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  Asociación del Fútbol Argentino 

 Coach: Daniel Alberto PASSARELLA

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vs. JAPAN

14.06.98 Toulouse

vs. JAMAICA

21.06.98 Paris

vs. CROATIA

26.06.98 Bordeaux

Team Colors: White and Light Blue Vertical Stripes, Black pants.

2nd Uniform: Dark Blue, Dark Blue pants

Confederation: CONMEBOL

11 appearances in World Cup finals

Winner of 1978 World Cup in Argentina

Winner of 1986 World Cup in México

14-time winners of the Copa América

Batistuta and López: Can they bring the Cup home?

Keep an Eye on: Gabriel Batistuta: One of the best strikers in Italy. A player with a ferocious right-foot shot.

Roberto Ayala: Still only 24, an accomplished defender.

Hernan Crespo: Centre forward of pace and power, a mature 22.

Ariel Ortega : The leading 1998 scorer with 4 goals.

Other Key players: F Abel Balbo (Roma, Italy)

Not in Team: Playmaker Redondo because of diferences with Coach Passarella. Something about not wanting to cut his hair so it wouldn't be longer than past his ears...yep.

Analysis: Five world-class forwards make Argentina one of the most offensively dangerous teams, but softness in midfield could prove fatal.If playmaking falters, you will hear the cries for the return of Maradona. If they exit before the semifinals, you will hear "Diego should have been called to the team".

The parts of Passarella's team seem oddly greater than the whole. In midfield, they have the abundantly gifted Ortega, one of the revelations of the last World Cup and one of several team members now plying his trade in Spain.Verón is playing in Italy for Sampdoria, where his skills are much admired.With him in midfield is Morales, another able young player. 

Possible semifinalists.

History: In Argentina, soccer has been hugely popular since the first matches played there between Italian immigrants and English railroadworkers and sailors back in 1867. British teacher Alexander Watson Hutton later founded the English High School, attended by the eight Brown brothers. They formed the backbone of the famous Alumni team, which won the embryonic league championship 10 times in 12 seasons at the start of the century. Alumni gave birth to the quintessentially Argentine playing style based on creativity, inspiration and technical brilliance. More and more clubs emerged, including present day giants Boca Juniors and River Plate, supported by millions of fans.

But, Argentina had to wait more than 70 years before they finally captured the top prize of all. The hour of glory arrived in 1978, when, as hosts, the chain-smoking Cesar Menotti's side lifted the trophy. A second title followed in Mexico in 1986. Those title wins were a late homage to the talented side of the 1940s and 1950s which contained José Manuel Moreno, then considered as possibly the most gifted player in the world. Moreno and the other talents which fed off him allowed Argentina to dominate South America football. But, the World Cup brought much disapointment with poor showings in Sweden 1958 and Chile 1962, before an over-physical side made a controversial exit in England in 1966.

At club level, Argentina had a run of success with the likes of Racing Club, Boca Juniors, Estudiantes, Independiente and Velez Sarsfield winning a clutch of Intercontinental Cups. The 80s were dominated by the arrival on the scene of the greatest Argentine player ever, Diego Armando Maradona.

Maradona propelled his country to success in the under-20 world championship in Japan in 1979 and then starred as Argentina won the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and then lost the 1990 final in Italy. He was sent home in disgrace from the 1994 tournament in the United-States after being caught doping.

Important Clubs: River Plate, Boca Juniors, Racing Club, Independiente, San Lorenzo de Almagro, Vélez Sársfield, Estudiantes de La Plata.

Trivia for the Pub: Mention Maradona's "Hand of God" goal in the Mexico 86 Semifinals against England and you might leave the pub without your teeth.

More Trivia: The shirt of Racing Club is similar to the National team's...but Racing's has an extra blue stripe.

Argentina Home

Argentina Away

Possible Team:

POSITION NAME AGE CAPS

G Pablo Cavallero 23 2

G Ignacio Gonzalez 26 4  

G Carlos Roa 27 5

D Roberto Ayala 24 29

D Fernando Caceres 28 25

D José Chamot 28 31

D Hernán Díaz 32 30

D Pablo Paz 24 9  

D Juan Pablo Sorín 21 7

D Nestor Sensini 31 38

D Nelson Vivas 28 10

D Javier Zanetti 24 27

M Matias Almeyda 23 12

M Leonardo Astrada 27 26

M Cristian Bassedas 24 19

M Sergio Berti 28 18

M Juan José Borrelli 27 6

M Rodolfo Cardoso 29 4

M Marcelo Gallardo 21 20  

M Diego Simeone 27 63

M Juan Sebastián Verón 22 9

F Abel Balbo 31 34

F Gabriel Batistuta 28 54

F Claudio Caniggia 30 47

F Julio Cruz 23 5  

F Hernán Crespo 22 10

F Juan Eduardo Esnaider 24 3

F Claudio Lopez 23 12

F Ariel Ortega 23 42

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Vamos River Plate !!!!

Batistuta
Enzo Francescoli

Hernán Crespo

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