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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.

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 (172)
Top scorerLionel Messi (98)
Home stadiumVarious
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 2 Increase 1 (22 December 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)
 Argentina 0–5 Colombia 
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 September 1993)
 Bolivia 6–1 Argentina 
(La Paz, Bolivia; 1 April 2009)[7]
 Spain 6–1 Argentina 
(Madrid, Spain; 27 March 2018)[8]
World Cup
Appearances18 (first in 1930)
Best resultChampions (1978, 1986, 2022)
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)

Nicknamed La Albiceleste ('The White and Sky Blue'), they are the reigning world champions, having won the most recent World Cup in 2022. Overall, Argentina has appeared in a World Cup final six times; a record equalled by Italy and surpassed only by Brazil and Germany; Argentina played in the first ever final in 1930, which they lost 4–2 to Uruguay. Argentina's next final appearance came 48 years later, in 1978, when the team captained by Daniel Passarella defeated the Netherlands 3–1 in extra time, being crowned world champions for the first time. Captained by Diego Maradona, Argentina won their second World Cup eight years later, in 1986, with a 3–2 final victory over West Germany. They reached the final once more under the guidance of Maradona, in 1990, but were ultimately beaten 1–0 by West Germany. A few decades later, Argentina led by Lionel Messi made their fifth final appearance in 2014, losing to Germany 1–0 after extra time. In 2022, again captained by Messi, they were crowned the World Champions for the third time, the fourth-most of any country, beating France 4–2 on penalties, following a 3–3 draw after extra time, hence becoming the third most successful team in the history of the FIFA World Cup.

The team's World Cup–winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978, Carlos Bilardo in 1986 and Lionel Scaloni in 2022. Since the Golden Ball for tournament's best player has been officially awarded by FIFA from 1982, Argentina players have won it thrice; Maradona in 1986 and Messi in 2014 and 2022. Argentines Guillermo Stábile in 1930 and Mario Kempes in 1978 were the top-scoring players at their respective World Cups.

Argentina has also been very successful in the Copa América, winning it 15 times, a record it shares with Uruguay, most recently winning the 2021 edition. The team also won the inaugural FIFA Confederations Cup in 1992. Argentina is the most successful team in the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions, having won it twice, in 1993 and 2022. Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, England, Germany and the Netherlands.[12][13] As of 2022, Argentina holds the record for most official titles won by a men's national team with 22.[14] Individually for Argentina, Lionel Messi is the all-time most-capped player with 172 games and the highest goalscorer with 98 goals.


The first ever match Argentina played was against Uruguay, on 20 June 1902.[note 3] 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, Argentina only played friendly matches against other South American teams. The reasons for this varied, including long travel times between countries and the interruption due to World War I.[16]

La Albiceleste has appeared in World Cup finals six times, including the first ever final in 1930, which they lost 4–2 to Uruguay. Argentina won their next final in 1978, beating the Netherlands 3–1. Eight years later, in 1986, Argentina led by Diego Maradona won their second title with a 3–2 victory over West Germany. Under the guidance of Maradona, they reached the final again, in 1990, but ultimately lost 1–0 to West Germany, by a much-disputed penalty. Led by Lionel Messi, Argentina reached the final in 2014, where they were beaten 1–0 by Germany in extra time. In 2022, again under the captaincy of Messi, Argentina won their third World Cup, beating France 4–2 on penalties, following a 3–3 draw after extra time.[17] The team's World Cup–winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978, Carlos Bilardo in 1986 and Lionel Scaloni in 2022.

Argentina has also been very successful in the South American Football Championship, the Copa América, winning it 15 times, a record it shares with Uruguay; they were crowned champions most recently in 2021. The team also won the inaugural FIFA Confederations Cup in 1992 and the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions in 1993 and 2022.

