The mighty of Argentina scrapped their way to this year's World Cup finals. And they'll have a lot to prove in Group B against the likes of Greece (ranked 12th), Nigeria (15) and Korea Republic (49).
Maradona's charges who include 2009 World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi, Veron, Tevez, Aguero and Militon are sure to be aiming higher than the quarter finals they reached in Germany 2006.
The charismatic Maradona fresh from a FIFA ban late last year for using foul language, will be looking to use the grand stage in South Africa to silence his critics.
The CONMEBOL outfit struggled in the qualifiers against opponents such as Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia. Bolivia sprung a nasty one in the face of the 'Albicelestes' lads by hammering them 6-1.
But Argentina also registered good wins against Venezuela (0-4), Chile (0-2). For a team of Albecelestes calibre and high FIFA rankings (8th), stakes are high for them at the 2010 Rumble in the Jungle - a place in the semis or better would appease their legion of demanding fans.
In France 1998 the South Americans reached the quarter finals, and went onto fall in the first round in South Korea/Japan 2002.
Their first encounter in South Africa involves Nigeria at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on June 12, followed by Korea Republic on 17 June at Africa's biggest stadium (Soccer City) also in Joburg.
The Euro 2004 champions Greece will cross swords with Argentina at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Argentina Provisional World Cup squad (May 2010 Update)
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Diego Pozo (Colon)
Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Walter Samuel (Inter Milan), Gabriel Heinze (Marseille), Nicolas Burdisso (AS Roma), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Ariel Garce (Colon), Juan Insaurralde (Newell’s Old Boys), Clemente Rodriguez (Estudiantes)
Midfielders: Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes), Jose Sosa (Estudiantes), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Javier Pastore (Palermo), Sebastian Blanco (Lanus), Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool), Juan Mercier (Argentinos), Jesus Datolo (Olimpiakos), Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors, Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)