Fútbol is the most popular sport in Argentina where the kids occupy the streets to play football. But the general citizens of Argentina were very poor to play with footballs. The Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona used to play with stones wrapped by pastures. Football has not been only a sport to the Argentines but they worship it as well. Soccer in Argentina though was started by elites like in Brazil. But gradually the game of soccer passed to the peasantry who made the sport a game of the people. The Argentinian National team has not let their fans down since their participation in the first World Cup in 1930. Argentina was the runners up in that tournament. But after that till 1978, the National team could not put up a fair show in the World Cup. In the year of 1978, Argentina was the World Cup host. They emerged as the champions as well. 1986 was the year that will never forget the dribbles of the left foot of Diego Maradona. There were few confusions regarding the handling of ball by Maradona (the hand that got the goal for Argentina was termed as 'Hand of God'). But the confusions were soon resolved when Maradona kissed the 1986 Fifa World Cup and waved to the crowd. Soccer in Argentina is played professionally from the youth stage. The Argentinian U-20 team has bagged the World Championship crown for 5 times. Messi was the star player behind the 2005 Argentinian U-20 champion team. He was then promoted to the National team who played in the 2006 Fifa World Cup. The league is one more attraction to the international arena. Boca Juniors, River Plate and Las Leonas are few of the big names in the Argentinian Soccer League.
Argentina is located on the eastern side of the southern tip of South America. The name Argentina is derived from the Latin word 'argentum' which means silver. There are a great number of tourist sites worth exploring. Buenos Aires, the capital city, is often referred to as Paris of South America. It is a city of contrast and presents a conglomeration of exotic wine and food, architectural styles and the undaunted spirit of tango. Furthermore, you can visit the Iguazu Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world or Patagonia, a large region in Southern Argentina. You will come across gorgeous whales and penguins in Peninsula Valdes and also the lake region of Bariloche. Last but not least, you can find a great number of national parks and glaciers in El Calafate and Tierra del Fuego.