Argentina men's national basketball team

The Argentina men's national basketball team (Spanish: Selección de baloncesto de Argentina) represents Argentina in men's international basketball officially nicknamed The Argentine Soul[3] (Spanish: El Alma Argentina), and it is controlled by the Argentine Basketball Federation.

Argentina Argentina
Caab sunlogo.png
FIBA ranking7 Steady (1 March 2022)[1]
Joined FIBA1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zoneFIBA Americas
National federationCAB
CoachNéstor García
Nickname(s)El Alma Argentina (The Argentine Soul)
Olympic Games
Appearances8
MedalsGold medal.svg Gold: (2004)
Bronze medal.svg Bronze: (2008)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances14
MedalsGold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: (1950)
Silver medal world centered-2.svg Silver: (2002, 2019)
FIBA AmeriCup
Appearances18
MedalsGold medal america.svg Gold: (2001, 2011)
Silver medal america.svg Silver: (1995, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2015, 2017)
Bronze medal (Americas).svg Bronze: (1980, 1993, 1999, 2009, 2013)
Pan American Games
Appearances16
MedalsGold medal america.svg Gold: (1995, 2019)
Silver medal america.svg Silver: (1951, 1955)
First international
1921 v. Uruguay[2]

Argentina's national basketball team remains among the most successful in the Americas and one of the most successful in world. It is the only national team in the FIBA Americas zone that has won the quintuplet crown: FIBA World Cup (they won the first edition, in 1950), Olympic Gold Medal (2004) (the highest honor and most important title of Argentina in the history of Argentina Basketball Men's Senior National Team), FIBA Diamond Ball (2008), FIBA AmeriCup (2001 and 2011) and Pan American Gold Medal (1995 and 2019). They are also one of only four countries to have won the Olympic gold medal and FIBA World Cup joining the Soviet Union, the United States of America, and Yugoslavia. They have also won 13 South American Basketball Championships, as well as many youth championships.

The Argentine representative were also the first country to defeat a United States national team with a full squad of NBA players. They did so by 87–80 in the 2002 FIBA World Championship held in Indianapolis. In that tournament, Argentina came second behind FR Yugoslavia, losing the final in overtime.

Due to the series of good results since the beginning of the 2000s (decade), Argentina reached the first position in the FIBA Men's Ranking at the end of the 2008 Olympic Games. Argentina is a founding member of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) and has South America's longest basketball tradition.

HistoryEdit

 
The first national team as covered by El Gráfico magazine in 1921

The practice of basketball in Argentina was started by Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes (Young Men's Christians Association – YMCA) in 1912.,[4] with the first Federation ("Federación Argentina") established to organise competitions not only in Buenos Aires but in several cities around Argentina. Argentina played its first international game against Uruguay in 1921.

In 1950 Argentina won its first and only World Championship to date, with a squad formed entirely by amateur players, after defeating France (twice), Brazil, Chile, Egypt and the United States in the decisive match.

With the creation of the Liga Nacional de Básquet in the mid-1980s, a new generation of players led Argentina to a moderate success in the 1986 World Championship where the squad defeated United States for the first time in their history. Nevertheless, the progress of Argentine basketball would be shown in 2002 FIBA World Championship being the first team to defeat a United States roster composed entirely of NBA players and also reaching the final, finally losing to Yugoslavia.

2001 was the year when the Golden Generation raised, winning the first Argentina's FIBA Americas Championship -held in Neuquen-, where they defeated all of its rivals in the competition.[5] In 2002 the team made history by being the first team to defeat a United States roster composed entirely of NBA players during the 2002 FIBA World Championship.[6] Argentina would reach the finals for the first time since the first World Championship in 1950,[7] But the most important achievement for the squad came in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens when Argentina won their first gold medal (including another victory over the United States at the semi-finals). The Olympics title in 2004 is the higher honor and important title of Argentina in the history of the sport in the country.[8]

UniformEdit

EvolutionEdit

Since its establishment, the Argentina national team had worn white kits. In 2002, two light blue horizontal stripes (similar to the National flag) were added to the jerseys. In 2014, Argentina adopted a vertical striped model, in the style of football and field hockey representatives. The jersey debuted in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[9][10]

 
 
 
 
1921–2002
 
 
 
 
2002–13
 
 
 
 
2014–17
 
 
 
 
2017–present

HonoursEdit

Competition resultsEdit

PlayersEdit

2020 Olympic rosterEdit

A 15-player roster was announced on 4 June 2021.[11] The final squad was revealed on 18 July 2021.[12]

