Argentina at the World Cup Qatar 2022

Alisa Barladyan
06 Oct 2022

Argentina finished second in the CONMEBOL world cup qualifying competition, earning a spot in Qatar World Cup 2022. As of right now, the Albicelestes have had an unbeaten qualification season. Lionel Scaloni's team has won 11 and drawn six of the 17 games. They are also unbeaten in the last 35 games that they have played, coming to the World Cup in Qatar as one of the favourites to lift the prestigious trophy that has eluded them for many years.

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Argentina, the reigning Copa América champion and two-time World Cup winners, will face Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Group C, and the Albicelestes are the overwhelming favourites to win the group. They will then face rivals Mexico and Poland to complete their Group C fixtures.

There is a talented group of players playing for the Albicelestes. Argentina's leading scorer Lionel Messi, who will be competing in his sixth World Cup, will serve as the team's captain.

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DatesMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Nov 22, TuesdayArgentina vs Saudi Arabia5amLusail
Nov 26, SaturdayArgentina vs Mexico2pmLusail
Nov 30, Wednesday
Argentina vs Poland2pm974 Stadium
DatesMatchesTime (ET)Stadium
November 22, TuesdayArgentina vs Saudi Arabia5amLusail
November 22, TuesdayPoland vs Mexico11am974 Stadium
Nov 26, SaturdaySaudi Arabia vs Poland8amEducation City
Nov 26, SaturdayMexico vs Argentina2pmLusail
Nov 30, WednesdayArgentina vs Poland2pm974 Stadium
Nov 30, WednesdaySaudi Arabia vs Mexico2pmLusail

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With two World Cup victories in 1978 and 1986, Argentina is one of the most successful national soccer squads in the world. Argentina completed the World Cup as runners-up thrice, in 1930, 1990, and 2014. The team appeared in all but four of the World Cups, placing third in terms of appearances only after Brazil and Germany (with the 2022 World Cup included).
Argentina has participated in each of the last 13 World Cup competitions, bringing their total number of competitions to 18 since they were last unable to qualify for the World Cup in 1970.
Argentina has won the World Cup twice, in 1978 and 1986, and has advanced to the championship final five times.

World Cup YearRoundPosition
1934First Round9
1958Group Stage13
1962Group Stage10
1966Quarter Finals5
1974Second Group Stage8
1982Second Group Stage11
1994Round of 1610
1998Quarter Finals6
2002Group Stage18
2006Quarter Finals6
2010Quarter Finals5
2018Round of 1616
Argentina FIFA World Cup 2022 squad
Argentina FIFA World Cup 2022 squad

While managing the Argentina national team, Lionel Scaloni has employed a variety of formations, although he appears to have settled on the 4-4-2 in recent games, sometimes reverting to a 4-3-3 and a 4-3-2-1 when needed to.

Argentina is producing some attractive football while giving the opposition very little opportunities, as seen by the fact that they only conceded two goals in their previous 10 games to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Instead of mainly depending on Lionel Messi and his ability with the ball, Argentina now takes a more collective approach in a well-run system, and the advantages are beginning to emerge.

The most typical configuration consists of Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martinez up front, De Paul and Paredes in the centre, and Angel Di Maria and Giovani Lo Celso playing wide. Moving the left-backs (Tagliafico, Acuna) forward creates an Argentina back three, which is one of the essential tactics while playing with the ball, while Lo Celso moves inside. Lautaro Martinez can now play a more conventional role as an advanced forward because Di Maria typically plays wide on the right side, allowing Messi to move into the inside right channel.

When the ball is lost in the opponent's half early in the initial sections of their game, Lo Celso, Paredes, and De Paul provide cover. The third midfielder, Paredes, may therefore concentrate on applying pressure to the player with the ball because the other two midfielders are protecting that side of the field.

When playing defence, they put a lot of pressure on the opposing team's defenders, making it difficult for them to move freely and play the ball in the middle of the field. As a result, both forwards attempt to protect the middle of the field first.
In this variation, the strikers remain in the central regions, while the two wingers are in charge of blocking passing opportunities on the flanks.

Argentina presses very hard, and when necessary, they foul without hesitation. When the opposition switches to longer passes as a tactic, Scaloni's team does not hesitate to relinquish control, reduce pressing, and maintain a reasonably low defensive line. Argentina has capable central defenders (Romero, Otamendi) who can guarantee victory in the World Cup 2022.
Argentina have not named their world cup 2022 squad yet, but this is how we expect them to line up at the World Cup in Qatar this year for their opener against Saudi Arabia :
Martinez;Moline, Otamendi, Romero, Tagliafico; Paredes, De Paul; Di Maria, Messi, Lo Celso; Martinez (4-2-3-1)

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: Number 3 (August 2022);
  • World Cup Titles: 2;
  • How they qualified: CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers, Runners-up;
  • Overall Record:
  • 2022: 7W-1D-0L (Goals:15 scored,2 conceded);
  • 2021:10W-6D-0L (Goals: 26 scored,7 conceded);
  • Star Players: Lionel Messi (PSG, France), Lautaro Martinez (Internazionale, Italy), Angel Di Maria (Juventus, Italy);
  • Players to watch: Julian Alvarez (Manchester City, England), Cristian Romero (Tottenham, England), Paulo Dybala(AS Roma, Italy);
  • Captain: Lionel Messi (Paris St. Germain, France);
  • Players to play in WCQ:34;
  • Coach : Lionel Scaloni (Argentina)
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Lionel Scaloni
Lionel Scaloni

After the country's poor Russia World Cup showing, Lionel Scaloni, a former Argentina national team player, was appointed manager of the Argentine national team in 2018. Under his guidance, Argentina won the 2021 Copa América to win their first international tournament in 28 years, and then defeated Italy 3-0 in the Finalissima in 2022. He also led the football nation to the World Cup 2022 tournament as runners-up behind Brazil in the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers.

Argentina has a strong chance of winning this group C at Qatar World Cup 2022. A victory would place them in the round of 16 against the Group D runner-up, which also includes France, Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia. In order to avoid the defending world cup winners early in the knockout games and improve their chances of making it to the quarterfinals and beyond, they probably hope that France would win that group.

A quarterfinal versus a team from Group A or B would follow if they proceed from the Knockouts. Senegal, The Netherlands, England, or Wales are potential candidates for this. After that, they would travel to Lusail for the semifinal before possibly returning there for the World Cup final on December 18.

Argentina has improved into a team that enters the 2022 World Cup tournament with serious title aspirations since manager Lionel Scaloni took the mantle in the wake of that disastrous campaign in Russia. The Argentines began an ongoing unbeaten streak two years prior to 2021, when they won their first Copa América title since 1993. Scaloni's team has gone 35 games without losing, putting them in striking sight of Italy's record streak of 37 games without a loss, set between 2018 and 2021.

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