Overview

Team profile

Argentina

Argentina took the bronze medal at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, their highest finish in six appearances at the quadrennial. The Argentines gained their seventh Olympic appearance when they won the South American Olympic qualifier in Maiquetia, Venezuela. They will be making back-to-back Olympic appearances, after they saw action at London 2012, where they finished in joint-fifth place. Legendary coach Julio Velasco is gradually working his magic on the team as they have seen great improvement in their game. The team is now ranked No.6 in the world, as Velasco targeted new highs with the team to add to his resume after a glittering coaching career largely spent overseas.

Argentina made their international debut at the South American Championship in Rio de Janeiro in 1951, claiming fourth place. They competed in their first World Championship in 1960 in the same city, where they finished 11th. Since then they have competed in 10 World Championships, with a bronze medal-winning campaign on home territory in 1982 being their best effort to date. Their medal haul from the men’s tournament at the Pan American Games is six – two gold and four bronze medals. At the World League, Argentina finished 11th overall in 2015. In 2014, they came second behind France in Pool D to finish joint-fifth in Group 2 and 13th overall. They had been sixth overall a year earlier and, although they finished 10th in 2012, they finished in the top five in the three editions before that. At the World Championship, they had to settle for joint-11th place after finishing sixth in their second round pool. 

Coach

Julio Velasco

Julio Velasco

Julio Velasco started playing volleyball at age 15 for La Plata University and was named Best Junior Player of the Year. He started coaching junior team when he was in college. His first titles were for Ferrocarril Oeste when he coached them to four national titles from 1979 to 1982. He became an assistant coach of the Argentine national team from 1981 to 1983. He became coach the Italian men’s national team in 1989 and led them to gold medals at the European Championship in 1989, 1993 and 1995. His also steered them to a silver medal finish at the World Cup in 1989. From the 1990 World Championship and Goodwill Games, Italy dominated for five years winning various titles. Velasco directed Italy to win the silver medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. In 1996, he shifted to coach the women’s national team from 1997 to 1998, and finished with gold at the Mediterranean Games. Velasco coached other national teams such as Czech Republic from 2001 to 2003, Spain from 2009 to 2010, and Iran from 2011 to 2014, whom he helped to qualify for their first World League in 2013. Velasco took over as coach of his native Argentina in 2014, which he steered to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

  • Team Manager Osvaldo Celia
  • Assistant coach Camilo Soto
  • Second Assistant Coach Hernan Ferraro
  • Doctor Fernando Locaso
  • Physiotherapist Nicolás Zarate

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Argentina
5 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 12 12 4 3.000 394 335 1.176
2
Poland
5 4 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 12 14 5 2.800 447 389 1.149
3
Russia
5 4 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 11 13 6 2.166 432 367 1.177
4
Iran
5 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 2 7 8 9 0.888 389 392 0.992
5
Egypt
5 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 3 3 12 0.250 286 362 0.790
6
Cuba
5 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 15 0.066 300 403 0.744

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