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2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship  |  Pune, India

 ARG / Argentina - Team Composition

Team manager Celia Osvaldo
Head coach Cichello Juan Manuel
Assistant coach Alvarez Julián
Doctor Locaso Fernando
Therapist / trainer Fernandez Mentaberry Federico
Journalist Lopez Sergio
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  C 1 Juan Maccio Maccio 10/03/1989 186 73 338 304 River Plate Coronel Vidal -ARG
  3   Rodrigo Ronda Ronda 30/07/1989 197 80 338 322 River Plate Coronel Vidal -ARG
  4 Nicolas Bruno Bruno 24/02/1989 187 85 338 318 Maliye Piyango
  5   Nicolas Uriarte Uriarte 21/03/1990 192 87 342 322 Narbonne
  7 Facundo Conte Conte 25/08/1989 197 88 354 334 Sada Cruzeiro
  8   Ricardo Ferreiro Ferreiro 20/01/1989 200 88 336 316 DirecTv Bolivar - ARG
  9 Cristian Poglajen Poglajen 14/07/1989 195 94 342 322 Afyon Belediye
  10   Rodrigo Aschemacher Aschemacher 6/03/1989 204 97 340 322 Personal Bolívar
  11 Pablo Hruby Hruby 24/12/1989 204 99 342 320 Club de Amigos - ARG
  14   Pablo Crer Crer 12/06/1989 202 85 357 337 Trefi Gdanks
  L 18 Franco López Lopez 4/02/1989 187 79 326 304 Personal Bolívar
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

At the 2007 World Junior Championship in Morocco, expectations were high for Argentina, but for the 2009 edition in India, the expectations are even higher.

The Argentine Junior Men's Team will travel to Asia with the challenge of bettering their fifth-place performance at the last Junior World Championship, and after many positive results, the players believe their dreams can become a reality.

As with prior Junior teams, many of the players have come up through the Youth team. Nearly all of the players who finished fourth at the Youth World Championship in Mexico in 2007 belong to the 19-member strong Junior squad that will compete in India.

The team also includes many players who wrote a new page in the history of Argentine volleyball history at the 2008 South American Junior and Youth Championships in Brazil, where the teams both won gold.

There is more than enough proof already that the squad has gone from a group of players to watch in the future to players to watch right now. Nicolás Uriarte and Facundo Conte made their debuts with the Argentine Men's Team in the 2009 World League, the world's elite annual tournament for national teams organized by the FIVB. Sebastián Solé did not play at the tournament but did take part in training with the senior team.

The Junior players' club careers have also been taking off. Conte has proved himself in the strong Italian A2 League with Catania, which is coached by his father. Uriarte became one of the stars of the Argentine League's Mendoza Voley, where he played his second season with Nicolás Bruno, another Junior Team member. Also playing in the nation's most important club competition are captain Juan Ignacio Macció, Cristian Poglajen (Belgrano de Córdoba), Pablo Hruby, Ricardo Ferreiro (Chubut Volley), Pablo Crer, Solé (Rosario Sonder), Germán Galdón (Gigantes del Sur).

Meanwhile, Rodrigo Aschemacher, Facundo Imhoff and Sebastián Closter were part of the great Bolívar team, which for three consecutive years were crowned champion. The boys proved themselves against some of the greats in Argentine Volleyball, giving the Junior Team and its fans even more cause to celebrate.

In addition to all this, the Argentine Junior Team as been preparing for the World Championship at a myriad of national and international events, including:

- In 2008, prior to historical South American victories, the Argentine Junior Men's Team traveled to Europe to face powerhouses such as Russia, Italy and Poland, and obtained great results.

- At the end of the Argentine League, the Junior Team started training at the Cenard facilities, and at their first 2009 event, they faced the powerful Cuban National Men's Team in three friendly matches in Buenos Aires Province.

- In June, the team traveled together with the Argentine Youth Boys Team to Brazil, where 30 players trained at Sequarema and played on several occasions against the host team.  The Argentine Junior Men's Team again obtained several victories against its long-time rival Brazil.

Argentina's best showing at a U-21 World Championship was in 1993 in Rosario, Argentina, when they placed fourth.  But with all the preparation, hard work and typical Argentine perseverance, Argentina now wants to go further than it did in Morocco in 2007. That will be the team's main goal of this tournament.

Coach profile

Year after year, the hard work put in by the Argentine National Junior Team results in greater and greater achievements, which are a testament to the work of head coach Juan Cichello.

After making a living bringing along players at River Plate, Cichello took over as coach of the Youth team in 2006, helping it qualify for both the Youth and Junior World Championships that year.

The Youth Team finished fourth at their tournament in Mexico, while the Juniors finished fifth in Morocco in 2007.

In 2008, after coaching the Youth Boys Team in the A2 League, Cichello took over the Junior Team during a tour of Europe prior to two historical tournaments for the Argentine youth teams. The Youth and Junior teams both won their respective South American Championships in Brazil, marking the first continental crown for the youth team.

The results catapulted Argentina up the FIVB World Youth Rankings ahead of powerhouses Russia and Brazil into second place behind Iran.

A hard worker, Cinchello is present at as many junior and youth tournaments he can attend, be they friendlies, national championships or Argentine Cups.

The upcoming tournament in India will be Cichello's third World Championship on Argentina's bench.

Prior to coaching Argentina, Cichello became Spanish Superliga Champion and Spanish Kind Cup winner as assistant coach to Marcelo Méndez at Son Amar Portol Palma.


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