Head Coach: Stephen Keshi
The Nigeria national football team, nicknamed Super Eagles or previously Green Eagles, is the national team of Nigeria and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). During April 1994, Super Eagles ranked 5th in the FIFA World Rankings, the highest ranking achieved by an African football team. They are the current Africa Cup of Nations champions. They have won the Africa Cup of Nations a total of 3 times, and have reached the FIFA World Cup round of 16 twice. They have qualified for five of the last six World Cups, with their first appearance coming in the United States in 1994.
Head Coach: Alejandro Sabella
The Argentina national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Argentina) represents Argentina in association football and is controlled by the Argentine Football Association (AFA), the governing body for football in Argentina. Argentina's home stadium is Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti and their head coach is Alejandro Sabella. The team is currently third in the FIFA World Rankings.
La Selección (national team), also known as the Albicelestes (sky blue and whites), has appeared in four World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost 4–2 to Uruguay. Argentina won in their next final in 1978, beating the Netherlands 3–1. Argentina, led by Diego Maradona won again in 1986, a 3–2 victory over West Germany. Their most recent World Cup final was in 1990, which they lost 1–0 to Germany by a much disputed penalty. Argentina's World Cup winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978, and Carlos Bilardo in 1986.
Argentina has been very successful in the Copa América, winning it fourteen times and also winning the 'extra' South American Championships in 1941, 1945 and 1946. The team also won the FIFA Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup, both in 1992, and an Argentine team (with only three players of over 23 years of age included in the squad) won the Olympics football tournaments in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
Argentina and France are the only two national teams that have won the three most important men's titles recognized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic tournament. They have both also won their respective continental championship (Copa América for Argentina, and UEFA European Football Championship for France).
Argentina is known for having rivalries with Brazil, Uruguay, Germany and England due to historic occurrences with one another throughout Football history.
Argentina also won six of the 14 football competitions at the Pan American Games, winning in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995 and 2003.
In March 2007, Argentina reached the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time
Capacity: 51,000Estádio Beira-Rio officially opened on the 6th of April 1969 with a friendly against Benfica (2-1). Construction of the stadium had started a decade earlier following a period of successes of Internacional, which had resulted in their Estádio dos Eucaliptos becoming too small.
In 1956, the city of Porto Alegre had donated the club a site in the river Guaíba, which it first had to drain before they could start construction. Building works started in 1959, but due to a lack of finances Internacional heavily relied on fans contributing the bricks, cement, and iron works. As a result, works progressed very slowly and it took a decade for construction to complete.
Estádio Beira-Rio, soon after its opening nicknamed O Gigante, hardly changed over the next decades. It was only when it got chosen as one of the playing venues of the 2014 World Cup that an extensive redevelopment was announced.
The redevelopment includes the demolition and reconstruction of the lower tier of the stadium, and the construction of a new exterior and roof. The result will be a stadium with a capacity of 51,000 seats.
Works started in December 2012, but got soon plagued by financing issues and consequent delays. Works are currently expected to be completed in late 2013.
During the 2014 World Cup, Estádio Beira-Rio is set to host four group matches and one round of 16 match.
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