ARGENTINA: MAJOR HONOURS REVEALED

The Argentine national football team is one of the few nations to win the FIFA World Cup trophy more than once. Argentina are one of the eight teams to have tasted success in the history of the tournament. The other nations are Brazil, Germany, Italy, England, Uruguay, Spain and France. Of the eight teams, only England and Spain have not won it more than once. The Spaniards won it at the 2010 edition in South Africa, while the 1966 edition was won by England on home soil.

Argentina tasted World Cup glory for the first time when Mario Kempes led the team to victory while netting six goals in the process. Mario Kempes won the Golden Boot Award for the highest goalscorer, Golden Ball Award for the best player of the tournament. He is one of just three players to achieve the feat. Garrincha did it for Brazil at the 1962 FIFA World Cup tournament in Chile and Paolo Rossi also did the same thing for Italy at the 1982 FIFA World Cup tournament in Spain.

Eight years later, Diego Armando Maradona inspired Argentina to another World Cup title by beating West Germany 3-2 in the final of the tournament in Mexico. Maradona and his players saw off all the challengers to win the tournament. Maradona would later reach the final again four years later before Germany secured their pound of flesh on Argentina. The Argentines were beaten 1-0 in the final by the Germans at the 1990 FIFA World Cup tournament in Italy.

Apart from their two World Cup titles, Argentina have also won the regional championship known as the Copa America 14 times with the last one coming in 1993. Argentina have won the PanamericanChampionship twice and the intercontinental Cup of Nations once in 1993. Argentina have also won the FIFA Confederations Cup once in 1992.