In March 2007, Argentina reached the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time.[18]

Home stadium

Estadio Monumental, a frequent venue for Argentina

Argentina plays most of its home matches at River Plate's stadium, Estadio Monumental, in Buenos Aires,[19][20] although the team also uses various other venues frequently, such as Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades[21][22] and Boca Juniors' stadium, La Bombonera.[22] Those venues, along with Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes and Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario,[23] were used for the 2022 World Cup qualification.[24] Additionally, Argentina played some matches at Rosario Central during their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.[25][26][27]

GEBA Stadium was the first stadium Argentina used for its home matches; that includes the Copa Newton match against Uruguay held on 13 September 1908,[28] which has a historic significance for being the first time Argentina wore the light blue and white-striped jersey in an official game, which has since then been the defining uniform up to the present day.[29] GEBA was also used for the Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo, the first competition held between South American national teams, considered the predecessor of Copa América, organised by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in 1910. Most recently, Argentina played at GEBA on 19 October 1919, winning the Copa Premier Honor Argentino after a 6–1 victory over Uruguay.[30]

Furthermore, Estadio Sportivo Barracas is also considered a memorable venue for Argentina; the stadium was commonly used by Argentina from 1920 to 1932. Playing at the stadium for La Albiceleste on 2 October 1924, forward Cesáreo Onzari scored directly from a corner kick, the first such incident in football, when Argentina beat Uruguay 2–1; such goals are now often referred as Olympic goals due to the fact that Argentina had just won the 1924 Olympic title.[31][32][33] Sportivo Barracas was later demolished after 1936.[34]

Team image


The classic light blue and white-striped jersey 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 Hand of God goal"

The first kit ever worn by Argentina, in their official debut against Uruguay in 1902, included a light blue shirt.[35][36] On 2 July 1908, Argentina debuted a shirt with light blue vertical stripes on a white jersey, which they used when they played a side formed of Liga Paulista players at Velódromo Paulistano;[37] they used the jersey in an official game against Uruguay on 13 September 1908, and the striped jersey has remained as the definitive kit for Argentina ever since then.[29] The team's away kits have been in dark blue shades, with the colours of shorts and socks varying from time to time.[38]

Argentina has also sported other kits; on 3 June 1919 in Rio de Janeiro, playing against Brazil, Argentina wore a light blue kit, similar to that of Uruguay, out of respect for Roberto Chery, a substitute goalkeeper for Uruguay, who had collapsed and died during a match against Chile at the 1919 South American Championship;[39][40] the game between Argentina and Brazil was organised by the Brazilian Football Confederation for the benefit of Chery's relatives. At the 1958 World Cup, Argentina wore the yellow jersey of Swedish club IFK Malmö against West Germany, as the team had arrived in Sweden without an away kit.

At the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, the then manager, Carlos Bilardo, asked the team's kit supplier, Le Coq Sportif, for lighter blue shirts for their quarter-final against England in three days, but they could not be provided. Then, a member of the coaching staff scoured the shops of Mexico City for 38 plain shirts, which were transformed with an improvised version of the AFA emblem embroidered on to the shirts[41] and silvery American football numbers ironed to the backs.[42] Sporting the makeshift jerseys, Argentina beat England on 22 June, with Diego Maradona scoring his famous "Hand of God goal".[43][44] Afterwards, the shirt became a symbol of the occasion and an important collector's item.[45]

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina debuted a black away kit;[46] and at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, they wore a purple away kit in a competitive game for the first time.[47][48]

Kit suppliers

The AFA emblem that was added to playing kits in 1976
Kit supplierPeriodRef.
Gath & Chaves1930–1934[49]
Industria Lanús1958–1963[50]
Noceto Sports1964–1965[51][52]
Le Coq Sportif1980–1989[49][55]


Argentina has used the logo of the Argentine Football Association as its emblem since it was first worn at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden; the logo was added to the team's jackets, but not the shirts.[41] The emblem was not used on jerseys until 16 November 1976, when Argentina played the Soviet Union at Estadio Monumental. At the beginning, the crest used did not include a laurel wreath,[58] which was first added for the 1982 World Cup.[41]

As a common practice,[59] two stars were added above the crest in 2004, symbolising Argentina's World Cup titles in 1978 and 1986.[58] In 2022, a third star was added after Argentina were crowned world champions for the third time.[60]

