Argentina national football team
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. Argentina's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires.
La Selección (National Team), also known as La Albiceleste, has appeared in five World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost 4–2 to Uruguay. Argentina won in their next final appearance in 1978, beating the Netherlands 3–1 at extra time. Argentina won again in 1986 with a 3–2 victory over West Germany, and a tournament campaign inspired by their captain Diego Maradona. They made the World Cup finals once more in 1990, and lost 1–0 to West Germany following a controversial penalty call in the 87th minute. Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, made their fifth appearance in a World Cup final in 2014, again losing to Germany 1–0 during extra-time. Argentina's World Cup winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978 and Carlos Bilardo in 1986.
Argentina has also been very successful in the Copa América, winning it 15 times, most recently led by Lionel Messi in 2021, and are currently tied with Uruguay in most wins. The team also won the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup. Argentina is the most successful team in the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions, having won it twice (1993 and 2022). Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, England and Germany.
The first match ever recorded for Argentina was against Uruguay, on 20 June 1902.[note 2] The game (which was the first international for both sides) was held in Montevideo and Argentina won 6–0. During the first years of its existence, the Argentina national team only played friendly matches against other South American teams. The reasons for this varied, including long travel times between countries and the interruption of World War I.
La Selección (national team), also known as the Albicelestes (sky blue and whites), has appeared in five World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost, 4–2, to Uruguay. Argentina won in their next final in 1978, beating the Netherlands, 3–1. Argentina, led by Diego Maradona won again in 1986, a 3–2 victory over West Germany. Argentina last reached the World Cup final in 2014, where it lost 1–0 to the Germany. Previous to this their last World Cup final was in 1990, which is also lost, 1–0, to West Germany by a much-disputed penalty. Argentina's World Cup-winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978, and Carlos Bilardo in 1986.
Argentina has been very successful in the Copa América, winning it 15 times. The team also won the FIFA Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup, both in 1992, the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions in 1993 and 2022, and the Nations' Cup in 1964. Argentina 'Olympic' team (with only three players of over 23 years of age included in the squad) won the Olympics football tournaments in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
Argentina play their most matches at River Plate stadium, Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, although the team has also played in other venues such as Rosario Central, (during the 2010 World Cup qualification) Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero, Boca Juniors' stadium (La Bombonera) Those venues were used in some matches of the 2022 World Cup qualification, along with Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes in Córdoba and Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario in the homonymous province.
GEBA Stadium was the venue where Argentina played their first international matches as local team. The match held on September 13, 1908, for the Copa Newton v. Uruguay has a historic relevance for being the first time Argentine wore the light blue and white striped jersey, which would be the definitive uniform up to present days. GEBA was also venue for the Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo, the first international South American competition organised in 1910. The Argentina national team played its last game at GEBA on October 19, 1919, when the squad won the Copa Premier Honor Argentino after thrashing Uruguay by 6–1,
Other memorable venue for Argentina was Estadio Sportivo Barracas, which holds an important anecdotal fact in its history on October 2, 1924, when Argentina beat Uruguay 2–1 with a goal converted directly from a corner kick by forward Cesáreo Onzari. Since then, a goal like Onzari's is referred as a Gol olímpico or Olympic goal. Sportivo Barracas was the usual venue for Argentina from 1920 to 1932. The stadium would be later demolished in 1937.
The kit first worn by Argentina in their official debut v Uruguay in 1902 was a light blue shirt. On July 2, 1908, Argentina debuted the light blue vertical stripe on white jersey, when the squad played vs a team formed by Liga Paulista players at Velódromo Paulistano. That striped jersey has remained as the official kit since then. The away kits usually have been in dark blue shades, varying the colors of shorts and socks.
Argentina has sported other kits until the blue strip on white kit was made official. On 3 June 1919 in Rio de Janeiro playing the "Roberto Chery Cup" against Brazil, Argentina wore a light blue kit, similar to Uruguay. The trophy was established by Brazilian Football Confederation, for the benefit of Roberto Chery's relatives. Chery was Uruguay's substitute goalkeeper and died during the 1919 South American Championship after collapsing in a game against Chile.
