Argentina strongly came back after a defeat from Saudi Arabia. Before the World Cup, there was a huge hype for Argentina all over the World. But after their loss against Saudi Arabia, most people believed that they will not even qualify for the round of 16. But true Argentinian fans never lose faith in Argentina and their dream came true. Argentina strongly came back and slapped their critics with their outstanding performances. This could be the last World Cup for the biggest football Legend Lionel Messi so the world is praying for Argentina to win this World Cup apart from the qualified countries:). Two-time champions and three-time Runners-up Argentina have a very successful carrier in football history. Let’s quickly look at their history in FIFA World Cup since 1930
- History of Argentina in World Cup matches
- Greatest Argentinian Footballers of All Time
- Current Argentina Squad
- How Argentina can win this World Cup
History of Argentina in World Cup matches
|FIFA World Cup finals record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1934||First round||9th||1||0||0||1||2||3||Qualified by opponent’s withdrawal|
|1938||Withdrew||Withdrew due to hosting disagreement|
|1954||Withdrew due to political decision|
|1970||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||4||6|
|1974||Second group stage||8th||6||1||2||3||9||12||4||3||1||0||9||2|
|1978||Champions||1st||7||5||1||1||15||4||Qualified as hosts|
|1982||Second group stage||11th||5||2||0||3||8||7||Qualified as defending champions|
|1990||Runners-up||2nd||7||4*||1||2||5||4||Qualified as defending champions|
|1994||Round of 16||10th||4||2||0||2||8||6||8||4||2||2||9||10|
|2018||Round of 16||16th||4||1||1||2||6||9||18||7||7||4||19||16|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
If you look at the stats, Argentina performed really outstandingly in almost all World Cups except a few. Argentina was Runners-up in the very first World Cup of football history. So clearly they are dominating the world from the beginning. Let’s have look at their best performance on World Cup stages till now.
Champions in 1978 and 1986
Runners-up in 1930, 1990, and 2014
Quarter-Finalists in 1966, 1998, 2006, 2010, and now in 2022
Round of 16 in 1994 and 2018
After Brazil, this is the best record from any football team ever. Argentina also provided many big legends in football history. Let me list down a few of them.
Greatest Argentinian Footballers of All Time
Daniel Passarella won two World Cups for Argentina and is the only player from Argentina to do so. He was playing in a central defensive position and was like a huge wall that was very difficult to break for opponents strikers.
Mario Alberto Kempes was a winning goal striker for Argentina in the 1978 World Cup final and Argentina secured victory by 3-1 against the Netherlands.
Alfredo Di Stefano was Real Madrid Legend. Due to accurate passing, high stamina, great skills, and perfect shooting, He claimed God-like status in Real Madrid. He spends most of his carrier in Spain playing for clubs.
This man doesn’t need any introduction. A man with the hand of god:) But really he was a true legend and won the 1986 World Cup for Argentina. With his exceptional dribbling skills and incredible pace, he was a nightmare for the opponents defenders.
Lionel Messi is the top goal-scorer for Argentina. He recently break Maradona’s record by scoring his 9th goal in the World Cup. He is a living legend not only for Argentina but for the whole World. Messi achieved a lot more than any footballer can think about. Just the thing missing in his carrier is the World Cup trophy.
Current Argentina Squad
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Captain: Lionel Messi
Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martínez, Gerónimo Rulli. Franco Armani
Defenders: Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, Germán Pezzella, Nicolás Otamendi, Lisandro Martínez, Marcos Acuña, Nicolás Tagliafico, Juan Foyth
Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Alexis MacAllister, Guido Rodríguez, Alejandro Gómez, Enzo Fernández, Exequiel Palacios
Forwards: Ángel Di María, Lautaro Martínez, Julián Álvarez, Nicolás González, Joaquín Correa, Paulo Dybala, Lionel Messi
The current Argentinian squad is looking perfect. Except for the first match against Saudi Arabia, Argentina easily dominated the opponents in this World Cup with their amazing skills. Messi is in great form as usual but other players like Enzo Fernández, Alexis MacAllister, Julián Álvarez are also looking very dangerous. Ángel Di María did not perform well against Saudi Arabia and due to this, questions started raiding on Lionel Scaloni for his inclusion in playing 11. But what a comeback from Ángel Di María!!! He literally shut critics mouths with his outstanding performances in the next matches. This is really a great sign for Argentina and they are moving forward as a favorite to win this World Cup 2022. They performed amazingly in their first round of 16 knockout match against Australia. This time people are expecting the final match between Messi‘s Argentina and Ronaldo‘s Portugal. If this happens, this match will be the biggest blockbuster of all time. Let’s see how this can happen and how Argentina can win this World Cup.
How Argentina can win this World Cup
Here is the possible way for Argentina to win this 2022 World Cup title. From every group, we have selected some possible winners who might face Argentina.
Round of 16 – Argentina vs Australia
Argentina already beat Australia and entered into the quarter-finals.
Quarter-Finals – Argentina vs Netherlands
If Argentina win this match, they will reach the semi-finals
Semi-Finals – Argentina vs Brazil
If Argentina beat Brazil, they will reach the finals.
Finals – Argentina vs Portugal
This is the possible way for Argentina to win this World Cup title. Hope they will do better in the next matches as well. Let’s hope a strong and capable team will win this title. What’s your opinion on this? Leave your comment in the comment section below.
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