The history of the Argentina national football team begins with their first official match, played on 20 July 1902 against Uruguay, a 6–0 win in Paso del Molino, Montevideo. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] One class ahead, There had been a common law when representatives from both sides met in a catch besides in Montevideo, although it was not organised by any association and consequently is not considered official. [ 4 ] Since their origin in 1902, the Argentina national team has appeared in five FIFA World Cup finals, including the inaugural address final in 1930, 1978 ( when the team won its first World Cup ) beating the Netherlands ), the 1986 ( winning its second gear World Cup after defeating West Germany ), 1990 and 2014. Argentina has been very successful in the Copa América, winning it 15 times and besides winning the “ extra ” south american Championships in 1941, 1945 and 1946. The team besides won the FIFA Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup, both in 1992, and the Argentine olympian team won the Olympics football tournaments in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. [ 5 ]

history [edit ]

Beginning and inaugural titles [edit ]

Argentina before playing its first official match ever, v. Uruguay, on July 20, 1902. This is besides the first photograph recorded of an Argentina national team

Although the first match ever recorded by an Argentine side was played on 16 May 1901 against Uruguay, this is not considered an official game due to the match was not organized by Uruguay ‘s Football Association but by Albion FC in its home discipline, “ Paso del Molino ”. The uruguayan side had nine players from that cabaret and the end from Nacional. [ 6 ] Argentina won the pit by 3–2. The equal considered the first official game played by Argentina was held in the same venue, on 20 July 1902 against Uruguay. [ 1 ] Argentina defeated the Uruguayan side by 6–0. The line-up was : José Buruca Laforia ( Barracas A.C. ), William Leslie ( Quilmes ), Walter Buchanan ( Alumni ), Eduardo Patricio Duggan ( Belgrano A.C. ), Carlos J. Buchanan ( Alumni ), Ernesto Brown ( Alumni ), Edward O. Morgan ( Quilmes ), Juan José Moore ( detonator. ) ( Alumni ), Juan O. Anderson ( Lomas A.C. ), Carlos Edgar Dickinson ( Belgrano A.C. ), Jorge Brown ( Alumni ). The goals were scored by Dickinson, Arímalo, Morgan, Carve Urioste, Anderson and J. Brown. [ 7 ]
The authoritative light blue and ashen striped jersey was first wear on 2 July 1908 in a friendly couple at Sao Paulo During its first years of being, the national team played only friendly matches until 1905, when the first base version of Lipton Cup was held. It was a cup organized by both Argentine and Uruguayan Football Associations, with its last edition being contested in 1992. The first official title won by Argentina was the 1906 Copa Lipton, defeating Uruguay 2–0 in Montevideo. [ 8 ] That lapp class, Argentina besides played the Newton Cup, another contest organized by both associations, earning the trophy after defeating Uruguay 2–1 in Buenos Aires. In the pursue years, matches played by the Argentine side were against south american teams alone. The reasons varied from the long time the trips took to another countries by then to World War I. [ 9 ] Argentina would win four back-to-back Newton Cups from 1907 to 1911, [ 10 ] and four Lipton Cups from 1906 to 1909. After some Uruguayan victories, Argentina won the 1913, 1915 and 1916 Lipton and 1916 Newton Cup trophies .
In 1916, Argentina contested the first base tournament organized by CONMEBOL, the south american Championship ( the current Copa América ) hosted in Buenos Aires and Avellaneda and won by Uruguay. The host plus Brazil, Chile and Uruguay were the entirely teams contesting the inauguration rival. During that tournament Argentina played three matches, defeating Chile 6–0 and drawing Brazil and Uruguay, who became champions on finish remainder. The line-up at the final was : Isola, Díaz, Reyes, Martínez, Olazar, Badaracco, Heissinger, Ohaco, H. Hayes, E. Hayes and Perinetti. [ 11 ] Argentina won its first south american championship in 1921, besides held in Buenos Aires. The squad won all the games disputed, defeating Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay to earn six points with no goals received. celebrated players of that team were goalkeeper Américo Tesoriere and striker Pedro Calomino. Julio Libonatti was besides tournament ‘s lead scorekeeper. [ 12 ]

The Olympic goal [edit ]

Onzari ‘s olympian finish against Uruguay in 1924. In 1924, Argentina played a friendly match against Uruguay at Sportivo Barracas ‘ stadium. When entirely 15 minutes had been played, winger Cesáreo Onzari scored from a corner gripe, with no other player touching the ball before scoring. Due to the fact that Uruguay was the Olympic champion, this play was called “ Gol Olímpico ”. This denomination still remains. [ 13 ] The goal stood since FIFA had previously regulated goals scored directly from the corner kick, as Onzari did during that match. According to La Nación newspaper, 52,000 fans attended the game, an Argentina 2–1 gain, where the Uruguayan team left the field with only four minutes to play. Argentine players late complained about the pugnacious play of the Uruguayans during the match, while their rivals besides complained about the aggressiveness of local spectators, who threw bottles at them at the end of the match. [ 14 ] In 1925, the south american backing was hosted by third gear time in Argentina, and the Albicelest won its second title. The team played four matches and remained unbeaten once more, defeating Paraguay and Brazil twice each. A highmark was the 4–1 victory against rivals Brazil. Argentina won another consecutive title in 1927 obtaining the south american championship held in Peru. The team made a great crusade, finishing unbeaten with three wins over three games played. The national squad achieved a boastfully victory over Bolivia ( 7–1 ), then beating Uruguay by 3–2 and the local team by 5–1 in the final pit of the tournament. It was the one-third South American title for the Argentina national team .

1928 Summer Olympics [edit ]

The team that reached the final of the 1928 Summer Olympics. In 1928, Argentina went to Amsterdam to play the 1928 Summer Olympics, which was the first international tournament played by the national team in its history. The football police squad reached the concluding after trashing the United States 11–2, Belgium 6–3 and Egypt 6–0. The concluding see Argentina defeated by Uruguay 2–1, frankincense winning the silver decoration .

1930 World Cup [edit ]

The Argentina police squad that played the 1930 World Cup match vs. Mexico. In 1929, Argentina hosted a new edition of the south american english championship, winning its second back-to-back title. Argentina finished unbeaten once more, defeating all its rivals in the group : Peru ( 3–0 ), Paraguay ( 4–1 ) and Uruguay in the last match played in the Estadio Gasómetro of Buenos Aires. Most of players that took separate of the team would play for Argentina in the beginning World Cup organized by FIFA one year belated. Argentina was one of the 13 national teams attending to the inaugural FIFA World Cup hosted by Uruguay. In the inaugural meet of the World Cup, Argentina defeated France 1–0. The national team then beat Mexico 6–3 and finished its run in the foremost stage by defeating Chile 3–1. Argentina qualified to the semi-finals where the team widely beat the United States 6–1. On July 30, Argentina played its first World Cup final against Uruguay, but lost 4–2 .

