World Cup: Argentina
(Gero Breloer / AP)
The Argentina national team poses before a friendly match on March 3 against Germany in Munich.
Men's ranking: 9
Overall World Cup record: 33-19-13
Coach: Diego Maradona
Best performance: Winner, 1978, 1986
Diego Maradona has found the transition from legendary player to national team coach a difficult one and as a result La Albiceleste struggled mightily in qualifying. But any team that includes Lionel Messi, widely hailed as the best player in the world, has to be considered dangerous. Messi's supporting cast is also strong, especially midfielders Javier Mascherano and Juan Sebastian Veron. -- Kevin Baxter