FIFA Women's World Cup 70 Day Countdown: Day 15 - Argentina Snapshot

As we enter day 15 of Edge of the Crowd’s electrifying 70-day countdown to the highly anticipated 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we’re diving headfirst into a whirlwind tour of the fierce and fabulous teams gracing this year’s tournament.

Join us on this journey as we dish out the inside scoop on each squad's strengths, weaknesses, players to keep an eye on and what a pass mark might be for each nation.

Argentina won the Men's World Cup last year, can the women equal the feat?

FIFA Women's World Cup appearances: 3 (2003, 2007, 2019)

Best performance at a FIFA Women's World Cup: Group stage (2003, 2007, 2019)

Players to watch

One player carrying strong form for La Albiceleste is Mariana Larroquette, who has two goals for the national side in 2023 already. In her 30 national team appearances, she has found the back of the net 12 times, including at major tournaments like the Pan-America Cup and the World Cup.

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At the other end of the pitch, Vanina Correa has been a stalwart for the national team, standing in front of the net since 2003, aside from a retirement between 2011 and 2017. Correa's experience was on show in a matchup against England at the last World Cup, including a penalty save that was a redemption story after tough outings in her early World Cup appearances.

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One of the young brigade coming through is Yamila Rodriguez. The 25-year-old is finding her form, with two goals for Palmeiras, her club side this season, as she plays in the Brazilian league. Rodriguez also had six goals during last year's Copa America, and two goals in friendlies since.

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2023 form

La Albiceleste have been busy this year, with five matches under their belt already. It's been a successful year for Argentina too, with three wins in February over Chile (4-0), and New Zealand (2-0 and 1-0). Larroquette was in the goals repeatedly, but it was a strong performance from Correa marshalling the defence as well.

Following those matchups, two games against Venezuela were fruitful as well, with a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw, and then a 3-0 win at home as a final send off before the World Cup across the Pacific. After leading 1-0 at half time, Florencia Bonsegundo and Estefanía Banini quickly increased the lead to ensure the buffer.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths: An experienced defensive group, marshalled by Correa and captain Aldana Cometti, la Albiceleste can be sure that they won't be flustered under pressure.

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With a tough group ahead of them, knowing that the defence can handle what is thrown at them, and won't wilt under pressure will give the entire team plenty of confidence.

Weaknesses: Despite the fact that football is very much the national sport in Argentina, la Albiceleste haven't made a huge impact on the world stage, with positive results really only over the last 12 months. While it may be a new dawn, there aren't runs on the board that indicate that this team is set to blow away the competition.

Pass mark

A first ever FIFA Women's World Cup win. In their three previous appearances, la Albiceleste have never done better than a draw. In a group with heavyweights Italy and Sweden, scoring a win against South Africa would be a pass mark.

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