The Argentina team that has been quite in form and hot favorite of the fans on the basis of players concerned with this team for decades including Lionel Messi and many other former super stars. Argentina qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2018 defeating Ecuador by 3-1 at home and they also defeated the same opposition in the final match too. Argentina is the same team who missed the world cup appearance for the first time back in 1970.
Argentina lost a game against Ecuador back in 2015 when Lionel Messi was injured and though the attacking depart was lacking the important member as well as, the most important confidence. An epic turn took by Argentina when Lionel Messi announced his retirement over defeat against Chile in Copa Centenario final match.
Jorge Sampaoli – Coach of Argentina – World Cup 2018
After Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza, Jore Sampaoli is the third coach of Argentina and he will be making his appearance in the World Cup as head coach of Argentina. He came in charge during the World Cup qualifying round after final four matches. He is quite a professional and potential coach yet having a solid profile in the football world.
Argentina World Cup Friendlies 2018
This team has played two world cup friendlies so far, one against Italy which they won on 23rd March, while 2nd against Spain which they lost brutally by 6-1 on 27th of the same month.
- 23rd March – Argentina vs Italy (won 2-0)
- 27th March – Argentina vs Spain (lost 6-1)
Argentina World Cup Schedule 2018
This team is going to face some light weight teams in the World Cup including Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria on 16th, 21st and 26th June, 2018. Their schedule is mentioned below.
- 16th June – Iceland vs Argentina
- 21st June – Croatia vs Argentina
- 26th June – Nigeria vs Argentina
Argentina Team Squad – World Cup 2018
No doubt, they have got Linoel Messi a big name in the world of football, but the Argentina team is also having some dangerous and attacking players in squad for mega event to be held in Russia. Although this team has been dependent on single player like Linonel Messi, and that too for a reason. Argentina played 8 matches and could only secure 7 points in the abscence of Messi, while on the other side they played 10 games and secured total 21 points, but that was in the presence of Messi. So this is for sure that Messia would be leading the team in World Cup.
- Goalkeepers – Willy Caballero, Nahuel Guzman, Sergio Romero
- Defenders – Marcos Acuna, Fabricio Bustos, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Javier Mascherano, Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico
- Midfielders – Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Manuel Lanzini, Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Diego Perotti, Eduordo Salvio
- Forwards – Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi
Angel Di Maria was one of two players who played too much games in the South American rounds. He is been also rotating his positions gradually. Nicolas Otamendi is also going along with other members of Argentina for FIFA World Cup 2018.
On the other side, Centre-Back Martin Demichelis is no mor part of Argentina as he has announced retirement during the World Cup qualifying campaign. Ramiro Funes won’t be part of Argentina just because he is facing severe knee injury. Dario Benedetto is still not able to recover from knee ligament damaging injury that he faced back in November.
Where some players are not even able to play the World Cup representing Argentina, while some players will make their debut in the World Cup like Paulo Dybala along with Mauro Icardio would play for the national side.