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La Seleccion - The Story of Argentine Worldwide Football

While the Next Earth War disrupted the global football calendar, the Copa America
continued, which Argentina won in 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955 and 1957.

Argentina travelled to the 1958 Globe Cup in Sweden with a solid facet that experienced
gained the previous year's Copa The us. However, despite the higher expectations Argentina
underperformed, shedding their first match, and then right after winning their second getting
hammered 6-1 by Czechoslovakia, and so stating goodbye to the aspiration of lifting what
may have been their initial World Cup.

In 1959 the Argentines introduced house their very last South American Cup until eventually
1991. The 1962 Globe Cup in Chile was a different disappointment though.

In the 1966 levels of competition in England, Argentina performed effectively, beating Spain
and Switzerland, drawing with Germany, and just dropping to hosts England -1 after some
controversial choices by the German referee, Kreitlein.

Disaster struck in 1970, with Argentina failing to even qualify for the Mexico earth cup.

In Germany in 1974, Argentina was thrashed 4- by a Holland staff utilizing its infamous "full
football" approach.

The 1978 Globe Cup was held in Argentina, and in the operate up there was loads of general
public criticism of both the team and its new mentor, Menotti, who resolved to leave out of the
squad a proficient youngster, one Diego Armando Maradona.

The household facet gained their very first and the 2nd matches, in opposition to Hungary
and France, the two 2-1. They misplaced the 3rd game against Italy (-1) just before beating
Peru six- in a controversial sport that quite a few considered rigged, due to Peru's peculiar
late choice (adhering to the Argentine dictator's take a look at to Lima) to begin their 2nd
decision goalkeeper, a not long ago naturalized Peruvian from Argentina known as Ramon

In the ultimate, Argentina beat Holland 3-one, despite additional controversy, this time
relating to prospective bias by the Italian referee Sergio Gonella, who retired in the wake of
criticism following the recreation. Regardless, Argentina had received their initial planet cup.

There was significantly expectation foremost up to the 1982 Entire world Cup, held in Spain,
following some excellent performances in the preceding months. Menotti experienced
involved Maradona in his squad this time. Argentina however contrived to shed their 1st
match, against Belgium at Camp Nou, -one. Despite this inauspicious commence, Argentina
received again on keep track of and triumphed in excess of Hungary in their next match 4-1.
The early loss even so guide to Argentina participating in Italy and then Brazil, who
despatched them household. The AFA quickly replaced Menetti with Biliardo as mentor of the
national squad.

Biliardo's new tactical strategy noticed a defence of three gamers, just one of whom
performed as a 'sweeper', who stayed between the defence and the goalkeeper and
appreciated higher freedom of motion and motion. Modern groups no more time employ this
tactic, preferring to participate in the offside rule alternatively, demanding defenders to
remain in line and transfer ahead together.

Taking part in with a sweeper was not unheard of at the time much less prevalent although
was the development which Biliardo adopted, that of 3-five-two.

Biliardo also gave the captain's armband to Maradona, controversially getting it away from
Daniel Alberto Passerella, acknowledged in Argentina as 'The Fantastic Captain'.

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