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Argentina qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals on June 8th, 2005 and will be looking to erase memories of a first round exit in Korea-Japan 2002.

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Argentina in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
Germany 2006 is Argentina's 14th appearance at the World Cup Finals; bettered only by Brazil (18) and Italy (16).

Argentina's Best World Cup Performance

World Cup winners twice: Argentina 1978 and Mexico 1986.

Runners-up in Uruguay 1930 and Italy 1990.

Argentina World Cup Preparations

Argentina will set up their World Cup camp at Herzogenaurach, the North Bavarian home of Adidas, and train at the Adi Dassler sports facility.

Argentina Team Hotel

HerzogsPark Hotel - Argentina Team Hotel for the 2006 World Cup Finals.
HerzogsPark Hotel:
The best address in Herzogenaurach, north-west of Nürnberg, is where the Argentina team will be staying while a large number of Argentinian fans are choosing Frankfurt as their base.

Argentina Friendly Matches

Lost to Croatia (2:3), Wednesday 1st March. (Basle)
Carlos Tevez (4), Leo Messi (6).

Beat Angola (2:0), Tuesday 30th May. (Salerno).
Maximiliano Rodriguez (28), Juan Pablo Sorin (36).

Argentina in the 2006 World Cup

Asociación del Fútbol Argentino
Group C

Argentina vs Côte d'Ivoire in Hamburg:
Argentina, happy to sit on their two-goal lead, slowed the tempo to almost a standstill. Ivory Coast pulled a goal back to make the last minutes a tense affair.

Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro in Gelsenkirchen:
The South Americans stamped their class on the 2006 World Cup Finals with a six-goal demolition of Serbia & Montenegro.

Holland vs Argentina in Frankfurt:
Having both qualified for the Second Round, Holland and Argentina gave a number of reserves a run, just to keep the momentum going.

Knockout Stage

Second Round
Argentina vs Mexico in Leipzig.
Argentina fell behind to an early goal but soon levelled; although the rest of the game didn't go all their own way, as Mexico deservedly took them to extra-time.

Quarter-Final
Germany vs Argentina in Berlin:
Jose Pekerman pokered badly with twenty minutes left to play as Argentina left the field in disgrace, after the penalty shoot-out and Jose Pekerman handed in his resignation.

Argentina World Cup Squad 2006

Argentina Football Kit
Albicelestes

Goalkeepers:

1 Roberto Abbondanzieri (Boca Juniors)
12 Leonardo Franco (Atletico Madrid, Spain)
23 Oscar Ustari (Independiente)

Defenders:

2 Roberto Ayala (Valencia, Spain)
3 Juan Pablo Sorin (Villarreal, Spain)
4 Fabricio Coloccini (Deportivo Coruna, Spain)
6 Gabriel Heinze (Manchester United, England)
15 Gabriel Milito (Real Zaragoza, Spain)
17 Leandro Cufre (AS Roma, Italy)
21 Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan, Italy)

Midfielders:

5 Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan, Italy)
8 Javier Mascherano (Corinthians, Brazil)
10 Juan Roman Riquelme (Villarreal, Spain)
13 Lionel Scaloni (West Ham United, England)
16 Pablo Aimar (Valencia, Spain)
18 Maximiliano 'Maxi' Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid, Spain)
22 Luis 'Lucho' Gonzalez (Porto, Portugal)

Forwards:

7 Javier Saviola (Sevilla, Spain)
9 Hernan Crespo (Chelsea, England)
11 Carlos Tevez (Corinthians, Brazil)
14 Rodrigo Palacio (Boca Juniors)
19 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain)
20 Julio Cruz (Inter Milan, Italy)

Trainer:
Jose Pekerman.

Players to watch:
10 Juan Roman Riquelme (Villarreal, Spain)
9 Hernan Crespo (Chelsea, England)
22 Luis 'Lucho' Gonzalez (Porto, Portugal)
19 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain)

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