Argentina men's basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PF 4 Luis Scola 41 – (1980-04-30)30 April 1980 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Pallacanestro Varese  
PG 7 Facundo Campazzo 30 – (1991-03-23)23 March 1991 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Denver Nuggets  
PG 8 Nicolás Laprovíttola 31 – (1990-01-31)31 January 1990 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Real Madrid  
SF 9 Nicolás Brussino 28 – (1993-03-02)2 March 1993 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Basket Zaragoza  
SG 10 Leandro Bolmaro 20 – (2000-09-11)11 September 2000 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) FC Barcelona  
C 11 Francisco Cáffaro 21 – (2000-05-19)19 May 2000 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Virginia Cavaliers  
C 12 Marcos Delía 29 – (1992-04-08)8 April 1992 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Pallacanestro Trieste  
SF 14 Gabriel Deck 26 – (1995-02-08)8 February 1995 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Oklahoma City Thunder  
PG 17 Luca Vildoza 25 – (1995-08-11)11 August 1995 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) New York Knicks  
SF 22 Juan Pablo Vaulet 25 – (1996-03-22)22 March 1996 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Manresa  
SF 29 Patricio Garino 28 – (1993-05-17)17 May 1993 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) BC Žalgiris  
C 83 Tayavek Gallizzi 28 – (1993-02-08)8 February 1993 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Regatas Corrientes  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Gabriel Piccato
  •   Silvio Santander
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes current club
  • Age – describes age
    on 25 July 2021

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Luis Scola Marcos Delía Francisco Cáffaro
PF Gabriel Deck Tayavek Gallizzi
SF Nicolás Brussino Patricio Garino Juan Pablo Vaulet
SG Luca Vildoza Leandro Bolmaro
PG Facundo Campazzo Nicolás Laprovíttola

Past rosterEdit

The roster for the 2019 World Cup.[14]

Argentina men's basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SF 9 Nicolás Brussino 26 – (1993-03-02)2 March 1993 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Herbalife Gran Canaria  
C 1 Agustín Caffaro 24 – (1995-02-06)6 February 1995 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) San Lorenzo  
PG 7 Facundo Campazzo 28 – (1991-03-23)23 March 1991 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Denver Nuggets  
F 14 Gabriel Deck 24 – (1995-02-08)8 February 1995 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Oklahoma City Thunder  
C 12 Marcos Delía 27 – (1992-04-08)8 April 1992 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Pallacanestro Trieste  
G 10 Máximo Fjellerup 21 – (1997-11-27)27 November 1997 1.979 m (6 ft 6 in) San Lorenzo  
C 86 Tayavek Gallizzi 26 – (1993-02-08)8 February 1993 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Regatas Corrientes  
G/F 29 Patricio Garino 26 – (1993-05-17)17 May 1993 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Žalgiris  
PG 8 Nicolás Laprovíttola 29 – (1990-01-31)31 January 1990 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Real Madrid  
SG 25 Lucio Redivo 25 – (1994-02-14)14 February 1994 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) New Basket Brindisi  
F/C 4 Luis Scola (C) 39 – (1980-04-30)30 April 1980 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Pallacanestro Varese  
PG 3 Luca Vildoza 23 – (1995-08-11)11 August 1995 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) New York Knicks  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes current club
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 July 2019

Source:[15]

Retired numbersEdit

In July 2017, the Argentine Basketball Confederation announced that numbers 5 and 13 would be retired since the 2017 edition of FIBA AmeriCup and for the rest of championships played by the senior team from then on.[16]

Argentina retired numbers
No. Player Pos. Tenure Games Points Ref.
5 Emanuel Ginóbili SG 1998–2016 104 1,588 [16][17]
13 Andrés Nocioni SF 1999–2016 121 1,364 [16]

Head coach position for the major tournamentsEdit

(FIBA AmeriCup, FIBA World Cup, Summer Olympic Games):

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 1 March 2022. Retrieved 1 March 2022.
  2. ^ Linea de Tiempo del Básquet Argentino by Ricardo Orcasitas, CABB website
  3. ^ "El Alma Argentina" Archived 29 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine on CABB website. Retrieved 9 July 2016
  4. ^ Historia en la Argentina on Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes en la Argentina website (Archive – 11 March 2012)
  5. ^ http://www.mdzol.com/nota/320318-en-neuquen-2001-la-generacion-dorada-del-basquet-argentino-sentaba-las-bases/ Archived 1 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine En Neuquén 2001, la Generación Dorada del básquet argentino, sentaba las bases. mdzol.com
  6. ^ Argentina hands NBA players first international loss, Sports Illustrated, 5 September 2002. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  7. ^ Argentina book final spot, BBC Sport, 7 September 2002. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  8. ^ A 10 años del oro en los Juego Olímpicos Atenas 2004, los tres momentos que Manu Ginóbili jamás olvidará, La Nación, 26 August 2014
  9. ^ "La Selección argentina de básquet presentó su camiseta Kappa para España 2014" Marketing Registrado, 5 August 2014
  10. ^ "Argentina Presentó La Camiseta Para El Mundial" Archived 18 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Córdoba Times, 4 August 2014
  11. ^ "Selección Mayor: los 15 convocados por el sueño olímpico". argentina.basketball. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Argentina include 10 World Cup finalists on Olympic roster". fiba.basketball. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Team Roster Argentina" (PDF). olympics.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2021. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  14. ^ "Confirmado el plantel de Argentina para el Mundial de China". www.basquetplus.com. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  15. ^ Team Roster – Argentina. Lima Organizing Committee for the 2019 Pan and Parapan American Games (COPAL). Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  16. ^ a b c CABB anuncia el retiro de las camisetas de Ginóbili y Nocioni by Germán Beder on CABB website, 29 July 2017
  17. ^ El homenaje de la selección de básquet a Ginóbili y Nocioni: retirarán sus números on Infobae, 29 July 2017

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