Argentina national football team
|Nickname(s)||La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue)|
|Association||Argentine Football Association (AFA)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Gerardo Martino|
|Most caps||Javier Zanetti (143)|
|Top scorer||Gabriel Batistuta (56)|
|Home stadium||Antonio Vespucio Liberti (El Monumental)|
|Current||1 (5 May 2016)|
|Highest||1 (March 2007, October 2007 – June 2008, July–October 2015, April–May 2016)|
|Lowest||18 (August 1996)|
| Uruguay 2–3 Argentina
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)
|Appearances||16 (First in 1930)|
|Best result||Champions, 1978 and 1986|
|Appearances||40 (First in 1916)|
|Best result||Champions, 1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991 and 1993|
|Appearances||3 (First in 1992)|
|Best result||Champions, 1992|
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 (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 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 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 FIFA Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup, both in 1992, and the Argentine olympic team won the Olympics football tournaments in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
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 Championship for France).
- 1 History
- 2 Kit history
- 3 Managers
- 4 Results and fixtures
- 5 Players
- 6 Competitive record
- 7 Honours
- 8 Records and statistics
- 9 Gallery
- 10 Notable matches
- 11 Rivalries
- 12 See also
- 13 Notes
- 14 References
- 15 External links
The first match ever recorded by Argentina was against Uruguay.[lower-alpha 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 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 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. 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.
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:
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|24 March 2016 2018 FIFA WCQ||Chile||1–2||Argentina||Santiago, Chile|
|20:30 UTC−3||Gutiérrez 10'||Report (FIFA)
|Di María 19'
|Stadium: Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos
Referee: Héber Lopes (Brazil)
|29 March 2016 2018 FIFA WCQ||Argentina||2–0||Bolivia||Córdoba, Argentina|
|20:30 UTC−3||Mercado 21'
Messi 29' (pen.)
|Stadium: Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)
|27 May 2016 Friendly||Argentina||1–0||Honduras||San Juan, Argentina|
|Stadium: Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario
Referee: Jorge Osorio (Chile)
|6 June 2016 2016 Copa America Centenario||Argentina||v||Chile||Santa Clara, United States|
|Stadium: Levi's Stadium
|10 June 2016 2016 Copa America Centenario||Argentina||v||Panama||Chicago, United States|
|Stadium: Soldier Field
|14 June 2016 2016 Copa America Centenario||Argentina||v||Bolivia||Seattle, United States|
|Stadium: CenturyLink Field
|1 September 2016 2018 FIFA WCQ||Argentina||v||Uruguay||Mendoza, Argentina|
|Stadium: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
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||2||0||Santos Laguna||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|GK||Gerónimo Rulli||20 May 1992||0||0||Real Sociedad||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|DF||Pablo Zabaleta||16 January 1985||54||0||Manchester City||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad INJ|
|DF||Martín Demichelis||20 December 1980||50||2||Manchester City||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|DF||Ezequiel Garay||10 October 1986||32||0||Zenit Saint Petersburg||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|DF||Gonzalo Rodríguez||4 October 1984||7||1||Fiorentina||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|DF||Emmanuel Más||15 January 1989||4||0||San Lorenzo||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|DF||Leonel Vangioni||5 May 1987||4||0||Milan||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad INJ|
|DF||Mateo Musacchio||26 August 1990||3||0||Villarreal||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|DF||Milton Casco||11 April 1988||2||0||River Plate||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|DF||Javier Pinola||24 February 1983||2||0||Rosario Central||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad INJ|
|DF||Gino Peruzzi||9 June 1992||5||0||Boca Juniors||v. Brazil, 12 November 2015|
|MF||Lucas Biglia||30 January 1986||37||1||Lazio||v. Honduras, 27 May 2016|
|MF||Enzo Pérez||22 February 1986||16||1||Valencia||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|MF||Roberto Pereyra||7 January 1991||10||0||Juventus||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|MF||Fernando Gago||10 April 1986||60||0||Boca Juniors||v. Mexico, 8 September 2015|
|FW||Carlos Tevez||5 February 1984||76||13||Boca Juniors||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|FW||Ángel Correa||9 March 1995||4||1||Atlético Madrid||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|FW||Paulo Dybala||15 November 1993||3||0||Juventus||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|FW||Lautaro Acosta||14 March 1988||0||0||Lanús||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|} INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
SUS Suspended in official matches.
