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Argentina Under 20
Nickname(s) Albicelestes
(White and Sky blue)
Association Asociación del Fútbol Argentino
(Argentine Football Association)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Sergio Batista
Captain Emiliano Insúa
FIFA code ARG
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Argentina 5–0  Venezuela
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 27 February 1951)
Biggest win
 Argentina 8–1  United States
(São Paulo, Brazil; 4 May 1963)
Biggest defeat
 Uruguay 5–1  Argentina
(Quito, Ecuador; 8 January 1981)
Medal record
U-20 World Cup
Gold 1979 Japan Team
Silver 1983 Mexico Team
Gold 1995 Qatar Team
Gold 1997 Malaysia Team
Gold 2001 Argentina Team
Gold 2005 Netherlands Team
Gold 2007 Canada Team

The Argentina national under-20 football team has been the most successful nation in the FIFA World Youth Championship, winning a record six times. Argentina has participated in twelve of the 16 World Cup events, since the Japan 1979 edition, which it won. Its most recent participation was its sixth title, in Canada 2007. Argentina has won four South American Youth Championships.

Many of Argentina's top players came through the ranks of the youth teams, including Javier Saviola, Esteban Cambiasso, Carlos Tévez, Javier Mascherano, Mauro Zárate, Fernando Gago, Sergio Agüero, Lionel Messi, and even the great Diego Maradona himself.

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Competitive record

FIFA World Youth Championship Record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Tunisia 1977 Did not participate - - - - - -
Japan 1979 Champions 6 6 0 0 20 2
Australia 1981 First round 3 1 1 1 3 3
Mexico 1983 Runners-up 6 5 0 1 13 2
Soviet Union 1985 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Chile 1987 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1989 Quarter-finals 4 1 0 3 3 4
Portugal 1991 First round 3 0 1 2 2 6
Australia 1993 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Qatar 1995 Champions 6 5 0 1 12 3
Malaysia 1997 Champions 7 6 0 1 15 7
Nigeria 1999 Second round 4 1 1 2 2 5
Argentina 2001 Champions 7 7 0 0 27 4
United Arab Emirates 2003 Semi-finals 7 5 0 2 12 8
Netherlands 2005 Champions 7 6 0 1 12 5
Canada 2007 Champions 7 6 1 0 16 2
Egypt 2009 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 12/17 67 49 4 14 137 51
  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil. Gold background color indicates first place finish. Silver background color indicates second place finish.

Individual awards

In addition to team victories, Argentine players have won many individual awards at FIFA World Youth Cups.

Year Golden Ball Golden Boot
1979 Diego Maradona Ramón Díaz
2001 Javier Saviola Javier Saviola
2005 Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
2007 Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero

Current squad

The following players were called for the 2009 South American Youth Championship held in Venezuela.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Luis Ojeda March 21, 1990 (1990-03-21) (age 19) 2 0 Argentina Unión
2 DF Fernando Tobio October 18, 1989 (1989-10-18) (age 20) 8 0 Argentina Vélez Sársfield
3 DF Emiliano Insúa January 7, 1989 (1989-01-07) (age 21) 24 0 England Liverpool
4 DF Fernando Meza March 21, 1990 (1990-03-21) (age 19) 7 0 Argentina San Lorenzo
5 MF Exequiel Benavídez March 5, 1989 (1989-03-05) (age 20) 7 0 Argentina Boca Juniors
6 DF Federico Fernández February 21, 1989 (1989-02-21) (age 20) 1 0 Argentina Estudiantes La Plata[1]
7 MF Eduardo Salvio September 13, 1989 (1989-09-13) (age 20) 8 4 Spain Atletico de Madrid
8 MF Franco Zuculini September 5, 1990 (1990-09-05) (age 19) 5 0 Germany Hoffenheim
9 FW Juan Neira February 21, 1989 (1989-02-21) (age 20) 5 0 Argentina Gimnasia LP
10 MF Damián Lizio June 30, 1989 (1989-06-30) (age 20) 4 0 Spain Córdoba
11 FW Jonathan Cristaldo March 5, 1989 (1989-03-05) (age 20) 8 1 Argentina Vélez Sársfield
12 GK Diego Rodríguez June 25, 1989 (1989-06-25) (age 20) 6 0 Argentina Independiente
13 DF Julián Fernández July 18, 1989 (1989-07-18) (age 20) 6 0 Argentina Argentinos Juniors
14 DF Maximiliano Oliva March 4, 1990 (1990-03-04) (age 19) 2 0 Argentina Tigre
15 FW Andrés Ríos January 8, 1989 (1989-01-08) (age 21) 4 0 Argentina River Plate
16 MF Marcelo Benítez May 29, 1989 (1989-05-29) (age 20) 4 1 Argentina Lanús
17 FW Cristian Gaitán January 15, 1990 (1990-01-15) (age 20) 6 1 Argentina Estudiantes La Plata
18 FW Leandro Velázquez May 10, 1989 (1989-05-10) (age 20) 8 1 Argentina Vélez Sársfield[2]
19 FW Iván Bella September 13, 1989 (1989-09-13) (age 20) 7 1 Argentina Vélez Sársfield
20 FW Andrés Romero December 21, 1989 (1989-12-21) (age 20) 4 0 Argentina Argentinos Juniors[3]
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Notes

  1. ^ Mateo Musacchio was originally named in the squad but sustained and injury prior to the tournament. Ignacio Fideleff was called to replace him but also suffered and injury. Federico Fernández finally filled the spot.
  2. ^ Pablo Piatti was originally named in the squad but his club, Almería, refused to give him. Javier Pastore was called to replace him but Huracán, his club, also refused. Leandro Velázquez filled the spot.
  3. ^ Franco Di Santo was initially called but his club, Chelsea, refused to give him. Andrés Romero was his replacement.

Former squads

Argentina U-20 team at the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship

See also


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