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The Argentina national football team is the national football team of Argentinamarker and is controlled by the Argentine Football Associationmarker (AFA). Argentina has won most international titles by any national team - 19, a record shared with Uruguay.

Argentina is one of the most successful national football teams in the world, and is currently eigth in the FIFA world rankings. The team has twice won the FIFA World Cup, in 1978 and 1986. Argentina has won the Copa América 14 times, a record shared with Uruguay, won the Confederations Cup in 1992 and the Olympic Football Tournament in 2004 and 2008.

Argentina and France are the only national teams which have won the three most important men's titles recognized by FIFAmarker: 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).

World Cup Record

La Selección, also known as the Albicelestes (Light 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 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.

Argentina also won six of the fourteen 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.

World Cup 2006

Argentina had been eliminated at the group stage at Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup, although they had been among the pre-tournament favourites. There was a high expectation of a better performance in the Germany 2006.

Argentina qualified for the knockout stages with wins over Ivory Coast (2-1) and Serbia and Montenegro (6-0), and a 0-0 draw with the Netherlands.

In the round of sixteen, Argentina defeated Mexico 2-1 in extra-time, the winning goal by Maxi Rodríguez winning an online poll organised by FIFAmarker, as the best goal of the World Cup [53861]. In the quarter final, they lost 4-2 in a penalty shootout against hosts Germany after a 1-1 draw. A brawl erupted between the Argentines and Germans after the game ended. Unused substitute Leandro Cufré was sent off for kicking Per Mertesacker, while Maxi Rodríguez hit Bastian Schweinsteiger from behind. Following an investigation of video evidence, FIFAmarker doled out 4-game and 2-game suspensions for Cufre and Rodriguez, respectively. Germany's Torsten Frings was suspended for the semifinal match for punching Julio Ricardo Cruz.

Shortly after the elimination, coach José Pekerman resigned from his position. AFA appointed Alfio Basile, who had previously managed the national side during the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Copa América 2007

Argentina won all three games in the group stage, beating United States, Colombia and Paraguay. After convincing victories over Peru and Mexico in the quarter final and semi final respectively, they were favourites to beat Brazil in the final, but were defeated 0-3.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 Second Place 2 5 4 0 1 18 9
1934 Round 1 9 1 0 0 1 2 3
1938 to 1954 Withdrew - - - - - - -
1958 Round 1 13 3 1 0 2 5 10
1962 Round 1 10 3 1 1 1 2 3
1966 Quarter-finals 5 4 2 1 1 4 2
1970 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1974 Round 2 8 6 1 2 3 9 12
1978 Champions 1 7 5 1 1 15 4
1982 Round 2 12 5 2 0 3 8 7
1986 Champions 1 7 6 1 0 14 5
1990 Second Place 2 7 2 3 2 5 4
1994 Round of 16 9 4 2 0 2 8 6
1998 Quarter-finals 6 5 3 1 1 10 4
2002 Round 1 18 3 1 1 1 2 2
2006 Quarter-finals 6 5 3 2 0 11 3
2010 Qualified
Total 15/19 2 Titles 65 33 13 19 113 74
FIFA Confederations Cup
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1992 Champions 2 2 0 0 7 1
1995 Second Place 3 1 1 1 5 3
1997 to 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2005 Second Place 5 2 2 1 10 10
2009 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 1 Title 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.


Copa América
Total: 14 Titles
Year Position Year Position Year Position
1916 Second place 1939 Withdrew 1967 Second place
1917 Second place 1941 Champions 1975 Round 1
1919 Third place 1942 Second place 1979 Round 1
1920 Second place 1945 Champions 1983 Round 1
1921 Champions 1946 Champions 1987 Fourth place
1922 Fourth place 1947 Champions 1989 Third place
1923 Second place 1949 Withdrew 1991 Champions
1924 Second place 1953 Withdrew 1993 Champions
1925 Champions 1955 Champions 1995 Quarter-finals
1926 Second place 1956 Third place 1997 Quarter-finals
1927 Champions 1957 Champions 1999 Quarter-finals
1929 Champions 1959 Champions 2001 Withdrew
1935 Second place 1959 Second place 2004 Second place
1937 Champions 1963 Third place 2007 Second place

Pan American Games record



Olympics record

Olympics Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1896 No football tournament
1900-1920 Did Not Participate
1924 Did Not Qualify
1928 Runners-up 2 5 3 1 1 24 7
1932 No football tournament
1936-1956 Did Not Qualify
1960 Round 1 - 3 2 0 1 6 4
1964 Round 1 - 2 0 1 1 3 4
1968-1984 Did Not Qualify
1988 Quarter-finals - 4 1 1 2 4 5
1992 Did Not Qualify
1996 Runners-up 2 6 3 2 1 13 6
2000 Did Not Qualify
2004 Champions 1 6 6 0 0 17 0
2008 Champions 1 6 6 0 0 11 2
Total 7/24 2 Titles 32 21 5 6 78 28


Honours

Senior team

*Winner (2): 1978, 1986
* Runner-up (2): 1930, 1990


*Winner (14): 1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946 (extra edition), 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993.
* Runner-up (12): 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1959 (extra edition), 1967, 2004, 2007.


