Argentina women's national field hockey team
The Argentina women's national field hockey team (Spanish: Selección femenina de hockey sobre césped de Argentina) is governed by the Argentine Hockey Confederation (CAH). The current coach is Carlos Retegui, who was appointed after Agustín Corradini. The team is currently fourth in the FIH World Rankings since August 2018 after their 7th place at the 2018 Hockey World Cup.
|Nickname||Las Leonas (The Lionesses)|
|Association||Confederación Argentina de Hockey (CAH)|
|Assistant coach(es)||Mario Almada, Santiago Capurro and Fernando Ferrara|
|Manager||Silvia Suppa and Alejandro Doherty|
|Most caps||Luciana Aymar (376)|
|Top scorer||Noel Barrionuevo (171)|
|Current||4 (22 January 2019)|
|Highest||1st (2003 - 2010 - 2011)|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1988)|
|Best result||2nd (2000 - 2012)|
|Appearances||14 (first in 1974)|
|Best result||1st (2002 - 2010)|
|Pan American Games|
|Appearances||9 (first in 1987)|
|Best result||1st (6 times)|
|Pan American Cup|
|Appearances||5 (first in 2001)|
|Best result||1st (All editions)|
|Olympic medal record|
Las Leonas (The Lionesses) have appeared in five Hockey World Cup finals, including the first final in 1974, which they lost 1–0 to the Netherlands. Argentina had to settle with second place in two more finals before winning the tournament for the first time in 2002, beating the Netherlands 4–3 in the final on penalty strokes after a 1–1 draw. Argentina, led by eight-time FIH Player of the Year Luciana Aymar won again in 2010, a 3–1 victory over the Netherlands. Argentina's World Cup winning coaches are Sergio Vigil in 2002, and Carlos Retegui in 2010.
Argentina has been very successful at the Summer Olympics, winning four consecutive medals (two silver, two bronze) since the 2000 edition, when they became the first women's team in any sport to win an Olympic medal for their country. Luciana Aymar is the only player that has participated and won those four medals. Also, after their first title in 2001 at a Champions Trophy, they have won the tournament six more times. In front of a home crowd they won the 2014–15 World League as the first international title after Aymar's retirement from the national team the previous year.
At a continental level, Argentina has dominated and won every tournament they played, including the Pan American Cup and the Pan American Games leaving the United States with second place on most events until they lost the 2011 Pan American Games final for the first time.
In July 2003, after the implementation of an official World Ranking System, Argentina reached the top of the FIH World Rankings for the first time, reaching it again in 2010 after obtaining the World Cup title and once more in late 2013.
Hockey was introduced in Argentina by English immigrants in the beginning of the 20th century, and the first women's teams were officially formed in 1909. In 1997, Sergio Vigil, a former player for the men's national team, was appointed coach. Under his leadership, Las Leonas achieved their first World Hockey Cup title, their first Olympic medals, their first Champions Trophy medals, and many other achievements. The team went from having a rather limited audience to becoming a national sensation, with some of the players even appearing as models in advertising campaigns.
Throughout its history, the team has developed a reputation for being tenacious even when a match appears to be lost. For this reason, a lioness was chosen as their symbol when the team qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics. During the second round of games, Argentina played against the powerful Dutch team, and they chose this occasion to place the image of a lioness on their shirts for the first time.
The image was designed by then-player Inés Arrondo together with Vigil's sister-in-law. Argentina won that match, went on to win the silver medal, and Las Leonas were born. Subsequently, the junior (under 21) team is called Las Leoncitas ("the baby lionesses" or "the lioness cubs").
The lioness logo was redesigned in 2006 by the team kit supplier, Adidas, along with Confederación Argentina de Hockey and even some of the most representative players. This is slightly different from the original, showing the lioness' tail pretending to be a hockey stick while holding a ball.
