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Argentina 1986 World Cup squad - Who were the players and where are they now?

11:00 EAT 09/12/2022
Argentina's 1986 World Cup classic team
The 1986 World Cup offered plenty of entertainment, with the Argentines eventually going on to lift the trophy

Just eight years after winning their first-ever World Cup on home soil, Argentina repeated the trick in Mexico at the 1986 World Cup.

It all started with a 3-1 routine win over South Korea in the group stages, followed by a 1-1 draw with Italy and a 2-0 victory versus Bulgaria.

A narrow 1-0 win over Uruguay in the round of 16 set up a quarter-final clash with England, which would end up becoming one of the most famous matches in the history of the beautiful game.

Diego Maradona. Hand of God. Goal of the tournament. Argentina through to the semi-finals.

Belgium were up next and were dispatched 2-0, before West Germany ended the final in tears following a 3-2 defeat.

But who were Maradona's team-mates on Argentina's way to glory and what happened to them afterwards?

Let's take a look!

  • Nery Pumpido Argentina 1986 World Cup

    Nery Pumpido - GK

    Argentina's No.1 goalkeeper at the 1986 World Cup, Pumpido made 36 appearances for his country between 1983 and 1990.

    He played in all seven games at the tournament, conceding just five goals in 630 minutes of action, keeping three clean sheets.

    Pumpido also featured at the 1990 World Cup, where he broke his leg in Argentina's second group game against the USSR.

    After retiring in 1990, Pumpido turned to management in 1999, taking charge of Union Santa Fe, Olimpia, Newell's Old Boys and Veracruz among others, before saying farewell to the game in 2013.

  • Jose Cuciuffo in action for Argentina

    Jose Cuciuffo - CB

    Cuciuffo got the chance to feature at his first and only World Cup in 1986 and made six appearances at the tournament, playing some of the best games of his career in helping Argentina win the trophy.

    The defender passed away aged 43 in 2004 from a fatal gunshot would in the stomach while out hunting.

  • Jose Luis Brown in action at the 1986 World Cup

    Jose Luis Brown - CB

    The rock in Argentina's defence at the tournament, Brown scored the opening goal of the 1986 World Cup final courtesy of an assist from Jorge Burruchaga in the 22nd minute.

    Nicknamed 'Tata', he also represented his nation at three Copa America tournaments and made 36 appearances over the course of his international career between 1983 and 1989.

    He passed away in 2019 at the age of 62.

  • Oscar Ruggeri - Argentina

    Oscar Ruggeri - CB

    Nicknamed "El Cabezon", Ruggeri was part of three World Cup campaigns with Argentina.

    His most epic moment for his country, though, came at the 1986 World Cup where he was one of the best defenders of the tournament as he led his team to glory.

    Four years later, Ruggeri also witnessed one of the most disappointing moments of his career in the 1990 World Cup final against West Germany as Argentina lost.

    He ended his career after Romania knocked Argentina out of the 1994 World Cup.

    Ruggeri played 97 games for Argentina between 1983 and 1994, scoring seven goals.

    He is currently a member of the show '90 Minutos de Fútbol', which airs in Fox Sports Latin America, having previously tried his hand at coaching at clubs such as Club Almagro, Atletico Rafaela and Ferro Carril Oeste..

  • Ricardo Giusti Argentina 1986

    Ricardo Giusti - RM

    Independiente legend Giusti featured on the right side of Argentina's five-man midfield in the 1986 final.

    He played every game in the tournament and caused havoc on the wing before laying his hands on the coveted trophy.

    Among his 53 appearances for Argentina between 1983 to 1990, Giusti featured in five major tournaments.

    The midfielder also featured at the 1990 World Cup, where he received a red card in the semi-final clash with Italy.

    He hung up his boots in 1992.

  • Hector Enrique after the 1986 World Cup final

    Hector Enrique - CM

    Enrique provided the assist to Jorge Valdano for Argentina's second goal in the final and he was one of the most consistent performers of the tournament.

    He was also the last man to touch the ball when he passed it to Diego Maradona in their quarter-final match against England before the iconic forward would embark on a solo that led to one of the best goals in the history of the game.

    After the game, he jokingly suggested that his pass was so good, it would have been difficult for Maradona not to score.

    Enrique is currently the assistant coach at Al-Wasl club in UAE.

  • Sergio Batista with Germany's Karl Heinz Rummenigge

    Sergio Batista - CM

    After earning his first cap just under a year before the 1986 World Cup, Batista established himself as coach Carlos Bilardo's first-choice central midfielder.

    Despite him not having much international experience before the tournament, Batista came up with mature and professional performances and he played the full 90 minutes in the final against Germany.

    The midfielder entered management after retirement and also served as Argentina's national team manager between 2010-2011.

    His most recent managerial stint at club level was at Qatar SC in 2018-19.

  • Julio Olarticoechea vs England

    Julio Olarticoechea - LM

    When Argentina deployed a 3-5-2 formation in the final, Olarticoechea featured on the left wing.

    The Racing Club legend made 32 appearances for Argentina between 1982 and 1990 with 12 appearances coming at the World Cups in 1986 and 1990.

    Olarticoechea managed Argentina women's national team in 2015.

  • Jorge Burruchaga of Argentina during the World Cup Final 1986

    Jorge Burruchaga - AM

    Burruchaga etched his name in Argentine history in 1986 as he provided an assist for the first goal and then scored the winner in the 84th minute of the World Cup final against West Germany.

    Playing as an attacking midfielder throughout the tournament, Burruchaga was a true leader in setting up the team tactically in all their games.

    He also featured in all games of the 1990 World Cup, before retiring with 13 goals in 57 games.

    Later in his career, he served as Argentina's national team's general manager at the 2018 World Cup.

  • Jorge Valdano after Argentina's World Cup win

    Jorge Valdano - FW

    Part of Argentina's national team at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, Valdano led the line for Argentina in the 1986 final.

    'The Philosopher of Football' had a major say in Argentina's run to glory that year, scoring four goals in the tournament, including their second goal in the final against West Germany.

    Valdano played 23 times between 1975 and 1990 and scored seven goals for Argentina.

    He is currently working as a commentator for beIN Sports.

  • Diego Maradona 1986

    Diego Maradona - FW

    Possibly the greatest player to ever grace the beautiful game, Maradona was at the peak of his powers at the 1986 World Cup.

    He scored a brace in both the quarter-final and semi-final against England and Belgium, respectively, to help Argentina reach the final, where he assisted Jorge Burruchaga's winning goal.

    Maradona will always be remembered for two particular moments against England in the quarter-finals.

    He first came up with the infamous 'Hand of God' goal, before conjuring up the 'Goal of the Century' four minutes later as he ran past virtually the whole English team and scored to shock the world.

    Maradona later went on to coach Argentina's national team between 2008 and 2010.

    He passed away in 2020 at the age of 60.

  • Marcelo Trobbiani

    Marcelo Trobbiani - Sub

    Trobbiani came on as a substitute for Jorge Burruchaga in the final, who had scored the winning goal earlier.

    He played just two minutes in the final and his only touch of the ball was a back-heel pass.

    Trobbiani made 15 appearances for Argentina between 1974 and 1986, scoring one goal and retired from international football.

    He is currently the manager of club River Ecuador.