- Home Stadium: Mâs Monumental, Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes
- Coach: Lionel Scaloni
- FIFA Ranking: 3
- World Cups Won: 2
- Key Players: Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria
Current Squad / Roster
- Juan Musso
- Geronimo Rulli
- Franco Armani
It has been a long time since Argentina were crowned world champions, with their last success coming in 1986. However, Argentina’s World Cup chances are pretty good coming into the 2022 World Cup, as the nation won Copa America 12 months ago. You can find everything you need to know about the nation here, including Argentina’s stats and FIFA World Cup schedule.
Argentina World Cup Future Odds
The FIFA World Cup betting stats give Argentina World Cup success a very good chance this year. They currently stand at FIFA World Cup odds of 7/1, which makes them the fourth favorite to win a third honor. According to the Argentina stats, Lionel Messi is likely to be central to their chances of going deep in the competition. The legendary star is currently +1400 to finish the competition as the top scorer.
FIFA World Cup Argentina Record
Argentina’s World Cup history is steeped in memorable moments. Argentina were runners-up in the inaugural World Cup in 1930, as their only defeat in the competition came in the final against Uruguay. However, the nation failed to reach the final again until 1978. Argentina would win the World Cup for the first time in their home tournament, but perhaps their most famous success would come eight years later.
The 1986 World Cup will be forever remembered as the competition that cemented Diego Maradona’s reputation as one of the world’s greatest-ever players was cemented. It wasn’t without its controversial moments, though, as his ‘hand of god goal against England remains a contentious issue. However, the superstar was mesmeric, as he scored five goals and later picked up the Player of the Tournament.
How well have they done in previous World Cups?
The Argentina’s stats since winning the World Cup in 1986 haven’t been as strong. Argentina has twice failed to reach the knockout rounds, most recently in 2002, as they crashed out in the group stages. However, they have also finished as runners-up on two occasions since 1986. The most recent came in 2014, as they were beaten 1-0 in extra time by Germany in Brazil.
Their last appearance at the World Cup in 2018 was a mixed bag. They won just once in the four games that they played and narrowly avoided being eliminated in the group stages thanks to a late Marcos Rojo winner against Nigeria. Argentina played out a thriller against France in the round of 16, but defensively they weren’t strong enough, as they were edged out 4-3.
Who are the best historical players of Argentina?
Many of the Argentina stats center around their two main forwards, who many believe to be among the greatest players that have played the game. Lionel Messi holds the record for the number of goals and appearances for his national side. Messi has played for Argentina on 162 occasions and has scored 86 goals since making his debut in 2005.
Diego Maradona is one of two Argentina captains to have lifted the World Cup, while he was also the youngest scorer for the national side when netting against Scotland, aged 18 years and seven months in 1979. However, Messi is the only player to have played for Argentina and scored against every South American team on at least one occasion.
Argentina fun facts in previous World Cups
There have been some interesting moments throughout Argentina’s World Cup history. Back in 1958, the national side wore a yellow jersey for the first time in their history, as they played against Germany. Both sides traditionally played in their home kits, but due to a color clash, Argentina was forced to change. It didn’t bring them any good luck though, as they would lose 3-1 to the Germans.
Argentina also has a significant moment in World Cup history that doesn’t involve the national side. Argentinian referee Horacio Elizondo was the man in the middle for the 2006 World Cup final, and was the official that sent off Zinedine Zidane against Italy in his final professional appearance.
Team Squad for the 2022 World Cup
Expected FIFA World Cup Team Roster
The Argentinian squad is often guilty of being top-heavy, which certainly looks to be the case again in Qatar. They boast an array of talented forwards, but defensively, there are always questions hanging over their ability to keep clean sheets. Nevertheless, the squad that could be representing Argentina later in the year can be found below.