|Nickname(s)||La Albiceleste |
(The White and Sky Blue)
|Association||Argentine Football Association (AFA)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Lionel Scaloni|
|Most caps||Lionel Messi (167)|
|Top scorer||Lionel Messi (93)|
|Current||3 (6 October 2022)|
|Highest||1 (March 2007, October 2007 – June 2008, July–October 2015, April 2016 – April 2017)|
|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)|
|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.
La Selección (National Team), also known as 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 3–1 at extra time. Argentina won again in 1986 with a 3–2 victory over West Germany, and a tournament campaign inspired by their captain Diego Maradona. They made the World Cup finals once more in 1990, and lost 1–0 to West Germany through an 87th minute penalty converted by Andreas Brehme. 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. The team's World Cup-winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978 and Carlos Bilardo in 1986.
Argentina has also been very successful in the Copa América, winning it 15 times, most recently led by Lionel Messi in 2021, and are currently tied with Uruguay in most wins. The team also won the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup. Argentina is the most successful team in the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions, having won it twice (1993 and 2022). Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, England, and Germany.
Main article: History of the Argentina national football team
Further information: Football in Argentina
The first match ever recorded for Argentina was against Uruguay, on 20 June 1902.[note 2] 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, 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 the Germany. Previous to this their last World Cup final was in 1990, which is 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 15 times. The team also won the FIFA Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup, both in 1992, the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions in 1993 and 2022, and the Nations' Cup in 1964. Argentina 'Olympic' 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 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.
Argentina play most of their home matches at River Plate stadium, Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, although the team has also played in other venues such as Rosario Central, (during the 2010 World Cup qualification) Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero, Boca Juniors' stadium (La Bombonera) Those venues were used in some matches of the 2022 World Cup qualification, along with Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes in Córdoba and Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario in the homonymous province.
GEBA Stadium was the venue where Argentina played their first international matches as local team. The match held on 13 September 1908, for the Copa Newton v. Uruguay has a historic relevance for being the first time Argentine wore the light blue and white striped jersey, which would be the definitive uniform up to present days. GEBA was also venue for the Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo, the first international South American competition organised in 1910. The Argentina national team played its last game at GEBA on 19 October 1919, when the squad won the Copa Premier Honor Argentino after thrashing Uruguay by 6–1,
Other memorable venue for Argentina was Estadio Sportivo Barracas, which holds an important anecdotal fact in its history on 2 October 1924, when Argentina beat Uruguay 2–1 with a goal converted directly from a corner kick by forward Cesáreo Onzari. Since then, a goal like Onzari's is referred as a Gol olímpico or Olympic goal. Sportivo Barracas was the usual venue for Argentina from 1920 to 1932. The stadium would be later demolished in 1937.
The kit first worn by Argentina in their official debut v Uruguay in 1902 was a light blue shirt. On 2 July 1908, Argentina debuted the light blue vertical stripe on white jersey, when the squad played vs a team formed by Liga Paulista players at Velódromo Paulistano. That striped jersey has remained as the official kit since then. 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.
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 scoured 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.
At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina debuted a black away kit, a first in their history  while for the 2022 FIFA World Cup they used a purple away one.
|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.
Main article: Argentina national football team results (2020–present)
The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss
|27 January 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Chile||1–2||Argentina||Calama, Chile|
|21:15 CLT (UTC−3)||
||Report||Stadium: Estadio Zorros del Desierto|
Referee: Anderson Daronco (Brazil)
|1 February 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Argentina||1–0||Colombia||Córdoba, Argentina|
|20:30 ART (UTC−3)||
||Report||Stadium: Chateau Carreras|
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
|25 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Argentina||3–0||Venezuela||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|20:30 ART (UTC−3)||Report||Stadium: La Bombonera|
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
|29 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Ecuador||1–1||Argentina||Guayaquil, Ecuador|
|18:30 ECT (UTC−5)||
||Stadium: Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo|
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
|1 June 2022 Finalissima||Italy||0–3||Argentina||London, England|
|19:45 BST (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Wembley Stadium|
Referee: Piero Maza (Chile)
|5 June Friendly||Argentina||5–0||Estonia||Pamplona, Spain|
|19:00 (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: El Sadar Stadium|
Referee: Urs Schnyder (Switzerland)
|23 September Friendly||Argentina||3–0||Honduras||Miami Gardens, United States|
|20:00 (UTC-4)||Report||Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium|
Referee: Rubiel Vasquez (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||Argentina||1–2||Saudi Arabia||Lusail, Qatar|
|13:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium|
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
|26 November 2022 FIFA World Cup||Argentina||2–0||Mexico||Lusail, Qatar|
|22:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium|
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
|30 November 2022 FIFA World Cup||Poland||v||Argentina||Doha, Qatar|
|22:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Stadium 974|
|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 26 players were named in the squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. On 17 November, Nicolás González withdrew injured and was replaced by Ángel Correa. On the same day Joaquín Correa withdrew injured and was replaced by Thiago Almada.
