The Argentina National Football Team as we all know is one amongst the top contenders for the FIFA World Cup. Governed and controlled by the Argentine football Association (AFA), the team is very famous for its attacking style of play, its class and the kind of players it produces.
The team is currently led by the four time FIFA Ballon d’Or Winner Lionel Messi. Popularly known as the Albicelestes (sky blues and whites), the team has won two World Cups in history back in 1976 and 1986 respectively and today stands on the 6th rank as per FIFA rankings.
In the FIFA World Cup 2014, Argentina has been put in a relatively easy group alongside Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria making up the Group F of the World Cup. Let us have a look at the Argentina 2014 World Cup Squad
Coach: Alejandro Sabella
Best Finish: Winners – 1978 and 1986
Worst Finish: Group Stage – 1958(Finished at 13th position)
Current FIFA Ranking: 6
Strengths: The team is very well known for its attacking style of play. Players like Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria, often referred as to Los Cuatro Fantasticos or The Fantastic Four are very well known and can walk into any defense in the World on their day
It is a nation that prides itself on its football ability and winning spirit. Right from the very start the team has produced class of players that have not just had an impact on the national team but world football as well. Players like Gabriel Batistuta, Diego Maradona, Diego Simeone, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero are and will continued to be remembered for their contributions in this field.
With a world class squad and their abilities, Argentina stands a fair chance of winning the competition for the third chance this time. It will be a delight to watch the team take over its rivals at this international platform.
Weaknesses: Argentina have put together a very strong team who will be one of of the favorites at the World Cup. However, critics still feel that the team lacks defensive capabilities.They feel that if the team improve upon their defense they can undoubtedly has a great chance to win the competition. It is because of their weak defense that they lost to the German side by a difference of 4 goals in the 2010 World Cup
|Pablo Zabaleta||DF||Manchester City||4|
|Marcos Rojo||DF||Sporting Lisbon||13|
|Jose Luis Basanta||DF||Monterrey||23|
|Nicolas Otamendi||DF||Atlético Mineiro||15|
|Fernando Gago||MF||Boca Juniors||5|
|Angel Di Maria||MF||Real Madrid||7|
|Ever Banega||MF||Newell’s Old Boys||19|
|Jose Sosa||MF||Atlético Madrid||25|
|Sergio Aguero||FW||Manchester City||20|
|Ezequiel Lavezzi||FW||Paris St-Germain||22|
|Maxi Rodriguez||FW||Newell’s Old Boys||11|
Zabaleta – Fernandes – Garay – Rojo
Biglia – Mascherano – Di Maria
Messi – Higuain – Aguero
Key Player: Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has won every major global title bar except the World Cup and Argentina are hoping he will be able to tick that last remaining box with a side considered among the favorites for the title in their biggest rival’s ba