The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is the 22nd final tournament. The Argentinian national team has only failed to take part in four of these tournaments. First, the Albiceleste withdrew before the 1938 World Cup in France, the 1950 World Cup in Brazil and the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. In addition, Argentina failed to punch its ticket to the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
After being knocked out in the second round at the 1974 World Cup in Germany, the Argentine team was crowned world champions for the first time four years later in front of its own fans. Another second-round exit followed at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, before the Albiceleste triumphed for the second time at the 1986 finals in Mexico.
Argentina then experienced a wave bath of emotions between 1990 and 2014. Between two silver medals in Italy and Brazil, they were eliminated twice in the quarter-finals and once in the round of 16 and after the group stage. In addition, the Argentinian national team finished as runners-up at the first finals of 1930 in Uruguay. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Albiceleste were eliminated in the round of 16.
The coach of Argentina, Lionel Scaloni
Lionel Scaloni began his coaching career in the 2016/2017 season as Jorge Sampaoli’s assistant at Sevilla. In June 2017, the former right-back followed Sampaoli to the Argentina senior national team. Following their 2018 World Cup round of 16 exit, the AFA pulled the ripcord and nominated Scaloni and Pablo Aimar as interim coaches, with the former confirmed as team boss the following November. From July of the previous year, the 44-year-old led Argentina to their first Copa América triumph in 28 years.
The Stars of the Argentine National Team
With the exception of goalkeeper Franco Armani and attacker Julián Álvarez, who earn their money at home with River Plate, all the Argentine team players are under contract in top European leagues. The record team player and goal scorer Lionel Messi and the winger Ángel Di María played for Paris Saint-Germain in the 2021/2022 season. Di María, like Messi, has more than 100 international caps to his name. Central midfielder Giovani Lo Celso from Villarreal is also one of the key players.
Argentina’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup
Strictly speaking, Argentina have not yet played all of their matches in South American qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, due to the fact that their away match against Brazil in September 2021 was suspended because of a breach of Corona rules. The Superclásico de las Americas will now take place on 21 September. Apart from that, the Albiceleste played 17 games, winning 11 times and sharing the points six times. Thus, with 39 points, the Argentine national team picked up six less than Brazil and eleven more than third-placed Uruguay.
Argentina’s chances of success at the 2022 World Cup
The Argentine national team will first face Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland in Group C at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. These are 53rd, 12th and 26th respectively in the FIFA rankings. The Albiceleste, who finished third in June, are favourites to win the group thanks to their success with Scaroni on the sidelines.
However, the Tri and the team around Robert Lewandowski are extremely unpleasant opponents. In this respect, it is a good thing that Argentina will first play against Saudi Arabia, the supposed point supplier. France or Denmark would most likely be waiting for them to start the knockout phase. These are tough, but at the same time manageable nuts. After that, at the latest, everything would be possible for the Argentinian team.
Statistical features of Argentina before the 2022 World Cup
Argentina will play their first group match at the 2022 World Cup against Saudi Arabia. Their last match so far was in November 2012. The Albiceleste did not manage more than a 0-0 draw and have a record of two wins and two draws against the Green Falcons.
Furthermore, the Argentine national team has 15 wins, twelve draws and four defeats against Mexico. Moreover, with Scaroni on the sidelines, three victories have been achieved with a total score of 8-0 until November 2019. They last lost 2-1 away to Poland in June 2011, but the record against the Red and Whites is in favour of Messi & Co. with six wins, two draws and three defeats.
Argentina 2022 World Cup betting odds
- Overall winner 9.00
- Reach the final 5.00
- Make the semi-finals 3.00
- Group win 1.40
- Group qualification – yes 1.083, no 8.00
- Reaches the quarter-finals 1.83
- Top scorer – Lionel Messi 15.00, Lautaro Martinez 26.00
- Argentina – Saudi Arabia win 1.18, draw 7.00, lose 13.00
We list here the betting odds offered by Bet365. All of them are snapshots and can change at any time. Furthermore, all odds are without guarantee.
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