The Brazil and Argentina soccer teams are giants of the world game. They have won several FIFA World Cups between them, and reached additional finals. The teams played the first of up to 100 fixtures in Argentina. All their matches are too numerous to mention, but in the FIFA World Cup they have met just four times.
Roca Cup Games
Up to 1976 Brazil and Argentina played a number of games in the Roca Cup. This was a game between the two teams played on an irregular basis in Argentina and Brazil. Brazil largely dominated these games, and won seven Roca Cups to Argentina's three. Among the more notable Roca Cup games played came in 1957, a match in which Pele made his Brazil debut.
Copa America Games
The Copa America is the South American continental cup. It was formerly the South American Championship, and Brazil and Argentina have played a number of games in the cup. As the early championships were actually small league groups, they played often before the more genuine Copa America was established.
In the Copa America the teams have played out two finals between them, and other games in earlier rounds of the cup. In 2004, Brazil emerged victorious in a thrilling Copa America final. Argentina scored in the first half, but on the stroke off halftime Brazil equalized. Late in the second half Argentina made it 2 - 1, but a last-minute Brazilian goal in stoppage time leveled the scores. As the game ended 2 - 2 it went to penalties, and Brazil emerged victorious during the shoot-out.
The teams also played in the 2007 Copa America final. In the first five minutes Brazil opened the scoring with a fine strike that sent the ball into the back of the net. Shortly before halftime the Brazilians doubled their lead when a Brazil cross was deflected into the back of Argentina's net. In the second half one Argentina shot hit the post before Brazil clinched their victory with a third goal that made the final score Brazil 3 - Argentina 0.
FIFA World Cup Games
Brazil and Argentina played their first game in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Then Brazil were the world champions, and with stars such as Jairzinho in their team were probably the stronger side. In the first group stage neither team topped their tables, which ensured that they were in the same second round group. Holland's 4 - 0 thrashing of Argentina made their game with Brazil all the more vital, as only the first placed team in the group made it to the final.
In the first half Brazil opened the scoring. However, Argentina equalized just a few minutes later to make the score 1 - 1 at the interval. Shortly after halftime Jairzinho scored a decisive second goal to put Brazil 2 - 1 up. Whilst Brazil won that game, their defeat to Holland also knocked them out of the FIFA World Cup.
At the next World Cup, in Argentina, both teams also reached the second group round. In that group both teams won their first games before they played each other in the second match. The game ended without a goal, so the remaining group games decided which team made the final. As Argentina ran out 6 - 0 winners they topped the table with a greater goal difference, and lifted their first World Cup in the final.
In the Spanish World Cup Brazil had a great team. In the first group they scored ten goals over three games to book their place in the second round. With Maradona in the team Argentina also booked their place in that same group of three teams, which also included the eventual winners Italy.
During their game with Argentina, Brazil took the lead within the first 15 minutes when Zico scored. Brazil doubled, and then trebled, their lead in the second half with two further goals. A late Argentina goal made the score 3 - 1, but the game was already over. However, a 3 - 2 defeat in their next game with Italy also ensured that Brazil packed their bags before the semifinals.
The only FIFA World Cup knock-out game that Brazil and Argentina have played between them came at Italia '90. A somewhat uninspiring Argentina team scraped through to the round of 16 knock-out stage with a third place finish in their group. As Brazil topped their group they played them in the second round.
The game between Argentina and Brazil had few goals. After a goalless first half Argentina scored with little more than 10 minutes to play. That goal was enough to ensure a 1 - 0 victory for Argentina, and they remained in the FIFA World Cup up until the final game with West Germany.
Brazil and Argentina have also played further games in the Confederation Cup. Among those games was the 2005 Confederation Cup final. In that game both teams had some world-class players such as Kaka, Aimar, Riquelme and Ronaldinho.
In the first half an early Brazil goal, and second scored by Kaka, put them two up. The score remained 2 - 0 at the interval, and shortly after halftime Ronaldinho made it 3 - 0. A fourth Brazil goal wrapped up a great victory, before Argentina scored their first of the game. As such, the game ended Brazil 4 - Argentina 1.
Brazil and Argentina have played many thrilling games. Their overall record is also very close, with 40 Brazil victories to Argentina's 37. In the FIFA World Cup Brazil have won two games to Argentina's one. As the two teams now play each other at least twice each year in the Superclasico de las Americas, the new Roca Cup, the record will likely be altered soon.