Argentine national soccer team
(The White and Sky Blue)
La Celeste y Blanca
(The Sky Blue and White)
|Association||Asociación del Fútbol Argentino|
|Head coach||Lionel Scaloni (since 2019)|
|Record scorer||Lionel Messi (68)|
|Record player||Javier Mascherano (147)|
|FIFA rank||9. (1623 points)
(as of July 16, 2020)
First international game Uruguay 0-6 Argentina ( Montevideo , Uruguay ; July 20, 1902)
Biggest win Argentina 12-0 Ecuador ( Montevideo , Uruguay ; January 22, 1942)
Biggest defeats Argentina 1: 6 Czechoslovakia ( Helsingborg , Sweden ; June 15, 1958) Bolivia 6: 1 Argentina ( La Paz , Bolivia ; April 1, 2009) Argentina 0: 5 Uruguay ( Guayaquil , Ecuador ; December 16, 1959) Argentina 0 : 5 Colombia ( Buenos Aires , Argentina ; September 5, 1993) Spain 6: 1 Argentina ( Madrid , Spain ; March 27, 2018)
|Successes in tournaments|
|Participation in the finals||17 ( first : 1930 )|
|Best results||World Champion: 1978 , 1986|
|South American Championship|
|Participation in the finals||40 ( first : 1916 )|
|Best results||South American champions: 1921 , 1925 , 1927 , 1929 , 1937 , 1941 , 1945 , 1946 , 1947 , 1955 , 1957 , 1959 , 1991 , 1993|
|Participation in the finals||3 ( first : 1992 )|
|Best results||Confederations Cup Winner: 1992|
|(As of July 23, 2019)|
The Argentine national soccer team is one of the most successful national soccer teams in the world with two world championship titles ( 1978 and 1986 ) and three runner-up world championship titles ( 1930 , 1990 , 2014 ) . Argentina won the Copa America 14 times, making them the second most successful team in this competition after Uruguay (15 titles). The last title win at the Copa America came in 1993. She won the King Fahd Cup in 1992 , the forerunner of the Confederations Cup . In 1928 she won the silver medal at the Olympic Games . In addition, the Olympic selection, which included many senior national players, won the gold medal in 2004 and 2008 .
The first international match of an Argentine soccer team took place on May 16, 1901 in Montevideo , the capital of Uruguay , and ended 3-2 for Argentina. Since the Argentine team only had players who did not belong to the responsible Argentina Association Football League , the game was not recognized as an official international match . The Argentines won their first official international match on July 20, 1902 in Montevideo 6-0 against Uruguay.
Carlos Edgard Dickinson scored the first goal in Argentine football history.
They won the first of a total of 17 official titles in 1921 when they won the forerunner of the Copa America , the Campeonato Sudamericano . In 1910 Argentina had already won the unofficial South American Championship. They have been fourteen times winners of the Copa America, twice world champions and once confederation cup winners (1992, then King Fahd Cup). A U23 team reinforced with senior national players also won two Olympic championships (2004 in Athens and 2008 in Beijing ). The senior national team succeeded in winning the Olympic silver medal in 1928 .
- World Champion (2) - 1978 , 1986
- Copa América (14) - 1921 , 1925 , 1927 , 1929 , 1937 , 1941 , 1945 , 1946 , 1947 , 1955 , 1957 , 1959 , 1991 , 1993
- Confederations Cup (1) - 1992 ( then King Fahd Cup called )
Participation in the Summer Olympics
Argentina won the silver medal in the only participation of the national team in the 1928 Olympic Games. From 1952 onwards , the A national teams no longer took part, but instead amateur teams, and finally , since 1992 , an expanded U-23 selection. Argentina participated in a total of seven Olympic soccer tournaments. The Olympic selection won gold in 2004 and 2008 , and in 1996 it was silver. Argentina could not qualify for the 2012 Olympic football tournament , in 2016 they were eliminated after the preliminary round, and in 2020 they will be represented again.
|1908 in London||did not take part, the association was only admitted to FIFA in 1912|
|1912 in Stockholm||not participated|
|1920 in Antwerp||not participated|
|1924 in Paris||not participated|
|1928 in Amsterdam||silver|
|1936 in Berlin||not participated|
|1948 in London||not participated|
Participation in soccer world championships
Argentina have reached the World Cup finals 16 times and so far failed to qualify once. Argentina became world champions twice.
