Argentina – On A World Cup Roller Coaster Ride

by on June 16, 2010

Lionel Messi

Since they came in second-place in the very first World Cup finals played back in 1930, the Argentine National Football Team has been struggling to assert some form of dominance on these most coveted fields of play. All in all, it seems as if Team Argentina has been on a wild roller-coaster ride courtesy of some bad luck and plenty of tough competition.

After taking second in 1930’s inaugural games, the Argentines didn’t get to the finals again for several decades. Then, in 1966, they made it as far as the quarterfinals before facing elimination. Four years later they failed to qualify to participate in 1970 World Cup tournament. Then, the roller coaster started back up again, and in 1978 they won the tournament on their own native soil. Still on the upswing, they picked up yet another win in 1986, defeating West Germany in a thrilling final match. Since then, the roller coaster seems to have stalled.

This year’s Argentine squad is looking to give that thrill ride a little forward momentum. With a strong squad, featuring great talent and a superstar in the person of Lionel Mess, arguably one of the best footballers in the game today, the team expects to reach for and attain new heights.

Realistically, the odds are probably not that strong in Argentina’s favor this year. While they do possess a truly talented squad of athletes and now call one of soccer’s greatest and most eccentric names, Maradona, their coach, this team’s less than stellar qualifying performances has fans and bookmakers a bit nervous about backing them. Still, Argentina knows what it feels like to be the dark horse that comes unexpectedly from behind to win, and they certainly feel they have the talent.

The national football team of Argentina has been very successful and currently ranks the sixth in FIFA world rankings. Here is a peak into their performance at FIFA World cups: Read more..