1934–54 : A hanker absence [edit ]

Argentina played only one plot at the adjacent World Cup in Italy in 1934. The tournament format was a smasher tournament, and Argentina lost its only match 3–2 to Sweden. Argentina would not participate in the 1938 World Cup in France, the last before World War II. The first World Cup after the War was the 1950 World Cup held in Brazil, but Argentina did not enter the competition due to a dispute with the brazilian Football Confederation. For the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, Argentina refused to participate. In 1951, Argentina played England for the first time and were defeated 2–1 at Wembley Stadium. The second gear peg was played in Buenos Aires on 14 June 1953, where Argentina won 3–1, though the peer caused big repercussions in Argentina. [ 15 ]

From Los Carasucias to the 1958 catastrophe [edit ]

Los Carasucias: Corbatta, Maschio, Angelillo, Sívori and Cruz. : Corbatta, Maschio, Angelillo, Sívori and Cruz. Although Argentina did not contest any World Cups from 1934 to 1954, the team won the 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955 and 1957 South american championships, all squads coached by Guillermo Stábile. The 1957 team is credibly the most remember team of those years because of its skilled players and exquisite style of playing showed on the field. Argentina was trashed Colombia ( 8–2 ), Ecuador ( 3–0 ), Uruguay ( 4–0 ), Chile ( 6–2 ) and Brazil ( 3–0 ). The team was defeated by Peru in the survive game but won the tournament due to finishing first in its group. The attacking line, formed by Oreste Corbatta, Humberto Maschio, Antonio Angelillo, Omar Sívori and Osvaldo Cruz, was wide praised by then, being still remembered by the media and football fans. [ 16 ] Maschio was besides the topscorer with 9 goals. Argentina returned to a World Cup competition after 24 years, more precisely to the 1958 hold in Sweden. The team suffered the absence of Maschio, Angelillo and Sívori ( playing in the Italian first division but not called by Stábile for the tournament [ 17 ] ), who had made outstanding performances in Lima one year earlier. Although the team was formed with measure players, the lack of experience facing european squads was evidenced once the tournament finished. Argentina lost to West Germany 3–1 in the first game, though they came back to defeat Northern Ireland in the second match. Argentina was last thrashed by Czechoslovakia 6–1, one of the worst defeats of a national team in a World Cup and being eliminated from the competition. The poor performance was called “ El desastre de Suecia “ ( “ The Sweden calamity ” ). After the team arrived in Buenos Aires, 10,000 people were expecting in the Ezeiza International Airport to insult them. [ 18 ]

transition [edit ]

After the “ Sweden catastrophe ”, Argentina returned to official competitions in 1959, winning a new edition of the Copa América, its 12th title. The team thrashed Chile 6–1 at the debut, then beat Bolivia 2–0, Peru and Paraguay 3–1, Uruguay 4–1 and finished with a 1–1 draw against Brazil. Argentina remained unbeaten, winning five of six matches played. The team was coached by a triumvirate composed by Victorio Spinetto, José Della Torre and José Barreiro, replacing Guillermo Stábile after his 19-year tenure in the home team. Argentina would not win a Copa América until 1991 Copa América, when the team coached by Alfio Basile obtained the trophy in Chile. In 1959, José Manuel Moreno became Argentina coach, although he did not spend much time with the team. Under his coaching Argentina disputed the Southamerican championship in Ecuador, where the police squad defeated Paraguay 4–2, drew the hosts 1–1 and suffered a large kill by 5–0 at the hands of Uruguay, although the team achieved a great 4–1 victory against Brazil with three goals by José Sanfilippo in the last match. Once the extra tournament finished, Moreno left his identify and Guillermo Stábile started his second menstruation as bus of Argentina national team. In 1960, Argentina won its first and merely Panamerican championship held in San José, Costa Rica. That like year the team suffered three losses to Brazil : two of them in the Roca Cup and the next in the Atlantic Cup. That was the last match where Argentina was coached by Stábile in his second tenure. He would be replaced by Victorio Spinetto. In 1961, Argentina started a tour across Europe, playing respective matches against local national teams. The squad alone achieved one victory against Portugal with two losses and two draws. After a short period coached by José D’Amico, Juan Carlos Lorenzo took over the team. Argentina made a poor operation at the 1962 World Cup, being defeated by England ( 3–1 ) to be eliminated from the tournament. In the 1963 South american Championship, Argentina finished third base in the tournament, although the team achieved authoritative victories over Brazil ( 3–0 ), Ecuador and Colombia, but lost to Bolivia and Peru. That lapp year, Argentina was besides defeated by Brazil in the Roca Cup .

nation ‘s Cup [edit ]

In 1964, Argentina won the Nations ‘ Cup, a friendly tournament organized by the brazilian Association to commemorate its fiftieth anniversary. Argentina took part of the championship with the introduction of José María Minella as coach, along with the local police squad, England and Portugal. then called “ a little World Cup ”, the Nations ‘ Cup is considered “ the foremost great championship ” won by Argentina. [ 19 ] The team remained unbeaten winning all the matches played, with a boastfully 3–0 over Brazil. [ 20 ] The victory over Brazil was highly praised by the media due to the brazilian not being defeated as hosts since the 1950 World Cup final. [ 21 ] Argentina finished the tournament with no goals received .

The transition continues : 1965–74 [edit ]

