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Argentina National Football Team

Argentina
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)
Association (AFA)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachLionel Scaloni
CaptainLionel Messi
Most capsJavier Mascherano (147)
Top scorerLionel Messi (68)
Home stadiumAntonio Vespucio Liberti
(El Monumental)
FIFA codeARG
FIFA ranking
Current 9 Increase 1 (24 October 2019)[1]
Highest1 (March 2007, October 2007 - June 2008, July - October 2015, April 2016 - April 2017)
Lowest24 (August 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 10 Increase 2 (18 October 2019)[2]
Highest1 (29 times between 1902 and 2016)
Lowest26 (June 1990)
First international
 Uruguay 2-3 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)[note 1][3]
Biggest win
 Argentina 10-0 Colombia 
(Medellin, Colombia; 22 January 1942)
Biggest defeat
 Czech Republic 6-1 Argentina 
(London, England; 15 June 1958)
 Bolivia 6-1 Argentina 
(La Paz, Bolivia; 1 April 2009)
 Spain 6-1 Argentina 
(Madrid, Spain; 27 March 2018)
World Cup
Appearances17 (first in 1930)
Best resultChampions (1978, 1986)
Copa América
Appearances42 (first in 1916)
Best resultChampions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993)
Panamerican Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1956)
Best resultChampions (1960)
Intercontinental Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 1993)
Best resultChampions (1993)
Confederations Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1992)
Best resultChampions (1992)

The Argentina national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Argentina) represents Argentine Football Association in tournaments CONMEBOL/FIFA. 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.[5]

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).[6][7]

Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, England, and Germany due to particular occurrences with one another throughout football history.[8][9]

History

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.[12]

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.[13]

Argentina also won seven of the 18 football competitions at the Pan American Games, winning in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995, 2003 and 2019 .

In March 2007, Argentina reached the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time.[14]

Team image

Uniform

The classic light blue and white striped jersey was first worn in 1908 v. Uruguay
The blue shirt worn v England at the 1986 World Cup, when Diego Maradona scored "the goal of the century"

The kit first worn by Argentina was a white shirt, at the official debut of the national side against Uruguay in 1902.[15] In August 1908, Argentina debuted the light blue vertical stripe on white jersey.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

At the 1958 World Cup, Argentina wore the yellow jersey of Swedish club IFK Malmö in the match against West Germany, as the team arrived in Sweden without an away kit.

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,[19] and silvery American football numbers ironed to the backs.[20]Argentina beat England with Diego Maradona's "goal of the century".[21][22] The shirt style became an emblem of the occasion and a collector's item.[23]

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina debuted a black away kit, a first in their history.[24]

Crest

The first AFA emblem (without the laurel wreath) was added to jerseys in 1976

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.[25]

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,[26] that was added for the 1982 World Cup).[19]

In 2004, the two stars added above the crest symbolized the national team FIFA World championships of 1978 and 1986.[26]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Period Notes
England Gath & Chaves 1930-1934 [27]
West Germany Adidas 1973-1979 [27][28]
France Le Coq Sportif 1980-1989 [27][29]
Germany Adidas 1990-1998 [28][30]
United Kingdom Reebok 1999-2001 [31]
Germany Adidas 2001-present [28]

Managers

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).[32] Here is the complete list of managers:[33][34][35][36]

Period Name
1924-1925 Argentina Ángel Vázquez
1927-1928 Spain José Lago Millán
1928-1929 Argentina Francisco Olazar
1929-1930 Argentina Francisco Olazar and
Argentina Juan J. Tramutola
1934 Italy Felipe Pascucci
1934-1937 Argentina Manuel Seoane
1937-1939 Argentina Ángel Fernández Roca
1939-1958 Argentina Guillermo Stábile
Period Name
1959 Argentina Victorio Spinetto
1960-1961 Argentina Guillermo Stábile
1962-1963 Argentina Juan Carlos Lorenzo
1963 Argentina Alejandro Galán
1963-1964 Argentina Horacio Torres
1964-1968 Argentina José María Minella
1968 ItalyArgentina Renato Cesarini
1968-1969 Argentina Humberto Maschio
1969 Argentina Adolfo Pedernera
Period Name
1969-1972 Argentina Juan José Pizzuti
1972-1974 Argentina Omar Sívori
1974 Argentina Vladislao Cap
1974-1983 Argentina César Luis Menotti
1983-1990 Argentina Carlos Bilardo
1990-1994 Argentina Alfio Basile
1994-1998 Argentina Daniel Passarella
1998-2004 Argentina Marcelo Bielsa
2004-2006 Argentina José Pékerman
Period Name
2006-2008 Argentina Alfio Basile
2008-2010 Argentina Diego Maradona
2010-2011 Argentina Sergio Batista
2011-2014 Argentina Alejandro Sabella
2014-2016 Argentina Gerardo Martino
2016-2017 Argentina Edgardo Bauza
2017-2018 Argentina Jorge Sampaoli
2018- Argentina Lionel Scaloni

