('The White and Sky Blue')
|Association||Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Lionel Scaloni|
|Most caps||Lionel Messi (175)|
|Top scorer||Lionel Messi (103)|
|Current||1 (20 July 2023)|
|Highest||1 (March 2007, October 2007 – June 2008, July–October 2015, April 2016 – April 2017, April 2023 –)|
|Lowest||20 (August 1996)|
| Uruguay 0–6 Argentina |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 1902)
| 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||18 (first in 1930)|
|Best result||Champions (1978, 1986, 2022)|
|Appearances||43 (first in 1916)|
|Best result||Champions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993, 2021)|
|Appearances||2 (first in 1956)|
|Best result||Champions (1960)|
|CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions|
|Appearances||2 (first in 1993)|
|Best result||Champions (1993, 2022)|
|FIFA Confederations Cup|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1992)|
|Best result||Champions (1992)|
The Argentina national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Argentina) represents Argentina in men's international football and is administered by the Argentine Football Association, the governing body for football in Argentina.
Nicknamed La Albiceleste ('The White and Sky Blue'), they are the reigning world champions, having won the most recent World Cup in 2022, earning their third star shown by the team's crest. Overall, Argentina has appeared in a World Cup final six times; a record equalled by Italy and surpassed only by Brazil and Germany. Argentina played in the first ever final in 1930, which they lost 4–2 to Uruguay. The next final appearance came 48 years later, in 1978, when the team captained by Daniel Passarella defeated the Netherlands 3–1 in extra time, being crowned world champions for the first time. Captained by Diego Maradona, Argentina won their second World Cup eight years later, in 1986, with a 3–2 final victory over West Germany. They reached the final once more under the guidance of Maradona, in 1990, but were ultimately beaten 1–0 by West Germany. A few decades later, Argentina led by Lionel Messi made their fifth final appearance in 2014, losing to Germany 1–0 after extra time. In 2022, again captained by Messi, they were crowned the world champions for the third time, the fourth-most of any country, beating France 4–2 on penalties, following a 3–3 draw after extra time.
The team's World Cup–winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978, Carlos Bilardo in 1986 and Lionel Scaloni in 2022. Since the Golden Ball for tournament's best player has been officially awarded by FIFA from 1982, Argentina players have won it thrice; Maradona in 1986 and Messi in 2014 and 2022. Argentines Guillermo Stábile in 1930 and Mario Kempes in 1978 were the top-scoring players at their respective World Cups.
Argentina has also been very successful in the Copa América, winning it 15 times, a record shared with Uruguay, most recently winning the 2021 edition. The team also won the inaugural FIFA Confederations Cup in 1992. Argentina is the most successful team in the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions, having won it twice, in 1993 and 2022. Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, England, Germany and the Netherlands. As of 2023, Argentina holds the record for most official titles won by a men's national team with 22. Individually for Argentina, Lionel Messi is the all-time most-capped player with 175 games and the highest goalscorer with 103 goals.
Main article: History of the Argentina national football team
Further information: Football in Argentina
The first ever match Argentina played was against Uruguay, on 20 June 1902.[note 3] The game, which was the first international for both sides, was held in Montevideo, and Argentina won 6–0. During the first years of its existence, Argentina only played friendly matches against other South American teams. The reasons for this varied, including long travel times between countries and the interruption due to World War I.
La Albiceleste has appeared in World Cup finals six times, including the first ever final in 30 July 1930, which they lost 4–2 to Uruguay. Argentina won their next final in 25 June 1978, beating the Netherlands 3–1. Eight years later, in 1986, Argentina led by Diego Maradona won their second title with a 3–2 victory over West Germany. Under the guidance of Maradona, they reached the final again, in 1990, but ultimately lost 1–0 to West Germany, by a much-disputed penalty. Led by Lionel Messi, Argentina reached the final in 2014, where they were beaten 1–0 by Germany in extra time. In 2022, again under the captaincy of Messi, Argentina won their third World Cup, beating France 4–2 on penalties, following a 3–3 draw after extra time. The team's World Cup–winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978, Carlos Bilardo in 1986 and Lionel Scaloni in 2022.
