Argentina

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: Jun 10, 2014, 10:03 AM IST

Argentina appeared in four World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost 4–2 to Uruguay.

One of the more popular teams in the world, Argentina have won the FIFA World Cup twice. Playing in front of home crowd, Mario Kempes led the Albicelestes to their first title in 1978. In the final, they defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in extra-time, with Kempes after the regulation time ended in 1-1. Kempes` 37 minute opener was cancelled by Dick Nanninga in the 82 minute to extend the match. In the extra-time, Kempes once again scored in the 104 minutes, which was consolidated by Daniel Bertoni in five minutes before the time.

In 1986, Diego Maradona helped Argentina win their second trophy in Mexico. Remembered for his Hand of God and the Goal of the Century goals, both against England, the tournament heralded Maradona as the new superstar of the game, after Pele. In the final against West Germany, Jose Luis Brown, Jorge Valdano and Jorge Burruchaga scored for the South Americans, while Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Rudi Voller found the net for the Germans.