Argentina, hush coached by Minella, qualified to the 1966 World Cup held in England for the first base time. The team shared their group with Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia. Argentina finished the round off unbeaten with three matches won and two draws. Minella left the team, being replaced by Osvaldo Zubeldía after qualification was all over. Juan Carlos Lorenzo took over the squad, beginning his second tenure on the national side. The home side played several friendly matches against the Soviet Union, Poland and Italy before its trajectory to England. Argentina alone drew the first two games and was defeated in the last in Torino .
Antonio Rattín (#10) was sent off by referee Kreitlein in the match against England. Argentina made its introduction in Group 2 of the World Cup, defeating Spain by 2–1. The adjacent matches were against West Germany, which ended 0–0 and Switzerland besides won by 2–1. Argentina qualified to the quarter-finals where the team was defeated by the host team 1–0. It was a controversial couple where midfielder Antonio Rattín was sent off by german referee Rudolf Kreitlein for “ violence of the tongue ”, despite the referee speak no spanish. Rattín was so indignant with the decision, believing the referee to be biased in privilege of England, that he refused to leave. As a way to show his disgust, he sat on the crimson rug entirely meant for the Queen to walk on. He finally had to be escorted from the sphere by two policemen and as a concluding sign of disgust, wrinkled at a british pennant before being escorted out. This incidental, and others surrounding the same plot, arguably started the durable competition between both national teams, although on the other hand, allowed for the institution of jaundiced and red cards into football, a solution devised by FIFA after the trip that set off the incidental. Although Argentina did not have a big performance in England, the players were well received by the crowd in Ezeiza, in partially due to the incident with Rattín and the Queen ‘s carpet, where Rattín himself subsequently saying that he “ did n’t know where he had sat on ”. [ 22 ] The future step for the team was the 1967 Copa América, hosted by Uruguay. Argentina made a good crusade, winning five over six matches disputed, being defeated only by the master of ceremonies team and finished second. During 1967 and 1969, the Football Association named four different coaches to the national team : Carmelo Faraone, who entirely coached two matches, Renato Cesarini, José M. Minella, Humberto Maschio and Adolfo Pedernera. In those years, Argentina played a series of friendly matches with most of them being south american teams and a few european teams. Argentina besides played a new edition of the Lipton Cup, obtaining it by goal average over Uruguay. In 1969, Argentina began qualifying for the 1970 World Cup under Pedernera. The national squad shared its group with Bolivia and Peru, losing the first two games played as the away team. Although Argentina won the following game ( over Bolivia, 1–0 ), the 2–2 reap against Peru in the final regular ( played at La Bombonera ) allowed the peruvian police squad to be one of the confederacy american representatives in the World Cup, eliminating Argentina. [ 22 ] [ 23 ] To date, this remains the only time that Argentina has failed to qualify for a World Cup in which it entered a team. This poor performance that caused the absence of a national example in the 1970 World Cup is calm regarded as one of Argentina ‘s biggest frustrations in its history. [ 24 ] After the frustration of 1969, the Association named Juan José Pizzuti, who had won the Intercontinental Cup with Racing Club three years earlier, as coach of the national team. Pizzuti was the coach during three years, in which Argentina played respective friendly games against south american teams, which included the 1971 Roca Cup style ( shared with Brazil ). In 1972, Argentina was invited to play the Brazil Independence Cup, where the team did not achieve thoroughly results. After the Independence Cup, Pizzuti was replaced by Omar Sívori, the most luminary actor of the 1957 Copa América triumph and had former know as coach of Rosario Central and Estudiantes de La Plata. Argentina played some friendly matches as preparation for the qualify, with some matter to results such as a 3–2 over West Germany in Munich .

“ The Ghost Team ” and 1974 World Cup [edit ]

Qualifying for the 1974 World Cup began in September 1973, where Argentina shared its group with Bolivia and Paraguay. Bolivia used to play its base venues at La Paz, where Argentine players suffered the lack of oxygen and other effects caused by altitude sickness. To avoid complications, Sívori decide to prepare a team to play in altitude. Following his instructions, Miguel Ignomiriello took many players to Tilcara so they could become acclimatize to altitude. [ 25 ] [ 26 ] Argentina won the equal played in La Paz 1–0. That team was nicknamed “ La Selección Fantasma “ ( “ The Ghost National Team ” in spanish ) due to the miss of administration existing in the Association at the time, meaning the media could not get data about the team during its tenure in Tilcara. year former, Mario Kempes revealed that the players themselves had to organize some friendly matches to get money to buy food because the Association forgot about them wholly. [ 27 ] [ 28 ]
Argentina won the other games against Bolivia and Paraguay ( 4–0 and 3–1 respectively, both in Buenos Aires ), last qualifying for the World Cup. After having qualified for the 1974 World Cup, Sívori left and was replaced by Vladislao Cap. With its new coach on the bench, Argentina played alone four matches before the contest, facing european teams. Argentina defeated Romania and France and drew England before suffering a kill to the Netherlands by 4–1. once more, Argentina made a poor performance in a World Cup. They were defeated by Poland in their opening game by 3–2, followed by a 1–1 draw with Italy. In the last crippled of the first round, Argentina defeated Haiti 4–1, granting qualification to the second round of the tournament, where the team lost to the Netherlands, Brazil, ending with a 1–1 draw to East Germany. Argentina finished last in the group table and eighth in the overall postpone .

The Menotti era : begin of enormousness [edit ]

The demise of the team in the World Cup forced the Association to make changes in Argentine football. David Bracuto was named president of the united states of the Football Association in 1974. He offered César Luis Menotti the capitulum coaching function of Argentina, which Menotti accepted under respective conditions, one being that native players under 25 should not be sold to extraneous clubs. [ 29 ] Menotti debuted on 12 October 1974 in a friendly match against Spain. Argentina began a retentive preparation for the 1978 World Cup which would be hosted on home territory for the very first time, playing friendly matches and tournaments. During those years, Argentina played a sum of 33 matches. The year 1977 was besides the international debut of Diego Maradona, who played for the first base time at age 16 against Hungary. The pit was held in Buenos Aires with a bombastic victory for Argentina by 5–1. [ 30 ] Argentina besides played a new version of Copa América, where for the foremost clock there was no fixed venue. All matches were played throughout each country across the tournament. Argentina debuted thrashing Venezuela but lost to Brazil in the two games played ( 2–1 and 1–0 ). Brazil qualified to the next stage and the national team was eliminated .
Argentina host the FIFA World Cup for the first fourth dimension in 1978 . In 1978, the concluding preparations for the World Cup began, playing several matches against south american english and european teams. Although Maradona was considered one of the best players in the world, Menotti did not include him in the authoritative tilt for the tournament. Some sources submit that the Argentine military military junta that ruled Argentina by then pushed Menotti to include River Plate ‘s midfielder Norberto Alonso alternatively of Maradona, and that Menotti about surely knew that the prodigiously talented 17-year old would not be able to handle the huge coerce and attention in the biggest sporting consequence in Argentina ‘s history. Nevertheless, early journalists assert that there were excessively many offensive midfielders. [ 31 ]
Argentina finally debuted on 2 June 1978 against Hungary, winning 2–1. Argentina defeated France by 2–1 in the second game and qualifying for the second phase, although the team lost to Italy by 1–0, finishing second in Group A. In the second orotund Argentina was placed in Group 1 sharing it with Brazil, Poland and Peru. In the first game, Argentina beat Poland 2–0, with both goals from Mario Kempes. next game was against south american powerhouse Brazil in which the game ended with a 0–0 draw. The last game was against Peru, a rival that Argentina easily defeated with a 6–0 win. Argentina was able to edge out Brazil in the group and went on to the final. Argentina had to beat Peru by four goals or more to progress. The nature of Argentina ‘s victory has fueled rumors that the match was fixed. [ 32 ] That large victory over Peru allowed Argentina to play the final. On 25 June 1978, at River Plate ‘s Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires, Argentina played its second base World Cup final examination. Mario Kempes gave Argentina the lead in the 38th minute, with the Dutch police squad able to respond in the 82nd moment for the counterweight. The game went to supernumerary time and Mario Kempes once again gave the Argentines the leash and Daniel Bertoni added another finish which sealed the gain for Argentina, which became the second South American team to win the World Cup at its home dirt. Kempes was not alone the most luminary player of the team but besides the topscorer of the tournament with six goals. After the achiever of the World Cup, Menotti continued as coach and Argentina played some friendly couple as cooking for the 1979 Copa América. Maradona scored his first goal for the Senior team against Scotland in Glasgow, where Argentina won 3–1. [ 33 ] The highlight of 1979 was the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship obtained by the under-20 team in Tokyo. The team, besides coached by Menotti, won the tournament with Maradona and Ramón Díaz as the leaders and most noteworthy players of the squad. The tournament was besides the beginning official championship played by Maradona in a national team. due to Argentina needing no qualifiers to the adjacent World Cup as holders, the national team played a series of matches as planning for the rival. In 1980 there was no official tournaments so the team toured on Europe and besides hosted friendly games in some of the most authoritative cities of Argentina such as Mar del Plata, Córdoba and Mendoza. Argentina played the 1980 Mundialito, a contest hosted by Uruguay in memorial of the fiftieth anniversary of the first gear World Cup tournament, where the team defeated West Germany and drew with Brazil to be eliminated in the first stage .

