Team profile: Argentina

While their fans may be getting used to disappointment, Argentina's low-key approach to the finals may be just the tonic for one of their many creative players to finally take the mantle from the legendary Diego Maradona.

    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

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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