Caps and goals are correct as of 26 November 2022, after the match against Mexico.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Franco Armani||16 October 1986||18||0||River Plate|
|12||GK||Gerónimo Rulli||20 May 1992||4||0||Villarreal|
|23||GK||Emiliano Martínez||2 September 1992||21||0||Aston Villa|
|2||DF||Juan Foyth||12 January 1998||16||0||Villarreal|
|3||DF||Nicolás Tagliafico||31 August 1992||43||0||Lyon|
|4||DF||Gonzalo Montiel||1 January 1997||19||0||Sevilla|
|6||DF||Germán Pezzella||27 June 1991||32||2||Betis|
|8||DF||Marcos Acuña||28 October 1991||45||0||Sevilla|
|13||DF||Cristian Romero||27 April 1998||14||1||Tottenham Hotspur|
|19||DF||Nicolás Otamendi||12 February 1988||95||4||Benfica|
|25||DF||Lisandro Martínez||18 January 1998||12||0||Manchester United|
|26||DF||Nahuel Molina||6 April 1998||22||0||Atlético Madrid|
|5||MF||Leandro Paredes||29 June 1994||47||4||Juventus|
|7||MF||Rodrigo De Paul||24 May 1994||46||2||Atlético Madrid|
|14||MF||Exequiel Palacios||5 October 1998||21||0||Bayer Leverkusen|
|16||MF||Thiago Almada||26 April 2001||1||0||Atlanta United|
|17||MF||Alejandro Gómez||15 February 1988||16||3||Sevilla|
|18||MF||Guido Rodríguez||12 April 1994||27||1||Betis|
|20||MF||Alexis Mac Allister||24 December 1998||9||0||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|24||MF||Enzo Fernández||17 January 2001||5||1||Benfica|
|9||FW||Julián Álvarez||31 January 2000||14||3||Manchester City|
|10||FW||Lionel Messi (captain)||24 June 1987||167||93||Paris Saint-Germain|
|11||FW||Ángel Di María||14 February 1988||126||27||Juventus|
|15||FW||Ángel Correa||9 March 1995||22||3||Atlético Madrid|
|21||FW||Paulo Dybala||15 November 1993||34||3||Roma|
|22||FW||Lautaro Martínez||22 August 1997||42||21||Internazionale|
The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Agustín Marchesín||16 March 1988||8||0||Celta de Vigo||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||Boca Juniors||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|GK||Esteban Andrada||26 January 1991||4||0||Monterrey||v. Venezuela, 24 March 2022 PRE|
|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||Facundo Medina||28 May 1999||2||0||Lens||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Marcos Senesi||10 May 1997||1||0||Bournemouth||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Nehuén Pérez||24 June 2000||1||0||Udinese||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Nicolás Fernández||11 January 2000||0||0||Elche||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Franco Carboni||4 April 2003||0||0||Cagliari||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Giovani Lo Celso||9 April 1996||41||2||Villarreal||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE/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||Lucas Ocampos||11 July 1994||10||2||Ajax||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Emiliano Buendía||25 December 1996||1||0||Aston Villa||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 B||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Luka Romero||18 November 2004||0||0||Lazio||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Valentín Carboni||5 March 2005||0||0||Internazionale U19||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Manuel Lanzini||15 February 1993||5||1||West Ham United||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Tiago Geralnik||31 March 2003||0||0||Villarreal B||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
|FW||Joaquín Correa||13 August 1994||19||4||Internazionale||2022 FIFA World Cup INJ|
|FW||Nicolás González||6 April 1998||21||3||Fiorentina||2022 FIFA World Cup INJ|
|FW||Lucas Alario||8 October 1992||9||3||Eintracht Frankfurt||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Giovanni Simeone||5 July 1995||5||1||Napoli||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Alejandro Garnacho||1 July 2004||0||0||Manchester United||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Lucas Boyé||28 February 1996||1||0||Elche||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
COV Withdrew from the squad due to quarantine or infection by COVID-19
|4||Ángel Di María||126||27||2008–present|
|1||Lionel Messi (list)||93||167||0.56||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||27||126||0.22||2008–present|
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 1||9th||1||0||0||1||2||3||Squad||Qualified automatically|
|1970||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||4||6|
|1978||Champions||1st||7||5||1||1||15||4||Squad||Qualified as hosts|
|1982||Round 2||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
Argentina has one a total of 15 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|
Main article: Argentina national football team records and statistics
Below is a result summary of all matches Argentina have played against FIFA recognized teams.
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||3||3||0||0||9||1||+8||100%|
|England [note 4]||15||4||4||6||18||22||–4||28.5%|
|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 have a long and fierce rivalry with their South American neighbours Brazil.
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 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. 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 have a long-standing rivalry with their neighbours, 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 5]
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.
The sense of rivalry is more keenly felt on the Nigerian side, as Argentina have won almost all of their encounters and have much bigger rivalries with Brazil, England, Germany and Uruguay in contrast to the West Africans who remain keen to finally overcome a more illustrious foe.
This article is about senior team honours. For results since 1983, see Argentina national under-23 football team.
|Costa Rica||Panamerican Championship||1960||13º|
|Saudi Arabia||Confederations Cup||1992||17º|
|Argentina||CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions||1993||18º|
|England||CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions||2022||21º|
|CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions||2||0||0||2|