demise in 1982 : the end of an era and the get down of the Maradona earned run average [edit ]

In 1982 the Argentine team travelled to Spain to participate in the 1982 World Cup while Argentina was fighting in the Falklands War ( Guerra de Malvinas ) with the United Kingdom after the invasion of the Falkland Islands had been ordered by president Leopoldo Galtieri on April 2. The lineup was based on the 1978 team with the addition of Diego Maradona ( who had won a domestic championship play at a high floor ) and Ramón Díaz. The team arrived in Spain as a big front-runner to win the Cup. Argentina debuted with a 1–0 loss to Belgium at Camp Nou in Barcelona. There were home tensions within the camp between the older and younger players, and this caused problems. however, the team recovered by defeating Hungary ( 4–1 ) and El Salvador ( 2–0 ) consequently qualifying for the adjacent stage. In the second round, Argentina shared a group with Italy and Brazil, being defeated by both ( 3–1 and 2–1 ) and eliminated from the championship. Maradona could not show his skills during the tournament, suffering from the rough in fun of rivals ( particularly Claudio Gentile in the game against Italy ). He would finally be sent off by the referee after kicking brazilian player Batista in the groin. [ 34 ] [ 35 ] other players that formed the squad were Juan Barbas, Gabriel Calderón ( from the 1979 youth championship-winning team ), Patricio Hernández, Julio Olarticoechea, Enzo Trossero and Jorge Valdano. The failure at the World Cup caused Menotti to leave his post. Despite the poor performances, the national team achieved two world titles ( senior and youth ) during the nine years with Menotti as coach. That was the first time that Argentina planned and carried out long-run work with clear and unplayful objectives. [ 36 ] [ 37 ]

Carlos Bilardo earned run average : the road to Mexico [edit ]

To replace Menotti, the Football Association choose Carlos Bilardo, who had won the 1982 Metropolitano with Estudiantes de La Plata. Bilardo was celebrated for his perfectionism and compulsion with tactic and scheme of the game, which called the attention arsenic a lot as followers as critics. The Bilardo era began in May 1983 with a 2–2 draw with Chile in Santiago. soon after Argentina played the 1983 Copa América, the first official tournament with Bilardo. The police squad was eliminated on first cycle with 3 draws ( 2 with Ecuador and a 0–0 with Brazil ), winning its alone match 1–0 to Brazil in Buenos Aires. The team was formed by footballers playing in domestic Argentine Primera División entirely, being some of them goalkeepers Ubaldo Fillol and Nery Pumpido, defenders Néstor Clausen, José Luis Brown, Enzo Trossero, Julio Olarticoechea and Roberto Mouzo ; midfielders Claudio Marangoni, Jorge Burruchaga, Alejandro Sabella and José Daniel Ponce ; forwards Ricardo Gareca, Alberto Márcico. After the Copa América, Argentina travelled to Calcuta to play the Nehru Cup, then playing a series of friendly matches before the qualifiers to 1986 World Cup in Mexico. The team made a successful go on Europe where it won the three matches disputed, including a 3–1 against West Germany in Düsseldorf. In May 1985, Argentina played its inaugural qualify match against Venezuela, winning 3–2. Argentina won three straight games, to Colombia ( 3–1 home, 1–0 away ) and Venezuela ( 3–0 home ) but lost to Peru 1–0 in Lima in a match where Peru midfielder Claudio Reyna marked Maradona with excessive roughness, although he was not sent off by the referee. [ 38 ] [ 39 ]

Argentina played the last couple of the qualifiers against Peru in Buenos Aires. The visitor team won by 2–1 qualifying to Mexico, but in the last minutes of the match Ricardo Gareca scored the 2–2 that allowed Argentina to be one of the four south american representatives at Mexico. [ 40 ] Although he led the team to a new reservation for a World Cup, Bilardo was barely criticized by the media which focused on the low level of the team during the process. Some journalists besides accused Bilardo to play defensively, leaving behind the historic Argentine landmark of short passes and dribblings according to their orient of watch. Clarín, the most popular newspaper of Argentina, was one of the hardest opponents of the coach, and Bilardo himself declared that Clarín called Association President Julio Grondona to ask him to fire the coach. [ 41 ] Before the World Cup, Argentina toured Europe losing to France ( one of the favorites to win the Cup ) and Norway and largely defeating Israel by 7–2. [ 42 ]

1986 : return to glory [edit ]

The team that debuted five. South Korea at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario in Mexico City. Argentina entered the 1986 World Cup with hope because of one player, Diego Maradona. Argentina was placed in Group A aboard Italy, Bulgaria, and South Korea. In the first game, Argentina was able to beat South Korea 3–1. The second catch was against Italy, a bad opposition. Italy took the run in the sixth minute but Diego Maradona responded with a finish in the 34th moment. The game late ended with a 1–1 describe. The survive group game was against Bulgaria, which resulted in a 2–0 Argentina acquire ; therefore Argentina passed to the adjacent round being the first in the group .