The nickname also falls in line with an unwritten Argentine tradition of naming national teams after big cats: the men's field hockey team is called Los Leones ("The Lions"), the men's rugby union team is called Los Pumas ("The Pumas"), and the women's volleyball team is known as Las Panteras ("The Panthers").
- Summer Olympics:
- World Cup: 2002, 2010
- FIH Hockey World League: 2014–15
- Champions Trophy: 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
- Pan American Cup: 2001, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2017
- Pan American Games: 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007
- South American Championship: 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
Head coach: Carlos Retegui
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|31||GK||Florencia Mutio||20 November 1984||67||San Fernando|
|13||GK||Cristina Cosentino||22 December 1997||3||Banco Nación|
|25||DF||Silvina D'Elía||25 April 1986||233||46||GEBA|
|2||DF||Sofía Toccalino||20 March 1997||66||6||St. Catherine's|
|18||DF||Victoria Sauze||21 July 1991||56||2||River Plate|
|32||DF||Valentina Costa Biondi||13 September 1995||10||1||San Fernando|
|4||MF||Rosario Luchetti ©||4 June 1984||267||37||Belgrano|
|16||MF||Florencia Habif||22 August 1993||193||21||Mannheimer HC|
|20||MF||Lucina von der Heyde||24 January 1997||87||13||River Plate|
|5||MF||Agostina Alonso||1 October 1995||61||3||Banco Nación|
|23||MF||Micaela Retegui||23 April 1996||14||1||San Fernando|
|29||MF||Victoria Miranda||5 June 2000||9||0||Ciudad|
|11||FW||Carla Rebecchi||7 September 1984||296||155||Ciudad|
|19||FW||Agustina Albertario||1 January 1993||139||42||Lomas|
|15||FW||María José Granatto||21 April 1995||104||61||HC Oranje-Rood|
|22||FW||Eugenia Trinchinetti||17 July 1997||78||12||San Fernando|
|28||FW||Julieta Jankunas||20 January 1999||75||30||Ciudad|
|21||FW||Victoria Granatto||9 April 1991||8||2||La Gentoise|
These players were called-up in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Belén Succi||16 October 1985||222||CASI||New Zealand13 April 2019, v.|
|GK||Azul Rossetti||9 August 1995||6||San Martín||Uruguay7 June 2018, v.|
|GK||Mariana Scandura||2 May 1994||3||Italiano||Uruguay7 June 2018, v.|
|DF||Bianca Donati||5 June 1995||35||2||River Plate||Great Britain18 May 2019, v.|
|DF||Victoria Zuloaga||14 February 1988||75||6||Mar del Plata Club||New Zealand13 April 2019, v.|
|DF||Julia Gomes Fantasia||30 April 1992||152||26||GEBA||China25 November 2018, v.|
|DF||Agustina Gorzelany||11 March 1996||36||6||San Martín||China25 November 2018, v.|
|DF||Noel Barrionuevo||16 May 1984||320||171||Australia1 August 2018, v.|
|DF||Bárbara Dichiara||13 November 1996||7||1||Monte Hermoso||Uruguay7 June 2018, v.|
|DF||Catalina Labake||5 June 1998||4||0||GEBA||Uruguay7 June 2018, v.|
|DF||Camila Machín||3 September 1994||2||0||Jockey Club Tucumán||Uruguay7 June 2018, v.|
|MF||Agustina Habif||8 March 1992||152||12||GEBA||Great Britain18 May 2019, v.|
|MF||Paula Ortíz||16 April 1997||84||7||San Martín||Australia4 May 2019, v.|
|MF||Rocío Sánchez Moccia||2 August 1988||233||15||Liceo Naval||China25 November 2018, v.|
|MF||Magdalena Fernández Ladra||10 March 1995||56||5||Banco Nación||Australia1 August 2018, v.|