A last moment jersey changed at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico is memorable. Then manager Carlos Bilardo asked the team kit supplier Le Coq Sportif for a lighter blue shirt for the quarter-final in three days against England, that could not be provided. A member of coaching staff scoured the shops of Mexico City for 38 shirt plain shirts. They were transformed with an improvised version of the AFA emblem embroidered on to the shirts, and silvery American football numbers ironed to the backs. Argentina beat England with Diego Maradona's "goal of the century". The shirt style became an emblem of the occasion and a collector's item.
|Gath & Chaves||1930–1934|||
|Le Coq Sportif||1980–1989|||
The Argentine Football Association ("AFA") logo has been always used as the team emblem. It debuted in the 1958 World Cup held in Sweden, when Argentina added the AFA logo to their jackets, but not to the shirts.
Nevertheless, the AFA emblem was not used on jerseys until 16 November 1976, when Argentina played the Soviet Union at Estadio Monumental. The first emblem was a simplified version of the crest (without the laurel wreath, that was added for the 1982 World Cup).
In 2004, the two stars added above the crest symbolized the national team FIFA World championships of 1978 and 1986.
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Venezuela||1–3||Argentina||Caracas, Venezuela|
|20:00 VET (UTC−4)|| ||Report||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV|
Referee: Leodán González (Uruguay)
|9 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Argentina||3–0||Bolivia||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|21:30 ART (UTC−3)|| ||Report||Stadium: El Monumental|
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
|7 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Paraguay||0–0||Argentina||Asunción, Paraguay|
|20:00 PYST (UTC−3)||Report||Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco|
Referee: Anderson Daronco (Brazil)
|10 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Argentina||3–0||Uruguay||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|20:30 ART (UTC−3)||Report||Stadium: El Monumental|
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
|14 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Argentina||1–0||Peru||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|20:30 ART (UTC−3)|| ||Report||Stadium: El Monumental|
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
|12 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Uruguay||0–1||Argentina||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|20:00 UYT (UTC−3)||Report|| ||Stadium: Estadio Campeón del Siglo|
Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)
|16 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Argentina||0–0||Brazil||San Juan, Argentina|
|20:30 ART (UTC−3)||Report||Stadium: Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario|
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
|27 January 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Chile||1–2||Argentina||Calama, Chile|
|21:15 CLT (UTC−3)|| ||Report||Stadium: Estadio Zorros del Desierto|
Referee: Anderson Daronco (Brazil)
|1 February 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Argentina||1–0||Colombia||Córdoba, Argentina|
|20:30 ART (UTC−3)|| ||Report||Stadium: Chateau Carreras|
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
|25 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Argentina||3–0||Venezuela||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|20:30 ART (UTC−3)||Report||Stadium: La Bombonera|
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
|29 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Ecuador||1–1||Argentina||Guayaquil, Ecuador|
|18:30 ECT (UTC−5)|| ||Report|| ||Stadium: Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo|
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
|1 June 2022 Finalissima||Italy||0–3||Argentina||London, England|
|19:45 BST (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Wembley Stadium|
Referee: Piero Maza (Chile)
|5 June Friendly||Argentina||5–0||Estonia||Pamplona, Spain|
|19:00 (UTC+2)|| ||Report||Stadium: El Sadar Stadium|
Referee: Urs Schnyder (Switzerland)
|23 September Friendly||Argentina||3–0||Honduras||Miami Gardens, United States|
|20:00 (UTC-4)||Report||Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium|
Referee: Rubiel Vasquez (United States)
|27 September Friendly||Jamaica||v||Argentina||Harrison, United States|
|20:00 (UTC-4)||Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena|
|16 November Friendly||United Arab Emirates||v||Argentina||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Report||Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium|