FIFA World Cup
Gold Silver Bronze
|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|
|2018||To Be Determined|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.
- **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|
|1997||Did Not Qualify|
|2009||Did Not Qualify|
- *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.
South American Championship
|South American Championship|
|1908||Did Not Enter|
|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 under-23 tournament since 1992. See Argentina Olympic football team.
Pan American Games
|Pan American Games record|
|1991||Did not Qualify|
|1999||Did not Qualify|
|2015||Did not Enter|
- FIFA World Cup (2): 1978, 1986
- FIFA Confederations Cup (1): 1992
- South American Championship / Copa América (14): 1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946,[lower-alpha 2] 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993
- Artemio Franchi Trophy (1): 1993
- Panamerican Championship (1): 1960
- Copa Newton (17) [lower-alpha 3] 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1916, 1918, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1957, 1973, 1975, 1976
- Copa Lipton (18): [lower-alpha 3] 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1928, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1957, 1962, 1968, 1976, 1992
- Copa Julio A. Roca (4): [lower-alpha 4] 1923, 1939–40, 1940, 1971 
- Nations' Cup (1): 1964
- Copa Kirin (2): 1992, 2003
Records and statistics
Most capped players
As of 27 May 2016
|10||Juan Pablo Sorín||1996–2006||76||11|
As of 27 May 2016, the ten players with the most goals for Argentina are:
|1||Gabriel Batistuta (list)||1991–2002||56||78||0.718|
|2||Lionel Messi (list)||2005–present||50||108||0.462|
World Cup winning captains
- Most goals scored in all International competitions, including friendlies: 56 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2002
- Most goals scored in all International competitions (including 4 goals in FIFA Confederations Cup): 37 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001
- Most goals scored in all International competitions (not including qualification and FIFA Confederations Cup goals): 23 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001
- Most goals scored in International friendlies: 27 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
- Most goals scored in one calendar year: 12 – Lionel Messi, 2012, Gabriel Batistuta, 1998
- Most goals scored in one FIFA World Cup qualification: 10 – Lionel Messi, 2005–
- Most goals scored in all FIFA World Cup qualification: 19 – Hernán Crespo, 1995–2007
- Most goals scored in one FIFA World Cup Finals: 8 – Guillermo Stábile, 1930
- Most goals scored in all FIFA World Cup Finals: 10 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001
- Most goals scored in one FIFA Confederations Cup: 4 – Luciano Figueroa, 2004–2005
- Most goals scored in all FIFA Confederations Cup: 4 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001, Luciano Figueroa, 2004–2005
- Most goals scored in one Copa America era: 6 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001
- Most goals scored in all Copa America era: 13 – Gabriel Batistuta, 1991–2001
- Most goals scored in one South American Championship: 9 – Humberto Maschio, 1956–1957
- Most goals scored in all South American Championship: 17 – Norberto Méndez, 1945–1956
- Most goals scored in one Football Summer Olympics: 9 – Domingo Tarasconi, 1922–1929
- Most goals scored in all Football Summer Olympics: 9 – Domingo Tarasconi, 1922–1929
- Most goals scored in all U-20 International competitions, including friendlies: 14 – Lionel Messi, 2004–2005
- Most goals scored in all U-20 International competitions: 11 – Lionel Messi, 2004–2005, Javier Saviola, 2001
- Most goals scored in one FIFA U-20 World Cup Finals: 11 – Javier Saviola, 2001
- Most goals scored in all FIFA U-20 World Cup Finals: 11 – Javier Saviola, 2001
- Most goals scored in one South American Youth Football Championship: 9 – Luciano Galletti, 1999