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018

2019

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Argentina Lionel Scaloni
Assistant coach Argentina Pablo Aimar
Assistant coach Argentina Roberto Ayala
Assistant coach Argentina Walter Samuel
Assistant coach (analyst) Argentina Matías Manna
Fitness coach Argentina Luis Martín
Goalkeeping coach Argentina Martín Tocalli

Players

Current squad

The following players were selected for the friendly matches against Brazil and Uruguay on 15 and 18 November 2019, respectively.[39]
Caps and goals correct as of: 13 October 2019, after the match against Ecuador.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Agustín Marchesín (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 31) 7 0 Portugal Porto
12 1GK Juan Musso (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Italy Udinese
23 1GK Esteban Andrada (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 28) 2 0 Argentina Boca Juniors
26 1GK Emiliano Martínez (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 27) 0 0 England Arsenal

2 2DF Juan Foyth (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 21) 9 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
3 2DF Nicolás Tagliafico (1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 27) 23 0 Netherlands Ajax
4 2DF Renzo Saravia (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 (age 26) 8 0 Portugal Porto
6 2DF Germán Pezzella (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 28) 14 2 Italy Fiorentina
14 2DF Walter Kannemann (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 28) 6 0 Brazil Grêmio
16 2DF Marcos Rojo (1990-03-20) 20 March 1990 (age 29) 61 3 England Manchester United
19 2DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 31) 68 4 England Manchester City
24 2DF Nehuén Pérez (2000-06-24) 24 June 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Portugal Famalicão

5 3MF Leandro Paredes (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 25) 22 3 France Paris Saint-Germain
7 3MF Roberto Pereyra (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 28) 19 2 England Watford
8 3MF Marcos Acuña (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 28) 25 0 Portugal Sporting CP
11 3MF Lucas Ocampos (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 25) 2 2 Spain Sevilla
15 3MF Rodrigo De Paul (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 25) 15 0 Italy Udinese
17 3MF Nicolás Domínguez (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 21) 3 1 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield
18 3MF Guido Rodríguez (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 25) 7 0 Mexico América
20 3MF Giovani Lo Celso (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 23) 20 2 England Tottenham Hotspur

9 4FW Sergio Agüero (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 31) 96 40 England Manchester City
10 4FW Lionel Messi (Captain) (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 32) 136 68 Spain Barcelona
13 4FW Lucas Alario (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 27) 6 3 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
21 4FW Paulo Dybala (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 25) 28 2 Italy Juventus
22 4FW Lautaro Martínez (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 22) 15 9 Italy Internazionale
25 4FW Nicolás González (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Germany VfB Stuttgart

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 Franco Armani (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 33) 11 0 Argentina River Plate v.  Mexico, 10 September 2019
GK Gerónimo Rulli (1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 (age 27) 2 0 France Montpellier 2019 Copa América PRE

DF Leonardo Balerdi (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund v.  Ecuador, 13 October 2019
DF Gonzalo Montiel (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 22) 4 0 Argentina River Plate v.  Mexico, 10 September 2019
DF Lucas Martínez Quarta (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 23) 2 0 Argentina River Plate v.  Mexico, 10 September 2019
DF Nicolás Figal (1994-04-03) 3 April 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Argentina Independiente v.  Mexico, 10 September 2019
DF Ramiro Funes Mori (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 28) 26 2 Spain Villarreal 2019 Copa América
DF Milton Casco (1988-04-11) 11 April 1988 (age 31) 3 0 Argentina River Plate 2019 Copa América
DF Gabriel Mercado (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 32) 25 4 Qatar Al-Rayyan 2019 Copa América PRE
DF Leonardo Sigali (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 32) 0 0 Argentina Racing 2019 Copa América PRE
DF Lisandro Martínez (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Morocco, 26 March 2019

