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Lineker's Verdict

Argentina Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Argentina star player, Javier Zanetti
World Cup record:
 1930   Runners up
 1934   First round
 1958   First round
 1962   First round
 1966   Quarter-finals
 1974   Second round
 1978   Winners
 1982   Second round
 1986   Winners
 1990   Runners up
 1994   Second round
 1998   Quarter-finals
 2002   First round

Did you know?
The modern World Cup is considered a huge money-making machine for the organisers, but when Argentina staged the finals in 1978, the tournament's losses were around $750m. Argentina's current financial plight makes it hard to see when they will be able to bid for the finals again.

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Star player:

Marcelo Bielsa
Javier Zanetti
There’s a lesson in Argentina’s exit at the first hurdle. A cohesive team is more important than 11 individuals – whatever their status.

Marcelo Bielsa’s team came with high expectations and I for one had been mightily impressed by their qualification record.

Add to that a Who’s Who of world class stars and the ingredients for a successful campaign were all in place.

It was a case of Argentina and A. N. Other progressing to the knockout stages, with Argentina odds on to go all the way. But what do they say about the best laid plans.

It all started so well with Gabriel Batistuta’s winning goal against Nigeria, but that was their only goal from open play – despite all their efforts against England and Sweden.

It will come as little consolation to the Argentines that those two matches were among the best in the World Cup – I certainly enjoyed them!

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Group F: v Nigeria 1-0; v England 0-1; v Sweden 1-1.



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