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Argentina

Argentina national team pose for a photo

FIFA Women's World Cup record

Argentina have taken part in two editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup™, at USA 2003 and China 2007. On both occasions, they finished as the tournament’s bottom team in 16th place. During their debut appearance in 2003, the Argentinians lost all three of their group matches against Germany, Canada and Japan. Four years later, the side was again drawn in a group with the Germans and the Japanese, this time alongside England. Argentina once more failed to register a single point. To date, they have found the net on only two occasions at the FIFA World Cup.

The road to France

Following a spell in the wilderness, during which the team remained without a coach for two years and dropped out of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking, La Albiceleste put every effort into preparing for the Copa America Femenina 2018 in Chile. It paid off as they qualified for the final round, finishing second in Group B behind Brazil. Despite defeats to Brazil and Chile, a 3-1 victory over Colombia was enough to claim third place in the tournament and, with it, a spot in a World Cup play-off against Panama. Following a 4-0 win in Buenos Aires and a 1-1 draw in the away leg, the Argentinians were at last able to celebrate their return to the World Cup after an absence of 12 years.

The coach

Carlos Borrello is one of the most important coaches in the history of Argentinian women’s football. In charge of the national team between 2003 and 2012, he was in the dugout at both of La Albiceleste’s World Cup appearances to date. Moreover, under Borrello’s watch, the team won the Copa America Femenina in 2006 and broke into the top 30 in the world ranking. Following a successful spell at UAI Urquiza, during which the club won two national titles and qualified for the Copa Libertadores Femenina, the Argentinian Football Association came calling again in July 2017. Reappointed as national team coach, Borrello was tasked with rebuilding the women’s game at both senior and junior levels. He will have turned 63 years old by the start of France 2019.

The stat

5 - The number of goals scored by Soledad Jaimes at the Copa America Femenina, which proved enough for her team to claim a World Cup play-off spot against Panama. Curiously, she missed the showdown against the Panamanians because she was on duty in the Chinese Super Cup with her club side, Dalian Quanjian.