Argentina, Football

World Cup | 1978 Argentina Argentina won as host nation. Manager was the chain-smoking César Luis Menotti. Mario Kempes scored twice in the final, a 2-1 win over Holland. | 

1982 MexicoWinners, beating Germany in the final. Manager was Carlos Bilardo. |

1990 Italy | Finalists, losing to Germany on penalties. 

1994 USA | Diego Maradona’s final World Cup. He was expelled during the tournament for a drugs violation. Argentina qualified for the round of 16 where they lost 3-2 to Romania.

1998 FranceManager was Daniel Passarella (who captained Argentina’s winning side as host nation in 1978. The press called him “The Mad Man”). Beat England on penalties after a 2-2 draw (Owen scored a wonder goal; David Beckham was sent off) then in the next match (the quarter finals) Argentina lost to the Dutch.

2002 Japan & South Korea | Manager was Marcelo Bielsa. Failed to get out of the group stage, losing 1-0 to England in Sapporo thanks to a David Beckham penalty.

2006 GermanyManager was José Néstor Péckerman.