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2009 Boys' Youth World Championship  |  Jesolo - Bassano del Grappa, Italy

 ARG / Argentina - Team Composition

Team manager Celia Osvaldo
Head coach Muraco Fabian
Assistant coach Moine Daniel
Doctor Locaso Fernando
Therapist / trainer Fernandez Mentaberry Federico
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Javier Vega Vega 13/05/1991 190 94 336 316 La Unión de Formosa Club
  2   Ivan Castellani Castellani 19/01/1991 196 82 345 320 Drean Bolivar - ARG
  3 Leonardo Plaza Gandini Plaza 9/08/1992 188 86 335 315 Puerto San Martín
  5   Gustavo Vaca Alvarez Vaca 13/04/1991 200 92 340 315 Club A. Boca Jr.
  7 Bruno Vinti Vinti 18/06/1991 188 78 330 310 Rosario Sonder Club
  9   Federico Franetovich Franetovich 13/10/1991 200 90 342 318 Personal Bolívar
  10 Juan Ignacio Finoli Finoli 5/11/1991 189 84 325 310 Noliko Masseik
  13   Gonzalo Quiroga Quiroga G 25/02/1993 193 85 342 316 GKS KATOWICE
  15 Andres Ribone Ribone 6/09/1991 195 75 335 315 Ciudad de Bolivar Club
  16   Martin Ramos Ramos 26/08/1991 197 94 348 328 Narbonne
  L 18 Facundo Hehn Hehn 16/05/1991 188 84 315 300 UPCN Volleyball Club
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The 2009 Italian World Championship is the first World Championship for several of the players on the Argentine team, making it the start of a new chapter in their careers. But it is also the closing of a chapter for the players who won gold at the 2008 South american Youth Boys Championship.

In 2008, the team was coached by Juan Cichello, and together they wrote themselves into Argentine volleyball history with that win, which required beating Brazil in Brazil. As a result of that victory, this team in light blue and white will arrive in Italy in high spirits, fresh off the glory of having pulled off an incredible feat in Brazil last year.

The team's goal of defending its fourth-place finish in Algeria in 2005 and Mexico in 2007 will not be an easy one, but there is a lot of talent and a great work ethic within the team. Sebastián Sole, the captain at the South American Championship team, is a prime example. This will be his third World Championship after Mexico and the Junior World Championship in India.

But he is not the only experienced player. Facundo Hen, Gonzalo Quiroga, Juan Finoli and Federico Franetovich are names that already appear on rosters in the A1 and A2 leagues, the most important Argentine tournaments for men.

With these weapons and a new coach in Fabián Muraco, who has a wealth of experience nurturing young talent, Argentina will step once more onto the court attempting to make history.
Coach profile

Fabián Muraco has been behind many of the great results obtained by both the Men's and Boys' volleyball teams in Argentina over the last few years.

Muraco succeeded Juan Cichello (now dedicated solely to the Argentine Men's Junior Team), bringing great happiness to Argentine volleyball.

The most important result obtained by Muraco was fourth place at the 2005 World Boys Championship in Algeria. That team consisted of talented youngsters Luciano De Cecco, Rodrigo Quiroga and Federico Pereyra, who are all now part of the Argentine National Men's Team coached by Javier Weber.

Before Muraco and his coaching side left the National Team, they ensured that the National Junior Boys Team joined the A2 League to improve their skills, following similar successful models in Europe. The team joined A2 in the 2005-2006 season and has given the players experience playing on long tournaments.

Muraco returned to the National Team program in 2008-2009 as head of the A2 youth team and dedicated himself  to improving this young team (with players all born in 1991 or 1992), whom he will continue to coach when they become Junior players.

The Italian 2009 World Championship marks Muraco's official return to the international scene.


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