Argentina men's national field hockey team

The Argentina national field hockey team, (Spanish: Selección masculina de hockey sobre césped de Argentina) represents Argentina in field hockey and is governed by the Argentine Hockey Confederation (CAH). The current coach is Germán Orozco, who was appointed after the resignation of previous coach Carlos Retegui in 2018, and the team is currently fourth in the FIH World Rankings since December 2018 after their 7th place at the 2018 Hockey World Cup.

Argentina
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NicknameLos Leones (The Lions)
AssociationConfederación Argentina de Hockey (CAH)
ConfederationPAHF (Americas)
CoachGermán Orozco
Assistant coach(es)Tomás MacCormik
Matías Vila
ManagerMartín Elli
CaptainPedro Ibarra
Most capsMatías Paredes (328)
Top scorerJorge Lombi (341)
Home
Away
FIH ranking
Current 5 Decrease 1 (1 March 2020)[1]
Highest1 (April 2017 – October 2017)
Lowest14 (2009)
Olympic Games
Appearances12 (first in 1948)
Best result1st (2016)
World Cup
Appearances13 (first in 1971)
Best result3rd (2014)
Pan American Games
Appearances14 (first in 1967)
Best result1st (10 times)
Pan American Cup
Appearances5 (first in 2000)
Best result1st (2004, 2013, 2017)

Los Leones (The Lions) are the only team of the Americas to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. They achieved this after defeating Belgium 4–2 in the final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[2] Argentina's Olympic gold-winning coach is Carlos Retegui.

Argentina has appeared in every Men's Hockey World Cup, since the first edition in 1973, except the 1998 Men's Hockey World Cup. They won the bronze medal at the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, their best position in the tournament. They also obtained a bronze medal at the 2008 Hockey Champions Trophy and a silver medal at the 2016–17 Hockey World League.

At a continental level, Argentina is the most winning team in the Americas, having dominated most tournaments they played, including three gold medals at the Men's Pan American Cup and ten gold medals at the Pan American Games.

In November 2015 Argentina reached a historic 5th place in the FIH World Rankings, only to be surpassed after their Olympic gold medal by reaching 1st place in April 2017.[3]

HistoryEdit

The team won the bronze medal at the 2014 World Cup, being ranked 11th in the FIH World Rankings. They also won the bronze medal at the 2008 Champions Trophy, during Carlos Retegui's first period as a coach.

In 2013, during the World League Semifinals in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, the team along with coach Carlos Retegui decide to name themselves Los Leones (The Lions), matching the nickname chosen by the women's team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Argentina didn't have great performances at the Summer Olympics until they won the gold medal at the 2016 edition by defeating Belgium 4–2, when they became the first national hockey team to win that prize for their country.

 
Los Leones in 2015.

Competitive recordEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

Summer Olympics record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
  1908
until
  1936
Did not participate
  1948 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 5 12 Squad
  1952
until
  1964
Did not participate
  1968 13th place game 14th 8 1 1 6 4 22 Squad
  1972 13th place game 14th 8 0 3 5 4 10 Squad
  1976 Cross-over 11th 6 1 0 5 6 15 Squad
  1980 Withdrew
  1984 Did not participate
  1988 7th place game 8th 7 2 1 4 15 22 Squad
  1992 11th place game 11th 7 2 0 5 14 20 Squad
  1996 9th place game 9th 7 3 1 3 16 19 Squad
  2000 7th place game 8th 7 1 2 4 16 22 Squad
  2004 11th place game 11th 7 1 2 4 13 19 Squad
  2008 Did not qualify
  2012 9th place game 10th 6 1 1 4 11 17 Squad
  2016 Final 1st 8 5 2 1 25 17 Squad
  2020 Qualified
Total 1 title 12/24 74 18 14 42 129 195

World CupEdit

FIH World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
  1971 9th place game 10th 5 0 0 5 1 11 N/A
  1973 9th place game 9th 7 2 3 2 5 9
  1975 11th place game 11th 7 3 1 3 15 17
  1978 7th place game 8th 8 2 2 4 12 18
  1982 11th place game 12th 7 1 0 6 9 21
  1986 5th place game 6th 7 2 1 4 8 10
  1990 9th place game 9th 7 3 1 3 15 15
  1994 7th place game 7th 7 2 3 2 13 13
  1998 Did not qualify
  2002 5th place game 6th 9 6 0 3 23 18 Squad
  2006 9th place game 10th 7 2 1 4 9 16 Squad
  2010 7th place game 7th 6 3 0 3 13 13 Squad
  2014 3rd place game 3rd 7 5 0 2 18 10 Squad
  2018 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 12 11 Squad
  2023 To be determined
Total 3rd place 13/14 88 33 12 43 153 182

FIH Pro LeagueEdit

FIH Pro League record
Season Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
2019 5th 14 6 3 5 41 36 Squad
2020 Qualified Squad
Total Best: 5th 14 6 3 5 41 36

Sultan Azlan Shah CupEdit

Sultan Azlan
Shah Cup
record
Year Position
2006 7th
2007 5th
2008 1st
2012 2nd
2018 3rd
Best result: 1st place

Defunct competitionsEdit

*Draws include matches decided on a penalty shoot-out.

