2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: ARGENTINA

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Introduction and history

The Argentina national football team represents Argentina in all of its international games. Controlled by the Argentine Football Association (AFA), it is one of the 13 debutant countries that participated in the inaugural FIFA World Cup of 1930. Losing to the host of 1930 World cup Uruguay in the finals, Argentina became the runner-up in their very first world stage.

Caption: Argentina national football team logo

In 1978, Argentina hosted their first World Cup and being favoured by their home ground, Argentina won the 1978 finals by defeating the Netherlands with a score of 3-1. Another victory laid in wait for this team in 1986 where they defeated West Germany by a score of 3-2.

Caption: Diego Maradona of the 1986 Argentina national football team lifting the trophy after winning in the finals

The following FIFA World Cup of 1990, Argentina held yet another title by becoming the runner-up after losing against West Germany with a score of 1-0. Argentina didn’t appear in the spotlight until the 2014 World Cup where they became the runner-up by losing against Germany with a score of 1-0.

Argentina participated for a total of 17 times in World Cup with their best performances being the champions in 1978 and 1986. As of January 18, 2018, Argentina lies in the 4th position of FIFA ranking. In March 2007, Argentina secured the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time.

The captain if this legendary team is none other than Lionel Messi with the record of 123 caps and 61 goals. It was due to his epic performance in the 2018 FIFA qualifications that helped Argentina to secure a position in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Since 2017, Jorge Sampaoli has been coaching the Argentina team.

Caption: The current captain of the Argentina national football team Lionel Messi in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifications

 

The very first Argentinian national team manager was Angerl Vazquez whereas the longest-period managing coach was Guillermo Stabile.

The current Argentina squad has 25 players who were called up for the friendly matches against Russia and Nigeria in 2017.

Feel free to check out the details of players that are given below:

Jersey number

Position

Player

Date of birth

Goals

1

Goalkeeper

Sergio Romero

22 February 1987

0

12

Goalkeeper

Nahuel Guzman

10 February 1986

0

23

Goalkeeper

Agustin Marchesin

16 March 1988

0

14

Defender

Javier Mascherano

8 June 1984

3

17

Defender

Nicolas Otamendi

12 February 1988

3

3

Defender

Federico Fazio

17 March 1987

1

6

Defender

Emiliano Insua

7 January 1989

0

2

Defender

Emanuel Mammana

10 February 1996

0

4

Defender

German Pezzella

27 June 1991

0

19

Midfielder

Ever Banega

29 June 1988

5

8

Midfielder

Enzo Perez

22 February 1986

1

13

Midfielder

Matias Kranevitter

21 May 1993

0

18

Midfielder

Eduardo Salvio

13 July 1990

0

25

Midfielder

Fernando Belluschi

10 September 1983

0

22

Midfielder

Alejandro Gomez

15 February 1988

1

16

Midfielder

Diego Perotti

26 July 1988

0

24

Midfielder

Emiliano Rigoni

4 February 1993

0

5

Midfielder

Leandro Paredes

29 June 1994

1

20

Midfielder

Giovani Lo Celso

9 April 1996

0

10

Forward

Lionel Messi (captain)

24 June 1987

61

11

Forward

Angel Di Maria

14 February 1988

19

9

Forward

Sergio Aguero

2 June 1988

36

21

Forward

Paulo Dybala

15 November 1993

0

7

Forward

Dario Benedetto

17 May 1990

0

26

Forward

Cristian Pavon

21 January 1996

0


 

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