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 Mexico | Winners, 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 France | Manager 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 Germany | Manager was José Néstor Péckerman.