Argentina is one of the most experienced sides coming into the 2018 WC. Ranked at number 5, they have made 16 appearances and won the tournament twice in 1978 and 1986. Facing Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia, they have a fairly easy road through Group D and with the likes of Lionel Messi in the mix making his fourth Cup appearance, the side has the potential to go far.
After leading Chile through the knockout stages in 2014, Sampaoli moved back home and has been a comforting presence for the Argentinian home side. Having won the Copa America in 2015, Sampoali was the natural choice to steady the ship after a disastrous start to the Argentinian 2018 WC Campaign. Coming in after two previous coaches, the homegrown hero managed to get things on track again and got his side comfortably through to Russia with a number 5 ranking.
Argentina played their first Cup back in 1930 where they were runners up. They returned in 1934 where they were knocked out in the first round. Between 1938 and 1954, they withdrew or chose not to participate in the competition. The only time they have not qualified for the world’s greatest football tournament was in 1970. Since 1974, they have been at every cup with 5 semi-final appearances, 5 finals and were crowned champions in 1978 and 1986. In Brazil in 2017, they were runners up yet again.
Designed by Adidas, Argentina’s home jersey has a solid white base with three large blue stripes down the front and back. The black Adidas stripes appear on the shoulders with a gold badge on the left pocket. Similar to their 1933 shirt, the collar is cut into a distinct V shape and is completed with black shorts and white socks. The away kit is completely different with a black base and sky blue/white stripe pattern on the upper sides. The Adidas logo and stripes on the shoulders are coloured white while the outfit is completed with white shorts and black socks.