|1930 in Uruguay||Vice world champion|
|1934 in Italy||Round of 16|
|1938 in France||withdrawn|
|1950 in Brazil||withdrawn|
|1954 in Switzerland||not participated|
|1958 in Sweden||Preliminary round|
|1962 in Chile||Preliminary round|
|1966 in England||Quarter finals|
|1970 in Mexico||not qualified|
|1974 in Germany||Second final round|
|1978 in Argentina||World Champion|
|1982 in Spain||Second final round|
|1986 in Mexico||World Champion|
|1990 in Italy||Vice world champion|
|1994 in the USA||Round of 16|
|1998 in France||Quarter finals|
|2002 in South Korea / Japan||Preliminary round|
|2006 in Germany||Quarter finals|
|2010 in South Africa||Quarter finals|
|2014 in Brazil||Vice world champion|
|2018 in Russia||Round of 16|
Participation of Argentina in the Confederations Cup
Argentina took part in the first two editions of the FIFA Confederations Cup when it was still called the King Fahd Cup, reached the final in each of the three competitions, but only won the title the first time.
|year||Host country||Participation until ...||Last opponent||Result||Trainer||Comments and special features|
|1992||Saudi Arabia||final||Saudi Arabia||winner||Alfio Basile||Gabriel Batistuta along with Bruce Murray top scorer|
|1995||Saudi Arabia||final||Denmark||Second||Daniel Passarella|
|1997||Saudi Arabia||not qualified|
|2001||South Korea / Japan||not qualified|
|2009||South Africa||not qualified|
With 201 internationals against Uruguay (of which FIFA counts 183), the Argentine team leads the list of the most frequent international pairings, in 8th place are the games Argentina against Brazil (101 times, of which FIFA 95 counts). Of the world champions, Argentina played the most games against the other world champions, but more than half of them against Uruguay.
Argentina's biggest win is also the biggest win for a South American team.
Record players and record goal scorers
As of October 13, 2019. Bold : active players.
|1||147||Javier Mascherano||2003-2018||3||Olympic champion : 2004 , 2008|
|2||143||Javier Zanetti||1994-2011||5||Pan American Games 1995|
|3||138||Lionel Messi||2005– active||70||Olympic champion 2008|
|4th||114||Roberto Ayala||1994-2007||7th||Pan American Games 1995|
|5||104||Diego Simeone||1988-2002||11||Copa América 1991 , Copa América 1993|
|6th||102||Ángel Di María||2008- active||20th||Olympic champion 2008|
|7th||97||Sergio Aguero||2006– active||42||Olympic champion 2008|
|97||Óscar Ruggeri||1983-1994||7th||Football World Cup 1986 , Copa America 1993|
|9||96||Sergio Romero||2009- active||0||Olympic champion 2008|
|10||91||Diego Maradona||1977-1994||34||Soccer World Cup 1986|
|No.||Gates||player||Period||Games||Title as goalscorer|
|1||70||Lionel Messi||2005– active||138|
|2||54||Gabriel Batistuta||1991-2002||77||TSK: Copa América 1991 , Copa América 1995 , King Fahd Cup 1992|
|3||42||Sergio Aguero||2006– active||97|
|7th||24||Luis Artime||1961-1967||25th||TSK: Campeonato Sudamericano 1967|
|8th||22nd||Leopoldo Luque||1975-1981||45||TSK: Copa America 1975|
|10||21st||Herminio Masantonio||1935-1942||19th||TSK: Campeonato Sudamericano 1935 , Campeonato Sudamericano 1942|
The following players were called up for the two official FIFA games in November 2019 (October 31, 2019).
