The last conquest of the Argentina and Brazil with the Major Selection it occurred in the America Cup 1993, in the remembered title achieved by Alfio Basile’s team. Since then, 28 years have passed without titles, several lost finals and many frustrations.
The presence of Maradona, Caniggia, Batistuta, Balbo, among others, generated great enthusiasm for the team led by Alfio Basile. But Diego’s doping was too much for the Albiceleste, eliminated in the round of 16 by Romania.
AMERICA CUP 1995
The 1995 Copa América is remembered for the elimination in the quarterfinals against Brazil, and for the famous hand of Tulio. The match ended 2-2 in 90 minutes. Then, on penalties, those led by Passarella were eliminated.
AMERICA CUP 1997
In the 1997 edition, played in Bolivia, Argentina would be eliminated by Peru after losing 2 to 1 in the quarterfinals. It was another bad step for Passarella’s team, in a tournament that would later be won by Brazil.
The World Cup in France generated illusions due to the good level of the players. Even more so after eliminating England in the round of 16, after a great performance by goalkeeper Carlos Roa in the penalty shootout. But in the quarterfinals, the Netherlands was going to give the national team the coup de grace with a goal from Dennis Bergkamp. It was a 2-1 loss.
AMERICA CUP 1999
From the hand of Bielsa another frustration would be experienced. Palermo’s three missed penalties against Colombia in the first round somehow marked that team. Then, in the quarterfinals, the National Team would be eliminated by Brazil: they lost 2 to 1 and this time Roberto Ayala missed a key penalty to put the tie.
CUP AMERICA 2001
The Argentine National Team did not participate in this competition due to political problems in Colombia, the organizing country.
One of the great disappointments of recent years was the 2002 World Cup in Korea Japan, where Argentina from Bielsa arrived as a great favorite. But in an incredible way the team was left out in the first round, counting on Sorín, Ortega, Verón, Batistuta and Crespo as great figures.
CUP AMERICA 2004
Argentina de Bielsa reached the final in the 2004 edition, where after drawing 2-2 with Brazil, then lost 4-2 in the definition on penalties. Argentina won 2-1 minutes from time with both Chelo Delgado, but in injury time Adriano sealed the tie. A new frustration.
José Pekerman’s team had excited the fans. A young Messi was taking the first steps, Riquelme was the driver, Ayala the benchmark of the defense … But after drawing 1 to 1 in the quarterfinals against host Germany, penalties would be for the locals.
CUP AMERICA 2007
Again Brazil would be the executioner. And again, in the final. Basile’s Argentina arrived at a good time, with great performances from Messi, Riquelme, Mascherano and Verón, among others. But in the final Brazil did not forgive, they were superior and thrashed 3-0.
With Maradona on the bench as DT and with Messi on the court, Argentina went to the World Cup in South Africa with the dream of being champion. He had a good first round, he passed Mexico in the round of 16 … But again Germany, in the quarterfinals, buried the illusion with a 4-0 win.
CUP AMERICA 2011
As a local, Sergio Batista’s team dreamed of celebrating a title again. There were good players, very good, like Messi, Tevez, Mascherano and Higuaín, among others, but the team was eliminated by Uruguay, on penalties, in the quarterfinals. Pure disappointment.
Surely one of the best versions of the National Team in recent years. Alejandro Sabella’s team had a great World Cup in Brazil and deserved more in the final, but fell to Germany in overtime, in the decisive match played at the Maracana stadium.
AMERICA CUP 2015
Already with Gerardo Martino as DT, Argentina, with the base of the runner-up team, went to Chile for the title so desired. But in the final he ran into the local team led by Sampaoli, and lost on penalties.
CUP AMERICA 2016
Once again, Martino’s team reached the final, in this case the Copa América Centenario played in the United States. And again Chile, with Juan Antonio Pizzi in this case as coach, was the executioner of Messi’s team, winning again on penalties.
A pale performance had the team of Jorge Sampaoli in Russia, where he passed the first round with just enough, and then he was defeated by France in the round of 16. It was the end of the Sampaoli cycle and the beginning of the renovation that Scaloni is leading today.
CUP AMERICA 2019
In Brazil and two years ago, the locals left out the Scaloni National Team in the semifinals, after winning by 2 to 0. A controversial match due to the use of VAR that left strong statements by Lio Messi, later suspended by Conmebol. As a consolation, the albiceleste finished third after beating Chile.