# Argentina

Last year
# Mixed Fortunes
Ireland move up in latest Fifa rankings, Argentina fail to displace rivals
Brazil remain top despite their recent quarter-final loss to Croatia.
# Controversy
'Hateful' racist abuse of France's World Cup runners-up slammed
Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni, who missed their penalties in the shootout, were targeted.
# doubt
Deschamps' France future uncertain ahead of Ireland clash in March
Les Bleus face Stephen Kenny’s side in the next international window.
# talking point
The bittersweet feeling of watching Lionel Messi
The 35-year-old fulfilled a lifelong ambition by winning the World Cup on Sunday, but some will have felt conflicted when observing the star in action.
# Superstar
Lionel Messi says he will continue Argentina career
The Paris Saint-Germain forward scored two goals in the stunning and chaotic final.
# Disappointment
France coach Deschamps rues 'cruel' World Cup final defeat
Kylian Mbappe scored twice in two minutes late on in Doha as France almost earned an improbable win.
# Joy
'It's our destiny,' says Argentina's penalty hero
Emiliano Martinez saved from Kingsley Coman in the shootout to help his side to a 4-2 win after the thrilling final.
Argentina v France, World Cup final
Argentina faced France, as Lionel Messi aimed to end his international career on a high.
# Unpopular
'Everyone wanted us to lose,' claims Argentina goalkeeper
Emiliano Martinez has backed his country’s ‘fighters’.
# main man
Lionel Messi revels in 'crazy' Argentina success
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner set his team on their way to the World Cup final.
# flaw
Croatia boss laments lack of goalscorer at World Cup
Zlatko Dalic spoke about his team’s shortcomings after the 2018 runners-up were beaten 3-0 by Argentina.
Argentina v Croatia, World Cup semi-final
Argentina faced Croatia, as Lionel Messi and Luka Modric were among those vying for a spot in the final.
# Contenders
Ranking the 4 remaining teams at the World Cup
France are most people’s favourites following their win over England.
# Unhappy
Lionel Messi slams referee after Argentina win
Antonio Mateu Lahoz has come under fire for his handling of the World Cup quarter-final.
# Tense
Poland coach says 'heart stopped' in loss to Argentina
Czeslaw Michniewicz saw his side scrape into the last 16 of the World Cup on goal difference.
# excess
'His weight fluctuated, the end looked nigh for Argentina’s most famous number 10'
Read an extract from USA 94: The World Cup that Changed the Game by Matthew Evans.
# owed to joy
Saudi Arabia declares national holiday after shock win
The move comes in the middle of final exams in the Gulf nation, indicating that they will have to be rescheduled.
# blood on the crossbar
‘Pregnant women were abducted, babies taken away’ - The dirtiest World Cup ever
A look at why Argentina in 1978 is perhaps the most notorious tournament since the competition’s inception.
# preparation
Lionel Messi scores 91st goal as Argentina go 36 games unbeaten
The South American side were too good for the United Arab Emirates.
# Game off
Brazil against replaying abandoned Argentina World Cup qualifier
The original fixture, in September last year, was halted when Brazilian health officials stormed on the pitch alleging Covid-19 quarantine breaches.
# resilience
Australia bounce back from Hooper shock to defeat Pumas
The Wallabies trailed 19-10 at the break but battled back to shatter Argentina’s hopes.
# Class
Lionel Messi stars as Argentina beat Italy in Finalissima
The 34-year-old’s eye-catching display featured two assists and was worthy of his rare appearance at one of football’s great cathedrals.
# Anger
Australian state 'p****d off' after Messi's Argentina pull out of highly anticipated clash
Ticket holders for the clash at Melbourne Cricket Ground will be eligible for refunds.
# Development
Police arrest suspected killers of Argentine rugby star Aramburu
The two men, both members of the GUD white nationalist group, were already due in court in June.
# Unhappy
Juve's Dybala refuses to celebrate amid contract spat
The 28-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the season.
All time
Diego Maradona's brother Hugo dies aged 52
The former Argentine youth international midfielder played in Italy, Austria, Spain, Argentina and Japan.
# New Look
Brazil and Argentina among the teams set to join Nations League from 2024
Uefa vice-president Zbigniew Boniek made the announcement today.
# office job
'We will return to live in Barcelona. I would love to be sporting director' - Messi
The Argentine says leaving Barcelona has been a huge wrench but he will return one day to live there and even perhaps be the sporting director of the club.
# Pastures new
Inter sign Lazio star in €30 million deal plus add-ons
Joaquin Correa was part of Argentina’s Copa America triumph.
# Diego
Messi dedicates Copa title to family, country and Maradona
Messi had been desperate to lead Argentina to glory after a series of disappointments both at World Cups and the Copa.
# Copa America
Emi Martinez the penalty hero to send Argentina into Copa final against Brazil
The Aston Villa keeper saved three penalties in the shoot-out after a bruising 1-1 draw with Colombia.
# Copa America
Messi stars as Argentina set up Copa America semi v Colombia
Argentina beat Ecuador 3-0 overnight while Colombia beat Uruguay on penalties.
# Albiceleste
Messi at the double as Argentina trounce Bolivia in Copa America
Argentina will now face Ecuador in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
# Copa America
Messi scores stunning free-kick but Argentina left frustrated by Chile
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved a penalty from Arturo Vidal but Eduardo Vargas equalised with the rebound.
# on trial
Questioning of medical team over Maradona's death delayed
The seven members of Maradona’s medical team were due to be questioned by investigating judges on Monday.
# Glittering Career
Ex-Barcelona, Liverpool and Argentina midfielder Mascherano announces retirement
The 36-year-old has most recently been playing in his homeland with Estudiantes.
# Wave Goodbye
Juventus parting with Higuain to cost €18.3 million
The former Real Madrid and Napoli forward is reportedly set to join David Beckham’s Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami.
# Wave Goodbye
Marcos Rojo seals Man United exit
The Argentina international defender is joining Estudiantes on a short-term deal.
# Wave Goodbye
Former PSG and Argentina star announces retirement
Ezequiel Lavezzi is hanging up his boots after spending the final seasons of his career with Hebei China Fortune.
# Changes
Riquelme beats old foe Maradona and Batistuta as Boca Juniors elect new president
The list headed by Jorge Ameal, who was club president between 2008 and 2011, won 52.8% of the vote.