Argentina at the World Cups: best and worst debuts and achievements

Argentina went to the 2022 World Cup as one of the favorites to win the tournament unbeaten for about three and a half years. But in a shocking match in Qatar on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia beat the Albicelestes 2-1 in Group C’s opener with goals from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari.

Still, Argentina is considered by many to be one one of the most successful national football teams in the world; Since its inception in 1902, the South American team has competed in five FIFA World Cups, including the inaugural finals in 1930, 1978, 1986, 1990 and 2014.

You also won two of her five Appearances in the World Cup final: 1978 when they defeated the Netherlands, and 1986 as they defeated West Germany to win their second world title.

In total, Argentina has participated in 19 World Cup tournaments 47 wins in 82 gamesbeing three times runner-up: 1930, 1990 and 2014. Led by captain Lionel Messi, Argentina also won 15 Copa Americas, tied with Uruguay for the most titles. In addition, Argentina has also won the Confederations Cup and the gold medal at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic soccer tournaments.


Before that, the Albicelestes won two silver medals in 1928 and 1996 Expenditure.

Let’s take a look at those best and worst World Cup in the history of the Argentina national team:

Argentina’s best World Cup results

1930, football war between Argentina and Uruguay

Although Argentina lost the final, the 1930 World Cup was that of the Albiceleste highest-scoring World Cup. They scored 18 goals in five games for an average of 3.46 per game.

striker Guillermo Stabile finished as the team’s top scorer in Uruguay 1930, with eight goals in four games. He remains on the podium alongside Gabriel Batistuta (10) and Diego Maradona (8). Argentine World Cup goalscorer.

1978: First champion

As for Argentina’s greatest result at a World Cup, it must have been in 1978, when they reached the finals after beating Peru 6-0. The Albicelestes ended Victory over the Netherlands in their first ever World Cup triumphnever remembered as fondly as eight years later (1986).

The military dictatorship at the time, the repression and the general state of the country maybe overshadowed the big moment for the South American team.

Argentina’s worst World Cup result

Argentina-Croatia 2018

At the 2018 World Cup, Croatia defeated Argentina 3-0 their second game in Group D on 21 June, the team’s worst World Cup defeat since 1958, and their Worst start since 1974 when Messi failed to save his team.


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