Argentina are one of the most successful teams in World Cup history, winning the tournament twice and finishing second.
They have also qualified for all but four editions of the competition. It is therefore not really surprising that they have managed to make a place for themselves in Qatar, whose hosting of the tournament is controversial for the reasons mentioned in this article.
In fact, they were very impressive in CONCACAF qualifying, winning 11 of their 17 matches, drawing six and losing none. Their match against Brazil was suspended in September 2021 due to health officials entering the pitch, and although it was postponed to September this year, it was eventually called off.
This left Argentina in second place in the group, automatically earning a spot in the tournament this winter.
It’s now up to Lionel Scaloni and his players to see how they perform in the months to come. Scaloni will be desperate to help Lionel Messi, now 35, secure his first-ever World Cup winners’ medal.
Argentina’s Last International Team
Guardians: Franco Armani (River Plate), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Juan Musso (Atalanta), Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal).
Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United), Nicolas Tagliafico (Lyon), Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla), Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid), German Pezzella (Betis), Facundo Medina (Lens), Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur) , Nehuen Perez (Udinese), Lucas M. Quarta (Fiorentina).
Midfielders: Marcos Acuna (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (Juventus), Guido Rodriuez (Betis), Enzo Fernandez (Benfica), Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Alejandro Gomez (Sevilla), Giovani Lo Celso ( Villarreal), Alexis MacAllister (Brighton & Hove Albion).
Attackers: Paulo Dybala (Roma), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Almada (Atlanta United), Angel Di Maria (Juventus), Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina), Joaquin Correa (Inter Milan), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Julian Alvarez (Manchester City).
Argentina’s recent call-ups
Guardians: Esteban Andrada (Monterrey).
Defenders: Franco Carboni (Cagliari).
Midfielders: Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United), Tiago Geralnik (Villarreal).
Forwards: Lucas Boye (Elche).
World Cup Team Key Dates
Friday October 21: Preliminary team list (35-55 players) to be submitted
Monday, November 14: Final list of 23 to 26 players to submit
Tuesday 15 November: FIFA will officially announce the 32 teams
Provisional World Cup squads explained
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