My daughter Daniela could not be called by her last name. The word “ Bilardo ” was banned. I could not walk on the street, I could not get out of my house. After the World Cup, everything changed

Carlos Bilardo on the former days to the 1986 World Cup [ 41 ]
Argentina entered the round of 16 against south american english rivals Uruguay in Puebla. The choleric game ended in a 1–0 gain for Argentina. Next, Argentina moved on to the quarter-finals, playing England at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The game started very evenly, with both teams getting chances to score but none were able to finish. The first half ended with Argentina having the majority of possession but unable to get past a street fighter defensive structure. Six minutes following the second half, Maradona scored a controversial goal in which he used his bridge player ; once the equal finished, Maradona called it “ la mano de Dios “ ( “ the hand of God ” ), explicitly admitting the violation. The finish began with a defensive error from Steve Hodge, who passed the ball incorrectly bet on to his goalkeeper, Peter Shilton. At that time, Maradona was still continuing his run and reached the ball first and netted it in with his left field fist. After the goal, Maradona encouraged his teammates to embrace the goal so the reviewer would allow it. Four minutes after the “ hand of God ” finish, Maradona scored a goal which people [ who? ] called “ The Goal of the Century ” because of the individual effort of Maradona, who starting his run from the half-way line, passed four english midfielders ( he beat midfielder Terry Butcher doubly ) and dribbled around Shilton, last scoring the finish which allowed Argentina to win the match, 2–1. That victory was very observe due to not alone the competition between both teams but Argentina had lost the Falklands War at the hands of the british Army four years prior. [ 43 ]
Diego Maradona raising the FIFA World Cup trophy at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. In the semi-finals, Argentina defeated Belgium 2–0 at the Estadio Azteca to advance to the final against West Germany. Argentina won a game played at the Azteca in which the team won its moment World Cup title. José Luis Brown opened the seduce for Argentina, then the team increased the lead with a goal by Jorge Valdano. Germany started a comeback with goals from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Rudi Völler, which evened the game at 2–2. Jorge Burruchaga scored the winning goal in the 83rd moment, giving Argentina a 3–2 victory over Germany. Argentina remained unbeaten in the World Cup, winning five over six matches disputed. Maradona played at a acme grade, [ 44 ] [ 45 ] as he had done in the 1979 Youth Championship leading Argentina to the deed. Maradona was the home team top-scorer with five goals, apart from winning the Gold Ball as the best player of the tournament. [ 46 ] early significant players for the team were defenders José Luis Brown and Oscar Ruggeri, midfielders Héctor Enrique and Jorge Burruchaga and forward Jorge Valdano. The line-up in the final examination was : Nery Pumpido, Brown, José Luis Cuciuffo, Ruggeri, Julio Olarticoechea ; Ricardo Giusti, Sergio Batista, Enrique, Burruchaga ; Maradona, Valdano .
After winning the World Cup, the players went on vacation and Argentina did not play a match until 1987, when a raw version of Copa América was contested. The tournament changed its format, returning to a alone host where Argentina was chosen. Argentine formed a team with a mix of players from european and local leagues. The squad debuted with a 1–1 draw against Perú, then beat Ecuador 3–0. In the second stagecoach, Argentina lost to Uruguay ( which would be the champion ) 1–0 in Buenos Aires and was eliminated. At the end of 1987, Argentina played West Germany ( the rival of the 1986 final examination ) winning 1–0 at the Estadio José Amalfitani. In 1988, the team played the Four Nations Cup, losing to the Soviet Union ( 4–2 ) and West Germany ( 1–0 ). Argentina immediately went to Australia to contest the Australia Bicentennial Gold Cup, where the team did not have a good performance, with one acquire against Saudi Arabia and a large kill by the local team ( 4–1 ). back to Argentina, the team started its preparation for the 1989 Copa América, held in Brazil. Argentina qualified to the moment round after beating Chile and Uruguay ( both 1–0 ) and two draws with Ecuador and Bolivia ( both 0–0 ). In the second stage, Argentina lost to Brazil and Uruguay ( both 2–0 ) and alone drew with Paraguay ( 0–0 ). Argentina was eliminated without winning a plot and with no goals scored on this rung. Some players of the team were Pumpido, Brown, Ruggeri, Clausen, Cuciuffo, Burruchaga, Maradona, Enrique, Giusti ( all of them world champions in 1986 ), Claudio Caniggia, Abel Balbo, Luis Islas, Roberto Sensini, Gabriel Calderón, Néstor Gorosito and Pedro Troglio .

1990 : finalist again [edit ]

Argentina went to the 1990 World Cup with no qualifiers needed as being the previous champion. Prior to the World Cup, the national team played some respective matches with no good results : Argentina lost to Mexico ( 0–2 ) and Scotland ( 0–2 ), winning precisely one of the five games played ( to Israel, choose again to be the last rival before the tournament as it had been four years earlier ). In addition, Jorge Valdano ( one of the most significant players during the 1986 World Cup ) trained hard in order to be in good physical condition for the Cup, but Bilardo decided not to include him in the definitive list of players. To that, Valdano said, “ I swam through the ocean but I drowned at the land. ” In accession to Valdano not playing, a issue of other authoritative players were injured, so Argentina resorted to cynical tactics on the field, as they knew they could not win easily in a true fight. [ 47 ] Argentina finally debuted at the inaugural equal at the San Siro in Milan, being defeated by Cameroon ( 1–0 ). This consequence caused a great surprise in Argentina [ 48 ] so the national team line-up was based on the 1986 world champion .
Argentina won its second match against the Soviet Union 2–0 ( where titular goalkeeper was Nery Pumpido badly injured, being replaced by Sergio Goycochea for the respite of the tournament ), and drew 1–1 with Romania in the end match of first round, both played in Naples, where Maradona played for Napoli in the Serie A. The team qualified to the second round, where they faced Brazil at the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin. In a pit where Brazil played a lot better than Argentina, with forwards Müller and Careca repeatedly shooting to the goal but missing the aim ( the musket ball clashed Argentina ‘s posts a couple of times, while Goycoechea stopped other shots ) Argentina ( with Maradona in bad forcible condition ) resisted brazilian offensive movements during the first one-half, which ended 0–0. In the second base one-half, Brazil was not thus dogged as it had been during the first 45 minutes, so Argentina took advantage of the situation. With nine minutes till full-time, Maradona took the ball in the center of the field, dribbled by three opponents and made a precise pass to winger Claudio Caniggia, who advanced with the ball to a goal after dribbling about goalkeeper Cláudio Taffarel. Argentina won the match 1–0, eliminating its arch-rival in a World Cup for the first base time. That match is inactive regarded by the media and fans as one of the most noteworthy moments of an Argentina national team. [ 49 ] [ 50 ] For their quarter-final match in Florence, Argentina narrowly eliminated Yugoslavia in an arouse penalty gunfight, [ 51 ] with Goycoechea becoming a champion after stopping three penalty kicks, including the last two. [ 52 ] Maradona besides missed a punishment kick, a rare occurrence ; at one steer Argentina were behind the Yugoslavs, but Goycoechea ‘s outstanding goalkeeping kept Argentina in the tournament .
The squad that beat Italy in Napoli, qualifying for the final examination. Argentina advanced to the semi-finals where it played against Italy in Naples. The local anesthetic host was considered favorite to win the meet because their striker Salvatore Schillaci was the tournament ‘s top scorekeeper ( he would be awarded both the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball at the end of the tournament ) and Argentina had many hurt players, Maradona being one of them. Maradona, a Napoli player, made comments pertaining to North–South inequality in the nation and the risorgimento, asking Neapolitans to root for Argentina. [ 53 ] Nevertheless, Argentina made its best performance in the World Cup and the equal ended 1–1 after 90 minutes. With zero goals in extra time, the game went to a penalty gunfight where Goycoechea was the hero again, stopping the shots from Aldo Serena and Roberto Donadoni to send Argentina to its second-straight World Cup final. For the final in Rome, Argentina played West Germany, coached by early actor Franz Beckenbauer. Caniggia was suspended for one game after receiving a yellow card in the match against Italy so he could not play the concluding. Germany arrived to the final as a wide favorite to take the Cup, as the squad had showed an effective and accurate play manner, unlike Argentina which ( with the exception of the game with Italy ) had not had good former performances. In addition, german footballers were in estimable condition while the Argentine players came to the final with several injuries, including Maradona. The crippled proved to be fierce, brutal and bad tempered, particularly from the Argentines. Nevertheless, Germany only could score a finish at 83 minutes for a doubtful punishment by Mexican referee Edgardo Codesal, who awarded Germany a penalty kick for what he thought was a foul by Roberto Sensini against Rudi Völler. The call was controversial, and it was heavily debated by the argentine players. Andreas Brehme converted the penalty bang to give West Germany team its third World Cup title. [ 54 ] [ 55 ] The 1986 champion side could not repeat the gamey performances made four years anterior, most notably Maradona, who played all the tournament injured. other players, including Ruggeri and Burruchaga, played in exchangeable conditions due to injury. [ 56 ] The most celebrated actor for Argentina was Sergio Goycochea, who is still remembered by his outstanding performance at the punishment gunfight. [ 57 ]

