Argentina
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Albiceleste
(The White and Sky Blue)[1]
AssociationArgentine Football Association (AFA)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachLionel Scaloni
CaptainLionel Messi
Most capsLionel Messi (162)
Top scorerLionel Messi (86)
Home stadiumAntonio V. Liberti
(Buenos Aires)
Alberto J. Armando
(Buenos Aires)
Ciudad de La Plata
(La Plata)
Mario Alberto Kempes
(Córdoba)
Malvinas Argentinas
(Mendoza)
San Juan del Bicentenario
(San Juan)
Único Madre de Ciudades
(Santiago del Estero)
FIFA codeARG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 3 Increase 1 (23 June 2022)[2]
Highest1 (March 2007, October 2007 – June 2008, July–October 2015, April 2016 – April 2017)
Lowest20 (August 1996)
First international
 Uruguay 0–6 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 1902) [3][4][5][6]
Biggest win
 Argentina 12–0 Ecuador 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 6–1 Argentina 
(Helsingborg, Sweden; 15 June 1958)
 Bolivia 6–1 Argentina 
(La Paz, Bolivia; 1 April 2009)[7]
 Spain 6–1 Argentina 
(Madrid, Spain; 27 March 2018)[8]
World Cup
Appearances17 (first in 1930)
Best resultChampions (1978, 1986)
Copa América
Appearances43 (first in 1916)
Best resultChampions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993, 2021)
Panamerican Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1956)
Best resultChampions (1960)
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions
Appearances2 (first in 1993)
Best resultChampions (1993, 2022)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1992)
Best resultChampions (1992)
Medal record
Olympic medal record
Men's football[9]
Silver medal – second place 1928 Amsterdam Team[note 1]

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. Argentina's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires.

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 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 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.[13][14]

History

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.[3][6] 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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

Home stadium

Estadio Monumental, frequent venue of Argentina
Estadio Monumental, frequent venue of Argentina

Argentina play their most matches at River Plate stadium, Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti,[19][20] although the team has also played in other venues such as Rosario Central,[21] (during the 2010 World Cup qualification)[22][23] Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero,[24][25] Boca Juniors' stadium (La Bombonera)[25] Those venues were used in some matches of the 2022 World Cup qualification,[26] along with Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes in Córdoba and Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario in the homonymous province.[27]

GEBA Stadium was the venue where Argentina played their first international matches as local team. The match held on September 13, 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.[28] 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 October 19, 1919, when the squad won the Copa Premier Honor Argentino after thrashing Uruguay by 6–1,[29]

Other memorable venue for Argentina was Estadio Sportivo Barracas, which holds an important anecdotal fact in its history on October 2, 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.[30] Sportivo Barracas was the usual venue for Argentina from 1920 to 1932. The stadium would be later demolished in 1937.

Team image

Kit

The classic light blue and white striped jersey was first worn on 2 July 1908 in a friendly match at Sao Paulo
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 in their official debut v Uruguay in 1902 was a light blue shirt.[31][32] On July 2, 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.[33] 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.[34] 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.[35]

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,[36] and silvery American football numbers ironed to the backs.[37] Argentina beat England with Diego Maradona's "goal of the century".[38][39] The shirt style became an emblem of the occasion and a collector's item.[40]

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina debuted a black away kit, a first in their history.[41]

Kit suppliers

The AFA emblem that was added to playing kits in 1976
The AFA emblem that was added to playing kits in 1976
Kit supplier Period Notes
Argentina Gath & Chaves 1930–1934 [42]
Argentina Sportlandia 1966 [43]
West Germany Adidas 1973–1979 [42][44]
France Le Coq Sportif 1980–1989 [42][45]
Germany Adidas 1990–1998 [44][46]
United States Reebok 1999–2001 [47]
Germany Adidas 2001–present [44]

Crest

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.[36]

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,[48] that was added for the 1982 World Cup).[36]

In 2004, the two stars added above the crest symbolized the national team FIFA World championships of 1978 and 1986.[48]

Results and fixtures

Main article: Argentina national football team results (2020–present)

