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2010 Boys' Youth Olympic Games
21 - 26 August 2010

 ARG / Argentina - Team Composition

Team manager
Head coach CICHELLO, Juan Manuel
Assistant coach ALVAREZ, Julián
Therapist / trainer
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Mauro Llanos Llanos 4/05/1993 200 80 328 308 Ciudad de Bolívar
  2   Luciano Verasio Verasio 14/08/1993 189 78 324 296 Rosario Sonder Club
  3 Leonardo Plaza Gandini Plaza 9/08/1992 188 86 335 315 Puerto San Martín
  4   Federico Martina Martina 2/11/1992 202 97 350 320 Melilla
  5 Gonzalo Lapera Lapera 13/05/1993 192 95 336 304 Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires
  6   Ramiro Nuñez Nuñez 15/03/1993 192 78 336 310 Rosario Sonder
  7 Marcelo Vaca Alvarez Vaca 1/12/1992 183 84 326 308 River Plate - ARG
  8   Esteban Martínez Martinez 9/05/1993 197 76 333 315 Club Ciudad De Bolivar
  C 9 Gonzalo Quiroga Quiroga G 25/02/1993 193 85 342 316 GKS KATOWICE
  L 10   Tomas Ruiz Ruiz 16/04/1992 175 65 306 286 Velez Sarsfield Club
  11 Ivan Postemsky Postemsky 6/06/1992 202 98 322 310 UNTREF
  12   Ezequiel Palacios Palacios 2/10/1992 198 95 345 325 Montpellier
  13 Ezequiel Uriarte Uriarte 10/09/1992 190 74 335 318 Ciudad de Buenos Aires Club
  14   Juan Pablo Perez Perez 16/10/1992 174 68 308 284 Asoc. Manos Solidarias - ARG
  15 Marco Calderini Calderini 13/06/1992 205 91 342 320 National Team
  16   Damian Villalba Villalba 1/05/1992 197 88 340 312 Club de Amigos
  17 Mariano Monzón Monzon 28/11/1993 199 98 328 308 Gimnasia y Esgrima V. P.
  18   Nicolas Mendez Mendez 2/11/1992 191 90 340 326 Montpellier
  19 Andres Bainotti Bainotti 10/12/1992 198 85 333 309 Recreativo C. Areco - ARG
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Argentina will arrive to the first Youth Olympic Games with great backing after winning their place at the competition with a gold medal at the 2008 Youth Boys South American Championship, defeating Brazil defending the title at the start of the year 2010 in Venezuela to show that they were the best team of the continent.

The team also won bronze at the 2009 FIVB Youth World Championship.

This team gathers talented players from all those titles. One name was in all three rosters: the young Gonzalo Quiroga, captain of the team. The San Juan province boy, together with the setter, Leonardo Plaza Gandini, head the team with this historical bronze.

Additionally Argentina stands at the top of the FIVB World Rankings for Junior and Youth boys teams.

The team has been working very hard and has played friendly matches against the Chile senior men's side and travelled to Europe to train against the Czech Republic.

Coach profile

At Singapore, Juan Cichello will face a new experience as coach of Argentina, an Olympic one. He returns to the Argentine bench after coaching Villa María Team at the Argentine A1 Teams League, with a young roster and great results.

However, his greatest achievement in 2009 (and the most important of his career so far) was the bronze medal at FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in India, leading a tremendously skilled team to a first podium place.

That result, combined with the other bronze medal, at the FIVB Youth World Championships in Italy, catapulted Argentina to the top of the FIVB World Youth Rankings, ahead of powerhouses Russia, Brazil and Iran. Argentina also took over first place in South America, defeating Brazil once again at the Youth continental championship in Venezuela, in April 2010. Cichello was there too, but as part of the staff.

After making a living bringing along players at River Plate, Cichello took over as coach of the youth team in 2006, helping them qualify for both the Youth and Junior World Championships that year. The youth team finished fourth at their tournament in Mexico, while the Juniors finished fifth in Morocco in 2007.

In 2008, after coaching the youth boys team in the A2 League, Cichello took over the Junior Team during a tour of Europe prior to two historical tournaments for the Argentine youth teams. The Youth and Junior teams both won their respective South American Championships in Brazil, marking the first continental crown for the youth team.

A hard worker, Cichello is present at as many junior and youth tournaments he can attend, be they friendlies, national championships or Argentine Cups.

Prior to coaching Argentina, Cichello became Spanish Superliga Champion and Spanish King Cup winner as assistant coach to Marcelo Méndez at Son Amar Portol Palma.

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