note 1]
| Argentina 12–0 Ecuador |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
| Czechoslovakia 6–1 Argentina |
(Helsingborg, Sweden; 15 June 1958)
Bolivia 6–1 Argentina
(La Paz, Bolivia; 1 April 2009)
Spain 6–1 Argentina
(Madrid, Spain; 27 March 2018)
|Appearances||17 (first in 1930)|
|Best result||Champions (1978, 1986)|
|Appearances||42 (first in 1916)|
|Best result||Champions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993)|
|Appearances||2 (first in 1956)|
|Best result||Champions (1960)|
|Intercontinental Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||1 (first in 1993)|
|Best result||Champions (1993)|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1992)|
|Best result||Champions (1992)|
The Argentina national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Argentina) represents Argentina in international football, and is administered by the Argentine Football Association. Argentina's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires, La Selección (national team), also known as the La Albiceleste, 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.
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).
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Managers
- 4 Results and fixtures
- 5 Coaching staff
- 6 Players
- 7 Competitive record
- 8 Records
- 9 Rivalries
- 10 Honours
- 11 See also
- 12 Notes and references
- 13 External links
The first match ever recorded for 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 the interruption of 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. Argentina last reached the World Cup final in 2014, where it lost 1–0 to Germany national football team. 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.
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The kit first worn by Argentina was a white shirt, at the official debut of the national side against Uruguay in 1902. In August 1908, Argentina debuted the light blue vertical stripe on white jersey. That kit would become the official kit. The away kits usually have been in dark blue shades, varying the colors of shorts and socks.
Argentina has sported other kits until the blue strip on white kit was made official. On 3 June 1919 in Rio de Janeiro playing the "Roberto Chery Cup" against Brazil, 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.
A last moment jersey changed at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico is memorable. Then manager Carlos Bilardo asked the team kit supplier Le Coq Sportif for a lighter blue shirt for the quarter-final in three days against England, that could not be provided. A member of coaching staff scour the shops of Mexico City for 38 shirt plain shirts. They were transformed with an improvised version of the AFA emblem embroidered on to the shirts, and silvery American football numbers ironed to the backs. Argentina beat England with Diego Maradona's "goal of the century". The shirt style became an emblem of the occasion and a collector's item.
|Gath & Chaves||1930–1934|||
|Le Coq Sportif||1980–1989|||
The Argentine Football Association ("AFA") logo has been always used as the team emblem. It debuted in the 1958 World Cup held in Sweden, when Argentina added the AFA logo to their jackets, but not to the shirts.
Nevertheless, the AFA emblem was not used on jerseys until 16 November 1976, when Argentina played the Soviet Union at Estadio Monumental. The first emblem was a simplified version of the crest (without the laurel wreath, that was added for the 1982 World Cup).
In 2004, the two stars added above the crest symbolized the national team FIFA World championships of 1978 and 1986.
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). Here is the complete list of managers:
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|22 March Friendly||Argentina||1–3||Venezuela||Madrid, Spain|
|21:00 CET (UTC+1)||L. Martínez 59'||Report||Rondón 6'