The Basile era [edit ]

After the World Cup, Bilardo resigned, considering that his era had finished, as did Diego Maradona, announcing that the 1990 World Cup had been his last tournament. [ 58 ] Alfio Basile was announced as his replacement. The raw passenger car started his tenure convinced that the fresh era would come up with young players to the team, so he by and large called up footballers who were playing in the domestic league quite than footballers from external championships, at least for the first time. Argentina debuted with Basile on the bench in February 1991, defeating Hungary 2–0 in Rosario. The national team played some friendly matches and tournaments such as the Stanley Rous Cup, where Argentina drew 2–2 with England at Wembley Stadium ( after losing 0–2 after the first half ). In March, Diego Maradona failed a drug test for cocaine in Italy, being suspended by 15 months. [ 59 ] [ 60 ]
1991 was besides the class when Argentina played its first official championship with Basile, the Copa América held in Chile. Argentina won its 13th Copa after 32 years, with a great operation on the field. The team debuted with a wide 3–0 to Venezuela, then defeating Chile 1–0 finishing the beginning stagecoach with a 4–1 over Paraguay. On the final beat, the Albiceleste achieved a great 3–2 over Brazil, then drew 0–0 with Chile and defeated Colombia 2–1 in the final match, winning the Cup due to points average. Argentina won the tournament unbeaten, winning six of seven matches. Gabriel Batistuta was besides the leading scorer of the Copa with six goals. apart from Batistuta, Sergio Goycochea, Leonardo Astrada, Claudio Caniggia, Diego Simeone ( who wore the number 10 kit out shirt ), Dario Franco, Leo Rodríguez were some of the most luminary argentine players. [ 58 ] In 1992, Argentina won the friendly tournament Kirin Cup ( defeating Japan and Wales ). then, in October, the team won the King Fahd Cup, where they easily defeated Ivory Coast 4–0 in the semi-final and Saudi Arab 3–1 in the final game. On 24 February 1993, Maradona returned to the team when Argentina played the Artemio Franchi Trophy against Denmark in Mar del Plata. Argentina won 5–4 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 reap. [ 61 ] That like year, the national team besides played the Copa América hosted by Ecuador, winning its second straight South american english entitle. Maradona had returned to active agent football after being suspended due to the incident with drugs but Basile did not call him for the Cup, so Simeone wore the emblematic number 10 again. Argentina only drew the matches against Mexico and Colombia ( both 1–1 ) and defeated Bolivia 1–0 to pass to the future stage. Argentina first eliminated Brazil for the second-straight time, ( 6–5 via penalty gunfight after a 1–1 draw ), then Colombia the same way ( 6–5 p.s. ), arriving to the concluding game against Mexico, which the national team won 2–1, with two goals from Batistuta. Argentina achieved its fourteenth championship, winning entirely two matches in convention fourth dimension, the rest either in extra meter or penalties. [ 62 ] This was previously the last Copa América Argentina had won. [ 63 ] In 2021, they defeated Brazil 0-1. Some of the players that took partially in the squad were Goycochea, Ruggeri, Batistitua, Franco, Simeone, Fernando Redondo and Luis Islas .

A second “ catastrophe ” in 1993 [edit ]

immediately after the Copa América, Argentina had to play the qualifiers for the 1994 World Cup, held in the United States. The team shared group with Colombia, Paraguay and Peru. Argentina won the inaugural two as visitor to Peru ( 1–0 in Lima ) and Paraguay ( 3–1 in Asunción ) but lost to Colombia 2–1 in Barranquilla. In Buenos Aires, Argentina defeated Peru 2–1, drew with Paraguay 0–0 and suffered a catastrophic loss to Colombia 5–0 on 5 September 1993 in the Estadio Monumental. It became the largest kill to a national team since a 1–6 leave in the 1958 World Cup. Colombia, with great players such as Carlos Valderrama, Freddy Rincón, Faustino Asprilla and Leonel Álvarez not alone won the qualifiers unbeaten, but sent Argentina to play against the spokesperson of Oceania to get a place for the World Cup. [ 64 ] The most important sports magazine of Argentina, El Gráfico, went into “ mourning ” with a completely black cover with the only caption : “ Vergüenza “ ( “ Shame ” ) that expressed the misrepresentation and humiliation after the kill. [ 65 ] [ 66 ] Argentina had to play two knockout games against Australia to earn a place at the World Cup. Basile asked Maradona to return to the national police squad so the team needed him to qualify to the Cup. Maradona agreed and he flew to Sydney with the lie of the team. [ 67 ] Argentina played the foremost game on 31 October 1993 which ended 1–1. The second match was in Buenos Aires, where the national team won 1–0 ( Batistuta ) qualifying for the World Cup. [ 68 ]

