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The Argentine national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Argentina) represents the Argentine football association in tournaments CONMEBOL / FIFA. Argentina's home stadium is the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires.

La Selección (national team), also known as the Albicelestes, has lost in five World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost 4-2 against Uruguay. Argentina won in their next final in 1978, beating the Netherlands 3-1 in extra time. Argentina again won in 1986 with a 3-2 win over West Germany and a tournament campaign led by Diego Maradona. They reached 1990 again the World Cup final and lost after a controversial penalty in the 87th minute 1-0 against West Germany football. Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, played his fifth World Cup final in 2014, losing 1-0 to Germany in extra time. The managers of the Argentine championship winners are César Luis Menotti (1978) and Carlos Bilardo (1986).

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Argentina have been very successful in the Copa América, winning them 14 times. In the victories in the Copa América Argentina took second place to Uruguay. The team won the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup and in 1993 the Artemio Franchi Trophy. The Argentine Olympic team won the Olympic football tournaments in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

Argentina, Brazil football and France are the only national teams that have won the three most important men's titles recognized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup and the Olympic Tournament. They have also won their respective continental championship (Copa America for Argentina and Brazil and UEFA European Championship for France).

Argentina is known for rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, England football and Germany due to special events in the history of football.

The first game Argentina ever recorded was against Uruguay. The game was held in Montevideo on May 16, 1901 and Argentina won 3-2. In the first years of its existence, the Argentine national team played only friendlies against other South American teams. The reasons were manifold, including long travel times between countries and the First World War.

La Selección (national team), also known as Albicelestes (sky-blue and white), has lost in five World Cup finals, including the first 1930 final, which they lost 4-2 to Uruguay. Argentina won the next final in 1978 and defeated the Netherlands 3-1. Argentina, led by Diego Maradona, again won in 1986 a 3-2 win over West Germany. Argentina last reached the World Cup final in 2014 and lost there 1-0 against the German national football team. Previously was her last World Cup final in 1990, which also lost it to a much-contested 1-0 penalty over West Germany. The managers of the Argentine championship winners are César Luis Menotti in 1978 and Carlos Bilardo in 1986.

Argentina have been very successful in the Copa América, winning them 14 times. The team won the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup and in 1993 the Artemio Franchi Trophy. An Argentinean team (with only three players over 23 years in the squad) won the Olympic football tournaments in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

Argentina also won seven of the 18 football competitions in the Pan American Games, 1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995, 2003 and 2019.

In March 2007, Argentina reached the top of the FIFA World Ranking for the first time.

The first uniform worn by Argentina was a white shirt when the national team officially debuted in 1902 against Uruguay. In August 1908, Argentina wore the white and light blue jersey with vertical stripes for the first time. This kit would become the official kit ever since. The away kits are usually in dark shades of blue and vary in the colors of shorts and socks.

Nevertheless, Argentina sometimes wore other uniforms. One of them played the "Roberto Chery Cup" against Brazil on June 3, 1919 in Rio de Janeiro. At that time Argentina wore a light blue jersey, similar to Uruguay. The trophy was awarded by the Brazilian Football Association for relatives of Roberto Chery. Chery was Uruguay's substitute goalkeeper and died in the South American championship in 1919 after collapsing in a game against Chile.

At the 1958 World Cup Argentina in the game against the Federal Republic of Germany wearing the yellow jersey of the Swedish club IFK Malmö, as the team had not taken any uniforms to Sweden.

At the 1986 World Cup in Mexico was worn one of the best-known worn by Argentina alternative jerseys, as coach Carlos Bilardo Le Coq Sportif (then Argentina tricot makers) asked to imagine light blue jerseys for the quarter-final impossible request in view of the short term. Just three days before the match, he sent an employee of his coach to search the shops of the Mexican capital for a suitable jersey. 38 shirts were bought to wear against England. An impromptu version of the AFA emblem was embroidered on shirts with silver American football jerseys hastily ironed on the back. After defeating England with Diego Maradona's "Destination of the Century", this jersey model became a historical object and a collector's item.

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia football, Argentina wore a black away shirt for the first time in its history.

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