J. Martínez 75' (pen.)
|Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano|
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (Spain)
|26 March Friendly||Morocco||0–1||Argentina||Tangier, Morocco|
|20:00 CET (UTC+1)||Report||Correa 83'||Stadium: Stade Ibn Batouta|
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|7 June Friendly||Argentina||5–1||Nicaragua||San Juan, Argentina|
|21:10 ART (UTC–3)||Messi 37', 38'
Martínez 63', 73'
|Report||Barrera 90+1' (pen.)||Stadium: Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario|
Referee: Eduardo Gamboa Martinez (Chile)
|15 June 2019 Copa América Group B||Argentina||0–2||Colombia||Salvador, Brazil|
|19:00 BRT (UTC-3)||Report||Martínez 71'
|Stadium: Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova|
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
|19 June 2019 Copa América Group B||Argentina||1–1||Paraguay||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|21:30 BRT (UTC-3)||Messi 57' (pen.)||Report||Sánchez 36'||Stadium: Estádio Mineirão|
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
|23 June 2019 Copa América Group B||Qatar||0–2||Argentina||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|16:00 BRT (UTC-3)||Report||Martínez 4'
|Stadium: Arena do Grêmio|
Referee: Julio Bascuñán (Chile)
|28 June 2019 Copa América Quarter-finals||Venezuela||0–2||Argentina||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|16:00 BRT (UTC-3)||Report||Martínez 10'
Lo Celso 74'
|Stadium: Maracanã Stadium|
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
|2 July 2019 Copa América Semi-finals||Brazil||2–0||Argentina||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|21:30 BRT (UTC-3)||Gabriel Jesus 19'
|Report||Stadium: Estádio Mineirão|
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (Ecuador)
|6 July 2019 Copa América Third place playoff||Argentina||2–1||Chile||São Paulo, Brazil|
|16:00 BRT (UTC-3)||Agüero 12'
|Report||Vidal 59' (pen.)||Stadium: Arena Corinthians|
Referee: Mario Díaz de Vivar (Paraguay)
|5 September Friendly||Chile||0–0||Argentina||Los Angeles, United States|
|19:00 PST (UTC-8)||Report||Stadium: Los Angeles Coliseum|
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
|10 September Friendly||Argentina||4–0||Mexico||San Antonio, United States|
|20:30 CDT (UTC-5)||Martínez 17', 22', 39'
Paredes 33' (pen.)
Referee: Héctor Said Martínez (Honduras)
|9 October Friendly||Germany||2–2||Argentina||Dortmund, Germany|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Gnabry 15'
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
|13 October Friendly||Ecuador||1–6||Argentina||Alicante, Spain|
|Mena 49'||Report||Alario 20'
Espinoza 27' (o.g.)
Paredes 32' (pen.)
|Stadium: Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero|
Referee: Luca Barbeno (San Marino)
|15 November 2019 Superclásico de las Américas||Brazil||0–1||Argentina||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|20:00 (UTC+3)||Report||Messi 13'||Stadium: King Saud University Stadium|
Referee: Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
|18 November Friendly||Argentina||2–2||Uruguay||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|21:00 (UTC+2)||Agüero 63'
Messi 90+1' (pen.)
|Stadium: Bloomfield Stadium|
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (Israel)
|12 June 2020 Copa América Group A||Argentina||v||Chile||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Stadium: Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti|
|16 June 2020 Copa América Group A||Argentina||v||Uruguay||Córdoba, Argentina|
|Stadium: Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes|
|20 June 2020 Copa América Group A||Argentina||v||Paraguay||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Stadium: Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti|
|26 June 2020 Copa América Group A||Australia||v||Argentina||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Stadium: Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti|
|30 June 2020 Copa América Group A||Bolivia||v||Argentina||La Plata, Argentina|
|Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata|
|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|
The following players were selected for the friendly matches against Brazil and Uruguay on 15 and 18 November 2019, respectively.
Caps and goals correct as of: 18 November 2019, after the match against Uruguay.