International matches against national teams from German-speaking countries
|No.||date||place||Home team||result||Visiting team||Occasion / special features|
|1||06/08/1958||Malmo ( )||Argentina||1: 3||FRG||World Cup preliminary round|
|2||07/16/1966||Birmingham ( )||FRG||0-0||Argentina||World Cup preliminary round|
|3||07/19/1966||Sheffield ( )||Argentina||2-0||Switzerland||World Cup preliminary round|
|5||07/03/1974||Gelsenkirchen ( )||Argentina||1: 1||GDR||World Cup intermediate round|
|6th||06/05/1977||Buenos Aires||Argentina||1: 3||FRG|
|9||May 21, 1980||Vienna||Austria||1: 5||Argentina|
|10||December 16, 1980||Cordoba||Argentina||5-0||Switzerland|
|11||01/01/1981||Montevideo ( )||Argentina||2: 1||FRG||
Mundialito , Argentina ended
Germany's longest series
of games without a loss by winning (23 games)
|12||March 24, 1982||Buenos Aires||Argentina||1: 1||FRG|
|14th||09/12/1984||Dusseldorf||FRG||1: 3||Argentina||1st international match in Germany under
team boss Franz Beckenbauer
|15th||06/29/1986||Mexico City ( )||Argentina||3: 2||FRG||World Cup final|
|16||December 16, 1987||Buenos Aires||Argentina||1-0||FRG|
|17th||04/02/1988||Berlin||FRG||1-0||Argentina||Four-country tournament , game for 3rd place|
|20th||07/08/1990||Rome ( )||FRG||1-0||Argentina||World Cup final|
|21st||12/15/1993||Miami ( )||Argentina||2: 1||Germany|
|24||06/21/2005||Nuremberg||Germany||2: 2||Argentina||Confederation Cup preliminary round|
|25th||06/30/2006||Berlin||Germany||1: 1 a.d. 4: 2 i. E.||Argentina||World Cup quarter-finals|
|28||07/03/2010||Cape Town ( )||Argentina||0: 4||Germany||World Cup quarter-finals, last international match
under coach Diego Maradona
|30th||08/15/2012||Frankfurt am Main||Germany||1: 3||Argentina|
|31||07/01/2014||Sao Paulo ( )||Argentina||1: 0 a.d.||Switzerland||World Cup round of 16|
|32||07/13/2014||Rio de Janeiro ( )||Germany||1: 0 a.d.||Argentina||World Cup final|
So far all national coaches have been Argentinians.
For years Argentina did not assign shirt numbers at world championships according to player position, but alphabetically according to player names; it was not until the 1980s, when Diego Maradona claimed 10, that the usual system was used. Later, the number 10 was no longer given in honor of Maradona. However, this failed because of the FIFA, as this requires consecutive numbering from 1 to 23 for the World Cup and thus not awarding the 10 would lead to the loss of a player nomination.
Argentina has played the most penalty shootouts at world championships . The Argentines only lost one out of five. In contrast, the record looks worse at the Copa America: five out of eight were lost, including three finals. They also lost once in a friendly game. They lost a total of seven penalty shoot-outs. Only Zambia (17 out of 35) and Malawi have lost more penalty shoot-outs. The most frequent opponent was Brazil, against which one of four penalty shootouts was won.
In German-speaking media, the team is often referred to by the nickname Gauchos . However, this is not used in Argentina itself. There she has no other common nicknames besides la Albiceleste (the white and sky blue).
- Copa Lipton
- Copa Roca
- Torneo America del Sud - Centenario
- Argentina National Football Team (U-17 Juniors)
- Argentina National Football Team (U-20 Men)
- Official website of the Argentine Football Association AFA (Spanish / English)
- Argentina at the World Cups
- ¡Furor por la Albiceleste! afa.com.ar, accessed March 25, 2019 (Spanish)
- La Celeste y Blanca en el corazón afa.com.ar, accessed on March 25, 2019 (Spanish)
- The FIFA / Coca-Cola World Ranking. In: fifa.com. July 16, 2020, accessed July 21, 2020 .
- El primer Uruguay-Argentina fue el jueves 16 de mayo de 1901. Retrieved May 8, 2019 (Spanish).
- "Olympic Football Tournament without Argentina", from February 13, 2011
- rsssf.com: Argentina - Record International Players
- Lista de convocados de la Selección Mayor y Sub 23 para la doble fecha FIFA de noviembre. Retrieved November 1, 2019 (es-AR).
- rsssf.com: Malawi - List of International Matches
- Karl H. Huba: Football World Championships 1930 to today: Reports, statistics and top photos , Copress Sport 2009, p. 67
- Kicker Sportmagazin (ed.): Football World Cup South Africa 2010 , Copress Sport 2010, p. 33