La Seleccion as they are called has won more international titles than any other national team - 20, a record shared with Uruguay. It is one of the most successful national football teams in the world, and is currently eighth in the FIFA world rankings. The team has twice won the FIFA World Cup, in 1978 and 1986 and has appeared in four World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost 4-2 to Uruguay.
They won in their next final in 1978, beating the Netherlands 3-1. The team, led by Diego Maradona beat West Germany 3-2 in the World cup finals in 1986. Their most recent World Cup final was in 1990, which they lost 1-0 to Germany by a much disputed penalty.
Argentina’s World Cup winning coaches are César Luis Menotti in 1978 and Carlos Bilardo in 1986. Argentina has been very successful in the Copa América, winning it fourteen times and also winning the ‘extra’ South American Championships in 1941, 1945 and 1946. The team also won the FIFA Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup, both in 1992, and an Argentine 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 also won six of the fourteen football competitions at the Pan American Games, winning in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995 and 2003. In
March 2007, Argentina reached the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time. Argentina was eliminated at the group stage at Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup, although they had been among the pre-tournament favourites. There was a high expectation of a better performance in the Germany 2006. They were also eliminated at the quarter final stage by host west Germany in the 2006 World cup. Argentina and France are the only national teams which have won the three most important men’s titles recognized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic tournament. They have both also won their respective continental championship (Copa América for Argentina, and UEFA European Football Championship for France).
The race to get a ticket to South Africs was not an easy one for Argentina under their head coach and former player Diego A Maradona. This time, the team with top World player like Messi will not take this World cup lightly and due to the fact that they have not been able to reach another final for 24 years, it is going to be a do or die come June. For 2014 qualification, Argentina qualified easily. They were the only side to win in Colombia, beat Chile twice, and impressed in home victories against Uruguay (3-0) and Ecuador (4-0). A first ever defeat by Venezuela, home draw with Bolivia and meaningless final-game loss to Uruguay were rare blips.
Coach: Alejandro SABELLA:- earned his chance after guiding Estudiantes to victory in the Copa Libertadores. The ex-Sheffield United player was part of Argentina's backroom staff at France '98, and spent much of his coaching career as assistant to Daniel Passarella.
World best player who has been very instrumental to his club side. A very tactical player with magnificent scoring abilities and will be coming with full force to grab his first World cup title. Often accused of failing to reproduce his Barcelona form at international level, Lionel Messi had gone 16 competitive matches without scoring prior to the appointment of Sabella in 2011. However, the coach's decision to hand Messi, 26, the captaincy has proved inspired - he has 20 goals in his last 20 Argentina games.
Angel Di Maria (R. Madrid): A very fascinating striker who plays a very great role for his club side Real Madrid. He will be of much importance to the Argentina team because of his striking abilities.
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona): A very hard midfielder who is not easy to penetrate.
Prospects: Argentina as from December 2013 is 3rd in FIFA World ranking and is one of the favourites.