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||Franco Armani||16 October 1986||11||0||River Plate||v. Mexico, 10 September 2019|
|GK||Gerónimo Rulli||20 May 1992||2||0||Montpellier||2019 Copa América PRE|
|DF||Marcos Rojo||20 March 1990||61||3||Manchester United||v. Brazil, 15 November 2019 INJ|
|DF||Leonardo Balerdi||26 January 1999||2||0||Borussia Dortmund||v. Ecuador, 13 October 2019|
|DF||Gonzalo Montiel||1 January 1997||4||0||River Plate||v. Mexico, 10 September 2019|
|DF||Lucas Martínez Quarta||10 May 1996||2||0||River Plate||v. Mexico, 10 September 2019|
|DF||Nicolás Figal||3 April 1994||0||0||Independiente||v. Mexico, 10 September 2019|
|DF||Ramiro Funes Mori||5 March 1991||26||2||Villarreal||2019 Copa América|
|DF||Milton Casco||11 April 1988||3||0||River Plate||2019 Copa América|
|DF||Gabriel Mercado||18 March 1987||25||4||Al-Rayyan||2019 Copa América PRE|
|DF||Leonardo Sigali||29 May 1987||0||0||Racing||2019 Copa América PRE|
|DF||Lisandro Martínez||18 January 1998||1||0||Ajax||v. Morocco, 26 March 2019|
|MF||Roberto Pereyra||7 January 1991||19||2||Watford||v. Brazil, 15 November 2019 INJ|
|MF||Erik Lamela||4 March 1992||25||3||Tottenham Hotspur||v. Ecuador, 13 October 2019|
|MF||Matías Zaracho||10 March 1998||1||0||Racing||v. Germany, 9 October 2019 INJ|
|MF||Manuel Lanzini||15 February 1993||5||1||West Ham United||v. Mexico, 10 September 2019|
|MF||Exequiel Palacios||5 October 1998||4||0||Bayer Leverkusen||v. Mexico, 10 September 2019|
|MF||Ángel Di María||14 February 1988||102||20||Paris Saint-Germain||2019 Copa América|
|MF||Guido Pizarro||26 February 1990||3||0||UANL||2019 Copa América|
|MF||Maximiliano Meza||15 January 1992||10||0||Monterrey||2019 Copa América PRE|
|MF||Ignacio Fernández||12 January 1990||1||0||River Plate||2019 Copa América PRE|
|MF||Gastón Giménez||27 July 1991||1||0||Vélez Sarsfield||2019 Copa América PRE|
|MF||Iván Marcone||6 March 1990||1||0||Boca Juniors||2019 Copa América PRE|
|MF||Domingo Blanco||22 April 1995||1||0||Independiente||v. Morocco, 26 March 2019|
|FW||Ángel Correa||9 March 1995||12||2||Atlético Madrid||v. Ecuador, 13 October 2019|
|FW||Matías Vargas||8 May 1997||1||0||Espanyol||v. Ecuador, 13 October 2019|
|FW||Joaquín Correa||13 August 1994||4||1||Lazio||v. Mexico, 10 September 2019|
|FW||Adolfo Gaich||26 February 1999||1||0||San Lorenzo||v. Mexico, 10 September 2019|
|FW||Matías Suárez||19 February 1988||6||0||River Plate||2019 Copa América|
|FW||Mauro Icardi||19 February 1993||8||1||Paris Saint-Germain||2019 Copa América PRE|
|FW||Gonzalo Martínez||13 June 1993||3||1||Atlanta United||2019 Copa América PRE|
|FW||Darío Benedetto||17 May 1990||5||0||Marseille||v. Morocco, 26 March 2019|
INJ Withdrew due to injury
FIFA World Cup
|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||5||4||Qualified as defending champions|
|1994||Round of 16||10th||4||2||0||2||8||6||8||4||2||2||9||10|
|2018||Round of 16||16th||4||1||1||2||6||9||18||7||7||4||19||16|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
South American Championship / Copa América
|South American Championship / Copa América record|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1997||Did not qualify|
|2009||Did not qualify|
Football at the Summer Olympics was 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
Most capped players
|6||Ángel Di María||2008–||102||20|
- As of 18 November 2019, the ten players with the most goals for Argentina are:
|Rank.||Player||Career||Goals||Caps||Avg/Game||Official Match Goals|
|1||Lionel Messi (list)||2005–||70||138||0.51||36|
|2||Gabriel Batistuta (list)[note 3]||1991–2002||54||77||0.7||38|
|3||Sergio Agüero (list)||2006–||41||97||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|
|8||Daniel Passarella (list)||1976–1986||23||70||0.33||6|
|9||Leopoldo Luque (list)||1975–1981||21||45||0.49||8|
World Cup winning captains
- Most goals scored in all international competitions, including friendlies: 70 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
- Most goals scored in official international competitions, including FIFA World Cup qualification and FIFA Confederations Cup: 38 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2002