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win  Draw  Loss


v   Argentina
27 January 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Chile   1–2   Argentina Calama, Chile
21:15 CLT (UTC−3)
  • Brereton   20'
ReportStadium: Estadio Zorros del Desierto
Referee: Anderson Daronco (Brazil)
v   Venezuela
25 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   3–0   Venezuela Buenos Aires, Argentina
20:30 ART (UTC−3)
ReportStadium: La Bombonera
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
v   Argentina
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)
v   Estonia
5 June Friendly Argentina   5–0   Estonia Pamplona, Spain
19:00 (UTC+2)
ReportStadium: El Sadar Stadium
Attendance: 18,332
Referee: Urs Schnyder (Switzerland)
v   Honduras
23 September Friendly Argentina   3–0   Honduras Miami Gardens, United States
20:00 (UTC-4)
ReportStadium: Hard Rock Stadium
Referee: Rubiel Vasquez (United States)
v   Argentina
27 September Friendly Jamaica   0–3   Argentina Harrison, United States
20:00 (UTC-4)Report
Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortíz Nava (Mexico)
v   Argentina
16 November Friendly United Arab Emirates   0–5   Argentina Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
19:30 (UTC+4)Report
Stadium: Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)
v   Saudi Arabia
22 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Argentina   1–2   Saudi Arabia Lusail, Qatar
13:00 AST (UTC+3)
ReportStadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Attendance: 88,012
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
v   Mexico
26 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Argentina   2–0   Mexico Lusail, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+3)
ReportStadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Attendance: 88,966
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
v   Argentina
30 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Poland   0–2   Argentina Doha, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+3)Report
Stadium: Stadium 974
Attendance: 44,089
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
v   Australia
3 December 2022 FIFA World Cup R16 Argentina   2–1   Australia Al Rayyan, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+3)
Stadium: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
Attendance: 45,032
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
v   Argentina
9 December 2022 FIFA World Cup QF Netherlands   2–2 (a.e.t.)
(3–4 p)
  Argentina Lusail, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+3)
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Attendance: 88,235
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
v   Croatia
13 December 2022 FIFA World Cup SF Argentina   3–0   Croatia Lusail, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+3)
ReportStadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Attendance: 88,966
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
v   France
18 December 2022 FIFA World Cup Final Argentina   3–3 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
  France Lusail, Qatar
18:00 AST (UTC+3)
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Attendance: 88,966
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Note: Argentina won on penalty kicks 4–2

Coaching staff

Head coach  Lionel Scaloni
Assistant coach  Pablo Aimar
Assistant coach  Roberto Ayala
Assistant coach  Walter Samuel
Assistant coach (analyst)  Matías Manna
Fitness coach  Luis Martín
Goalkeeping coach  Martín Tocalli

Manager history


Current squad

The following 26 players were named in the squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[66] On 17 November, Nicolás González withdrew injured and was replaced by Ángel Correa.[67] On the same day Joaquín Correa withdrew injured and was replaced by Thiago Almada.[68]

Caps and goals are correct as of 18 December 2022, after the match against France.[citation needed]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKFranco Armani (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 36)180  River Plate
121GKGerónimo Rulli (1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 (age 30)40  Ajax
231GKEmiliano Martínez (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 30)260  Aston Villa

22DFJuan Foyth (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 25)170  Villarreal
32DFNicolás Tagliafico (1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 30)480  Lyon
42DFGonzalo Montiel (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 26)220  Sevilla
62DFGermán Pezzella (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 31)352  Betis
82DFMarcos Acuña (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 31)490  Sevilla
132DFCristian Romero (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 24)191  Tottenham Hotspur
192DFNicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 34)1004  Benfica
252DFLisandro Martínez (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 25)150  Manchester United
262DFNahuel Molina (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 24)271  Atlético Madrid

