Club Atlético Obras Sanitarias de la Nación (mostly known simply as Obras Sanitarias or Obras) is an Argentine professional sports club that is located in the district of Núñez, Buenos Aires. Although originally conceived as a rugby union club, Obras Sanitarias is mostly known for its basketball team, which currently plays in the Liga Nacional de Básquet, which is the first division of the Argentine basketball league system. Apart from basketball and rugby union, other disciplines practiced at the club are chess, judo, swimming, table tennis, and tennis.

Obras Sanitarias
NicknameTachero, Aurinegro
Founded27 March 1917; 106 years ago (1917-03-27)
History1926 – Present
(basketball section)
ArenaEstadio Obras Sanitarias
LocationNúñez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Team colors   
PresidentFabián Borro
Head coachPeter Dominguez
Championships1 Intercontinental Cup
1 South American League
1' InterLeagues Tournament
3 Argentine Club Championships
1 National Ascention Tournament
Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours

Obras Sanitarias has been nicknamed Los Tacheros, a lunfardo word used to refer to Argentine taxi drivers, due to the fact that taxi cabs are painted in black and yellow, which are the same colors of Obras' jersey uniforms.

History Edit

Obras Sanitarias was founded in 1917, by employees of the state-owned water supply company, "Obras Sanitarias de la Nación". On March 22, 1925, the club opened its sports facilities, allowing members to practice athletics, basque pelota, bowls, football, rugby union, swimming and tennis there. In 1941, Obras inaugurated its headquarters in the city of Buenos Aires, for the practice of indoor sports.

In 1978, Obras inaugurated its indoor arena, named Estadio Obras Sanitarias, and two years later, the first synthetic field hockey pitch in South America.

Basketball Edit

Logo for the club's basketball section
Eduardo Cadillac raising the 1983 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, which was won by Obras Sanitarias.

Obras Sanitarias, along with the Brazilian clubs Sírio and Flamengo, and the Venezuelan club Guaros de Lara is one of only four South American basketball clubs that have won the FIBA Intercontinental Cup title. Obras did so in the 1983 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, by defeating the Italian League club Jollycolombani Cantù. In February 2012, Obras won the South American League championship for the first time, after winning the 2011 edition of the tournament, after beating the Brazilian club Pinheiros, by a score of 88–73 in the final.[1]

Current roster Edit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
G 3   Rodriguez, Joaquin 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 24 – (1999-06-14)14 June 1999
F 6   Serres, Emiliano 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 26 – (1997-06-07)7 June 1997
SF 9   Valussi, Luca 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 25 – (1998-01-21)21 January 1998
C 11   Copeland, Isaac 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 28 – (1995-06-13)13 June 1995
PG 12   Venegas, Juan 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 23 – (2000-02-06)6 February 2000
PG 13   Barral, Pedro 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 28 – (1994-10-20)20 October 1994
C 15   Berra, Lautaro 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 25 – (1998-01-09)9 January 1998
SG 17   Digon, Alejo 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 24 – (1998-10-26)26 October 1998
F/C 21   Calfani, Mathias 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 31 – (1992-01-21)21 January 1992
F 32   Solarin, Jeffrey 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 30 – (1992-11-16)16 November 1992
G 33   Opong, Robinson 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 34 – (1989-05-10)10 May 1989
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Iván Najnudel

  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 2020-01-01

Notable players Edit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.


To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Rugby union Edit

The rugby squad that won the 1953 championship

The club's rugby installations are located in La Matanza Partido, of Greater Buenos Aires. The club was affiliated to the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires in 1917, soon after its establishment.

In 1953, Obras won the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires (URBA) championship, which is its only title to date. For that tournament, Obras formed a squad that was a mixture of experienced players, along with young talents that had won the reserves championship two years before, with 8 players being promoted to the senior team. During the tournament, Obras Sanitarias only lost one match (versus Hindú by a score of 11–3). In the penultimate round of the tournament, when Obras beat Pucará, by a score of 5–0, with a try conversion by Alberto Dramis.

With Olivos keeping the club's chances to get the title alive, Obras achieved another win versus Deportiva Francesa, in the last fixture, winning the championship with no sharing of the title. The top scorer was Alberto Bublath, with 27 points.[4]

Obras Sanitarias currently plays in the Torneo de Tercera, which is the 6th division of the URBA league system. The club also has a women's rugby team, which competes in the "Torneo Femenino", which is organized by the same governing body.

Titles Edit

Basketball Edit

Rugby union Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Obras se dio el gran gusto", Clarín, 2011-02-06
  2. ^ El día en que Obras fue campeón mundial on La Nueva, 24 Sep 2013
  3. ^ Norton, pintame un cuadro by Gustavo Farías, La Voz, 14 Mar 2008
  4. ^ Hazañas inolvidables: Obras campeón de la UAR on club website, 24 Mar 2017

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