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Argentina World Cup 2018 Squad : Full Fixture, Group, Playing XI & more

Argentina passed through qualifiers of Fifa World Cup 2018, on the back of exceptional flair from Lionel Messi.

Argentina FIFA World Cup 2018 Fixtures, Squad & Group

Interestingly, Argentina qualified for the 2018 World Cup. It was a horrifying performance from the two times World champions.  Argentina 2-0 defeat at home to Ecuador & Lionel Messi hat-trick against the same opponent in away match, which secures their position for World Cup, its all full of drama.

Highlights from Qualifying Round:

  • Argentina v Ecuador (First Qualifier)
    • Argentina’s lack of defending their goal post & then to attack the opponent with full strength exposed with a 2-0 defeat at home to Ecuador. It all happened in the absence of Lionel Messi, who was out the game due to injury.
  • Lionel Messi Retirement:
    • Lionel Messi, the key player of Argentina, announced his retirement from international football. It all happened due to the frustration of defeat to Chile in a Copa Centenario Final. Luckily for the national team & his fans, Lionel Messi took his decision back after rethinking & continue to play.
  • Must Win Game, The Biggest Challenge
    • A hat-trick by Lionel Messi against Ecuador in a must-win game earned his team a place in FIFA World cup 2018. Ecuador scored a goal after 41 seconds, but Lionel Messi rescues its side with a lovely hat-trick.

Argentina 2018 FIFA World Cup Group

Argentina will have to face debutant Iceland, Nigeria & Croatia in Group D matches. Although Iceland & Nigeria are not favorites against Argentina but with the presence of Luka Modric & Ivan Rakitic, Argentina has to play its best to qualify for Round of 16.

Head to Head

  • Argentina v Nigeria Head to Head

    • Argentina & Nigeria played four times in World cups. Interestingly, Argentina beat Nigeria on all four occasions in 1994, 2002, 2010 & 2014.

Argentina World Cup Warm-up Friendly Matches

Argentina played its first friendly match of Fifa 2018 against Italy on the 23rd of March which results in a 2-0 win.  Just after four days of convincing victory, on the other hand, Argentina lost a game against Spain with 6-1 goals.

Argentina managed 4-0 win our Haiti in their 3rd warm-up match. Whereas, due to security issues & threats to Messi, last warm-up game abandoned which scheduled for 9th June 2018 against Israel.

Argentina 2018 FIFA World Cup Warm-up Results

DATE MATCH RESULT
23-03-2018 Argentina v Italy 2-0
27-03-2018 Argentina v Spain 1-6
29-05-2018 Argentina v Haiti 4-0
09-06-2018 Argentina v Israel Canceled

Argentina World Cup Fixtures, Match Schedule

Argentina will play against Iceland in their first group stage match on the 16th of June. After five days, they will play their high tension match against the Croatians. Argentina will face Nigeria in last & final group stage match on the 26th June 2018.

DATE MATCH
16 Jun 2018 Argentina v Iceland
21 Jun 2018 Argentina v Croatia
26 Jun 2018 Argentina v Nigeria

Argentina World Cup Match Venues

DATE MATCH Venue
16 Jun 2018 Argentina v Iceland Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow
21 Jun 2018 Argentina v Croatia Nizhny Novgorod
26 Jun 2018 Argentina v Nigeria St Petersburg

Argentina Coach in Fifa World Cup 2018 

Jorge Sampaoli, born on 13 March 1960. Presently Jorge is the coach of Argentina.

Argentina kept on changing coaches in frustration due to major defeats. He appointed as coach after Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza in qualifiers duration. His decent approach & attacking techniques did excellent work against Chile and Sevilla.

We have to wait to get the answer to this query that “Will his efforts work for Argentina to win Soccer World Cup title?”

Top Players, who can shine for Argentina in Soccer World cup 2018

Key Player

Team Argentina is entirely dependent on a key player “Lionel Messi.” Argentina earned only seven points in his absence whereas, in 10 matches in which he played, they managed 21 points. 2018 World cup is the fourth world cup entry for Lionel Messi. However, he scored five goals cumulative in 2006, 2010 & 2014 World cups.

Stalwarts

Angel Di Maria is capable of playing at a variety of different positions. His career is not so convincing so far but hoping that he will gel well with Messi.

Missing Players

Ramiro Funes Mori injury weakened the defense wall of the team. Furthermore, Centre-back Martin Demichelis retirement depleted their strength. Due to a knee ligament, Dario Benedetto is also not the part of the team.

Debutants

Paulo Dybala & Mauro Icardi both will play their first world cup. Even though, both the players have potential, but until now, they didn’t impress with there performances. This event is a chance for both players to showcase their potential on behalf of the national team.

Argentina 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad

World Cup Final Squad – 

GOALKEEPERS:

  1. Willy Caballero
  2. Franco Armani
  3. Nahuel Guzman.

DEFENDERS:

  1. Gabriel Mercado
  2. Federico Fazio
  3. Nicolas Otamendi
  4. Marcos Rojo
  5. Nicolas Taglafico
  6. Javier Mascherano
  7. Marcos Acuna
  8. Cristian Ansaldi

MIDFIELDERS: 

  1. Ever Banega
  2. Lucas Biglia
  3. Angel Di María
  4. Giovani Lo Celso
  5. Manuel Lanzini
  6. Cristian Pavon
  7. Maximiliano Meza
  8. Eduardo Salvio

FORWARDS:

  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala
  3. Sergio Aguero

Probable Playing XI

  1. Willy Caballero
  2. Nicolas Tagliafico
  3. Nicolas Otamendi
  4. Federico Fazio
  5. Gabriel Mercado
  6. Giovani Lo Celso
  7. Lucas Biglia
  8. Manuel Lanzini
  9. Angel Di Maria
  10. Lionel Messi
  11. Sergio Aguero

Argentina Playing XI & Probable Strategy

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Updated: June 13, 2018 — 4:20 pm

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