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Following independence from Spain in 1816, Argentina experienced periods of internal political conflict between conservatives and liberals and between civilian and military factions. After World War II, a long period of Peronist authoritarian rule and interference in subsequent governments was followed by a military junta that took power in 1976. Democracy returned in 1983, and numerous elections since then have underscored Argentina's progress in democratic consolidation.
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|Association||Argentine Football Association|
|Coach||José Pekerman (2004-)|
|Most caps||Diego Simeone (106)|
|Top scorer||Gabriel Batistuta (56)|
Uruguay 2 - 3 Argentina
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)
Argentina 12 - 0 Ecuador
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
Czechoslovakia 6 - 1 Argentina
(Helsingborg, Sweden; 15 June 1958)
Uruguay 5 - 0 Argentina
(Guayaquil, Ecuador; 16 December 1959)
Argentina 0 - 5 Colombia
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 September 1993)
|Appearances||14 (First in 1930)|
|Best result||Winners, 1978 and 1986|
|Appearances||37 (First in 1916)|
|Best result||Winners, 1921, 1925, 1927,
1929, 1937, 1941, 1945,
1946, 1947, 1955, 1957,
1959, 1991, 1993
The Argentina national football team is the national football team of Argentina and is controlled by the Argentine Football Association.
Argentina is one of the most successful national football teams, having won two World Cups and one Olympic Title. Argentina and Uruguay hold the record for the most international matches played against two countries, there have been 161 matches played against each other since 1901. The first match against Uruguay was the first official international match to be played outside Britain. (Although Canada and the United States played two internationals in 1885 and 1886, neither match is considered official; Canada did not play an official international until 1904 and the USA did not play one until 1916.)
Argentina has appeared in four World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost 4-2 to Uruguay. They won the final at their next attempt in 1978, beating the Netherlands 3-1 and also won in 1986 (led by Diego Maradona), a 3-2 victory over West Germany. Their last final was in 1990, which they lost 1-0 to West Germany.
Argentina have been very successful in Copa América, winning it eleven times and also winning the 'extra' South American Championships in 1941, 1945 and 1946.
Besides the 2004 Gold Medal at the Olympic Games, Argentina won the Silver Medal in 1928 and 1996.
It also won the Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup, both in 1992.
Since the competition's creation in 1977, Argentina have won five titles in the World Youth Championship :
Three of these titles were won by the current national coach Jose Pekerman (1995,1997 and 2001).
A pre-tournament favourite again at Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup, they were eliminated earlier than expected to the surprise of many, losing in a memorable game against England in the most hotly anticipated match of the entire opening stage.
On June 8, 2005, they qualified for their 14th World Cup Finals appearance by beating arch rivals Brazil 3-1 in Buenos Aires.