- Most Man of the Match awards in one FIFA World Cup: 4 – Lionel Messi
- Most Man of the Match awards at FIFA World Cup Finals: 5 – Lionel Messi
- Most Man of the Match awards in one Copa America: 4 – Lionel Messi
- Most Man of the Match awards in Copa America matches: 6 – Lionel Messi
- Oldest player that have ever scored a goal: 36 years and 7 months old in 2010 against Greece – Martín Palermo
- Oldest player that have scored a goal at FIFA World Cup Finals: 36 years and 7 months old in 2010 against Greece – Martín Palermo
- Oldest player that have scored a goal at South American Championship/Copa America:
- Youngest player that have ever scored a goal: 18 years and 8 months old in 1979 against Scotland – Diego Maradona
- Youngest player that have ever scored a goal at FIFA World Cup Finals: 18 years and 357 days old in 2006 against Serbia and Montenegro – Lionel Messi
- Youngest player that have ever captained the team at FIFA World Cup Finals: 22 years and 363 days old in 2010 against Greece – Lionel Messi
- Youngest player to ever reach 100 caps: 27 years and 362 days old in 2015 against Jamaica – Lionel Messi
- Youngest player that have scored a goal at South American Championship/Copa America: 18 years and 10 months old in 1979 against Brazil – Diego Maradona
- Only player that have scored against all 9 South American nations: Lionel Messi, against Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela
- Players that have scored the most in a match at any competition: 5 – 1925 Manuel Seoane, 1941 Juan Marvezzi
- Players that have scored the most in a match at International friendlies:
- Players that have scored in all 3 matches in the group stage in one FIFA World Cup: Omar Orestes Corbatta in 1958 and Lionel Messi in 2014
- Players that have scored the most in a match at FIFA World Cup: 3 – 1930 Guillermo Stábile, 1994 & 1998 Gabriel Batistuta, 2010 Gonzalo Higuaín
- Players that have scored the most in a match at South American Championship/Copa America: 5 – 1925 Manuel Seoane, 1941 Juan Marvezzi
- Players that have won the FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe: 8 – goals in 1930– Guillermo Stábile, 6 goals in 1978– Mario Kempes
- Players that have won the Copa America era Golden Shoe: 4 goals in 1975– Leopoldo Luque, 3 goals in 1983– Jorge Burruchaga, 6 goals in 1991– Gabriel Batistuta, 4 goals in 1995– Gabriel Batistuta
- Players that have won the South American Championship Golden Shoe: 3 goals in 1921– Julio Libonatti, 4 goals in 1922– Julio Francia, 3 goals in 1923– Valdino Aguirre, 6 goals in 1925– Manuel Seoane, 7 goals in 1927– Alfredo Carricaberry & Segundo Luna, 4 goals in 1935– Herminio Masantonio, 5 goals in 1941– Juan Marvezzi, 7 goals in 1942– Herminio Masantonio & José Manuel Moreno, 6 goals in 1945– Norberto Méndez, 8 goals in 1955– Rodolfo Micheli, 9 goals in 1957– Humberto Maschio, 5 goals in 1959– José Sanfilippo, 5 goals in 1967– Luis Artime
- Players that have won the Football Summer Olympics Golden Shoe: 9 goals in 1928– Domingo Tarasconi, 6 goals in 1996– Hernán Crespo, 8 goals in 2004– Carlos Tevez
Américo Tesoriere played for Argentina between 1919 and 1925.
Silvio Marzolini played in the 1962 and 1966 World Cup.
Daniel Passarella played 12 years for the national team.
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Mario Kempes was the top scorer in the 1978 World Cup.
Oscar Ruggeri played three World Cups in 11 years with the team.
Diego Maradona played four World Cups, winning the 1986 title.
Claudio Caniggia competed in three World Cups.
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 is the third top scorer of Argentina with 35 goals.
Gabriel Batistuta top scorer of Argentina with 56 goals in 78 matches.
- Argentina and Uruguay hold the record for the most international matches played between two countries. 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.
- 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.
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 1–0.
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