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Argentina “proud” to play in World League again – Ferraro

Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 19, 2005 – Argentina captain Hernan Ferraro said it was a very proud moment for him and his team to play in this year’s World League competition after a two-year absence at the Argentine launch of the 2005 World League in Buenos Aires on Thursday, which took place in the presence of Government authorities headed by Chief Governor Anibal Ibarra, the President of the FeVA Mr. Alejandro Bolgeri and numerous media.

“After the Olympic Games and the World Championship, the World League is the most important men’s event so we are very proud of being able to play in it,” Ferraro said. “It means facing the big international teams, as visitors and hosts, and it will be an incredible experience looking forward to the 2006 World Championships.
Pic: (Courtesy of Feva) Argentina captain Hernan Ferraro (middle) hands a national playing shirt to Chief Governor Anibal Ibarra with Argentina coach Fabian Armoa looking on
“We are at the beginning of our preparation and the matches versus Cuba allowed us to try different combinations but we need to train very hard and we have suffered important loses with the injuries of Alejandro Spajic and now Darraidou. For us to have Spajic in the field was very important, he is nearly irreplaceable so it will be hard on us ".

Argentina, who have competed in the World League seven times from 1996-2002 with a best finish of sixth in 1999, recently completed a four-match friendly series which they lost 3-1 but took plenty from it in terms of on court development and teamwork.

“I would have prefered to have at least one more month training, to work and get to know each other better,” coach Fabian Armoa said. “We depend deeply on individual performances but the idea is that the team takes the initiative. The matches we are heading towards are going to be very hard and the development of this team is going to be a good step forward.

"The World League is a completely different story to the Olympic Games or the World Championship, where the big reward is to gain a medal. The World League, on the contrary, is a very difficult professional championship where the glamour and the money are the major goals. My expectation is that we will perform according to the level of this show. I hope that people will be with us and fill the stadium, as we did a short time ago (when over 10.000 people attended four friendly matches against Cuba.

“Argentina’s performance improved a lot from the first to the last match vs. Cuba and we recognize this improvement because we had little time to prepare and correct the mistakes and the growing was clearly there."
 
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