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As reigning champions on both the continental and global stage, 2024 will be an important year for Argentina as they hope to secure one major title and set themselves up to defend the other down the road.

Lionel Messi continues to add milestones and silverware to his legendary career, leading Argentina to new and greater heights almost every time he takes the field.

However, that has built expectations to nearly unmatched heights, and the team will have the weight of trophies on their shoulders as they progress forward in each and every match in the coming year towards the Copa America in the United States.

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With uncertainty at the head coaching position thanks to questions regarding Lionel Scaloni’s future, Argentina enter 2024 with much to gain but also plenty to lose.

Here is a breakdown of their coming games, including warm-up matches for the Copa America and the tournament itself, over the course of 2024.

Argentina match schedule 2024: Fixtures, results

Lionel Messi and Argentina will have their sights set on defending their Copa America title in 2024, as they contest the CONMEBOL championship in the United States this coming summer. Their opponent for the tournament’s opening match has yet to be determined, as Canada and Trinidad and Tobago must contest their playoff qualifier to earn a place in Group A.

Argentina also must continue to navigate a competitive 2026 World Cup qualifying tournament, sitting atop the standings but under pressure from a resurgent Uruguay and Colombia.

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La Albiceleste will play Guatemala in Washington six days before their Copa America opener on June 20. Argentina also contested a pair of international friendlies in the United States in March, although Messi was forced to sit out due to muscular problems.

They beat El Salvador 3-0 in Philadelphia on March 23 before downing Costa Rica 3-1 three days later in Los Angeles. Africa Cup of Nations runners-up Nigeria were originally slated for the latter game but have withdrawn due to visa issues.

Date Competition Match Location
Sat, Mar. 23 International friendly Argentina 3-0 El Salvador Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)
Tue, Mar. 26 International friendly Argentina 3-1 Costa Rica Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)
Sun, Jun. 9 International Friendly Argentina vs. Ecuador Soldier Field
(Chicago, IL)
Fri, Jun. 14 International friendly Guatemala vs. Argentina FedEx Field (Landover, MD)
Thu, Jun. 20 2024 Copa America
Group Stage
Argentina vs. Canada/Trinidad and Tobago (TICKETS) Mercedes-Benz Stadium
(Atlanta, GA)
Tue, Jun. 25 2024 Copa America
Group Stage
Argentina vs. Chile (TICKETS) MetLife Stadium
(East Rutherford, NJ)
Sat, Jun. 29 2024 Copa America
Group Stage
Argentina vs. Peru (TICKETS) Hard Rock Stadium
(Miami, FL)
TBD (Jul. 4/5) 2024 Copa America
Quarterfinal*
TBD (TICKETS) TBD
(Houston, TX or Arlington, TX)
Tue, Jul. 9 2024 Copa America
Semifinal*
TBD (TICKETS) MetLife Stadium
(East Rutherford, NJ)
TBD (Jul. 13/14) 2024 Copa America
Final/3rd Place*
TBD (TICKETS) TBD
(Miami, FL or Charlotte, NC)
Thu, Sep. 5 2026 World Cup qualifying Argentina vs. Chile TBD
Tue, Sep. 10 2026 World Cup qualifying Colombia vs. Argentina TBD
Thu, Oct. 10 2026 World Cup qualifying Venezuela vs. Argentina TBD
Tue, Oct. 15 2026 World Cup qualifying Argentina vs. Bolivia TBD
Thu, Nov. 14 2026 World Cup qualifying Paraguay vs. Argentina TBD
Tue, Nov. 19 2026 World Cup qualifying Argentina vs. Peru TBD

*If necessary, should Argentina qualify for this stage of competition

Argentina in 2024 Copa America

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Hoping to defend their Copa America title from back in 2021, Argentina managed to pull one of the softest possible group draws for the coming competition. They were matched with fellow CONMEBOL sides Peru and Chile, who are both struggling mightily in World Cup qualifying, plus a yet-to-be-determined CONCACAF playoff qualifier.

Argentina will be heavily favored to top their Group A table, but their eventual knockout-stage pathway will only be determined by their confirmed finish in the group standings.  

Group A standings

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. Argentina 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Peru 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Chile 0 0 0-0-0 0
4. Canada/Trinidad and Tobago 0 0 0-0-0 0

Group A fixtures

Date Time (ET) Match Location
June 20, 2024 TBD Argentina vs. Playoff Winner Atlanta, GA (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
June 25 TBD Chile vs. Argentina East Rutherford, NJ (MetLife Stadium)
June 29 TBD Argentina vs. Peru Miami, FL (Hard Rock Stadium)

Quarterfinals

Date Time (ET) Match Location
July 4, 2024 TBD QF1: Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up Houston, TX (NRG Stadium)
July 5, 2024 TBD QF2: Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up Arlington, TX (AT&T Stadium)

Semifinals

Date Time (ET) Match Location
July 9, 2024 TBD QF1 winner vs. QF2 winner East Rutherford, NJ (MetLife Stadium)

Third place match

Date Time (ET) Match Location
July 13, 2024 TBD SF loser vs. SF loser Charlotte, NC (Bank of America Stadium)

Final

Date Time (ET) Match Location
July 14, 2024 TBD SF winner vs. SF winner Hard Rock Stadium (Miami, FL)

Argentina in CONMEBOL 2026 World Cup qualifying

Argentina sit atop the World Cup qualifying standings through six matches but suffered their first defeat in over a year when they fell to Uruguay in November of 2023, leaving them looking over their shoulder.

For the 2026 World Cup’s expanded field, the top six teams in CONMEBOL qualification earn automatic qualification to the competition, while the seventh-place finisher advances to the latest iteration of the intercontinental playoffs.

*Updated as of latest matches on November 22, 2023.

Rank Team GP Points W-D-L GF-GA GD Next Game
1. Argentina 6 15 5-0-1 8-2 +6 vs. CHI, Sep 2024
2. Uruguay 6 13 4-1-1 13-5 +8 vs. PAR, Sep 2024
3. Colombia 6 12 3-3-0 6-3 +3 at PER, Sep 2024
4. Venezuela 6 9 2-3-1 6-3 +3 at BOL, Sep 2024
5. Ecuador* 6 8 3-2-1 5-3 +2 at BRA, Sep 2024
6. Brazil 6 7 2-1-3 8-7 +1 vs ECU, Sep 2024
7. Paraguay 6 5 1-2-3 1-3 -2 at URU, Sep 2024
8. Chile 6 5 1-2-3 3-7 -4 at ARG, Sep 2024
9. Bolivia 6 3 1-0-5 4-14 -10 vs VEN, Sep 2024
10. Peru 6 2 0-2-4 1-8 -7 vs COL, Sep 2024

*Ecuador were deducted 3 points by FIFA decree after fielding an ineligible player in a previous qualification cycle.

Lionel Messi stats, goals for Argentina in 2024

Argentina’s indispensable star, Lionel Messi is coming off a 2023 calendar year where he continued to set records even as he crossed 36 years of age. As he is set to turn 37 in June of 2024, Messi will hope to continue his legendary career at the international level.

In 2023, Messi scored eight goals for his country across eight games, including a hat-trick against Curacao that brought him above the 100-goal mark for Argentina across his career. He saw a remarkable eight-game international scoring streak come to an end last October with an empty 37-minute substitute appearance against Paraguay, a run that dated all the way back to his standout performance in the 2022 World Cup.

Competition Games Goals Assists Minutes
2024 Copa America 0 0 0 0
CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying 0 0 0 0
International Friendlies 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 0 0 0 0
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