Portal:Football in Argentina

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Association football (or simply football or soccer) is currently the most popular sport in the Argentine Republic and part of the culture in Argentina. It is the one with the most players (2,658,811 total, 331,811 of which are registered and 2,327,000 unregistered; with 3,377 clubs and 37,161 officials, all according to FIFA) and is the most popular recreational sport, played from childhood into old age. The percentage of Argentines that declare allegiance to an Argentine football club is about 90%.

Football was introduced to Argentina in the later half of the 19th century by the British immigrants in Buenos Aires. The first Argentine league was contested in 1891, making it the fifth-oldest recognised league of a FIFA member (after England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands). The Argentine Football Association (AFA) was formed in 1893 and is the eighth-oldest in the world.

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Club Atlético Independiente is a popular Argentine sports club best known for its football team, established in 1905. Based in Avellaneda, Greater Buenos Aires area. Known as "El Rojo" ("The Red"), "Los Diablos Rojos" ("The Red Devils"), "Rey de Copas" ("King of Cups") or "Orgullo Nacional" ("National Pride"), Independiente has won 14 Argentine championships, placing them third behind to River Plate and Boca Juniors, 7 Copa Libertadores titles, of which an unequalled series of 4 straight wins from 1972 to 1975, and a total of 15 international titles - including 3 Copa Interamericanas, and the 1973 and 1984 Intercontinental Cup.

Independiente's eternal rival Racing has its stadium only a couple of hundred meters from Independiente's. These 2 clubs form the colourful Avellaneda derby, that divides the country in two. Many great Argentine players have worn the red outfit. Daniel Bertoni and Jorge Burruchaga became World Champions in 1978 and 1986 respectively with Argentina, but Independiente fans remember more fondly Ricardo "el Bocha" Bochini, who was a champion in 1986 as well, even though he played only a few minutes in the entire World Cup.

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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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Alfredo di Stéfano (born 4 July 1926 in Barracas, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine - Spanish former footballer and coach. He is most associated with Real Madrid and was instrumental in their domination of the European Cup of Champions during the 1950s, a period in which the club won the trophy in five consecutive seasons from 1956. Di Stéfano also played international football for Argentina, Colombia, and Spain.

Di Stéfano, nicknamed Saeta rubia ("Blond arrow"), was a powerful forward with great stamina, tactical versatility, and vision. He could also play almost always anywhere on the pitch and despite being most well-known as a forward, was great in defense. He is currently the 3rd highest scorer in the history of Spain's top division, with 228 goals in 329 games, behind Hugo Sánchez (234 goals) and Telmo Zarra (251). Di Stéfano is also Real Madrid's highest league goalscorer of all time, with 216 goals in 282 league matches between 1953 and 1964.

In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Spain by the Royal Spanish Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. He was named by Pelé as one of the "top 125 greatest living footballers" in March 2004. Di Stéfano was voted fourth, behind Pelé, Diego Maradona, and Johan Cruijff, in a vote organised by the French weekly magazine France Football consulting their former Ballon D'Or winners to elect the Football Player of the Century

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  • July 3: FIFA World Cup 2018 Last 16: France, Uruguay sends Argentina and Portugal home
  • July 1: FIFA World Cup 2018 day 12, 13, 14, 15: Iran, Nigeria, Germany, Senegal out of the tournament
  • July 1: Argentine footballer Mascherano announces international retirement
  • June 27: FIFA World Cup 2018 day eight, nine, ten, eleven: Belgium, England confirm knockout phase qualification; Poland, Costa Rica miss out Last 16
  • June 26: Argentine footballer Javier Pastore leaves Paris SG for AS Roma
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