As the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup draws closer, fans are pumped, teams are charged, and the atmosphere is celebrative overall. While everyone gears up for a promising season of soccer, the Group Stage schedule has already created a hype and fans have picked out their favorites for the next round. The eleventh match of the tournament will see the powerhouse Argentina go up against the underdogs Bosnia Herzegovina. While Argentina is stepping in with world class players, Bosnia is fast emerging as a dark horse.
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The National soccer team of Argentina was established in 1901 and since then, they have been one of the strongest teams around. Also known as the La Albiceleste which means The White and Sky Blue, they are one of the favorites for the World Cup They have risen as high as the top spot in the FIFA rankings in the past. Historically, Argentina has been home to some of soccer’s most celebrated players. Legends such as Maradona and Batistuta have played for the team, and this year, the roster boasts of the international sensation, Lionel Messi. With one of the strongest and most talented line-ups the team is confident and their supporters are hopeful for a successful run at this year’s World Cup.
Argentina plays in the CONMEBOL conference of FIFA. Alongside other strong teams such as Chile, Uruguay and Colombia, Argentina played a series of matches to qualify for the World Cup and came out on top of their group. Previously, Argentina has seen success at various levels; they won the gold in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, they have been Pan American Champions a total of six times, South American Champions a total of twelve times, Copa Champions twice and they have one FIFA Confederation Cup. Apart from all this, Argentina has won the FIFA World Cup twice, in the years 1978 and 1986. The last World Cup in 2010 saw them proceed to the quarter finals. This year, they are determined to go in for an all out win.
The strength of the team lies in its collection of some of the most talented players in the world. The current squad includes the likes of Lionel Messi who is the winner of the first three FIFA Ballon d’Ors, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria. The country has produced the likes of the legendary Diego Maradona, considered by many to be the best player in history, and Gabriel Batistuta who has the record of most goals for Argentina a thumping fifty six goals in an eleven year long career. Argentina’s opponents in this encounter will be Bosnia and Herzegovina. 1992 marked the formation of the country’s first ever soccer team and this is the first time that they have qualified for the FIFA World Cup. With a qualifying campaign that astounded many, Bosnia qualified by winning eight matches out of the ten games played in total. They topped their UEFA group, beating teams such as Greece and Latvia. With many taking this qualification round as a telltale sign of things to come, this team is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with.
The Bosnians have quite a few exceptional players. Captain Emir Spahic, Vedad Ibisevic, Zvjezdan Misimovic, Edin Dzeko and Miralem Pjanic have all been spotted as potential all-stars for this season. Under the direction of Head Coach Safet Susic, the team is emerging as a dark horse and many are expecting them to create quite a stir this time around. Scheduled to meet in the Group Stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Argentina and Bosnia Herzegovina are all set to play against each other in a fascinating game of soccer. Argentina’s strong roster and Herzegovina’s determination could result in one of the more memorable and thrilling matches of the Group Stage. To catch the action live, purchase Argentina vs Bosnia tickets today and catch all the action live at the stadium.