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021

28 June 2021 Copa América Bolivia  1–4  Argentina Cuiabá, Brazil
20:00 BRT (UTC−4)
  • Saavedra 60'
Report
Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andrés Rojas (Colombia)
3 July 2021 Copa América Argentina  3–0  Ecuador Goiânia, Brazil
22:00 BRT (UTC−3)
Report Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
6 July 2021 Copa América Argentina  1–1
(3–2 p)
 Colombia Brasília, Brazil
22:00 BRT (UTC−3) Report
Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)
Penalties
10 July 2021 Copa América Final Argentina  1–0  Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
21:00 BRT (UTC−3) Report Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã
Attendance: 7,800
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (Uruguay)
2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Venezuela  1–3  Argentina Caracas, Venezuela
20:00 VET (UTC−4)
Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
Referee: Leodán González (Uruguay)
9 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina  3–0  Bolivia Buenos Aires, Argentina
21:30 ART (UTC−3)
Report Stadium: El Monumental
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
7 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Paraguay  0–0  Argentina Asunción, Paraguay
20:00 PYST (UTC−3) Report Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Referee: Anderson Daronco (Brazil)
10 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina  3–0  Uruguay Buenos Aires, Argentina
20:30 ART (UTC−3) Report Stadium: El Monumental
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
14 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina  1–0  Peru Buenos Aires, Argentina
20:30 ART (UTC−3) Report Stadium: El Monumental
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
12 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  0–1  Argentina Montevideo, Uruguay
20:00 UYT (UTC−3) Report Stadium: Estadio Campeón del Siglo
Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)
16 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina  0–0  Brazil San Juan, Argentina
20:30 ART (UTC−3) Report Stadium: Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)

2022

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)
Report 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
Attendance: 87,112
Referee: Piero Maza (Chile)
5 June Friendly Argentina  5–0  Estonia Pamplona, Spain
19:00 (UTC+2)
Report Stadium: El Sadar Stadium
Attendance: 18,332
Referee: Urs Schnyder (Switzerland)
22 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Brazil  v  Argentina TBD, Brazil
14:00 BRT (UTC−3) Report Stadium: TBD
22 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Argentina  v  Saudi Arabia Lusail, Qatar
13:00 AST (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
26 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Argentina  v  Mexico Lusail, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
30 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Poland  v  Argentina Doha, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Stadium 974

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

Manager history

Players

See also: List of Argentina international footballers

Current squad

The following 29 players were called up to the squad for the 2022 Finalissima against Italy on 1 June 2022 and friendly against Estonia on 5 June 2022.[53]

Information correct as of 5 June 2022, after the match against Estonia.[54]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Franco Armani (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 35) 18 0 Argentina River Plate
12 1GK Gerónimo Rulli (1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 (age 30) 3 0 Spain Villarreal
23 1GK Juan Musso (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 28) 2 0 Italy Atalanta

2 2DF Juan Foyth (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 24) 15 0 Spain Villarreal
3 2DF Nicolás Tagliafico (1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 29) 40 0 Netherlands Ajax
4 2DF Gonzalo Montiel (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 25) 16 0 Spain Sevilla
6 2DF Germán Pezzella (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 31) 30 2 Spain Betis
8 2DF Marcos Acuña (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 30) 42 0 Spain Sevilla
13 2DF Cristian Romero (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 24) 11 1 England Tottenham Hotspur
16 2DF Lisandro Martínez (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 24) 7 0 Netherlands Ajax
24 2DF Nehuén Pérez (2000-06-24) 24 June 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Udinese
25 2DF Marcos Senesi (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 25) 1 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
26 2DF Nahuel Molina (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 24) 17 0 Italy Udinese

5 3MF Alexis Mac Allister (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 23) 5 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion
7 3MF Rodrigo De Paul (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 28) 41 2 Spain Atlético Madrid
11 3MF Ángel Di María (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 34) 122 25 France Paris Saint-Germain
14 3MF Exequiel Palacios (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 23) 20 0 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
15 3MF Nicolás González (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 24) 21 3 Italy Fiorentina
17 3MF Alejandro Gómez (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 34) 14 3 Spain Sevilla
18 3MF Guido Rodríguez (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 28) 24 1 Spain Betis
20 3MF Giovani Lo Celso (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 26) 39 2 Spain Villarreal

9 4FW Julián Álvarez (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 22) 9 1 Argentina River Plate
10 4FW Lionel Messi (captain) (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 35) 162 86 France Paris Saint-Germain
19 4FW Joaquín Correa (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 27) 17 3 Italy Internazionale
21 4FW Paulo Dybala (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 28) 34 3 Italy Juventus
22 4FW Lautaro Martínez (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 24) 38 20 Italy Internazionale

Recent call-ups

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 Emiliano Martínez (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 29) 17 0 England Aston Villa v.  Italy, 1 June 2022
GK Esteban Andrada (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 31) 4 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  Venezuela, 24 March 2022 PRE
GK Federico Gomes Gerth (2004-03-05) 5 March 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Argentina Tigre v.  Uruguay, 12 November 2021
GK Agustín Rossi (1995-08-21) 21 August 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Argentina Boca Juniors v.  Bolivia, 9 September 2021
GK Agustín Marchesín (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 34) 8 0 Portugal Porto v.  Brazil, 10 July 2021 INJ

DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 34) 91 4 Portugal Benfica v.  Italy, 1 June 2022
DF Lucas Martínez Quarta (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 26) 11 0 Italy Fiorentina v.  Italy, 1 June 2022 PRE
DF Franco Carboni (2003-04-04) 4 April 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Internazionale v.  Ecuador, 29 March 2022
DF Gastón Ávila (2001-08-30) 30 August 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Argentina Boca Juniors v.  Uruguay, 12 November 2021
DF Facundo Medina (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 23) 2 0 France Lens v.  Uruguay, 10 October 2021

MF Leandro Paredes (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 28) 44 4 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  Italy, 1 June 2022 PRE
MF Nicolás Domínguez (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 24) 11 1 Italy Bologna v.  Italy, 1 June 2022 PRE
MF Lucas Ocampos (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 27) 10 2 Spain Sevilla v.  Italy, 1 June 2022 PRE
MF Emiliano Buendía (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 25) 1 0 England Aston Villa v.  Italy, 1 June 2022 PRE
MF Manuel Lanzini (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 29) 5 1 England West Ham United v.  Ecuador, 29 March 2022
MF Valentín Carboni (2005-03-05) 5 March 2005 (age 17) 0 0 Italy Internazionale U19 v.  Ecuador, 29 March 2022
MF Tiago Geralnik (2003-03-31) 31 March 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Spain Villarreal B v.  Ecuador, 29 March 2022
MF Nicolás Paz (2004-09-08) 8 September 2004 (age 17) 0 0 Spain Real Madrid B v.  Ecuador, 29 March 2022
MF Luka Romero (2004-11-18) 18 November 2004 (age 17) 0 0 Italy Lazio v.  Ecuador, 29 March 2022
MF Matías Soulé (2003-04-15) 15 April 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Juventus v.  Ecuador, 29 March 2022
MF Roberto Pereyra (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 31) 19 2 Italy Udinese v.  Venezuela, 24 March 2022 PRE
MF Maximiliano Meza (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 29) 11 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  Colombia, 1 February 2022
MF Thiago Almada (2001-04-26) 26 April 2001 (age 21) 0 0 United States Atlanta United v.  Uruguay, 12 November 2021
MF Enzo Fernández (2001-01-17) 17 January 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Argentina River Plate v.  Uruguay, 12 November 2021
MF Cristian Medina (2002-06-01) 1 June 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Argentina Boca Juniors v.  Uruguay, 12 November 2021
MF Santiago Simón (2002-06-13) 13 June 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Argentina River Plate v.  Uruguay, 12 November 2021

FW Ángel Correa (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 27) 21 3 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  Italy, 1 June 2022
FW Lucas Alario (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 29) 9 3 Germany Bayer Leverkusen v.  Italy, 1 June 2022 PRE
FW Lucas Boyé (1996-02-28) 28 February 1996 (age 26) 1 0 Spain Elche v.  Ecuador, 29 March 2022
FW Alejandro Garnacho (2004-07-01) 1 July 2004 (age 18) 0 0 England Manchester United v.  Ecuador, 29 March 2022
FW Giovanni Simeone (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 26) 5 1 Italy Hellas Verona v.  Venezuela, 24 March 2022 PRE
FW Exequiel Zeballos (2002-04-24) 24 April 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Argentina Boca Juniors v.  Uruguay, 12 November 2021
FW Sergio Agüero (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 34) 101 41 Retired from football v.  Brazil, 10 July 2021 RET

COV Withdrew from the squad due to quarantine or infection by COVID-19
INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Suspended

Individual records

As of 5 June 2022[55]
Players in bold are still active with Argentina.

Most capped players

Lionel Messi is Argentina's most capped player and all-time top scorer.
Lionel Messi is Argentina's most capped player and all-time top scorer.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Lionel Messi 162 86 2005–present
2 Javier Mascherano 147 3 2003–2018
3 Javier Zanetti 145 5 1994–2011
4 Ángel Di María 122 25 2008–present
5 Roberto Ayala 115 7 1994–2007
6 Diego Simeone 104 11 1988–2002
7 Sergio Agüero 101 41 2006–2021
8 Oscar Ruggeri 97 7 1983–1994
9 Sergio Romero 96 0 2009–2018
10 Diego Maradona 91 34 1977–1994
Nicolás Otamendi 91 4 2009–