Argentina has also been very successful in the South American Football Championship, the Copa América, winning it 15 times, a record it shares with Uruguay; they were crowned champions most recently in 2021. The team also won the inaugural FIFA Confederations Cup in 1992 and the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions in 1993 and 2022.
In March 2007, Argentina reached the top of the FIFA Men's World Ranking for the first time.
Argentina plays most of its home matches at River Plate's stadium, Estadio Monumental, in Buenos Aires, although the team also uses various other venues frequently, such as Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades and Boca Juniors' stadium, La Bombonera. Those venues, along with Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes and Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, were used for the 2022 World Cup qualification. Additionally, Argentina played some matches at Rosario Central's stadium, Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, during their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.
GEBA Stadium was the first stadium Argentina used for its home matches; that includes the Copa Newton match against Uruguay held on 13 September 1908, which has a historic significance for being the first time Argentina wore the light blue and white-striped jersey in an official game, which has since then been the defining uniform up to the present day. GEBA was also used for the Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo, the first competition held between South American national teams, considered the predecessor of Copa América, organised by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in 1910. Most recently, Argentina played at GEBA on 19 October 1919, winning the Copa Premier Honor Argentino after a 6–1 victory over Uruguay.
Furthermore, Estadio Sportivo Barracas is also considered a memorable venue for Argentina; the stadium was commonly used by Argentina from 1920 to 1932. Playing at the stadium for La Albiceleste on 2 October 1924, forward Cesáreo Onzari scored directly from a corner kick, the first such incident in football, when Argentina beat Uruguay 2–1; such goals are now often referred as Olympic goals due to the fact that Uruguay had just won the 1924 Olympic title. Sportivo Barracas was later demolished after 1936.
The first kit ever worn by Argentina, in their official debut against Uruguay in 1902, included a light blue shirt. On 2 July 1908, Argentina debuted a shirt with light blue vertical stripes on a white jersey, which they used when they played a side formed of Campeonato Paulista players at Velódromo Paulistano; they used the jersey in an official game against Uruguay on 13 September 1908, and the striped jersey has remained as the definitive kit for Argentina ever since then. The team's away kits have been in dark blue shades, with the colours of shorts and socks varying from time to time.
Argentina has also sported other kits; on 3 June 1919 in Rio de Janeiro, playing against Brazil, Argentina wore a light blue kit, similar to that of Uruguay, out of respect for Roberto Chery, a substitute goalkeeper for Uruguay, who had collapsed and died during a match against Chile at the 1919 South American Championship; the game between Argentina and Brazil was organised by the Brazilian Football Confederation for the benefit of Chery's relatives. At the 1958 World Cup, Argentina wore the yellow jersey of Swedish club IFK Malmö against West Germany, as the team had arrived in Sweden without an away kit.
At the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, the then manager, Carlos Bilardo, asked the team's kit supplier, Le Coq Sportif, for lighter blue shirts for their quarter-final against England in three days, but they could not be provided. Then, a member of the coaching staff scoured the shops of Mexico City for 38 plain shirts, which were transformed with an improvised version of the AFA emblem embroidered on to the shirts and silvery American football numbers ironed to the backs. Sporting the makeshift jerseys, Argentina beat England on 22 June, with Diego Maradona scoring his famous "Hand of God goal". Afterwards, the shirt became a symbol of the occasion and an important collector's item.
At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina debuted a black away kit; and at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, they wore a purple away kit in a competitive game for the first time.
|Gath & Chaves||1930–1934|||
|Le Coq Sportif||1980–1989|||
Argentina has used the logo of the Argentine Football Association as its emblem since it was first worn at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden; the logo was added to the team's jackets, but not the shirts. The emblem was not used on jerseys until 16 November 1976, when Argentina played the Soviet Union at Estadio Monumental. At the beginning, the crest used did not include a laurel wreath, which was first added for the 1982 World Cup.
