In February 2010, CMN announced an unprecedented partnership with the Argentine Football Association (AFA) which includes the organization of international matches featuring two-time FIFA World Cup Champion Argentina through June 2014.
Under terms of the agreement, CMN will manage the exclusive commercial rights, including broadcast, marketing and sponsorship rights of the Argentinean National Team in the U.S. The new alliance will also allow CMN to organize matches in select European countries.
The first match in the U.S. is scheduled to take place in the Fall of 2010, following the team’s participation at the FIFA World Cup. Details of that match will be announced in the near future.
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“The Argentine Football Association is without a doubt one of the most recognized and accomplished football organizations in the world,” said Henry Cardenas, Chief Executive Officer of CMN. “We look forward to expanding AFA’s illustrious brand in the U.S. and showcasing Argentina’s roster of world-class players to soccer fans across the nation.”
The Albicelestes (Sky Blue and Whites) are currently ranked 7th in the world by FIFA. Its heralded roster includes a host of young talent led by 23-year-old phenomenon and FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi. The Rosario native helped the Spanish powerhouse to their historic six titles (UEFA Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey, Spanish and European Super Cups and FIFA Club World Cup), an effort that earned him the 2009 FIFA Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year honors – the first feat ever by an Argentine player.
The team also boasts midfielder and captain Javier Mascherano (Liverpool) and forwards Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid) and Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid).
Argentina captured its first World Cup Championship on June 25, 1978 in Buenos Aires, defeating the Netherlands 3-1 in stoppage time to become the fifth team in FIFA history to claim the title as the tournament’s host nation. The team would go down in history again on June 29, 1986 at the FIFA World Cup Final in Mexico, as Jorge Burruchaga’s dramatic tally in the final minutes of play catapulted Argentina to a 3-2 victory over then-West Germany and its second World Cup title before 114,000 fans at Azteca Stadium.
1. Moreover, Argentina has been the most successful team at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, claiming the title six times in seven appearances.
FIFA World Cup victories
Winner (1978, 1986)
Runners-Up (1930, 1990)
FIFA World Cup appearances: 14
(1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)
Copa America (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1936, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993)
-FIFA U-20 World Cup Final (1979, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2007)
-FIFA Confederations Cup (1992)
-Olympic Football Tournament Final (2004, 2008)