|MF||Pilar Campoy||6 October 1990||64||20||Real Sociedad||Uruguay7 June 2018, v.|
|MF||Bárbara Borgia||20 May 1997||4||0||UD Taburiente||Uruguay7 June 2018, v.|
|FW||Priscila Jardel||16 January 1996||16||7||River Plate||Australia4 May 2019, v.|
|FW||Celina di Santo||23 February 2000||6||0||Lomas||Australia4 May 2019, v.|
|FW||Delfina Merino||15 October 1989||283||90||SCHC||Australia16 March 2019, v.|
|FW||Martina Cavallero||7 May 1990||202||43||Mannheimer HC||China25 November 2018, v.|
|FW||Milagros Fernández Ladra||27 February 1997||28||9||Banco Nación||China25 November 2018, v.|
- Gabriela Aguirre - Yet active
- Magdalena Aicega - Yet active
- Laura Aladro
- Mariela Antoniska
- Inés Arrondo
- Luciana Aymar
- Moira Brinnand
- Claudia Burkart
- Pilar Campoy - Yet active
- Victoria Carbó
- Julieta Castellán
- Martina Cavallero - Yet active
- Laura del Colle
- María Colombo
- Silvia Corvalán
- Marina di Giacomo - Yet active
- Carla Dupuy - Yet active
- Magdalena Fernández Ladra - Yet active
- Milagros Fernández Ladra - Yet active
- María Paz Ferrari
- Andrea Fioroni
- Julieta Franco
- Anabel Gambero
- Soledad García - Yet active
- Julia Gomes Fantasia - Yet active
- Mariana González Oliva
- Agustina Gorzelany - Yet active
- Alejandra Gulla
- María de la Paz Hernández
- Marcela Hussey
- Giselle Juárez - Yet active
- Gabriela Liz
- Marisa López
- Sofía Maccari - Yet active
- Sofía MacKenzie
- Laura Maiztegui
- Mercedes Margalot - Yet active
- Karina Masotta
- Laura Mulhall
- Vanina Oneto
- Alejandra Palma
- Gabriela Pando
- María Gabriela Pazos
- Marcela Richezza
- Jorgelina Rimoldi
- Macarena Rodríguez - Yet active
- Cecilia Rognoni
- Pilar Romang - Yet active
- Mariana Rossi - Yet active
- Mariné Russo - Yet active
- Gabriela Sánchez
- Mariela Scarone - Yet active
- Daniela Sruoga
- Josefina Sruoga - Yet active
- Ayelén Stepnik
- María Alejandra Tucat
- Paola Vukojicic
- Victoria Zuloaga - Yet active
Not in use jersey numbersEdit
When Luciana Aymar (eight-time FIH Player of the Year Award winner and regarded as the best player in the history of the sport), retired from the national team in 2014 after 376 international matches played, some of Aymar's teammates (such as Carla Rebecchi) asked the Confederation for the retirement of her iconic number 8 worn by her during 17 years with the national team. Nevertheless, the number is not officially retired by the CAH, although it has not been assigned to other players since.
|1997–2002||Karina Masotta||Magdalena Aicega|
|2003–2005||Magdalena Aicega||Cecilia Rognoni|
|2009–2014||Luciana Aymar||Rosario Luchetti|
|2014–2015||Macarena Rodríguez||Carla Rebecchi|
|2015–2017||Carla Rebecchi||Belén Succi|
|2017–Present||Belén Succi||Delfina Merino|
|2013–2014||Carlos Retegui (2nd cycle)|
|2015–2017||Gabriel Minadeo (2nd cycle)|
|2018-Present||Carlos Retegui (3rd cycle)|
Junior and youth teamEdit
Head Coach: Hernán Zago
1- Inés Welsh (GK)
4- Sol Lombardo
6- Abril López
10- Abril Vázquez
11- Catalina Labake
12- Agustina Romano (GK)
13- Guadalupe Adorno
14- Daiana Pacheco
16- Martina Gabutti
18- Ana Paula Riera
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