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Football is the most popular sport in Argentina and has more registered participants than any other sport played in the country. 90% of Argentines declare support of an Argentine football club.

Football was introduced to Argentina in the latter half of the 19th century by British immigrants in Buenos Aires. The first Argentine league was contested in 1891, making it one of the oldest leagues outside Great Britain and the Argentine Football Association (AFA) was formed in 1893, being the eighth oldest in the world.

Argentina is one of the seven countries to have won the football World Cup, having done so in 1978 and 1986. They have also won the continental tournament Copa América on fourteen occasions. At youth level; the Argentina Olympic football team has won two Gold Medals and the Argentina Under-20 team has won a record six FIFA U-20 World Cups. There has been a national women's league in Argentine since 1991 and Argentina women's team qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2007.

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Argentinos Juniors is an Argentine football club, founded in La Paternal, Buenos Aires, on August 15, 1904. The club was originally called The “Martyrs of Chicago”, a homage to the eight anarchists imprisoned or hanged after the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago.

The club were founded in the Villa Crespo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires on August 14, 1904. In 1905 thet joined the "Fútbol de competencia" league playing their first game against Club La Prensa, which they lost by a catastrophic scoreline of 12-1. On Thursday October 20, 1976, fans of Argentinos Juniors and a few travelling Talleres fans witnessed probably the most important debut in the history of Argentine football. With Argentinos losing 1-0 the manager, Juan Carlos Montes sent on a fifteen year old debutant named Diego Armando Maradona making him the leagues youngest ever player until his record was broken by Sergio Agüero in 2003. Argentinos lost the game but Diego went on to propel the club forward over the next four years and to achieve great successes with other clubs and the Argentina national team.

The team won the 1985 Copa Libertadores beating América de Cali of Colombia in a deciding game in Asunción, Paraguay. The game finished 1-1 and Argentinos won 5-4 on penalties. It was only the second time the competition had been decided on penalties, and marked the finest achievement in the history of Argentinos Juniors.

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Lionel Messi competing in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in a match against Brazil
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Lionel Messi competing in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in the semi-final match against Brazil. The Argentina national football team won the tournament (beating Nigeria 1–0 in the final) and collected Olympic Gold medals for the second time in succession.

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Gabriel Batistuta (born February 1, 1969), nicknamed Batigol, is a former professional footballer. The prolific Argentine striker played most of his club football at ACF Fiorentina in Italy, and he is the eighth top scorer of all time in the Italian Serie A league, with 184 goals in 318 matches between 1991 and 2003. On the international level, he is the all-time highest scorer for Argentina's national team, with 56 goals in 78 national team matches, and he represented his country at three FIFA World Cups. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100 list of the "125 Greatest Living Footballers".

When his club Fiorentina was relegated to Serie B in 1993, Batistuta stayed with the club and helped it return to the top-flight league a year later. A hero in Florence, the Fiorentina fans erected a life-size bronze statue of him in 1996, in recognition of his performances for Fiorentina. He never won the Italian league with Fiorentina, but when he moved to AS Roma in 2000, he finally won the Serie A championship to crown his career in Italy. He played his last professional season in Qatar with Al-Arabi before retired in 2005 and becoming a football commentator.

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Brief in-the-news coverage of Football in Argentina is also available at Sports current events.

  • July 27: Higuaín leaves Napoli for Juventus
  • June 30: Messi speaks of Argentina exit after losing Copa América Centenario over penalties
  • June 24: Messi sets scoring record for Argentina; defeats USA in Copa América semis
  • June 20: Argentina beats Venezuela 4-1 in Copa América quarters; Messi equals Argentina's scoring record
  • December 20: Barça beat River Plate 3-0 to win third FIFA Club World Cup
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