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Lionel Messi (list) 86 162 0.53 2005–present
2 Gabriel Batistuta (list) 56 78 0.72 1991–2002
3 Sergio Agüero 41 101 0.41 2006–2021
4 Hernán Crespo 35 64 0.55 1995–2007
5 Diego Maradona (list) 34 91 0.37 1977–1994
6 Gonzalo Higuaín 31 75 0.41 2009–2018
7 Ángel Di María 25 122 0.2 2008–present
8 Luis Artime 24 25 0.96 1961–1967
9 Leopoldo Luque 22 45 0.49 1975–1981
Daniel Passarella 22 70 0.31 1976–1986

World Cup winning captains

World Cup winning captains of Argentina
Daniel Passarella in 1978
Diego Maradona in 1986
Year Player Caps Goals
1978 Daniel Passarella 70 22
1986 Diego Maradona 91 34

Goals

Manager records

Most appearances
Guillermo Stábile: 127[63]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Argentina at the FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 18 9 Squad Qualified as invitees
Italy 1934 Round 1 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3 Squad Qualified automatically
France 1938 Withdrew Withdrew
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 5 10 Squad 4 3 0 1 10 2
Chile 1962 10th 3 1 1 1 2 3 Squad 2 2 0 0 11 3
England 1966 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 4 2 Squad 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 Squad 4 3 1 0 9 2
Argentina 1978 Champions 1st 7 5 1 1 15 4 Squad Qualified as hosts
Spain 1982 Round 2 11th 5 2 0 3 8 7 Squad Qualified as defending champions
Mexico 1986 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 14 5 Squad 6 4 1 1 12 6
Italy 1990 Runners-up 2nd 7 2 3 2 5 4 Squad Qualified as defending champions
United States 1994 Round of 16 10th 4 2 0 2 8 6 Squad 8 4 2 2 9 10
France 1998 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 1 1 10 4 Squad 16 8 6 2 23 13
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 18th 3 1 1 1 2 2 Squad 18 13 4 1 42 15
Germany 2006 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 2 0 11 3 Squad 18 10 4 4 29 17
South Africa 2010 5th 5 4 0 1 10 6 Squad 18 8 4 6 23 20
Brazil 2014 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 1 1 8 4 Squad 16 9 5 2 35 15
Russia 2018 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 6 9 Squad 18 7 7 4 19 16
Qatar 2022 Qualified In progress
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 2 Titles 18/22 81 43 15 23 137 93 136 75 36 25 235 127
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Copa América

Main article: Argentina at the Copa América

South American Championship / Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Argentina 1916 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 7 2 Squad
Uruguay 1917 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 5 3 Squad
Brazil 1919 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 7 7 Squad
Chile 1920 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 4 2 Squad
Argentina 1921 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 5 0 Squad
Brazil 1922 Fourth place 4th 4 2 0 2 6 3 Squad
Uruguay 1923 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 6 Squad
Uruguay 1924 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 2 0 Squad
Argentina 1925 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 11 4 Squad
Chile 1926 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 14 3 Squad
Peru 1927 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 15 4 Squad
Argentina 1929 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 9 1 Squad
Peru 1935 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 8 5 Squad
Argentina 1937 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 5 Squad
Peru 1939 Withdrew
Chile 1941 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 10 2 Squad
Uruguay 1942 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 21 6 Squad
Chile 1945 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 22 5 Squad
Argentina 1946 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 17 3 Squad
Ecuador 1947 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 28 4 Squad
Brazil 1949 Withdrew
Peru 1953
Chile 1955 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 18 6 Squad
Uruguay1956 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 5 3 Squad
Peru 1957 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 25 6 Squad
Argentina 1959 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 19 5 Squad
Ecuador 1959 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 9 Squad
Bolivia 1963 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 15 10 Squad
Uruguay 1967 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 12 3 Squad
South America 1975 Group stage 5th 4 2 0 2 17 4 Squad
South America 1979 Group stage 8th 4 1 1 2 7 6 Squad
South America 1983 Group stage 6th 4 1 3 0 5 4 Squad
Argentina 1987 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 4 Squad
Brazil 1989 Third place 3rd 7 2 3 2 2 4 Squad
Chile 1991 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 16 6 Squad
Ecuador 1993 Champions 1st 6 2 4 0 6 4 Squad
Uruguay 1995 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 6 Squad
Bolivia 1997 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 4 3 Squad
Paraguay 1999 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 6 Squad
Colombia 2001 Withdrew
Peru 2004 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 16 6 Squad
Venezuela 2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 16 6 Squad
Argentina 2011 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 3 0 5 2 Squad
Chile 2015 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 10 3 Squad
United States 2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 18 2 Squad
Brazil 2019 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 7 6 Squad
Brazil 2021 Champions 1st 7 5 2 0 12 3 Squad
Ecuador 2024 Qualified
Total 15 Titles 43/47 202 127 42 33 474 182

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 7 1 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1995 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 5 3 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did not qualify
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 10 10 Squad
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017
Total 1 Title 3/10 10 5 3 2 22 14

CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions

CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
France 1985 Did not qualify
Argentina 1993 Champions 1st 1 0 1 0 1 1
England 2022 Champions 1st 1 1 0 0 3 0
Total 2 Titles 2/3 2 1 1 0 4 1
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympic Games

For 1992 onwards, see Argentina national under-23 football team.