|22 November 2022 FIFA World Cup||Argentina||v||Saudi Arabia||Lusail, Qatar|
|13:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium|
|26 November 2022 FIFA World Cup||Argentina||v||Mexico||Lusail, Qatar|
|22:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium|
|30 November 2022 FIFA World Cup||Poland||v||Argentina||Doha, Qatar|
|22:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Stadium 974|
|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|
- Ángel Vázquez (1924–25)
- José Lago Millán (1927–28)
- Francisco Olazar (1928–29)
- Francisco Olazar & Juan J. Tramutola (1929–30)
- Felipe Pascucci (1934)
- Manuel Seoane (1934–37)
- Ángel Fernández Roca (1937–39)
- Guillermo Stábile (1939–58)
- Victorio Spinetto (1959)
- Guillermo Stábile (1960–61)
- Juan Carlos Lorenzo (1962–63)
- Alejandro Galán (1963)
- Horacio Torres (1963–64)
- José María Minella (1964–68)
- Renato Cesarini (1968)
- Humberto Maschio (1968–69)
- Adolfo Pedernera (1969)
- Juan José Pizzuti (1969–72)
- Omar Sívori (1972–74)
- Vladislao Cap (1974)
- César Luis Menotti (1974–83)
- Carlos Bilardo (1983–90)
- Alfio Basile (1990–94)
- Daniel Passarella (1994–98)
- Marcelo Bielsa (1998–2004)
- José Pékerman (2004–06)
- Alfio Basile (2006–08)
- Diego Maradona (2008–10)
- Sergio Batista (2010–11)
- Alejandro Sabella (2011–14)
- Gerardo Martino (2014–16)
- Edgardo Bauza (2016–17)
- Jorge Sampaoli (2017–18)
- Lionel Scaloni (2018–present)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|12||1GK||Franco Armani||(1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 35)||18||0||River Plate|
|23||1GK||Gerónimo Rulli||(1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 (age 30)||4||0||Villarreal|
|1||1GK||Emiliano Martínez||(1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 30)||17||0||Aston Villa|
|2||2DF||Lisandro Martínez||(1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 24)||8||0||Manchester United|
|3||2DF||Nicolás Tagliafico||(1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 30)||41||0||Lyon|
|4||2DF||Gonzalo Montiel||(1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 25)||16||0||Sevilla|
|6||2DF||Germán Pezzella||(1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 31)||31||2||Betis|
|13||2DF||Nehuén Pérez||(2000-06-24) 24 June 2000 (age 22)||1||0||Udinese|
|19||2DF||Facundo Medina||(1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 23)||2||0||Lens|
|21||2DF||Nahuel Molina||(1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 24)||18||0||Atlético Madrid|
|2DF||Nicolás Otamendi||(1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 34)||91||4||Benfica|
|2DF||Marcos Acuña||(1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 30)||42||0||Sevilla|
|2DF||Cristian Romero||(1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 24)||11||1||Tottenham Hotspur|
|5||3MF||Leandro Paredes||(1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 28)||45||4||Juventus|
|7||3MF||Rodrigo De Paul||(1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 28)||42||2||Atlético Madrid|
|8||3MF||Thiago Almada||(2001-04-26) 26 April 2001 (age 21)||1||0||Atlanta United|
|11||3MF||Ángel Di María||(1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 34)||122||25||Juventus|
|14||3MF||Enzo Fernández||(2001-01-17) 17 January 2001 (age 21)||1||0||Benfica|
|15||3MF||Alexis Mac Allister||(1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 23)||6||0||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|17||3MF||Alejandro Gómez||(1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 34)||15||3||Sevilla|
|18||3MF||Guido Rodríguez||(1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 28)||24||1||Betis|
|20||3MF||Giovani Lo Celso||(1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 26)||40||2||Villarreal|
|3MF||Nicolás González||(1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 24)||21||3||Fiorentina|
|9||4FW||Julián Álvarez||(2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 22)||10||1||Manchester City|
|10||4FW||Lionel Messi (captain)||(1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 35)||163||88||Paris Saint-Germain|
|16||4FW||Ángel Correa||(1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 27)||22||3||Atlético Madrid|
|22||4FW||Lautaro Martínez||(1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 25)||39||21||Internazionale|
|4FW||Paulo Dybala||(1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 28)||34||3||Roma|
|4FW||Joaquín Correa||(1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 28)||17||3||Internazionale|
The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Juan Musso||(1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 28)||2||0||Atalanta||v. Honduras, 23 September 2022 PRE|
