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Argentina national basketball team

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

Argentina Argentina
Argentina basketball logo.png
FIBA ranking4 Increase 1 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zoneFIBA Americas
National federationCABB
CoachSergio Hernández
Nickname(s)El Alma Argentina (The Argentine Soul)
Olympic Games
MedalsGold medal.svg Gold: (2004)
Bronze medal.svg Bronze: (2008)
FIBA World Cup
MedalsGold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: (1950)
Silver medal world centered-2.svg Silver: (2002, 2019)
FIBA AmeriCup
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
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. 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 have also won 13 South American Basketball Championships, as well as many youth championships.

The Argentine representative was also the first 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.


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 – YCMA) 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 lost 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]



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]



Competition resultsEdit


Current rosterEdit

The roster for the 2019 World Cup.[11]

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

Source: [12]

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Marcos Delía Agustín Caffaro
PF Luis Scola Tayavek Gallizzi
SF Nicolás Brussino Gabriel Deck
SG Patricio Garino Luca Vildoza Máximo Fjellerup
PG Facundo Campazzo Nicolás Laprovíttola Lucio Redivo

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.[13]

Argentina retired numbers
No. Player Pos. Tenure Games Points Ref.
5 Emanuel Ginóbili SG 1998–2016 104 1,588 [13][14]
13 Andrés Nocioni SF 1999–2016 121 1,364 [13]

Head coach position for the major tournamentsEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ Linea de Tiempo del Básquet Argentino by Ricardo Orcasitas, CABB website
  3. ^ "El Alma Argentina" 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. ^ Archived 1 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine En Neuquén 2001, la Generación Dorada del básquet argentino, sentaba las bases.
  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. ^ [1]. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  12. ^ Team Roster – Argentina. Lima Organizing Committee for the 2019 Pan and Parapan American Games (COPAL). Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  13. ^ a b c CABB anuncia el retiro de las camisetas de Ginóbili y Nocioni by Germán Beder on CABB website, 29 July 2017
  14. ^ El homenaje de la selección de básquet a Ginóbili y Nocioni: retirarán sus números on Infobae, 29 July 2017

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