On Tuesday, June 26, the national football teams of Nigeria and Argentina would be playing against each other at the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament. The two teams from Group D would be meeting at the St Petersburg stadium by 7 pm.
FIFA World Ranking
According to the FIFA World ranking of the national football teams released on 07 June, 2018, while the Argentina football team ranked 5th, the Nigerian ranked 48th on the list.
Live Streaming and Prediction
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Historical Background of Nigeria and Argentina
Under the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Nigeria national football team is known to be the official football team that represents Nigeria in international association football. Presently known as the Super Eagles, the image of the team is said to have undergone major evolutions in all its history.
For instance, the national football team was formerly called the Red Devils before the nation got her independence. But after their independence, they were called the Green Eagles because of the nation’s flag and the eagle on its coat of arms.
The Argentina national football team also is known to be Selección de fútbol de Argentina in the Spanish language as well as Albicelestes. The team that represents Argentina in men’s football international competitions and it is governed by the Argentine Football Association (AFA). The association is the body that regulates football activities in Argentina.
Appearances at International Football Competitions
The first international match ever to be recorded for the Argentina national football team was when they met with the Uruguay team. The match was played in Montevideo on 16 May 1901. At the event, Argentina recorded a 3–2 win game against their opponent.
However, the match was not considered to be official. The reason was because it was said that the match was not organized by the Football Association of Uruguay but Albion FC in their home field. So, the match that was considered to be their first official game was the one they played with the same Uruguayan team on 20 July 1902. At the event, the Argentine team defeated Uruguay by 6–0.
The first official game recorded that the Nigerian would play was in October 1949. Although, the team is said to have played some unofficial games with other colonies as far back as the 1930s. But then, their first official game took place while they were still a British colony.
It is recorded that the national football team of Argentina appeared at the inaugural match of the FIFA World Cup that took place in 1930. The team performed so well that they made it to the final stage of the tournament, but the unfortunate thing for them was that they lost to the Uruguayan team.
The first time that the Nigerian team would make an appearance at the FIFA World Cup was when the United States hosted the world cup tournament in 1994. But then, it was recorded that they had made much effort to appear in the past. And with their appearance at that time, they could not go past the round of 16.
So far, the Argentine has made notable appearances at the World Cup finals on five different occasions. While for the Nigerian team, they have made it to the last seven FIFA World Cup tournaments since their first appearance. The only one the missed was that of 2006.
Argentina has remarkably won the FIFA Mega Title two times which are in 1978 and 1986. And then in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, they finished as the runners-up.
The first major success that the Nigeria recorded took place in 1976 and 1978 when they won their first gold medal at the second All-Africa games. They finished at the 3rd place in both years’ African Cup of Nations.
Together with Brazil, Germany, and France, Argentina remains one of the only football teams that would win the three most important men’s titles that FIFA recognizes. The titles include the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic tournament. And at their continental zone, they have also won the championship of the Copa América.
It is recorded that during the Olympic football tournament that took place in Beijing in 2008, Nigeria ended up as the runners-up after they lost to the Argentina squad. But then, they have a record of winning the Africa Cup of Nations on three different occasions which were in 1980, 1994 and 2013. They were able to win their last cup after they defeated the Burkina Faso national soccer squad at the final stage.
Argentina is also very successful in the Copa América. They have unarguably won the cup on a total number of 14 times. Then, they have equally won the ‘extra’ South American Championships in 1941, 1945 and 1946.
Other Awards and Honorary Titles
Apart from emerging as the winners of the FIFA World Cup two times, Argentina has also won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1992 as well as the Artemio Franchi Trophy in 1993. Then, they are a proud winner of the Olympic Gold Medals two different times which are in 2004 and 2008 in Athens and Beijing respectively.
Aside from winning the African Cup of Nations three different times, the Nigerian squad emerged as the runners-up of the same cup on four different occasions which are in 1984, 1988, 1990, and 2000. Then, they have also received other titles including the winners of the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations in 1995 and the Nelson Mandela Challenge in 2013 while emerging as the runners-up in the game of the latter in 2004.