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Argentina

Alberto Fabián Armoa
 

 

 
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Alberto Fabián Armoa was born in Buenos Aires on March 17, 1964. He started playing Volleyball as junior player for Velez Sarfield Team in 1981 before starting his coaching career in 1984 with the Instituto Malbernat team.

After coaching posts with Circulo General Belgrano, Nueva Chicago, Universidad Buenos Aires and Velez, Armoa began coaching both the Obras Sanitarias men's team and the Velez Sarfield women's team. In September 2003, Armoa was appointed coach with the task of gaining Olympic qualification and he did immediately at the South America Continental Qualification Tournament played in Venezuela in January.

Last year Armoa said he had a number of goals “first with getting the Olympic Diploma (qualify for the quarterfinals – the best eight teams) and then a medal,” Armoa said. In the long run, he adds, “I want to put Argentina among the first five teams in the world, qualify for the Final Round of the 2006 World Championship in Japan and return Argentina to the World League”.

So far he is true to his word. Having reached the 2004 Olympic Games quarterfinals, advanced to the 2006 World Championship final round and returned to the World League, the only part missing is an Olympic medal and a top world ranking.

Armoa's quiet, yet direct methods, are proving very successful and having taken Argentina to 8th in the world rankings, some long overdue silverware seems just around the corner. It's exciting times ahead for Armoa and Argentina as he takes them into a World League campaign for the first time.