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Argentina National Football Team, World Cup 2018

Sports by Published on Updated on 05 Jun, 2018

Synopsis

Argentina national team is controlled by Argentine Football Association. The country is ranked in 4th position by FIFA.

Argentina has been very successful in the Copa América. The team has won the Copa América 14 times. They also won the 'extra' South American Championship titles in 1941, 1945 and 1946.

Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and France have won the three most important men's titles recognized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic tournament becoming the only national teams to make the record.

Argentina is known for having rivalries with the countries such as Brazil, Uruguay, England, and Germany due to historic occurrences with one another throughout the history of football.

Jorge Sampaoli, The Coach

The team is currently managed by the coach, Jorge Sampaoli. Sampaoli has been managing the national since 2017. He joined the team on May 20, 2017.

CAPTION: Jorge Sampaoli SOURCE: ESPN

Sampaoli's debut match in charge was a friendly match against Brazil on June 9, 2017, in Australia. The match was against Argentina, where the team made a 1–0 victory.

Paulo Dybala

A quick, creative and agile player with excellent technical ability, Dybala is known for his dribbling skills, balance, and close control in limited spaces. He is best known for his ability to beat opponents and protect or hold up the ball for team-mates with his back to goal.

CAPTION: Paulo Dybala SOURCE: zimbio

He has been nicknamed "La Joya" ("The Jewel" in Spanish) due to his creative style of play, pace, talent, technique and eye for goal. He plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus and the Argentina national team.

Lionel Messi, The Star

Lionel Messi, who is an Argentine professional player, plays as a forward for Spanish club, Barcelona and Argentina national team. Messi has scored over 600 senior career goals for the club and the country.

CAPTION: Lionel Messi SOURCE: Sky Sports

Messi holds the records for most official goals scored in La Liga (374), a La Liga season (50), a club football season in Europe (73), a calendar year (91), El Clásico (25). Also, he holds the records for most assists made in La Liga (149) and the Copa América (11).

Here's the list of Argentina's 23-man squad playing at the 2018 World Cup.

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate) Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon) Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Angel di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors) Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

World Cup 2018

Argentina reached the tournament on the final match with Ecuador, making a 3-1 victory. Argentina has made 16 World Cup appearances and has won 2 titles.

Argentina will be playing against Iceland, Croatia, and Nigeria in the second edition of the tournament, World Cup 2018.

Also, have a look at this World Cup Schedule for more details.