Argentina

The Argentina national team played their first international match in 1901, defeating Uruguay 3-2 in Montevideo. The national team’s home stadium is the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, also known as El Monumental. The stadium has a capacity of 67,664 spectators. Argentina’s record win was a 12-0 victory over Ecuador in 1942.

 

Argentina’s traditional home kit is a white and sky blue vertical-striped top with white shorts. In recent years, the team’s away kit has been navy blue.

 

Argentina have competed in 16 World Cups, including the inaugural 1930 World Cup, where they finished as runners-up. The national team have won two World Cup tournaments; as hosts in 1978 and in Mexico in 1986.

 

En route to the 1986 final, in a quarter-final match against England, Diego Maradona scored two of the most famous goals in football history, the “Hand of God” and the “Goal of the Century”. Maradona, considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time, won the tournament’s best player award.

 

Argentina have appeared in 40 Copa America tournaments, winning two in 1991 and 1993. The team also won the inaugural Confederations Cup in 1992. The national team has also won two silver and two gold medals at the Olympic Games, winning gold in Athens in 2004 and again in Beijing in 2008.

 

Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer is Gabriel Batistuta, who scored 56 goals in 78 caps. He is closely followed by current captain and four-time Ballon d'Or winner, Lionel Messi, who has already made over 100 appearances for Argentina. Legendary fullback Javier Zanetti is the most capped player in the team’s history, with 145 caps.

 

The current head coach of the side is Gerardo Martino, who managed Messi and Mascherano during his time as Barcelona manager. Notable former head coaches include Guillermo Stabile, Cesar Luis Menotti, Carlos Bilardo, Marcelo Biesla and Diego Maradona.

 

Argentina currently have an abundance of quality attacking players. The likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria, Gonzalo Higuian, Carlos Tevez and Javier Pastore helped them finish as runners-up in the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa America.

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