53MFLeandro Paredes (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 28)514  Juventus
73MFRodrigo De Paul (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 28)512  Atlético Madrid
143MFExequiel Palacios (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 24)230  Bayer Leverkusen
163MFThiago Almada (2001-04-26) 26 April 2001 (age 21)20  Atlanta United
173MFAlejandro Gómez (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 34)173  Sevilla
183MFGuido Rodríguez (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 28)271  Betis
203MFAlexis Mac Allister (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 24)141  Brighton & Hove Albion
243MFEnzo Fernández (2001-01-17) 17 January 2001 (age 22)101  Benfica

94FWJulián Álvarez (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 22)197  Manchester City
104FWLionel Messi (captain) (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 35)17298  Paris Saint-Germain
114FWÁngel Di María (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 34)12928  Juventus
154FWÁngel Correa (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 27)233  Atlético Madrid
214FWPaulo Dybala (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 29)363  Roma
224FWLautaro Martínez (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 25)4621  Internazionale

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKAgustín Marchesín (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 34)80  Celta de Vigo2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
GKJuan Musso (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 28)20  Atalanta2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
GKAgustín Rossi (1995-08-21) 21 August 1995 (age 27)00  Boca Juniors2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
GKEsteban Andrada (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 32)40  Monterreyv.   Venezuela, 24 March 2022 PRE

DFLucas Martínez Quarta (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 26)110  Fiorentina2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
DFWalter Kannemann (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 31)60  Grêmio2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
DFFacundo Medina (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 23)20  Lens2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
DFMarcos Senesi (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 25)10  Bournemouth2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
DFNehuén Pérez (2000-06-24) 24 June 2000 (age 22)10  Udinese2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
DFNicolás Fernández (2000-01-11) 11 January 2000 (age 23)00  Elche2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
DFFranco Carboni (2003-04-04) 4 April 2003 (age 19)00  Cagliariv.   Ecuador, 29 March 2022

MFGiovani Lo Celso (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 26)412  Villarreal2022 FIFA World Cup PRE/INJ
MFRoberto Pereyra (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 32)192  Udinese2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
MFMaximiliano Meza (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 30)110  Monterrey2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
MFNicolás Domínguez (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 24)111  Bologna2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
MFLucas Ocampos (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 28)102  Ajax2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
MFEmiliano Buendía (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 26)10  Aston Villa2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
MFMatías Soulé (2003-04-15) 15 April 2003 (age 19)00  Juventus2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
MFNicolás Paz (2004-09-08) 8 September 2004 (age 18)00  Real Madrid B2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
MFLuka Romero (2004-11-18) 18 November 2004 (age 18)00  Lazio2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
MFValentín Carboni (2005-03-05) 5 March 2005 (age 17)00  Internazionale U192022 FIFA World Cup PRE
MFManuel Lanzini (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 29)51  West Ham Unitedv.   Ecuador, 29 March 2022
MFTiago Geralnik (2003-03-31) 31 March 2003 (age 19)00  Villarreal Bv.   Ecuador, 29 March 2022

FWJoaquín Correa (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 28)194  Internazionale2022 FIFA World Cup INJ
FWNicolás González (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 24)213  Fiorentina2022 FIFA World Cup INJ
FWLucas Alario (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 30)93  Eintracht Frankfurt2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
FWGiovanni Simeone (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 27)51  Napoli2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
FWAlejandro Garnacho (2004-07-01) 1 July 2004 (age 18)00  Manchester United2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
FWLucas Boyé (1996-02-28) 28 February 1996 (age 26)10  Elchev.   Ecuador, 29 March 2022

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 and achievements

    As of 18 December 2022[69]
    Players in bold are still active with Argentina.

