Obras Sanitarias

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Obras Sanitarias
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Nickname Tachero, Aurinegro
Leagues Liga Nacional de Básquetbol
Founded 27 March 1917; 97 years ago (1917-03-27)
History 1926 – present (basketball section)
Arena Estadio Obras Sanitarias
Location Núñez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Team colors Black, gold          
President Fabián Borro
Head coach Julio Lamas
Championships 3 Campeonato Argentino de Clubes
1 Intercontinental Cup
1 South American League
Website obrasbasket.com
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Club Atlético Obras Sanitarias de la Nación (known simply as Obras Sanitarias or Obras) is an Argentine sports club located in the district of Núñez, Buenos Aires. Although originally conceived as a rugby union club, Obras Sanitarias is mostly known for its basketball team, which currently plays in the Liga Nacional de Básquet, the first division of the Argentine basketball league system.

Apart from basketball, other disciplines practised at the club are rugby union, field hockey, swimming, tennis, volleyball and chess.

Obras Sanitarias has been nicknamed Los Tacheros, a lunfardo word used to refer to Argentine taxi drivers, due to taxi cabs are painted in black and yellow (the same colors that Obras' jersey uniform).


Obras Sanitarias was founded in 1917 by employees of the state-owned water supply company, Obras Sanitarias de la Nación (translatable in English to "Sanitation Works of the Nation").

On March 22, 1925, the club opened its sports facilities, allowing members to practise athletics, basque pelota, bowls, football, rugby union, swimming and tennis there. In 1941 Obras inaugurated its headquarters in the city of Buenos Aires for the practise of indoor sports.

In 1978, Obras inaugurated the indoor arena Estadio Obras Sanitarias and, two years later, the first synthetic field hockey pitch in South America.


Logo for the basketball section of the club.

Obras Sanitarias, along with the Brazilian clubs Sírio and Flamengo, is one of only three South American basketball clubs that have won the FIBA Intercontinental Cup. Obras did so in the 1983 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, by defeating the Italian League club Jollycolombani Cantù. In February 2012, Obras won the South American League for the first time, winning the 2011 edition of the tournament, after beating the Brazilian club Pinheiros, by a score of 88-73 in the final.[1]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Obras Sanitarias roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Age
C 4 Argentina Gutiérrez, Juan Pedro 70002049999999999992.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 31 – (1983-10-10)10 October 1983
PG 5 Argentina Konsztatd, Alejandro 70001900000000000001.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 26 – (1989-01-24)24 January 1989
PF 10 Argentina Espinoza, Pablo 70001950000000000001.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 27 – (1987-03-21)21 March 1987
F/C 12 United States Fells, Darren 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 28 – (1986-04-22)22 April 1986
13 Argentina Barral, Pedro
F 15 United States Smith, Theron 70002029999999999992.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 34 – (1980-10-03)3 October 1980
F 15 United States Washam, Tony 70002000000000000002.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 33 – (1982-01-07)7 January 1982
G 16 Argentina Zanzottera, Tomas 70001880000000000001.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 22 – (1993-02-08)8 February 1993
C 17 Argentina Gareis, Martin 70002000000000000002.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 22 – (1992-04-10)10 April 1992
F/C 18 United States Field, Tyler 70002060000000000002.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 37 – (1978-02-20)20 February 1978
G 19 Argentina Mazzaro, Julio 70001900000000000001.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 36 – (1979-01-30)30 January 1979
SF 22 Argentina Elsener, Alexis 70001940000000000001.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 27 – (1988-02-23)23 February 1988
PG 23 Argentina Fraga, Lautaro 70001800000000000001.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 23 – (1992-01-22)22 January 1992
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Argentina Iván Najnudel

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 2012-02-03

Notable former players[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Club's rugby installations are located in La Matanza Partido of Greater Buenos Aires. The club was affiliated to the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires in 1917, soon after its establishment.

In 1953, Obras won the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires (URBA) championship, which is its only title to date. The team currently plays at Grupo III, the third division of the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires league system.




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