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Argentina makes a welcome return to the World League after two years away and although it is a tournament where the South Americans havenít had the best of success they have always proved a difficult opponent to beat and a big hit with the fans.

After a brilliant 2004 Olympic Games performance, which saw the CeleÁ„o finish fifth after losing to silver medalists Italy in the quarterfinals, Argentina fans will be hoping for more of the same in the 2005 World League, where they need to win Pool C, which contains final round hosts Serbia & Montenegro, Greece and Poland to advance to the final round. In the event of Serbia & Montenegro, who automatically qualify for the final round as hosts, finishing on top of the pool, Argentina need to finish second, which is quite a big ask when one considers their opponents and their own change in personnel since the Olympics where Argentina beat France and Greece but lost to Poland (3-2) and Serbia & Montenegro.

Despite being named in coach Armoa FabiŠnís original list of 22 players, missing are Argentinaís big stars Marcos Milinkovic, Jorge Elgueta and Pablo Meana leaving a youthful yet skillful side, who will still be tough to beat, especially with FabiŠn still at the helm. FabiŠn has done some excellent things with this Argentinean side since becoming the coach in 2004, when Argentina re-entered the international scene and to change Argentinaís World League fortunes is a mission, he has taken with open arms.

Argentinaís last World League appearance in 2002 saw them finish 9th and five players - Gustavo Porporatto, HernŠn Ferraro, Jeronimo Bidegain, Santiago Darraidou and Gaston Giani Ė return for the 2005 journey. But in six appearances between 1996 and 2001, Argentina have finished 7th, 8th, 9th, 6th, 8th and 13th and it is this record, with a success rate of only 31.4% that FabiŠn will be hoping to address.

However, with a strong Latin American element, Argentina are always ready to spring a surprise and 2005 will be no different. The blue and whites always play with a lot of passion and once they start gaining some momentum they will be one team hard to topple, especially on their home soil where they will play their home games in Buenos Aires and Rosario.
 
Overall Standings for Argentina
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
7 86 27 59 31.4