Another hard time : USA ’94 [edit ]

Argentina played several friendly matches as planning for the World Cup. The team lost to Brazil 0–2 but beat Morocco 3–1 at Salta and smashed Israel 3–0 in Ramat Gan. Argentina debuted in the backing thrashing Greece 4–0 in Boston, with a hat-trick by Batistuta. Maradona besides scored the third finish for Argentina, which would be his last finish in a World Cup. The national team played its second base meet against Nigeria again in Boston, which defeated by 2–1 ( 2 goals by Caniggia ). At the end of the match, Argentina became a darling to win the tournament, due to the attacking play style showed by the team ( playing with four forwards ), the number of goals scored and the thoroughly performances of some of its players such as Redondo, Caniggia, Batistuta, and even the aging Maradona, who looked in great human body and scored a jewel of a goal. At the end of the equal against Nigeria, Maradona was called for the drug test, which gave positive results for ephedrine, a banned meaning. The impingement and repercussion of the news were immediate, and Maradona was expelled from the tournament and suspended for 15 months by FIFA. [ 69 ] With the team silent hurt after losing its leader, Argentina was defeated by Bulgaria in the swelter estrus of Dallas for their concluding match of the first round. The team qualified to the knockout phase, where they were beaten by Romania 3–2 in Los Angeles ; Basile decided not to include Caniggia in this match after he was benched during the 27th minute of the Bulgaria match. After the successes of 1986 and 1990, Argentina was eliminated in the second round. Although eliminated ; in an ESPN interview with Quique Wolff, Maradona called the 1994 squad the greatest Argentina team of all time .

1998 World Cup [edit ]

With Maradona formally retired, Argentina went into the tournament with high expectations, still fielding players from their previous tournament, with Gabriel Batistuta inactive a constant goalscoring threat and Diego Simeone remaining as the lead calculate from the anchor position. Drawn into Group H of the competition, their opponents consisted of Japan, Jamaica and Croatia. They began their crusade with a 1–0 victory over the asian state, following it up with a 5–0 demolition of the Caribbeans. Their third group bet on was against the Croatians, who had besides confirmed qualification to the following rung and ended with victory for the Albiceleste by 1–0. Argentina went into the hard phase with the impressive record of seven goals scored, keeping clean sheets in all three group games. Their adversary was England ] ], fielding an evenly strong team. Argentina took the tip with barely six minutes played through Gabriel Batistuta from the punishment blemish, entirely for Alan Shearer to equalize through the like means four minutes later. Six minutes after, child Michael Owen broke by Roberto Ayala to score a great person attempt, which was finally cancelled out one minute into arrest time after a rid kick routine put Javier Zanetti through on goal to score, leaving the final result at 2–2 at the end of the first half. In the moment half, England playmaker David Beckham was sent off after a kick on Simeone, with the scores remaining unchanged until the end of normal time and extra clock. Argentina won 4–3 on penalties, after Ayala scored the critical topographic point kick to record their quarter-final spot, where the Netherlands awaited them. The game was an evenly fight match, with both sides scoring early goals ; Patrick Kluivert net after fair 12 minutes and Claudio López equalizing five minutes late. Argentina held an advantage as the Dutch went a man down with the dismissal of Arthur Numan after his second book for a foul on Simeone, though they were unable to take the opportunity and break the deadlock before they excessively went a man down ; with Ariel Ortega receiving two consecutive yellow cards, the first gear one for diving inside the punishment box, with the second coming after headbutting Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van five hundred Sar. Argentina ‘s defense mechanism held tightly as extra-time beckoned, until a long antenna ball from Dutch master Frank de Boer found Dennis Bergkamp, who maneuvered around Ayala and beat the Argentine goalkeeper Roa to send the Dutch through, eliminating Argentina from the competition .

2006 World Cup [edit ]

Argentina had been eliminated at the group degree at Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup, although they had been among the pre-tournament favorites. There was a high expectation of a better performance in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Argentina qualified for the smasher stages with wins over the Ivory Coast ( 2–1 ) and Serbia and Montenegro ( 6–0 ), and a 0–0 draw with the Netherlands. In the turn of 16, Argentina defeated Mexico 2–1 in extra-time, the winning goal scored by Maxi Rodríguez ; this goal went on to win an on-line poll organized by FIFA as the best goal of the World Cup. [ 70 ] In the quarter-final, they lost 4–2 in penalties against hosts Germany after a 1–1 guide. A brawl erupted between the Argentines and Germans after the bet on ended ; unused substitute Leandro Cufré was sent off for kicking Per Mertesacker, while Maxi Rodríguez hit Bastian Schweinsteiger from behind. Following an investigation of video evidence, FIFA issued four-and two-game suspensions for Cufre and Rodríguez respectively. Germany ‘s Torsten Frings was besides suspended for the semi-final match for punching Julio Cruz. soon after the elimination, passenger car José Pékerman resigned from his status. The AFA appointed Alfio Basile, who had previously managed the national side during the 1994 World Cup, as his successor .

2007 Copa América [edit ]

Argentina won all three games in the group stage, beating the United States, Colombia and Paraguay. After convincing victories over Peru and Mexico in the quarter-final and semi-final, respectively, they were favorites to beat Brazil in the final, but were defeated 3–0 .

2010 World Cup [edit ]

prior to the 2010 World Cup, Diego Maradona was appointed head coach. During the qualification procedure, he oversaw a 6–1 defeat to Bolivia in La Paz, Bolivia, and after a string of losses and draws, Argentina came perilously close to failing to qualify, but victories in the last two matches secured qualification for the concluding tournament. In the final tournament itself, Argentina was placed in Group B, winning all their games. Their first game was against Nigeria, where Argentina netted a goal in the sixth minute to ensure a 1–0 victory. In the second match, against South Korea, a Gonzalo Higuaín hat-trick and a korean own goal finished the score at 4–1. Argentina ‘s death group game was against Greece, a 2–0 victory. Argentina then advanced to the attack of 16 to play Mexico. The game started with controversy when Carlos Tevez headed a ball from Lionel Messi for a goal ; replay clearly showed that Tevez was in an offside position. finally, Argentina beat Mexico 3–1 to advance to the quarter-finals. In a much-hyped plot, Argentina was shocked after Germany eliminated them with a 4–0 winnings. Thomas Müller opened the grade in the third minute, with Miroslav Klose adding an extra two and Arne Friedrich one .