- Most goals scored in all major international tournaments, not including FIFA World Cup qualification and FIFA Confederations Cup: 23 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2002
- Most goals scored in international friendlies: 34 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
- Most goals scored in one calendar year, including friendlies: 12 – Lionel Messi, 2012; Gabriel Batistuta, 1998
- Most goals scored in one FIFA World Cup qualification: 10 – Lionel Messi, 2014
- Most goals scored in all FIFA World Cup qualifications: 21 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
- Most goals scored in one FIFA World Cup tournament: 8 – Guillermo Stábile, 1930
- Most goals scored in all FIFA World Cup tournaments: 10 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001
- Most goals scored in one FIFA Confederations Cup: 4 – Luciano Figueroa, 2005
- Most goals scored in all FIFA Confederations Cup: 4 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2002, Luciano Figueroa, 2004–2005
- Most goals scored in one Copa América: 6 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991
- Most goals scored in all Copas América: 13 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2002
- Most goals scored in one South American Championship: 9 – Humberto Maschio, 1957
- Most goals scored in all South American Championships: 17 – Norberto Méndez, 1945–1956
- Most goals scored in one Football Summer Olympics: 9 – Domingo Tarasconi, 1928
- Most goals scored in all Football Summer Olympics: 9 – Domingo Tarasconi, 1922–1929
- Most goals scored in all U-20 international competitions, including friendlies: 18 – Lionel Messi, 2005
- Most goals scored in official U-20 international competitions: 11 – Lionel Messi, 2005; Javier Saviola, 2001
- Most goals scored in one FIFA U-20 World Cup tournament: 11 – Javier Saviola, 2001
- Most goals scored in all FIFA U-20 World Cup tournaments: 11 – Javier Saviola, 2001
- Most goals scored in one South American Youth Football Championship: 9 – Luciano Galletti, 1999; Giovanni Simeone, 2015
- Most goals scored from the penalty kick: 13 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
- Most direct free kick goals scored in all international competitions, including friendlies: 6 – Lionel Messi, against Paraguay, Uruguay, Nigeria, Panama, USA, Colombia
- Most hat-tricks scored in all international competitions, including friendlies: 6 – Lionel Messi, against Switzerland, Brazil, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador, Haiti
- Most assists provided in all international competitions, including friendlies: 38 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
- Most assists provided in Copa América matches: 11 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
- Most Man of the Match awards won in one FIFA World Cup: 4 – Lionel Messi, 2014
- Most Man of the Match awards won in FIFA World Cup matches: 5 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
- Most Man of the Match awards won in one Copa América: 4 – Lionel Messi, 2015
- Most Man of the Match awards won in Copa América matches: 9 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
- Oldest player that have ever scored a goal: Martín Palermo, 36 years and 7 months old in 2010 against Greece
- Oldest player that have scored a goal at FIFA World Cup tournament: Martín Palermo, 36 years and 7 months old in 2010 against Greece
- Youngest player that have ever scored a goal: Diego Maradona, 18 years, 7 months and 4 days old in 1979 against Scotland
- Youngest player that have ever scored a goal at FIFA World Cup tournament: Lionel Messi, 18 years and 357 days old in 2006 against Serbia and Montenegro
- Youngest player that have ever captained the team at FIFA World Cup tournament: Lionel Messi, 22 years and 363 days old in 2010 against Greece
- Youngest player to ever reach 100 caps: Lionel Messi, 27 years and 362 days old in 2015 against Jamaica
- Youngest player that have scored a goal at South American Championship/Copa America: Diego Maradona 18 years and 10 months old in 1979 against Brazil
- Only player that have scored against all 9 South American Nations: Lionel Messi, against Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
