Currently second in the FIFA World Rankings, Argentina have remained one of the giants in international football since the World Cup’s conception. Being the joint first team to play in the first ever final, Argentina are not a team to take lightly sharing rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, Germany and England. Known fondly as the Albicelestes (Sky Blue and Whites), the team have beaten the Copa America fourteen times! How will they do this year in the Copa America?
Argentina’s football history is as colourful as it is impressive, with the team having its fair share of legends and myths. In 1957, the team adopted the nickname Los Carasucias (The Dirty Faces) as the playing style involving nutmegs and skillful dribbling mirrored that of kids playing in the street. The glory however was short lived as the team lost dramatically in the World Cup of fifty seven, losing six goals to one to Czechoslovakia. Argentina’s next major transition occurred in the England hosted World Cup in sixty six, with the group stage leaving Argentina unbeaten, the team then went on to play one of the most controversial finals in football history, sparking the infamous England/Argentina rivalry. Interestingly their performance in England, led to FIFA’s inclusion of the Red and Yellow card system, as a way to keep players in check. Finally Argentine legend Diego Maradona stands as a testament to the passion and cheek of the Argentina Football team. Considered one of the most controversial and infamous players in football, Maradona’s debut in 1977, saw the rise of an Argentinean team that finally took the WorldCup home in 1986. His retirement in 1990 left a legacy for many young Argentineans to fill, making the future of Argentina exciting and unpredictable.
Argentina has won the Copa America a total of fourteen times. With players such as Messi, Tevez and Aguero, Argentina unarguably have a strong strike team, but can they finally find the perfect game plan? Find out in person and grab your Argentina National Football team tickets here at Ticketbis!