2011 Copa América [edit ]

Argentina line-up at a friendly equal volt. Portugal in Geneva, February 2011. The 2011 Copa América was the first major tournament for new passenger car Sergio Batista. Argentina started the tournament with a shocking 1–1 tie against underdog Bolivia. In their second gear game, they played a scoreless pull against Colombia in Santa Fe, but went on to win their third game 3–0 against underdog Costa Rica. Argentina was to play Uruguay in the quarter-finals. After going down after five minutes to a Diego Pérez goal, Gonzalo Higuaín equalized in the 17th moment. The score remained unaltered and after extra meter, Argentina lost 5–4 in penalties with a neglect from Carlos Tevez. After the elimination, Batista was sacked and replaced by former Estudiantes de La Plata bus Alejandro Sabella .

2014 World Cup [edit ]

Argentina qualified for the 2014 World Cup and were drawn into Group F alongside Nigeria, Iran and debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina. Argentina had beaten all three of those teams, well making it through to the adjacent round. In the future round, they beat Switzerland 1–0 after a scoreless 90 minutes. In the quarter-finals, they beat Belgium, besides 1–0 through an early finish. They then beat the Netherlands 4–2 from a penalty gunfight in São Paulo, but lost to eventual winners Germany in the final at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, concluding the World Cup runner-up .

2015 Copa América [edit ]

Argentina entered the subsequent tournament, the 2015 Copa América as heavy favorites to take home the trophy. They began their group phase against Paraguay, where after leading 2–0 for most of the match ultimately settled for a 2–2 draw. Despite doubts in defense, they overcame the difficulties to beat fellow tournament favorites Uruguay and Jamaica. Their quarter-final opposition was Colombia, whose uncompromising defense was impossible to break through and goalkeeper David Ospina making impressive saves to keep the game tied at 0–0. In penalties, Argentina missed respective chances until Carlos Tevez, who was the sole player to miss his smudge kick back during the previous tournament, netted his attack to send la Albiceleste through to the semi-finals to face Paraguay. The game was evenly played until half-time, when the score was 2–1 to Argentina, but four more goals during the second half allowed Argentina to cruise to the final, where they met host nation Chile. The final was a heatedly contested match, with both sides having great chances to open the marking, particularly with a mighty shot from Sergio Agüero in the first half for Argentina, with Alexis Sánchez having a clear one for Chile in the second half. With the scores still tied at the end of regulation, the match went to penalties. only captain Lionel Messi netted his penalty attempt, with Gonzalo Higuaín sending his undertake well over the crossbar and Éver Banega having his shoot saved by Claudio Bravo to leave the concluding scoreline at 4–1 in penalties .

Copa América Centenario [edit ]

once more, Argentina entered the tournament as heavy favorites to take home the trophy after 22 years of international drought. La Albiceleste cruised through their group, with their opening match being a replay of the Copa América final examination from the year before against trophy holders Chile, which Argentina would go on to win 2–1. further victories against Panama and Bolivia allowed them to top the group with the maximal phone number of points. Their quarter-final equal was against surprise side Venezuela, where the match remained flush for both sides before the Argentines won 4–1. They then dispatched hosts United States 4–0 to earn yet another final clash against Chile. As previously, it was an even match, with Chile initially having the upper pass and more possession before going a homo down, with Marcelo Díaz being dismissed after obstructing Messi on the ball. This, however, made it more unmanageable for Argentina to break through their defense, and they excessively would go a man down not long after with Marcos Rojo receiving a straight red batting order for a tackle on Arturo Vidal. once again the peer finished 0–0 and went to penalties. Although Sergio Romero saved Vidal ‘s penalty gripe, Messi shot his undertake over the crossbar, with the subsequent players netting their attempts until Bravo saved from Lucas Biglia and Francisco Silva netted the final penalty to once again handwriting Chile the trophy. The defeat caused frustration within the Argentine players, with Messi announcing his retirement from international football not long after, angstrom well as many others suggesting their departure from the national team ampere well .

2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying and warm-up preparation friendlies [edit ]

On 20 May 2017, the Argentine Football Association announced that Jorge Sampaoli would take over as the new national team director, officially on 1 June 2017. Sampaoli ‘s first gear plot in commission was a friendly equal against Brazil on 9 June in Australia, with Argentina winning 1–0. [ 71 ] however, Argentina struggled during the qualifiers, and it took a Lionel Messi hat trick at Ecuador to confirm reservation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. [ 72 ] On 27 March 2018, in a warm-up formulation friendly equal, Argentina, without its captain Messi, who was sidelined for the pit due to an injury, was routed 6-1 by 2010 FIFA World Cup supporter Spain at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. It was Spain ‘s biggest succeed over another previous World Cup champion, and Argentina ‘s biggest passing since their 6–1 loss to Bolivia in 2009, and besides tied the commemorate for Argentina ‘s biggest loss overall, by a gross profit of five goals. [ 73 ] On 14 May 2018, Sampaoli announced a 35-man preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup, and the final squad list was released on 21 May 2018. [ 74 ] When the World Cup in Russia came about, the tournament was a disaster for the Albiceleste. Argentina competed in Group D. Argentina drew 1–1 with Iceland during their first step World Cup group equal, with one goal scored by Sergio Agüero, [ 75 ] and the other one by Alfred Finnbogason, [ 76 ] an underwhelming performance that drew heavy criticism, particularly towards Sampaoli. [ 77 ] In the next group match, Argentina suffered a heavy 0–3 loss by Croatia due to “ a defense left exposed, a midfield that was overrun and an assail that was blunted ”, which put them on the verge of elimination and led to unconfirmed reports that Sampaoli would be sacked. [ 78 ] The match against Croatia was Sampaoli ‘s thirteenth crippled in charge, where he had used 13 lineups [ 79 ] and a sum of 59 players, [ 80 ] and despite a ten thousand of attacking choices the defense was poor. [ 81 ] [ 82 ] [ 83 ] [ 84 ] Sampaoli remained in his position, [ 85 ] as Argentina defeated Nigeria 2–1 in the third group peer thanks to an 88th infinitesimal enterprise goal to advance to the smasher degree. [ 86 ] In the round of 16, Argentina lost to France 4–3, despite an initial 2–1 lead as they conceded three consecutive goals, and was eliminated from the tournament. [ 87 ] On 15 July 2018, the Argentine Football Association announced that Sampaoli had left his side as national passenger car by reciprocal accept. [ 88 ] [ 89 ]

2021 Copa América [edit ]

At the 2021 Copa América, Argentina finished top of Group A with 3 wins and 1 guide. They defeated Ecuador and Colombia in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively to advance to the final. Argentina won their fifteenth Copa América title with a 1–0 victory against Brazil at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro .

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