MF Erik Lamela (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 27) 25 3 England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Ecuador, 13 October 2019
MF Matías Zaracho (1998-03-10) 10 March 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Argentina Racing v.  Germany, 9 October 2019 INJ
MF Manuel Lanzini (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 26) 5 1 England West Ham United v.  Mexico, 10 September 2019
MF Exequiel Palacios (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 21) 4 0 Argentina River Plate v.  Mexico, 10 September 2019
MF Alexis Mac Allister (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Argentina Boca Juniors v.  Mexico, 10 September 2019
MF Ángel Di María (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 31) 102 20 France Paris Saint-Germain 2019 Copa América
MF Guido Pizarro (1990-02-26) 26 February 1990 (age 29) 3 0 Mexico UANL 2019 Copa América
MF Maximiliano Meza (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 27) 10 0 Mexico Monterrey 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Ignacio Fernández (1990-01-12) 12 January 1990 (age 29) 1 0 Argentina River Plate 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Gastón Giménez (1991-07-27) 27 July 1991 (age 28) 1 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Iván Marcone (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 29) 1 0 Argentina Boca Juniors 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Domingo Blanco (1995-04-22) 22 April 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Argentina Independiente v.  Morocco, 26 March 2019

FW Ángel Correa (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 24) 12 2 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  Ecuador, 13 October 2019
FW Matías Vargas (1997-05-08) 8 May 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Spain Espanyol v.  Ecuador, 13 October 2019
FW Joaquín Correa (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 25) 4 1 Italy Lazio v.  Mexico, 10 September 2019
FW Adolfo Gaich (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Argentina San Lorenzo v.  Mexico, 10 September 2019
FW Matías Suárez (1988-02-19) 19 February 1988 (age 31) 6 0 Argentina River Plate 2019 Copa América
FW Mauro Icardi (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 (age 26) 8 1 France Paris Saint-Germain 2019 Copa América PRE
FW Gonzalo Martínez (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 26) 3 1 United States Atlanta United 2019 Copa América PRE
FW Darío Benedetto (1990-05-17) 17 May 1990 (age 29) 5 0 France Marseille v.  Morocco, 26 March 2019

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Suspended

§ On August 2, 2019, Lionel Messi was suspended by the CONMEBOL for three months with US$50,000.- fine for his allegations of corruption during the Copa América tournament in July.[40]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup Qualifying
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
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Group Stage 13th 3 1 0 2 5 10 4 3 0 1 10 2
Chile 1962 Group Stage 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 Quarter Finals 5th 5 4 0 1 10 6 18 8 4 6 23 20
Brazil 2014 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 1 1 8 4 16 9 5 2 35 15
Russia 2018 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 6 9 18 7 7 4 19 16
Qatar 2022
Total 17/21 81 43 15 23 137 93 136 75 36 25 235 127

South American

South American Championship/Copa América
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Argentina 1916 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 7 2
Uruguay 1917 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 5 3
Brazil 1919 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 7 7
Chile 1920 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 4 2
Argentina 1921 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 5 0
Brazil 1922 Fourth place 4th 4 2 0 2 6 3
Uruguay 1923 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 6
Uruguay 1924 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 2 0
Argentina 1925 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 11 4
Chile 1926 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 14 3
Peru 1927 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 15 4
Argentina 1929 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 9 1
Peru 1935 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 8 5
Argentina 1937 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 5
Peru 1939 Withdrew
Chile 1941 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 10 2
Uruguay 1942 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 21 6
Chile 1945 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 22 5
Argentina 1946 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 17 3
Ecuador 1947 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 28 4
Brazil 1949 Withdrew
Peru 1953 Withdrew
Chile 1955 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 18 6
Uruguay1956 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 5 3
Peru 1957 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 25 6
Argentina 1959 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 19 5
Ecuador 1959 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 9
Bolivia 1963 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 15 10
Uruguay 1967 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 12 3
South America 1975 Group stage 5th 4 2 0 2 17 4
South America 1979 Group stage 8th 4 1 1 2 7 6
South America 1983 Group stage 6th 4 1 3 0 5 4
Argentina 1987 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 4
Brazil 1989 Third place 3rd 7 2 3 2 2 4
Chile 1991 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 16 6
Ecuador 1993 Champions 1st 6 2 4 0 6 4
Uruguay 1995 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 6
Bolivia 1997 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 4 3
Paraguay 1999 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 6
Colombia 2001 Withdrew
Peru 2004 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 16 6
Venezuela 2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 16 6
Argentina 2011 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 3 0 5 2
Chile 2015 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 10 3
United States 2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 18 2
Brazil 2019 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 7 6
Argentina / Colombia 2020 Qualified
Ecuador 2024 Qualified
Total 14 Titles 42/46 195 122 40 33 462 179

