FIFA Ranking: 9

Key players: Hernan Crespo, Juan Roman Riquelme, Carlos Tevez

World Cup record: 14th appearance

Best finish: Champion 1978, 1986

Last appearance: First round 2002

Qualifying route: Second in South American qualifying

Key question: Can Argentina outshine South American arch rival Brazil?

Squad:

Goalkeepers #
Roberto Abbondanzieri 1
Leonardo Franco 12
Oscar Ustari 23
Defenders
Roberto Ayala 2
Juan Pablo Sorin 3
Fabricio Coloccini 4
Gabriel Heinze 6
Lionel Scaloni 13
Gabriel Milito 15
Leandro Cufre 17
Nicolas Burdisso 21
Midfielders
Esteban Cambiasso 5
Javier Mascherano 8
Juan Roman Riquelme 10
Pablo Aimar 16
Maximiliano Rodriguez 18
Luis Gonzalez 22
Forwards
Javier Saviola 7
Hernan Crespo 9
Carlos Tevez 11
Rodrigo Palacio 14
Lionel Messi 19
Julio Cruz 20

Group matches:

v Ivory Coast, 19:00 GMT, Saturday 10th June - Hamburg

v Serbia & Montenegro, 13:00 GMT, Friday 16th June - Gelsenkirchen

v Netherlands, 19:00 GMT, Wednesday 21st June - Frankfurt