|GK||Esteban Andrada||(1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 31)||4||0||Monterrey||v. Venezuela, 24 March 2022 PRE|
|GK||Federico Gomes Gerth||(2004-03-05) 5 March 2004 (age 18)||0||0||Tigre||v. Uruguay, 12 November 2021|
|DF||Lucas Martínez Quarta||(1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 26)||11||0||Fiorentina||v. Honduras, 23 September 2022 PRE|
|DF||Juan Foyth||(1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 24)||15||0||Villarreal||v. Estonia, 5 June 2022|
|DF||Marcos Senesi||(1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 25)||1||0||Bournemouth||v. Estonia, 5 June 2022|
|DF||Franco Carboni||(2003-04-04) 4 April 2003 (age 19)||0||0||Cagliari||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Gastón Ávila||(2001-08-30) 30 August 2001 (age 21)||0||0||Royal Antwerp||v. Uruguay, 12 November 2021|
|MF||Exequiel Palacios||(1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 23)||20||0||Bayer Leverkusen||v. Honduras, 23 September 2022 INJ|
|MF||Nicolás Domínguez||(1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 24)||11||1||Bologna||v. Italy, 1 June 2022 PRE|
|MF||Lucas Ocampos||(1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 28)||10||2||Ajax||v. Italy, 1 June 2022 PRE|
|MF||Emiliano Buendía||(1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 25)||1||0||Aston Villa||v. Italy, 1 June 2022 PRE|
|MF||Manuel Lanzini||(1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 29)||5||1||West Ham United||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Valentín Carboni||(2005-03-05) 5 March 2005 (age 17)||0||0||Internazionale U19||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Tiago Geralnik||(2003-03-31) 31 March 2003 (age 19)||0||0||Villarreal B||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Nicolás Paz||(2004-09-08) 8 September 2004 (age 18)||0||0||Real Madrid B||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Luka Romero||(2004-11-18) 18 November 2004 (age 17)||0||0||Lazio||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Matías Soulé||(2003-04-15) 15 April 2003 (age 19)||0||0||Juventus||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Roberto Pereyra||(1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 31)||19||2||Udinese||v. Venezuela, 24 March 2022 PRE|
|MF||Maximiliano Meza||(1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 29)||11||0||Monterrey||v. Colombia, 1 February 2022|
|MF||Cristian Medina||(2002-06-01) 1 June 2002 (age 20)||0||0||Boca Juniors||v. Uruguay, 12 November 2021|
|MF||Santiago Simón||(2002-06-13) 13 June 2002 (age 20)||0||0||River Plate||v. Uruguay, 12 November 2021|
|FW||Lucas Alario||(1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 29)||9||3||Eintracht Frankfurt||v. Italy, 1 June 2022 PRE|
|FW||Lucas Boyé||(1996-02-28) 28 February 1996 (age 26)||1||0||Elche||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
|FW||Alejandro Garnacho||(2004-07-01) 1 July 2004 (age 18)||0||0||Manchester United||v. Ecuador, 29 March 2022|
|FW||Giovanni Simeone||(1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 27)||5||1||Napoli||v. Venezuela, 24 March 2022 PRE|
|FW||Exequiel Zeballos||(2002-04-24) 24 April 2002 (age 20)||0||0||Boca Juniors||v. Uruguay, 12 November 2021|
COV Withdrew from the squad due to quarantine or infection by COVID-19
- As of 23 September 2022
- Players in bold are still active with Argentina.
Most capped players
|4||Ángel Di María||122||25||2008–present|
|1||Lionel Messi (list)||88||163||0.54||2005–present|
|2||Gabriel Batistuta (list)||56||78||0.72||1991–2002|
|5||Diego Maradona (list)||34||91||0.37||1977–1994|
|7||Ángel Di María||25||122||0.2||2008–present|
World Cup winning captains
- Most goals scored: 88, Lionel Messi, 2005–
- Oldest goalscorer: Martín Palermo, 36 years and 7 months old in 2010 against Greece
- Youngest goalscorer: Diego Maradona, 18 years, 7 months and 4 days old in 1979 against Scotland
- Youngest player to score in a FIFA World Cup match: Lionel Messi, 18 years and 357 days, against Serbia and Montenegro in 2006
- Most goals scored in a single match: 5 – Manuel Seoane, in 1925; Juan Marvezzi, in 1941; Lionel Messi, in 2022 against Estonia .
- Most goals scored in a calendar year: 12, Lionel Messi (2012) and Gabriel Batistuta (1998)
- Only player to have scored against every South American national team: Lionel Messi
- Most goals scored in Conmebol FIFA World Cup qualifiers: 28, Lionel Messi
- Most appearances
- Guillermo Stábile: 127 Guillermo coached Argentina in 123 matches which made him among the few coaches who were in charge of more than 100 international matches. While still with the national team, he led them to victories in the South American Championship in 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, and 1957.