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 18 players were named on 19 February 2020 for the FIH Pro League matches against New Zealand and Australia from 28 February to 7 March 2020.[5]

Head coach: Germán Orozco

Caps updated as of 7 March 2020, after the match against Australia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) CapsClub
1 GK Juan Manuel Vivaldi (1979-07-17) 17 July 1979 (age 41) 282   Banco Provincia
3 GK Emiliano Bosso (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 24) 4   GEBA

4 DF Juan Catán (1995-10-05) 5 October 1995 (age 24) 21   Hurling
5 DF Pedro Ibarra (Captain) (1985-09-11) 11 September 1985 (age 35) 303   San Fernando
13 DF Leandro Tolini (1990-03-14) 14 March 1990 (age 30) 69   Gantoise
17 DF Juan Martín López (1985-05-27) 27 May 1985 (age 35) 309   Banco Provincia
18 DF Federico Monja (1993-09-12) 12 September 1993 (age 27) 13   Banco Provincia
24 DF Nicolás Cicileo (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 26) 56   Daring

16 MF Ignacio Ortiz (1987-07-26) 26 July 1987 (age 33) 168   Banco Provincia
28 MF Federico Fernández (1992-02-28) 28 February 1992 (age 28) 47   Tilburg
30 MF Agustín Bugallo (1995-04-23) 23 April 1995 (age 25) 76   HGC

7 FW Nicolás Keenan (1997-05-06) 6 May 1997 (age 23) 24   Klein Zwitserland
9 FW Maico Casella (1997-05-06) 6 May 1997 (age 23) 70   HGC
12 FW Lucas Vila (1986-08-23) 23 August 1986 (age 34) 249   Leuven
15 FW Tomás Domene (1997-09-04) 4 September 1997 (age 23) 25   Orée
19 FW Tomás Bettaglio (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 28) 30   Banco Provincia
23 FW Lucas Martínez (1993-11-17) 17 November 1993 (age 26) 71   Dragons
32 FW Martín Ferreiro (1997-10-21) 21 October 1997 (age 22) 51   Pinoké

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the national team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club Latest call-up
GK Tomás Santiago (1992-06-15) 15 June 1992 (age 28) 24   Gantoise v.   Netherlands, 16 February 2020

DF Matías Rey (1984-12-01) 1 December 1984 (age 35) 210   San Fernando v.   Netherlands, 16 February 2020

MF Agustín Mazzilli (1989-06-20) 20 June 1989 (age 31) 225   Pinoké v.   Netherlands, 16 February 2020
MF Santiago Tarazona (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 (age 24) 57   GEBA v.   Spain, 8 February 2020
MF Lucas Rossi (1985-06-02) 2 June 1985 (age 35) 213   Beerschot v.   Belgium, 23 October 2019

FW Mauro Coria (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 (age 23) 1   Mendoza v.   Netherlands, 16 February 2020
FW Facundo Callioni (1985-10-09) 9 October 1985 (age 34) 153   Orée v.   Canada, 29 January 2020
FW Matías Paredes (1982-02-01) 1 February 1982 (age 38) 356   Ducilo 2019 Pan American Games

Past playersEdit

CaptainsEdit

Period Captain
2000–2004 Pablo Moreira
2005–2006 Germán Orozco
2007–2008 Mario Almada
2008–2013 Matías Vila
2013–2014 Lucas Rey
2014–2015 Matías Paredes
2015–Present Pedro Ibarra

CoachesEdit

Period Name
???–1983 Juan Carlos Duré
1983–1990 Luis Ciancia
1991–1992 Jorge Ruiz
1993–1996 Miguel MacCormik
1996–1999 Marcelo Garraffo
1999–2000 Alejandro Verga
2000–2005 Jorge Ruíz
2005–2008 Sergio Vigil
2008–2009 Carlos Retegui
2009–2012 Pablo Lombi
2012–2013 Franco Nicola
2013–2018 Carlos Retegui
2018–2020 Germán Orozco

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIH Men's and Women's World Ranking". FIH. 1 March 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "FIH confirms final line-ups for men's Hockey World League Semi-Finals". 3 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  4. ^ "South American Championships – Final Standings". panamhockey.org. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Los Leones Para Afrontar La FIH Pro League en Oceanía". www.cahockey.org.ar (in Spanish). Confederación Argentina de Hockey. 19 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2020.

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