As a respected and common practice, two stars were added above the crest in 2004, symbolising Argentina's World Cup titles in 1978 and 1986. In 2022, a third star was added after Argentina were crowned world champions for the third time.
Main article: Argentina national football team results (2020–present)
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|23 September Friendly||Argentina||3–0||Honduras||Miami Gardens, United States|
|20:00 (UTC-4)||Report||Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium|
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez (United States)
|27 September Friendly||Jamaica||0–3||Argentina||Harrison, United States|
|20:00 (UTC-4)||Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena|
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortíz Nava (Mexico)
|16 November Friendly||United Arab Emirates||0–5||Argentina||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|19:30 (UTC+4)||Report||Stadium: Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium|
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)
|22 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Group C||Argentina||1–2||Saudi Arabia||Lusail, Qatar|
|13:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Lusail Stadium|
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
|26 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Group C||Argentina||2–0||Mexico||Lusail, Qatar|
|22:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Lusail Stadium|
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
|30 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Group C||Poland||0–2||Argentina||Doha, Qatar|
|22:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Stadium 974|
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
|3 December 2022 FIFA World Cup R16||Argentina||2–1||Australia||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
|22:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium|
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
|9 December 2022 FIFA World Cup QF||Netherlands||2–2 (a.e.t.)|
|22:00 AST (UTC+3)||
||Report||Stadium: Lusail Stadium|
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
|13 December 2022 FIFA World Cup SF||Argentina||3–0||Croatia||Lusail, Qatar|
|22:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Lusail Stadium|
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
|18 December 2022 FIFA World Cup Final||Argentina||3–3 (a.e.t.)|
|18:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Lusail Stadium|
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
|23 March Friendly||Argentina||2–0||Panama||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|20:30 ART (UTC−3)||Report||Stadium: Más Monumental|
Referee: Cristian Ferreyra (Uruguay)
|28 March Friendly||Argentina||7–0||Curaçao||Santiago del Estero, Argentina|
|20:30 ART (UTC−3)||Report||Stadium: Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades|
Referee: Gustavo Tejera (Uruguay)
|15 June Friendly||Argentina||2–0||Australia||Beijing, China|
|20:00 (UTC+8)||Report||Stadium: Workers' Stadium|
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
|19 June Friendly||Indonesia||0–2||Argentina||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|19:30 (UTC+7)||Report||Stadium: Gelora Bung Karno Stadium|
Referee: Muhammad Usaid bin Jamal (Malaysia)
|7 September 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Argentina||v||Ecuador||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|21:00 ART (UTC−3)||Stadium: Más Monumental|
|12 September 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Bolivia||v||Argentina||La Paz, Bolivia|
|16:00 BOT (UTC−4)||Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles|
|October 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Peru||v||Argentina||Lima, Peru|
|--:-- PET (UTC−5)||Stadium: Estadio Nacional|
|September 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Colombia||v||Argentina||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|--:-- COL (UTC−5)||Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez|
|November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Paraguay||v||Argentina||Asunción, Paraguay|
|--:-- PAR (UTC−4)||Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco|
|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|
Main article: List of Argentina national football team managers
The following 28 players were named in the squad for friendlies against Australia and Indonesia on 15 and 19 June 2023, respectively.
