Preview: Argentina comes into the World Cup with heavy expectations levied by their
fans. A first round exit in 2002 was a disaster, and the Argentinean side
must fully atone for the disappointment. Coach Marcelo Bielsa held on to
his job nevertheless, and will return only Hernan Crespo, Juan Pablo Sorin,
Roberto Ayala and Pablo Aimar as 2002 holdovers. Joining them will be star
playmaker Juan Riquelme, Inter forward Julio Cruz and 18 year old Lionel Messi.
The Argentineans have an incredibly strong midfield, an experienced defense, and
a slew of capable strikers.
The team in the white and blue faces formidable opposition in their group C,
but hopes to face even tougher competition in the advanced rounds, such as
and European giants
Result: Argentina played brilliantly early on, especially on offense, and many considered
them to be one the favorites after group play was over. The quarterfinal showdown
produced one of the most hotly contested matches of the
tournament, and the penalty shootout loss in Berlin ended their run.