Records and statistics

Most capped players

As of 6 July 2019, the ten players with the most appearances for Argentina are:[41][42]
Javier Mascherano is the most capped player in the history of Argentina with 147 caps
Rank. Name Career Caps Goals
1 Javier Mascherano 2003-2018 147 3
2 Javier Zanetti 1994-2011 143 4
3 Lionel Messi 2005- 136 68
4 Roberto Ayala 1994-2007 114 7
5 Diego Simeone 1988-2002 104 9
6 Ángel Di María 2008- 102 20
7 Oscar Ruggeri 1983-1994 97 7
8 Sergio Agüero 2006- 96 40
Sergio Romero 2009- 96 0
10 Diego Maradona 1977-1994 91 34

Top goalscorers

As of 6 July 2019, the ten players with the most goals for Argentina are:[43]
Lionel Messi celebrating v Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup. He is the highest goalscorer in the history of Argentina with 68 goals.
Rank. Player Career Goals Caps Avg/Game Official Match Goals
1 Lionel Messi (list) 2005- 68 136 0.5 36
2 Gabriel Batistuta (list)[note 3] 1991-2002 54 77 0.7 38
3 Sergio Agüero (list) 2006- 40 96 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
7 Luis Artime 1961-1967 24 25 0.96 ?
8 Daniel Passarella (list) 1976-1986 23 70 0.33 6
9 Leopoldo Luque (list) 1975-1981 21 45 0.49 8
José Sanfilippo 1956-1962 21 29 0.76 ?

World Cup winning captains

Year Name Caps Goals
1978 Daniel Passarella 70 23
1986 Diego Maradona 91 34

Individual records

  • Most goals scored in all international competitions, including friendlies: 68 - Lionel Messi, 2005-[45]
  • 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: 32 - 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[46]
  • 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[47]
  • Most goals scored from the penalty kick: 13 - Lionel Messi, 2005-[45]
  • 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-[48]
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in one FIFA World Cup: 4 - Lionel Messi, 2014[49]
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in FIFA World Cup matches: 5 - Lionel Messi, 2005-[49][50]
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in one Copa América: 4 - Lionel Messi, 2015[51]
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in Copa América matches: 9 - Lionel Messi, 2005-[51][52]
  • 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[53]
  • 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[54]
  • Youngest player to ever reach 100 caps: Lionel Messi, 27 years and 362 days old in 2015 against Jamaica[54]
  • 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[55]
  • 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[56]
  • 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

Rivalries

Brazil

Argentina have a long and fierce rivalry with their South American neighbours.[57]

England

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.

Action from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany

Germany

Argentina have played Germany in seven FIFA World Cup matches including three FIFA World Cup finals: In 1986 Argentina won 3-2, but in 1990 it was the Germans who were the victors by a 1-0 scoreline.

In 1958 they met for the first time in the group stage, where Argentina suffered a 1-3 loss to defending champions West Germany.[58] In 1966 both again faced each other in the group stage which ended in a scoreless draw.[59] 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.

Uruguay

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.[3] 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]

Nigeria

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.[60][61][62][63][64][65] 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,[66] 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[67] and 2018[68] 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.[61]

Honours

Competitive

FIFA World Cup

South American Championship / Copa América

FIFA Confederations Cup

Summer Olympics

Panamerican Championship

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Champions (1): 1960
  • 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (1): 1956

Intercontinental Cup of Nations

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Champions (1): 1993

Friendly

See also

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ a b 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.[10][11]
  2. ^ East Germany won the Olympics in 1976, but the current Germany national team hasn't inherited their Olympic record.
  3. ^ 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.[44]
  4. ^ 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.[]
  5. ^ a b Organised by Argentine and Uruguayan Associations
  6. ^ a b Organised by Brazilian and Argentine Associations
  7. ^ Organised by the Brazilian Confederation
  8. ^ Organised by Japanese Kirin Company

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