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“The Argentina national volleyball team is the national volleyball representative of Argentina. The team is controlled by the Argentine Volleyball Federation (Federación del Voleibol Argentino in Spanish, and abbreviated “FEVA”).”
Association Argentine Volleyball Federation
Head coach Facundo Rizzone
FIVB Ranking 8 (as of July 9, 2012)
Olympics Appearances 5
Website www.feva.org.ar (Spanish)
The following 12 players were called up for the Olympics:
1 Gabriel Arroyo- Ciudad de Bolivar Club
2 Ivan Castellani – Puerto San Martín
5 Nicolás Uriarte – Buenos Aires Unidos
6 Cristian Poglajen- Sarmiento Santana Textiles
7 Facundo Conte- Dynamo Krasnodar
9 Rodrigo Quiroga (captain) – Vivo-Minas
10 Nicolas Bruno- Buenos Aires Unidos
11 Sebastian Solé- Ciudad de Bolivar
12 Federico Pereyra- La Union de Formosa
14 Pablo Crer- Ciudad de Bolivar
15 Luciano De Cecco- Copra Elior Piacenza
16 Alexis González (libero) – Ciudad de Bolivar
Bronze- Seoul 1988
Bronze- Argentina 1982
Silver 1998 Mar del Plata
Bronze 1999 Tampa , 2001 Buenos Aires
Best position in FIVB World League:
4th place-Gdańsk 2011
Argentina is in a Pool for the Olympics in London with the teams of Great Britain, Australia, Bulgaria, Italy and Poland. With such strong teams, it will be hard for them for sure sure. Argentina ended up 10th in this year’s edition of the FIVB World League, and did not take part in the Finals. In the Preliminary they found it most difficult against Germany, because both teams were in a battle for the Final Round (Bulgaria qualified as host).
To be fair, Argentina has a quality volleyball team, but I don’t believe they have any big chances in the battle for the medals in London. So, we could probably suppose that Argentina’s aims include a good performance on the field and if this works out well- you know, we could see a change in the final standings.
Most of the Argentinean players play outside Europe, and this means it would be very interesting for the spectators and fans, if Argentina offers a different style of playing. Despite the 10th place in the FIVB World League, the Argentineans showed that they surely deserve to be in London, and no matter if they win a medal or not they’re still one of the strongest teams in the world.
One thing is for sure- Argentina will never behave like an underdog on the volleyball field, they’ll fight like warriors, so I’m kind of unsure about my prediction this time, but still, my expectation is for:
Prediction: 8th-12th place .