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World League 2010
21st Edition

 ARG / Argentina - Team Composition

Team manager Facundo Rizzone
Head coach Javier Weber
Assistant coach Flavio Leoni
Doctor Gabriel Solari
Therapist / trainer Juan Manuel Barrial
  No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 F  Gabriel Arroyo Arroyo 3/03/1977 194 95 352 327 Ciudad de Bolivar Club
  L 2   F  Javier Filardi Filardi 7/02/1980 190 89 340 318 UPCN San Juan Volley
  3 F  Martín Blanco Costa Blanco C. 16/12/1985 202 98 346 334 UPCN San Juan Voley
  4   F  Lucas Ocampo Ocampo 20/03/1986 196 100 335 318 Personal Bolívar
  5 F  Nicolas Uriarte Uriarte 21/03/1990 192 87 342 322 Narbonne
  6   F  Gustavo Scholtis Scholtis 16/12/1982 206 87 358 338 UPCN San Juan Voley Club
  7 F  Facundo Conte Conte 25/08/1989 197 88 354 334 Sada Cruzeiro
  8   Demián González Gonzalez D 21/02/1983 192 82 326 310 Brazil Kirin Club
  C 9 F  Rodrigo Quiroga Quiroga R 23/03/1987 191 83 336 316 Vôlei Canoas
  10   F  Alejandro Spajic Spajic 26/04/1976 204 95 360 340 UPCN San Juan Voley
  12 F  Federico Pereyra Pereyra L. 19/06/1988 200 99 350 335 Al Hilal Saudi Arabia
  13   Cristian Poglajen Poglajen 14/07/1989 195 94 342 322 Afyon Belediye
  14 F  Guillermo García Garcia 21/09/1983 193 92 352 340 Personal Bolívar
  15   F  Luciano De Cecco De Cecco 2/06/1988 191 98 332 315 Lube Civitanova
  L 16 F  Alexis Ruben Gonzalez Gonzalez A. 21/07/1981 184 85 327 310 Personal Bolívar
  17   Pablo Meana Meana 10/06/1975 187 87 325 315 Drean Bolivar - ARG
  18 Lucas Chávez Chavez 3/04/1982 199 95 335 318 Guaynabo Mets - PTR
  19   Gastón Giani Giani 26/04/1979 194 86 345 330 Tigre Volley Club - ARG
 C=Captain  L=Libero    F Players selected for the final round in Argentina
Team profile

Last year, there was a lot of talk about the general expectations of the Argentina men's national team under the new guidance of Javier Weber as Head Coach. Now, for 2010, and with confidence still flowing after a strong campaign in 2009, the dream is even bigger and stronger, with the emphasis on making history at the forefront of everyone's mind.

After the best campaign in the FIVB World League in Argentina's history, overcoming Venezuela at the South American Championship and obtaining qualification for the 2010 FIVB World Championship (the three great international goals set out by the coaching team during the 2009 season) 2010 brings new and exciting challenges.

First, the FIVB World League, with an Intercontinental Round that will be decided in the Final Six in Córdoba at the end of July. It is a great honour for Argentina to be able to host the Final Series of the most important tournament for national teams. Then, the FIVB World Championship, where the team will try to improve on their 13th place position at the previous edition in Japan.

Looking forward to these achievements, the basis of the team from 2009 will be maintained. The experience of older players such as Alejandro Spajic and Pablo Meana, as well as younger athletes such as Rodrigo Quiroga, Guillermo García, Javier Filardi Gustavo Scholtis and Luciano De Cecco, will combine the freshness of talent already secured with Nicolás Uriarte and Facundo Conte, with new promises that grow from grass-root level National Teams and that are the best in the world according to the FIVB World Rankings.

San Juan and Formosa will again be the stage for the FIVB World League and the third venue that will complete the 2010 Intercontinental Round will be Catamarca, which returns to the calendar for the first time since 2007. All of them are courts that can create a unique and important atmosphere for such an important event.

Volleyball was introduced to Argentina by the YMCA in 1912. The Argentine Volleyball Federation was created in 1932, sharing the same management as basketball.

The popularity of the sport grew steadily over the years. Currently there are some 30,000 registered players in Argentina, and thousands more who play in schools across the country.

The National Team's official debut came at the South American Championship held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1951, where they finished fourth.

Argentina's first World Championship was in 1960 in Rio de Janeiro, where they finished 15th. Since then, Argentina has participated in eight World Championships, with its best showing a bronze in Buenos Aires in 1982. Argentina finished 13th at the last World Championship, held in Japan in November 2006.

The team first qualified for the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984, finishing sixth. Four years later in Seoul they won bronze, followed by a sixth-place finish in Atlanta in 1996, fourth in Sydney in 2000 and fifth in Athens in 2004. They advanced to the second round at each Olympics.

Argentina first participated in the World League in 1996 and hosted the event in 1999, where it qualified for the final six. Two years ago, Argentina put in its best performance at the World League, winning seven straight games, four of which were away from home. However, its best position came in 2009, with an ranking in an astonishing fifth and winning a historical place at the Final Six in Belgrade, earned for the first time.

Closer to home, Argentina has claimed one gold and three bronze medals at the Pan American Games.

As further proof of Argentina's growth as a Volleyball nation, several coaches are now working with great success at the top levels internationally, including Daniel Castellani (Poland), Raúl Lozano (Germany), Marcelo Méndez (Sada Cruzeiro), Julio Velasco (Spain) and Jon Uriarte (Italian A1 Series).

Coach profile

After a very successful career as club coach, Javier Weber finally got the chance in 2009 to lead the most important squad in Argentina: the men's National Team.

An Argentine proverb reads "new coaches always win" and it could not have been more so for Javier Weber, with the best campaign in the history of Argentina at the FIVB World League and qualification for the FIVB 2010 World Championship, among other intermediate goals fulfilled.

For 2010, the great challenge for the coach will be to gain a good ranking for Argentina at the World Championship in Italy.  In the last edition Argentina finished in a distant 13th place.

Weber, who played setter, took part in some of the greatest successes of Argentine Volleyball, including the bronze medal at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 and gold at the 1995 Pan American Games.

Weber, who first suited up for Argentina in 1985, played a total of 613 international matches for the country, including three appearances at the Olympics and five at the FIVB World Championships.

As a coach, Weber was an immediate success in the strong and very competitive Brazilian Superliga, coaching Unisul. In his first season, the team qualified for the Final Series, and a year later it captured two titles: the 2003/04 Superliga and the 2003/04 Champion Super Cup.

Greece was Weber's next port of call. With Panathinaikos, he won the local league and was a finalist in the league cup. In both competitions he was named Best Coach.

In 2006 he returned to Argentina to take the helm of Bolivar, a team consistently in the running for silverware. Together, Bolivar and Weber won three consecutive national league titles, went undefeated for the first time in the history of the league, lifted three ACLAV Cups, and triumphed at nine international competitions, including the 2008 World Challenge Volleyball Cup.


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