Most-capped players

Lionel Messi is Argentina's most-capped player and all-time top scorer
1Lionel Messi172982005–present
2Javier Mascherano14732003–2018
3Javier Zanetti14551994–2011
4Ángel Di María129282008–present
5Roberto Ayala11571994–2007
6Diego Simeone104111988–2002
7Sergio Agüero101412006–2021
8Nicolás Otamendi10042009–present
9Oscar Ruggeri9771983–1994
10Sergio Romero9602009–2018

Top goalscorers

1Lionel Messi (list)981720.572005–present
2Gabriel Batistuta (list)56780.721991–2002
3Sergio Agüero411010.412006–2021
4Hernán Crespo35640.551995–2007
5Diego Maradona (list)34910.371977–1994
6Gonzalo Higuaín31750.412009–2018
7Ángel Di María281290.212008–present
8Luis Artime24250.961961–1967
9Leopoldo Luque22450.491975–1981
Daniel Passarella22700.311976–1986

World Cup-winning captains

World Cup winning captains of Argentina
Daniel Passarella in 1978
Diego Maradona in 1986
Lionel Messi in 2022
1978Daniel Passarella7022
1986Diego Maradona9134
2022Lionel Messi17298



Manager records

World Cup awards and achievements

World Cup Golden Ball

The World Cup Golden Ball has been given by FIFA to the best player at the World Cup since 1982; Argentina players have won it thrice; Maradona in 1986 and Messi in 2014 and 2022.[81]

World Cup top goalscorer

Guillermo Stábile in 1930 and Mario Kempes in 1978 were both the top-scoring players at their respective World Cups.[82]

World Cup Golden Glove

The best goalkeeper at the World Cup is awarded the FIFA World Cup Golden Glove. In 2022 this award was won by Emiliano Martínez.[83]

World Cup Young Player Award

The best player at the World Cup that is under the age of 21 is awarded the FIFA World Cup Young Player Award. In 2022 this award was won by Enzo Fernández.[83]

Competitive record

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place     Tournament played fully or partially on home soil  

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup recordQualification record
  1930Runners-up2nd5401189SquadQualified as invitees
  1934Round of 169th100123SquadQualified automatically
  1958Group stage13th3102510Squad4301102
  1970Did not qualify411246
  1974Second group stage8th6123912Squad431092
  1978Champions1st7511154SquadQualified as hosts
  1982Second group stage11th520387SquadQualified as defending champions
  1990Runners-up2nd723254SquadQualified as defending champions
  1994Round of 1610th420286Squad8422910
    2002Group stage18th311122Squad1813414215
  2018Round of 1616th411269Squad187741916
      2026To be determinedTo be determined
Total3 Titles18/2288471724152101153864225262135

Copa América

South American Championship / Copa América record
  1919Third place3rd310277Squad
  1922Fourth place4th420263Squad
 1956Third place3rd530253Squad
  1963Third place3rd63121510Squad
  1975Group stage5th4202174Squad
  1979Group stage8th411276Squad
  1983Group stage6th413054Squad
  1987Fourth place4th411254Squad
  1989Third place3rd723224Squad
  2019Third place3rd631276Squad
Total15 Titles43/472021274233474182

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
  1997Did not qualify
  2009Did not qualify
Total1 Title3/10105322214

CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions

CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions record
  1985Did not qualify
Total2 Titles2/3211041

Olympic Games

  • 1928: Senior squad[note 5]
  • 1928–1988: Amateur (youth) players[9]
  • 1992–present: U-23 players[10][9]
Olympic Games record
  1896No football tournament
  1900Did not participate
  1928Silver medal2nd5311257Squad
  1932No football tournament
  1936Did not participate
  1964Group stage10th201134Squad
  1968Did not qualify
  1980Qualified but withdrew
  1984Did not qualify

Head-to-head record

Below is a result summary of all matches Argentina has played against FIFA recognised teams.[84]

    As of 18 December 2022

  More wins than losses  Equal wins and losses  More losses than wins

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



Argentina v Brazil match at the 1990 World Cup

Argentina and Brazil have a strong rivalry which is one of the oldest in South America.[85] Games between the two teams, even those that are only friendly matches, are often marked by notable and controversial incidents. The rivalry has also been referred to as the "Battle of the Americas." FIFA has described it as the "essence of football rivalry".[86] CNN ranked it second on their top 10 list of international football rivalries—only below the older England–Scotland football rivalry.[87]

The rivalry has extended to comparisons between Pelé and Diego Maradona.[88][89] Some of their countrymen also feature regularly in such debates. The next most notable pair are perhaps Garrincha (Brazilian)[90] and Alfredo Di Stéfano (Argentine).[91] The most dominant figures from the two countries in the modern game are Neymar (Brazilian) and Lionel Messi (Argentine). Both Pelé and Maradona have declared Neymar and Messi their respective "successors".[92][93]


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.