*Winner (1): 1992
* Runner-up (2): 1995, 2005


*Winner (1): 1993


*Winner (1): 1964


Friendly titles





  • Copa Roca:
    • Winners (4): 1923, 1939, 1940, 1971


  • Copa Lipton:
    • Winners (18): 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909,1913, 1915, 1916, 1917,
1918, 1928, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1957, 1962, 1968, 1976, 1992

  • Copa Newton:
    • Winners (17): 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1916, 1918, 1924,
1927, 1928, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1957, 1973, 1975

Olympic team

A selection with limited team selection (only 3 players over 23 years could be included in the squad), won the following honours. The matches in these tournaments are generally not included in the statistics of the national team.

* Gold medal (2): 2004, 2008
* Silver medal (2): 1928, 1996


Uniform







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1978
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1986
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1996-1997
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1997-1999
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2000-2002
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2002-2004
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2004-2006
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2006-2008


Managers

1. 1924-1925 Angel Vázquez

2. 1927-1928 José Lago Millán

3. 1928-1929 Francisco Olazar

4. 1929-1930 Olazar & Tramutola

5. 1934-1934 Felipe Pascucci

6. 1934-1937 Manuel Seoane

7. 1937-1939 Ángel Fernández Roca

8. 1939-1960 Guillermo Stábile

9. 1960-1961 Victorio Spinetto

10. 1961-1961 José D'Amico
11. 1962-1963 Juan Carlos Lorenzo

12. 1963-1963 Alejandro Galán

13. 1963-1964 Horacio Amable Torres

14. 1964-1968 José María Minella

15. 1968-1968 Renato Cesarini

16. 1968-1969 Humberto Dionisio Maschio

17. 1969-1969 Adolfo Pedernera

18. 1969-1972 Juan José Pizzuti

19. 1972-1974 Enrique Omar Sívori

20. 1974-1974 Vladislao Cap
21. 1974-1983 César Luis Menotti

22. 1983-1990 Carlos Bilardo

23. 1990-1994 Alfio Basile

24. 1994-1998 Daniel Passarella

25. 1998-2004 Marcelo Bielsa

26. 2004-2006 José Pekerman

27. 2006-2008 Alfio Basile

28. 2008- Diego Maradona


Results and Fixtures

Argentina participated in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

2010 FIFA World Cup

Qualification Standings



Qualification:

Recent games



KEY: F = Friendly match; WCQ2010 = 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Players

Current squad

The following 19 players were named for the Friendly match against on December 22.

Caps and goals as of November 14, 2009, subsequent to the Friendly match against .







Recent call ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.









Previous squads



Most capped players

As of October 10, 2009, the ten players with the most caps for Argentina are:

Top goalscorers

As of september 16 2009, the ten players with the most goals for Argentina are:

Notable players

To appear in this section, players should have played 50 games or scored at least 10 goals for Argentina, or been part of a World Cup or Copa América winning team.



see also

Facts

1964 line-up for the Nations' Cup
  • Argentina and Uruguay hold the record for the most international matches played between two countries. The two teams have faced each other 161 times since 1901. The first match against Uruguay was the first official international match to be played outside the United Kingdommarker.
  • 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



Footnotes

  1. Asociación del Fútbol Argentino
  2. FIFA.com - The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking
  3. FIFA.com - Argentina on FIFA.com
  4. FIFA.com - Tournaments
  5. BBC SPORT | Olympics 2004 | Football | Football gold for Argentina
  6. FIFA.com - Argentina first for first time
  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 and the USA did not play one until 1916.


External links



#
Name
Career
Caps
Goals
1.
Javier Zanetti
1994 - present
136
5
2.
Roberto Ayala
1994 - 2007
115
7
3.
Diego Simeone
1988 - 2002
106
11
4.
Oscar Ruggeri
1983 - 1994
97
7
5.
Diego Maradona
1977 - 1994
91
34
6.
Ariel Ortega
1993 - 2003
86
17
7.
Gabriel Batistuta
1991 - 2002
78
56
8.
Juan Pablo Sorín
1995 - 2006
76
12
9.
Américo Gallego
1975 - 1982
73
3
10.
Daniel Passarella
1976 - 1986
70
22
#
Name
Career
Goals
Caps
1.
Gabriel Batistuta
1991 - 2002
56
78
2.
Hernán Crespo
1995 - 2007
36
64
3.
Diego Maradona
1977 - 1994
34
91
4.
Luis Artime
1961 - 1967
24
25
5.
Leopoldo Luque
1975 - 1981
22
45
5.
Daniel Passarella
1976 - 1986
22
70
7.
José Sanfilippo
1956 - 1962
21
29
7.
Herminio Masantonio
1935 - 1942
21
19
9.
Mario Kempes
1973 - 1982
20
43
10.
Norberto Méndez
1945 - 1956
19
31
10.
José Manuel Moreno
1936 - 1950
19
34
10.
René Pontoni
1942 - 1947
19
19

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