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Argentina National Football Team

Argentina is one of the most successful international footballing teams of all time. With two World Cups and 15 Copa Americas to their name, few other sides have such a collection of major trophies.

Key to this has been a consistent line of world-class players who have brought the game to new standards. Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona particularly stand out for showing that the Argentines play football like no one else.

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Tuesday November 22Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 11am).

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Wednesday November 30 –  Poland vs Argentina (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 8pm).

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Team History

Founding Of The Argentina National Football Team

The Argentina National Football Team played its first-ever recorded match two years before FIFA was even founded. They won 6-0 against Uruguay in 1902 in what was to be the first in a series of friendly matches that made up the team’s fixture list for the first years of its existence.

First Taste Of Glory

Due to disruptions from things like the First World War, it took a while before Argentina National Football  got in the habit of partaking in competitive football. Once things settled down, though, it didn’t take long for silverware to start coming their way. They won their first South American championship, hosted in Argentina, in 1921. This was to be the first of many over the next century.

They won the title again in 1925 as their famous rivalry with Brazil started to develop. They got their hands on the trophy a third time two years later.

Rocking The World

In 1928, South American sides got a chance to show the rest of the world just how good they were. The Summer Olympics in Belgium gave many global teams a chance to face each other for the first time, and the Argentina National Football Team went home with the gold medal after beating Uruguay 2-1 in the all-South American final.

The disruption to global football caused by the Second World War was even more substantial for Argentina. They missed the last World Cup before the outbreak of the conflict and the first World Cup after peace resumed. By 1954, the sensational side had been 20 years without appearing at a World Cup.

This time wasn’t without its trophies, though, as Argentina National Football won a flurry of South American championships in the 1940s.

Changing World Cup Fortunes

Despite all the continental success, fans became impatient with the side’s inability to bring home a World Cup trophy. In 1978 that all changed, though, as a sensational team stormed to success on home soil even as outrage flowed about the omission of a young Diego Maradona.
In 1986 the team looked somehow even better as the side, built around the diminutive playmaker, controversially battled their way to victory.

Coming Close

Since then, the team has achieved two runners-up medals in the World Cup whilst winning a succession of Copa Americas. However, despite the rise of arguably the best player of all time, silky dribbler Lionel Messi, the team has consistently underachieved on the global level. Their 1-0 defeat to Germany in the final of the 2014 World Cup is likely to be the closest the former Barcelona superstar ever got to leading his country to World Cup glory.

A Team In Transition

With the golden age of explosive strikers passing their peak and Messi no longer wielding the powers he once did, the team gears up for the 2022 finals in Qatar with less firepower than fans are used to. However things turn out in the World Cup though, fans will still know that they hold the record amount of South American championships, with a staggering 15 titles to their name.

Must Know Team Facts

  • Lionel Messi holds the record for most goals and appearances for the Argentina National Football team. 86 strikes in 162 caps may seem like a low scoring rate for one of the greatest of all time, but he has often taken on a creative role in the side.
  • At the 1986 World Cup, Argentina scored arguably the most controversial goal of all time and then the most impressive goal of all time. First, Diego Maradona punched the ball into the net without the referee noticing. Then, four minutes later, he dribbled past five England players and found the back of the net in what came to be known as “The Goal of The Century.”

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