Caps and goals are correct as of 19 June 2023, after the match against Indonesia.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Walter Benítez||19 January 1993||0||0||PSV Eindhoven|
|12||GK||Gerónimo Rulli||20 May 1992||4||0||Ajax|
|23||GK||Emiliano Martínez||2 September 1992||30||0||Aston Villa|
|2||DF||Facundo Medina||28 May 1999||3||0||Lens|
|3||DF||Nicolás Tagliafico||31 August 1992||49||0||Lyon|
|4||DF||Gonzalo Montiel||1 January 1997||23||1||Sevilla|
|6||DF||Germán Pezzella||27 June 1991||38||3||Real Betis|
|8||DF||Marcos Acuña||28 October 1991||53||0||Sevilla|
|13||DF||Cristian Romero||27 April 1998||22||2||Tottenham Hotspur|
|19||DF||Nicolás Otamendi||12 February 1988||103||4||Benfica|
|25||DF||Leonardo Balerdi||26 January 1999||2||0||Marseille|
|26||DF||Nahuel Molina||6 April 1998||30||1||Atlético Madrid|
|5||MF||Leandro Paredes||29 June 1994||54||5||Paris Saint-Germain|
|7||MF||Rodrigo De Paul||24 May 1994||54||2||Atlético Madrid|
|14||MF||Exequiel Palacios||5 October 1998||25||0||Bayer Leverkusen|
|16||MF||Thiago Almada||26 April 2001||4||1||Atlanta United|
|18||MF||Guido Rodríguez||12 April 1994||29||1||Real Betis|
|20||MF||Alexis Mac Allister||24 December 1998||17||1||Liverpool|
|21||MF||Giovani Lo Celso||9 April 1996||44||2||Tottenham Hotspur|
|24||MF||Enzo Fernández||17 January 2001||13||2||Chelsea|
|27||MF||Facundo Buonanotte||23 December 2004||1||0||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|9||FW||Julián Álvarez||31 January 2000||22||7||Manchester City|
|17||FW||Lucas Ocampos||11 July 1994||11||2||Sevilla|
|10||FW||Lionel Messi (captain)||24 June 1987||175||103||Inter Miami|
|11||FW||Ángel Di María||14 February 1988||132||29||Benfica|
|15||FW||Nicolás González||6 April 1998||24||4||Fiorentina|
|22||FW||Giovanni Simeone||5 July 1995||6||1||Napoli|
|28||FW||Alejandro Garnacho||1 July 2004||2||0||Manchester United|
The following players have also been called up for the team in the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Franco Armani||16 October 1986||19||0||River Plate||v. Curaçao, 28 March 2023RET|
|GK||Agustín Marchesín||16 March 1988||8||0||Celta||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|GK||Juan Musso||6 May 1994||2||0||Atalanta||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|GK||Agustín Rossi||21 August 1995||0||0||Flamengo||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Juan Foyth||12 January 1998||18||0||Villarreal||v. Curaçao, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Lisandro Martínez||18 January 1998||16||0||Manchester United||v. Curaçao, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Nehuén Pérez||24 June 2000||1||0||Udinese||v. Curaçao, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Lautaro Blanco||19 February 1999||0||0||Elche||v. Curaçao, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Lucas Martínez Quarta||10 May 1996||11||0||Fiorentina||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Walter Kannemann||14 March 1991||6||0||Grêmio||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Marcos Senesi||10 May 1997||1||0||Bournemouth||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Nicolás Fernández||11 January 2000||0||0||Elche||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Emiliano Buendía||25 December 1996||1||0||Aston Villa||v. Curaçao, 28 March 2023|
|MF||Máximo Perrone||7 January 2003||0||0||Manchester City||v. Curaçao, 28 March 2023|
|MF||Valentín Carboni||5 March 2005||0||0||Internazionale||v. Curaçao, 28 March 2023|
|MF||Alejandro Gómez||15 February 1988||17||3||Sevilla||v. Panama, 23 March 2023 INJ|
|MF||Roberto Pereyra||7 January 1991||19||2||Udinese||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Maximiliano Meza||15 December 1992||11||0||Monterrey||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Nicolás Domínguez||28 June 1998||11||1||Bologna||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Matías Soulé||15 April 2003||0||0||Juventus||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Nicolás Paz||8 September 2004||0||0||Real Madrid||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Luka Romero||18 November 2004||0||0||Milan||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Lautaro Martínez||22 August 1997||48||21||Internazionale||v. Curaçao, 28 March 2023|
