Before a score of supporters, the Argentina squad set off for Brazil, where anything less than World Cup glory will be a disappointment for the football obsessed country
Argentina bid adieu to fans on Monday (9 June) afternoon as they departed from their training ground of Ezeiza and began their voyage northbound to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.
Located an hour outside of the capital city Buenos Aires, hundreds of fans made the journey to send off their countrymen, with many even chasing after the bus fighting for a glimpse of their beloved players.
The Argentina Football Association invited fans to partake in the event and demonstrate their support.
Commemoratives were bought and sold to showcase their pride.
Families and fans of all ages turned up and voiced their faith in their adored Albiceleste’s ability to bring them back the crown as the best team in the world.
This creates added pressure for the squad, as many believe this is their strongest side since being led by Maradona to World Cup prestige in 1986 – a more than 20-year hiatus since the trophy has touched Argentine soil.
With the offensive artillery of Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuian and of course, four-time World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi, many predict Argentina as the team to beat.
Yet, the country’s last showing on the World Cup stage saw the side obliterated 4-0 by Germany in the knockout round.
The squad looks bound for redemption however, as they qualified with relative ease, topping the South American qualifying group and finishing with 32 points from 16 games.
Alejandro Sabella’s side are set to touch down in their neighbouring country on Monday evening and will begin preparing for their opening game on Sunday 15 June against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Argentina are in Group F and amongst the favourites, as they take on Bosnia-Herzegovina followed by Iran and Nigeria, respectively.