Diego Maradona and Karl Rummenigge prior to the 1986 World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany

Argentina has 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.[94] In 1966 both again faced each other in the group stage which ended in a scoreless draw.[95] In 2006, they met in the quarter-finals; Argentina lost on penalties after a 1–1 draw, which was followed by a brawl on the pitch involving several players.[96][97] 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.


Although the first official match between both nations came in the 1930 FIFA World Cup where Argentina beat Mexico 6–3 on group stage, the rivalry emerged during the late twentieth century, especially after the 1993 Copa América Final, where Argentina beat Mexico 2–1.[98][99][100] That was the first time a non-CONMEBOL nation played in a Copa América final, and the first final played between both sides.[101]

The rivalry has continued in club competitions, where Argentine and Mexicans first met in 1968 Copa Interamericana. The rivalry between both nations at club level increased during the late 1990s, when Mexican clubs were invited to participate in Copa Libertadores, where they played memorable matches v Boca Juniors.[102]

During the 2022 FIFA World Cup held in Qatar, some Mexican and Argentine fans had a fight in Doha prior to the match between both sides.[103] Both supporters fought again inside Lusail Stadium after the match that Argentina won 2–0.[104]


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.[105][106][107][108][109][110] 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,[111] 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[112] and 2018[113] World Cup fixtures.

The sense of rivalry is more keenly felt on the Nigerian side, as Argentina has won almost all of their encounters and has a much bigger rivalry with Brazil, England, Germany and Uruguay in contrast to the West Africans who remain keen to finally overcome a more illustrious foe.[106]


Argentina has a long-standing rivalry with its neighbour, 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 7]



Olympic team


Chronology of titles

Host nationTournamentYearNo.
  ArgentinaCopa América19211st
  ArgentinaCopa América19252nd
  PeruCopa América19273rd
  ArgentinaCopa América19294th
  ArgentinaCopa América19375th
  ChileCopa América19416th
  ChileCopa América19457th
  ArgentinaCopa América19468th
  EcuadorCopa América19479th
  ChileCopa América195510th
  PeruCopa América195711th
  ArgentinaCopa América195912th
  Costa RicaPanamerican Championship196013th
  ArgentinaWorld Cup197814th
  MexicoWorld Cup198615th
  ChileCopa América199116th
  Saudi ArabiaConfederations Cup199217th
  ArgentinaCONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions199318th
  EcuadorCopa América199319th
  BrazilCopa América202120th
  EnglandCONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions202221st
  QatarWorld Cup202222nd


Senior competition   Total
World Cup3306
Copa América1514534
Confederations Cup1203
Olympic Games0101
Panamerican Championship1102
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions2002
  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.

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Notes and references


  1. ^ After 1988, the tournament has been restricted to squads with no more than 3 players over the age of 23, and these matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
  2. ^ From 1992 on, medals won by Argentina were with the U-23 team, not the senior squad, as ruled by the IOC.[9][10]
  3. ^ There is a precedent of a match played between an Argentine representative against 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 line-up featured nine players from Albion and two from Nacional.[5][15][4]
  4. ^ Calomino is cited on AFA website as one of the managars who won Copa América titles.[65] Nevertheless, other sources do not include him as coach.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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]
  8. ^ a b c d Organised by Argentine and Uruguayan Associations
  9. ^ Organised as part of the celebrations for the Argentine Centennial.
  10. ^ a b Organised by Brazilian and Argentine Associations
  11. ^ Organised by the Brazilian Confederation
  12. ^ Organised by Japanese Kirin Company


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