- Players that have scored the most goals in a match at any competition: 5 – Manuel Seoane, in 1925; Juan Marvezzi, in 1941
- Players that have scored in all 3 matches of the group stage in one FIFA World Cup: Oreste Corbatta, in 1958; Lionel Messi, in 2014
- Players that have scored the most goals in a match at FIFA World Cup: 3 – Guillermo Stábile, in 1930; Gabriel Batistuta, in 1994 & 1998; Gonzalo Higuaín, in 2010
- Players that have scored the most goals in a match at South American Championship/Copa América: 5 – Manuel Seoane, in 1925; Juan Marvezzi, in 1941
- Players that have won the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: Diego Maradona, in 1986; Lionel Messi, in 2014
- Players that have won the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot: Guillermo Stábile, 8 goals in 1930; Mario Kempes, 6 goals in 1978
- Players that have won the Copa América era Golden Shoe: Leopoldo Luque, 4 goals in 1975; Jorge Burruchaga, 3 goals in 1983; Gabriel Batistuta, 6 goals in 1991, 4 goals in 1995
- Players that have won the South American Championship Golden Shoe: Julio Libonatti, 3 goals in 1921; Juan Francia, 4 goals in 1922; Vicente Aguirre, 3 goals in 1923; Manuel Seoane, 6 goals in 1925; Alfredo Carricaberry & Segundo Luna, 7 goals in 1927; Herminio Masantonio, 4 goals in 1935; Juan Marvezzi, 5 goals in 1941; Herminio Masantonio & José Manuel Moreno, 7 goals in 1942; Norberto Méndez, 6 goals in 1945; Rodolfo Micheli, 8 goals in 1955; Humberto Maschio, 9 goals in 1957; José Sanfilippo, 5 goals in 1959; Luis Artime, 5 goals in 1967
- Players that have won the Football Summer Olympics Golden Shoe: Domingo Tarasconi, 9 goals in 1928; Hernán Crespo, 6 goals in 1996; Carlos Tevez, 8 goals in 2004
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. 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.
In 1958 they met for the first time in the group stage, where Argentina suffered a 1-3 loss to defending champions West Germany. In 1966 both again faced each other in the group stage which ended in a scoreless draw. 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.
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]
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. 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, 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 and 2018 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.
- Champions (14): 1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959 (Argentina), 1991, 1993
- Runners-up (14): 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1959 (Ecuador), 1967, 2004, 2007, 2015, 2016
- Third place (5): 1919, 1956, 1963, 1989, 2019
- Fourth place (2): 1922, 1987
- Champions (1): 1993
- Newton Cup[note 5] (17): 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1916, 1918, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1957, 1973, 1975, 1976
- Lipton Cup[note 5] (18): 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1928, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1957, 1962, 1968, 1976, 1992
- Roca Cup[note 6] (4): 1923, 1939–40, 1940, 1971
- Superclásico de las Américas[note 6] (2): 2017, 2019
- Nations´ Cup[note 7] (1): 1964
- Kirin Cup[note 8] (1): 1992, 2003
- List of Argentina international footballers
- Argentina national football team head to head
- Argentina national under-23 football team
- Argentina national under-20 football team
- Argentina national under-17 football team
- Vamos, vamos, Argentina
Notes and references
- Some versions state that the team that faced Argentina was Albion F.C. based on that the initial line-up had nine players from that club. It was the first match disputed by an Uruguayan national team.
- East Germany won the Olympics in 1976, but the current Germany national team hasn't inherited their Olympic record.
- 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.
- 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.
- Organised by Argentine and Uruguayan Associations
- Organised by Brazilian and Argentine Associations
- Organised by the Brazilian Confederation
- Organised by Japanese Kirin Company
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
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