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Runners-up||2nd||5||4||0||1||18||9||Squad||Qualified as invitees|
|1934||Round 1||9th||1||0||0||1||2||3||Squad||Qualified automatically|
|1970||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||4||6|
|1978||Champions||1st||7||5||1||1||15||4||Squad||Qualified as hosts|
|1982||Round 2||11th||5||2||0||3||8||7||Squad||Qualified as defending champions|
|1990||Runners-up||2nd||7||2||3||2||5||4||Squad||Qualified as defending champions|
|1994||Round of 16||10th||4||2||0||2||8||6||Squad||8||4||2||2||9||10|
|2018||Round of 16||16th||4||1||1||2||6||9||Squad||18||7||7||4||19||16|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
|South American Championship / Copa América record|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1997||Did not qualify|
|2009||Did not qualify|
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions
|CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions record|
|1985||Did not qualify|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
|Olympic Games record|
|1896||No football tournament|
|1900||Did not participate|
|1932||No football tournament|
|1936||Did not participate|
|1968||Did not qualify|
|1980||Qualified but withdrew|
|1984||Did not qualify|
- As of 23 September 2022
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||3||3||0||0||9||1||+8||100%|
|England [note 4]||15||4||4||6||18||22||–4||28.5%|
|Republic of Ireland||6||5||1||0||8||1||+7||83.3%|
|Serbia and Montenegro[c]||10||5||2||3||21||15||+6||50%|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1||1||0||0||3||0||+3||100%|
Argentina have a long and fierce rivalry with their South American neighbours Brazil.
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.
In 1958 they met for the first time in the group stage, where Argentina suffered a 1–3 loss to defending champions West Germany. In 1966 both again faced each other in the group stage which ended in a scoreless draw. 2006 they met in the quarter-finals; Argentina lost on penalties after a 1–1 draw. 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.
Argentina have a long-standing rivalry with their neighbours, 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. 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 5]
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. 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, 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 and 2018 World Cup fixtures. On 6 September 2011, Bangabandhu National Stadium hosted an international friendly football match between the full-strength Argentina and Nigeria teams, featuring Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Javier Mascherano and John Obi Mikel among the other star players of both nations. Argentina won 3–1 with goals from then-Real Madrid teammates Gonzalo Higuaín and Ángel Di María, and an own goal from Nigeria's Elderson Echiéjilé with Chinedu Obasi scoring Nigeria's lone goal.
The sense of rivalry is more keenly felt on the Nigerian side, as Argentina have won almost all of their encounters and have much bigger rivalries with Brazil, England, Germany and Uruguay in contrast to the West Africans who remain keen to finally overcome a more illustrious foe.
- FIFA World Cup
- South American Championship / Copa América
- Panamerican Championship
- FIFA Confederations Cup
- CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions
- Newton Cup[note 6] (17): 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1916, 1918, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1957, 1973, 1975, 1976 (record)
- Lipton Cup[note 6] (18): 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1928, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1957, 1962, 1968, 1976, 1992 (record)
- Copa Premier Honor Argentino (7): 1909, 1911, 1913, 1914,1918, 1919, 1980 (record)
- Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo[note 7] (1): 1910
- Copa Premier Honor Uruguayo (5): 1915, 1916, 1917, 1923, 1924
- Copa Juan Mignaburu[note 6] (5): 1935, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1943 (record)
- Copa Héctor Rivadavia Gómez[note 6] (3): 1935, 1936, 1943 (record)
- Roca Cup[note 8] (4): 1923, 1939, 1940, 1971 (shared) 
- Superclásico de las Américas[note 8] (2): 2017, 2019
- Nations' Cup[note 9] (1): 1964
- Kirin Cup[note 10] (2): 1992, 2003
- Copa Times of India (1): 2011
- San Juan Cup (1): 2019
Chronology of Titles
|Costa Rica||Panamerican Championship||1960||13º|
|Saudi Arabia||Confederations Cup||1992||17º|
|Argentina||CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions||1993||18º|
|England||CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions||2022||21º|
|CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions||2||0||0||2|
- List of Argentina international footballers
- Argentina national under-23 football team
- Argentina national under-20 football team
- Argentina national under-17 football team
- Vamos, vamos, Argentina
Notes and references
- ^ From 1992 on, medals won by Argentina were with the U-23 team, not the senior squad, as ruled by the IOC.
- ^ There is a precedent of a match played between an Argentine representative v 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 lineup featured nine players from Albion and two from Nacional.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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.
- ^ a b c d Organised by Argentine and Uruguayan Associations
- ^ Organised as part of the celebrations for the Argentine Centennial.
- ^ a b Organised by Brazilian and Argentine Associations
- ^ Organised by the Brazilian Confederation
- ^ Organised by Japanese Kirin Company
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