|FW||Paulo Dybala||15 November 1993||38||3||Roma||v. Curaçao, 28 March 2023|
|FW||Ángel Correa||9 March 1995||23||3||Atlético Madrid||v. Curaçao, 28 March 2023|
|FW||Joaquín Correa||13 August 1994||19||4||Internazionale||2022 FIFA World Cup INJ|
|FW||Lucas Alario||8 October 1992||9||3||Eintracht Frankfurt||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
COV Withdrew from the squad due to quarantine or infection by COVID-19
Main article: Argentina national football team records and statistics
|4||Ángel Di María||132||29||2008–present|
|1||Lionel Messi (list)||103||175||0.59||2005–present|
|2||Gabriel Batistuta (list)||56||78||0.72||1991–2002|
|5||Diego Maradona (list)||34||91||0.37||1977–1994|
|7||Ángel Di María||29||132||0.22||2008–present|
World Cup Golden Ball
The World Cup Golden Ball has been given by FIFA to the best player at the World Cup since 1982; Argentina players have won it thrice; Maradona in 1986 and Messi in 2014 and 2022.
World Cup top goalscorer
Guillermo Stábile in 1930 and Mario Kempes in 1978 were both the top-scoring players at their respective World Cups.
World Cup Golden Glove
The best goalkeeper at the World Cup is awarded the FIFA World Cup Golden Glove. In 2022 this award was won by Emiliano Martínez.
World Cup Young Player Award
The best player at the World Cup who is no older than 21 during the calendar year of the tournament is awarded the FIFA World Cup Young Player Award. In 2022 this award was won by Enzo Fernández.
Tournament played fully or partially on home soilChampions Runners-up Third place
Main article: Argentina at the FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Runners-up||2nd||5||4||0||1||18||9||Squad||Qualified as invitees|
|1934||Round of 16||9th||1||0||0||1||2||3||Squad||Qualified automatically|
|1970||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||4||6|
|1974||Second group stage||8th||6||1||2||3||9||12||Squad||4||3||1||0||9||2|
|1978||Champions||1st||7||5||1||1||15||4||Squad||Qualified as hosts|
|1982||Second group stage||11th||5||2||0||3||8||7||Squad||Qualified as defending champions|
|1990||Runners-up||2nd||7||2||3||2||5||4||Squad||Qualified as defending champions|
|1994||Round of 16||10th||4||2||0||2||8||6||Squad||8||4||2||2||9||10|
|2018||Round of 16||16th||4||1||1||2||6||9||Squad||18||7||7||4||19||16|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Main article: Argentina at the Copa América
|South American Championship / Copa América record|
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1997||Did not qualify|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions record|
|1985||Did not qualify|
For 1992 onwards, see Argentina national under-23 football team.
|Olympic Games record|
|1896||No football tournament|
|1900||Did not participate|
|1932||No football tournament|
|1936||Did not participate|
|1968||Did not qualify|
|1980||Qualified but withdrew|
|1984||Did not qualify|
|Total||1 Silver medal||4/19||14||6||3||5||38||20||—|
Main article: Argentina national football team records and statistics
Below is a result summary of all matches Argentina has played against FIFA recognised teams.
Positive record Neutral record Negative record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||3||3||0||0||9||1||+8||100%|
|Republic of Ireland||6||5||1||0||8||1||+7||83.3%|
|Serbia and Montenegro[c]||10||5||2||3||21||15||+6||50%|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1||1||0||0||3||0||+3||100%|
|United Arab Emirates||1||1||0||0||5||0||+5||100%|
Main article: Argentina–Brazil football rivalry
Argentina and Brazil have a fierce rivalry which is one of the oldest in South America. Games between the two teams, even those that are only friendly matches, are often marked by notable and controversial incidents. The rivalry has also been referred to as the "Battle of the Americas." FIFA has described it as the "essence of football rivalry". According to CNN, Argentina-Brazil rivalry ranked second on their top 10 list of international football rivalries—only below the ancient England–Scotland football rivalry.