Notes
Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Greece 1896 No football tournament
France 1900 Did not participate
United States 1904
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924
Netherlands 1928 Silver medal 2nd 5 3 1 1 25 7 Squad
United States 1932 No football tournament
Nazi Germany 1936 Did not participate
United Kingdom 1948
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960 Quarter-finals 7th 3 2 0 1 6 4 Squad
Japan 1964 Group stage 10th 2 0 1 1 3 4 Squad
Mexico 1968 Did not qualify
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980 Qualified but withdrew
United States 1984 Did not qualify
Korea 1988 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 5 Squad
Total 4/19 0–1–0 14 6 3 5 38 20

Head-to-head record

Main article: Argentina national football team records and statistics

Below is a result summary of all matches Argentina have played against FIFA recognized teams.[64]

As of 5 June 2022

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.
  2. ^ Includes matches against  Soviet Union.
  3. ^ Includes matches against  Yugoslavia.

Rivalries

Brazil

Main article: Argentina–Brazil football rivalry

Argentina have a long and fierce rivalry with their South American neighbours Brazil.[65]

England

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.

Germany

Action from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany
Action from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Argentina and 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.[66] In 1966 both again faced each other in the group stage which ended in a scoreless draw.[67] 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 was defeated in extra time by a score of 1–0.

Uruguay

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.[3] 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]

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.[68][69][70][71][72][73] 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,[74] 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[75] and 2018[76] 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 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.[69]

Honours

Official

Olympic team

This article is about senior team honours. For results since 1983, see Argentina national under-23 football team.

Chronology of Titles

Headquarters Tournament Year N.º
Argentina Argentina Copa América 1921
Argentina Argentina Copa América 1925
Peru Peru Copa América 1927
Argentina Argentina Copa América 1929
Argentina Argentina Copa América 1937
Chile Chile Copa América 1941
Chile Chile Copa América 1945
Argentina Argentina Copa América 1946
Ecuador Ecuador Copa América 1947
Chile Chile Copa América 1955 10º
Peru Peru Copa América 1957 11º
Argentina Argentina Copa América 1959 12º
Costa Rica Costa Rica Panamerican Championship 1960 13º
Argentina Argentina World Cup 1978 14º
Mexico Mexico World Cup 1986 15º
Chile Chile Copa América 1991 16º
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Confederations Cup 1992 17º
Argentina Argentina CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions 1993 18º
Ecuador Ecuador Copa América 1993 19º
Brazil Brasil Copa América 2021 20º
England England CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions 2022 21º
Senior Competition 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
World Cup 2 3 0 5
Copa América 15 14 5 34
Confederations Cup 1 2 0 3
Olympic Games 0 1 0 1
Panamerican Championship 1 1 0 2
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions 2 0 0 2
Total 21 21 5 47

Friendly

Notes
  1. ^ Senior squad participations include the 1928–1936 period so only amateur players were allowed from the 1948 Games, and only U-23 players starting in 1992. For further information, see Argentina national under-23 football team.

See also

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ From 1992 on, medals won by Argentina were with the U-23 team, not the senior squad, as ruled by the IOC.[10][11]
  2. ^ There is a precedent of a match played between an Argentine representative v an Uruguayan side on 16 May 1901 in Paso del Molino. Nevertheless, most historians discard this match as the first, stating that match was not organised by the AUF but by the Albion F.C.. In fact, the initial lineup featured nine players from Albion and two from Nacional.[5][15][4]
  3. ^ Rules of IOC stated that only amateur players could participate but football in South America was not professional in those years, Argentina compete with its senior squad.
  4. ^ A match against England on 17 May 1953 was abandoned, and the result declared void, hence the number of matches played is greater than the total of wins/draws/losses.
  5. ^ 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 United States did not play one until 1916.[citation needed]
  6. ^ a b c d Organised by Argentine and Uruguayan Associations
  7. ^ Organised as part of the celebrations for the Argentine Centennial.
  8. ^ a b Organised by Brazilian and Argentine Associations
  9. ^ Organised by the Brazilian Confederation
  10. ^ Organised by Japanese Kirin Company

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