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Argentina national basketball team

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

Argentina Argentina
FIBA ranking5 Steady (26 February 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)
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)
Silver medal america.svg Silver: (1951, 1955)
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Light jersey
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Team colours
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Dark jersey
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Team colours

First international
1921 v. Uruguay [2]

Argentina 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). 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 semifinals). 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]

1921–2002, 2017–

Competition resultsEdit


Current rosterEdit

The roster for the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup.[11]

Argentina men's basketball team roster – 2017 AmeriCup roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG Vildoza, Luca 22 – (1995-08-11)11 August 1995 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Baskonia  
SG Redivo, Lucio 23 – (1994-02-14)14 February 1994 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Bilbao Basket  
PF Scola, Luis (C) 37 – (1980-04-30)30 April 1980 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Shanxi Brave Dragons  
PG Campazzo, Facundo 26 – (1991-03-23)23 March 1991 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Real Madrid  
PG Laprovíttola, Nicolás 27 – (1990-01-31)31 January 1990 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Joventut  
G/F Brussino, Nicolás 24 – (1993-03-02)2 March 1993 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Tenerife  
C Delía, Marcos 25 – (1992-04-08)8 April 1992 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) CB Murcia  
C Acuña, Roberto 26 – (1990-09-14)14 September 1990 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Quimsa  
SF Deck, Gabriel 22 – (1995-02-08)8 February 1995 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Real Madrid  
G/F Garino, Patricio 24 – (1993-05-17)17 May 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Baskonia  
PF Saiz, Javier 23 – (1994-02-16)16 February 1994 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Regatas Corrientes  
G Fjellerup, Máximo 19 – (1997-11-27)27 November 1997 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) San lorenzo  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes current club
  • Age – describes age
    on August 25, 2017

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C Marcos Delía Roberto Acuña
PF Luis Scola Javier Saiz
SF Patricio Garino Gabriel Deck
SG Nicolás Brussino Lucio Redivo
PG Facundo Campazzo Nicolás Laprovíttola

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.[12]

Argentina retired numbers
No. Player Pos. Tenure Games Points Ref.
5 Emanuel Ginóbili SG 1998–2016 104 1,588 [12][13]
13 Andrés Nocioni SF 1999–2016 121 1,364 [12]

Past rostersEdit

Head coach position for the major tournamentsEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. February 26, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Linea de Tiempo del Básquet Argentino by Ricardo Orcasitas, CABB website
  3. ^ "El Alma Argentina" on CABB website, retrieved 9 Jul 2016
  4. ^ Historia en la Argentina on Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes en la Argentina website (Archive - March 11, 2012)
  5. ^ Archived February 1, 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, September 5, 2002.Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  7. ^ Argentina book final spot, BBC Sport, September 7, 2002. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  8. ^ A 10 años del oro en los Juego Olímpicos Atenas 2004, los tres momentos que Manu Ginóbili jamás olvidará, La Nación, 26 Aug 2014
  9. ^ "La Selección argentina de básquet presentó su camiseta Kappa para España 2014" Marketing Registrado, 5 Aug 2014
  10. ^ "Argentina Presentó La Camiseta Para El Mundial" Archived August 18, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, Córdoba Times, 4 Aug 2014
  11. ^ 2017 FIBA AmeriCup roster
  12. ^ a b c CABB anuncia el retiro de las camisetas de Ginóbili y Nocioni by Germán Beder on CABB website, 29 Jul 2017
  13. ^ El homenaje de la selección de básquet a Ginóbili y Nocioni: retirarán sus números on Infobae, 29 Jul 2017

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