The rivalry has extended to comparisons between Pelé and Diego Maradona. Some of their countrymen also feature regularly in such debates. The next most notable pair are perhaps Garrincha (Brazilian) and Alfredo Di Stéfano (Argentine). The most dominant figures from the two countries in the modern game are Neymar (Brazilian) and Lionel Messi (Argentine). Both Pelé and Maradona have declared Neymar and Messi their respective "successors".
Main article: Argentina–England football rivalry
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.
Argentina has 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. In 1966 both again faced each other in the group stage which ended in a scoreless draw. In 2006, they met in the quarter-finals; Argentina lost on penalties after a 1–1 draw, which was followed by a brawl on the pitch involving several players. 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 was defeated in extra time by a score of 1–0.
Main article: Argentina–Uruguay football rivalry
Argentina has a long-standing rivalry with its neighbour, 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 197 times since 1902. The first match between Argentina and Uruguay was also the first official international match to be played outside the United Kingdom.[note 7]
Main article: Argentina–Mexico football rivalry
Argentina has a minor rivalry with Mexico, which developed in the 1990s. The rivalry is considered one-sided as a number of Argentines do not consider Mexico as rivals. Although the first official match between both nations came in the 1930 FIFA World Cup where Argentina beat Mexico 6–3 on group stage, the rivalry emerged during the late twentieth century, especially after the 1993 Copa América Final, where Argentina beat Mexico 2–1. That was the first time a non-CONMEBOL nation played in a Copa América final, and the first final played between both sides.
The rivalry has continued in club competitions, where Argentine and Mexicans first met in 1968 Copa Interamericana. The rivalry between both nations at club level increased during the late 1990s, when Mexican clubs were invited to participate in Copa Libertadores, where they played memorable matches v Boca Juniors.
During the 2022 FIFA World Cup held in Qatar, some Mexican and Argentine fans had a fight in Doha prior to the match between both sides, among great animosity. Both supporters fought again inside Lusail Stadium after the match that Argentina won 2–0, giving Argentina a chance to qualify and forcing Mexico to win against Saudi Arabia to qualify, which ended with Argentina and Poland qualifying and Mexico being eliminated alongside Saudi Arabia.
This sense of rivalry is more keenly felt by Mexican supporters and media, since Argentines do not consider Mexico rivals like Brazil, Germany, Uruguay or England.
A recurrent 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.
The sense of rivalry is more keenly felt on the Nigerian side, as Argentina has won almost all of their encounters, so they do not consider Nigeria a rival like Brazil, England, Uruguay or Germany, in contrast to the West Africans who remain keen to finally overcome a more illustrious foe.
Main article: Argentina–Netherlands football rivalry
Considered by sports media to be two historically great teams, the Argentines and Dutch have developed an intense rivalry. They have met ten times in total, including six times during the FIFA World Cup tournament.
The two teams first met on 26 May 1974 in an international friendly, won by the Netherlands 4–1. Their most high-profile matchup occurred in the 1978 FIFA World Cup final which was won by Argentina. One of the most recent and intense meetings happened in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a 2–2 draw where Argentina advanced on penalties, in what is known as the Battle of Lusail.
This article is about senior team honours. For results since 1983, see Argentina national under-23 football team.
|Costa Rica||Panamerican Championship||1960||13th|
|Saudi Arabia||Confederations Cup||1992||17th|
|Argentina||CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions||1993||18th|
|England||CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions||2022||21st|
|CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions||2||0||0||2|
1916: The first USFA Men's National Team traveled to Norway and Sweden. The Americans played six matches on this tour, finishing 3-1-2.