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Young and renewed Argentina looking forward to sparkling return

May 26, 2005 - After a two year absence, Argentina fans will once more be able to satisfy their Volleyball hunger when they witness Argentina back in action in the premier men’s annual tournament – the World League – when the 2005 edition starts on Friday.

While the home fans will be packing the stadiums in Buenos Aires and Rosario in week two, three and six of the Intercontinental Round, they’ll have to see how their side first fare in an away trip to Poland, with the first match at 19:00 (local time) in Bydgoszcz.
Pic: Argentina lost to Poland 3-2 (25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 20-18) during the Athens Olympics but this weekend the visitors will be missing some stars while Poland have been hit by injuries
For this tournament, Argentine coach Fabian Armoa has chosen a young and rejuvenated team, with 13 of the 18 players coming from the local league. The big news is the absence of Marcos Milinkovic, who participated in the seven previous editions of the World League which Argentina participated. The other important player missing is libero Pablo Meana who was included in Armoa’s original squad but excluded in the final 18. These two players boast experience and that is one area this Argentine side is sorely lacking in.

But despite this handicap, Armoa is still aiming high. To reach the final round, the team has got to be in the same state of mind that they were in when they finished in fifth place at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and when they recently booked a ticket for the final round of the 2006 Japan World Championship. The big difference this time is the omission of key players such as Milinkovic and Meana.

In Athens, Argentina faced the same three teams they will play in Pool C and recorded mixed results, defeating Greece but losing to Serbia & Montenegro and Poland.
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