Argentina men's national field hockey team

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Nickname Los Leones (The Lions)
Association Confederación Argentina de Hockey (CAH)
Confederation PAHF (Americas)
Coach Carlos Retegui
Assistant coach Rolando Rivero
Manager Javier Blanco
Captain Pedro Ibarra
Most caps Jorge Lombi (268)
Top scorer Jorge Lombi (341)
FIH ranking 1 Steady (July 2017)
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Olympic medal record
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team

The Argentina national field hockey team, (Spanish: Selección masculina de hockey sobre césped de Argentina)[1] plays in sky blue and white jerseys, and is organised by the Argentine Hockey Confederation (CAH, from the Spanish: Confederación Argentina de Hockey).

The team is nickamed Los Leones (The Lions), falling in line with an unwritten Argentine tradition of naming national teams after big cats. The current coach is Carlos Retegui.

The team have appeared in every Hockey World Cup since the first edition in 1973. They reached the bronze medal at the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, their best position in the tournament. In 2014 Gonzalo Peillat was named FIH Young Player of the Year.

At a continental level, Argentina is the most winning team in the Americas, dominated and won every tournament they played, including three gold medals at the Pan American Cup and nine gold medals at the Pan American Games.

Argentina is also the only team of the Americas to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. They achieved the victory during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.[2]

In November 2015 Argentina reached a historic 5th place in the FIH World Rankings, only to be surpassed after their Olympic gold medal by reaching 1st place in April 2017.[3]


The team won the bronze medal at the 2014 World Cup, being ranked 11th in the FIH World Rankings. They also won the bronze medal at the 2008 Champions Trophy, during Carlos Retegui's first period as coach.

In 2013, during the World League Semifinals in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, the team along with coach Carlos Retegui decide to name themselves Los Leones (The Lions), matching the nickname chosen by the women's team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Argentina didn't have great performances at the Summer Olympics until they won the gold medal at the 2016 edition by defeating Belgium 4–2, when they became the first national hockey team to win that prize for their country.


Los Leones in 2015.

Argentina has won more than 20 official titles, which are detailed below:

Tournament records[edit]

World Cup[4]
Year Host city Position
1971 Spain Barcelona, Spain 10th
1973 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 9th
1975 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 11th
1978 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 8th
1982 India Bombay, India 12th
1986 England London, England 6th
1990 Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan 9th
1994 Australia Sydney, Australia 7th
1998 Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands DNQ
2002 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 6th
2006 Germany Mönchengladbach, Germany 10th
2010 India New Delhi, India 7th
2014 Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands 3rd
2018 India Bhubaneswar, India Qualified
Pan American Cup[5]
Year Host city Position
2000 Cuba Havana, Cuba 3rd
2004 Canada London, Canada 1st
2009 Chile Santiago, Chile 3rd
2013 Canada Brampton, Canada 1st
2017 United States Lancaster, United States 1st
Pan American Games[6]
Year Host city Position
1967 Canada Winnipeg, Canada 1st
1971 Colombia Cali, Colombia 1st
1975 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 1st
1979 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st
1983 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela 2nd
1987 United States Indianapolis, United States 2nd
1991 Cuba Havana, Cuba 1st
1995 Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina 1st
1999 Canada Winnipeg, Canada 2nd
2003 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1st
2007 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd
2011 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico 1st
2015 Canada Toronto, Canada 1st
2019 Peru Lima, Peru TBD
South American Championship / South American Games[7]
Year Host city Position
2003 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
2006 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st
2008 Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay 1st
2010 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st
2013 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
2014 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
2018 Bolivia Cochabamba, Bolivia Qualified
Olympic Games[8]
Year Host city Position
1968 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 14th
1972 West Germany Munich, West Germany 14th
1976 Canada Montreal, Canada 11th
1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union N/A
1984 United States Los Angeles, United States DNQ
1988 South Korea Seoul, South Korea 8th
1992 Spain Barcelona, Spain 11th
1996 United States Atlanta, United States 9th
2000 Australia Sydney, Australia 8th
2004 Greece Athens, Greece 11th
2008 China Beijing, China DNQ
2012 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 10th
2016 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st
2020 Japan Tokyo, Japan TBD
World League[9]
Year Round Host city Position
2012–13 Round 2 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st
Semifinals Malaysia Johor Bahru, Malaysia 2nd
Final India New Delhi, India 8th
2014–15 Semifinals Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 2nd
Final India Raipur, India 5th
2016–17 Semifinals England London, England 2nd
Final India Bhubaneswar, India Qualified
Champions Trophy[10]
Year Host city Position
1987 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 5th
2003 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 5th
2006 Spain Terrassa, Spain 6th
2008 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands 3rd
2014 India Bhubaneswar, India 6th
2018 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Qualified
Champions Challenge I[11]
Year Host city Position
2001 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd
2003 South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa DNQ
2005 Egypt Alexandria, Egypt 1st
2007 Belgium Boom, Belgium 1st
2009 Argentina Salta, Argentina 4th
2011 South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 4th
2012 Argentina Quilmes, Argentina 1st
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Year Host city Position
2008 Malaysia Ipoh, Malaysia 1st
2012 Malaysia Ipoh, Malaysia 2nd


Current squad[edit]

The following players were called to compete at the 2017 Pan American Cup that will be held between 4 and 12 August 2017 in Lancaster, United States.

Head Coach: Carlos Retegui

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 GK Juan Manuel Vivaldi (1979-07-17) 17 July 1979 (age 38) 221 Argentina Banco Provincia
31 GK Agustín Abratte 8 Argentina Ducilo
2 DF Gonzalo Peillat (1992-08-12) 12 August 1992 (age 25) 119 Germany Mannheimer HC
4 DF Juan Ignacio Gilardi (1981-11-14) 14 November 1981 (age 35) 135 Argentina San Fernando
5 DF Pedro Ibarra (c) (1985-09-11) 11 September 1985 (age 32) 233 Spain R. C. Polo
27 DF Lucas Rossi (1985-06-02) 2 June 1985 (age 32) 185 Argentina Banco Provincia
30 DF Agustín Bugallo (1995-04-23) 23 April 1995 (age 22) 7 Argentina Mitre
3 MF Santiago Tarazona (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 (age 21) 0 Argentina GEBA
10 MF Matías Paredes (1982-02-01) 1 February 1982 (age 35) 302 Argentina Ducilo
16 MF Ignacio Ortiz (1987-07-26) 26 July 1987 (age 30) 101 Argentina Banco Provincia
17 MF Juan Martín López (1985-05-27) 27 May 1985 (age 32) 233 Argentina Banco Provincia
22 MF Matías Rey (1984-12-01) 1 December 1984 (age 32) 154 Spain R. C. Polo
9 FW Maico Casella (1997-05-06) 6 May 1997 (age 20) 7 Argentina San Fernando
11 FW Joaquín Menini (1991-08-18) 18 August 1991 (age 26) 82 Netherlands HGC
12 FW Lucas Vila (1986-08-23) 23 August 1986 (age 31) 191 Spain R. C. Polo
25 FW Marc Ganly 0 Argentina Hurling Club
26 FW Agustín Mazzilli (1989-06-20) 20 June 1989 (age 28) 177 Netherlands HC Oranje-Rood
28 FW Gonzalo Merino 0 Argentina Banco Provincia

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
13 GK Julián Sabaz 3 Argentina Banfield
6 DF Leandro Tolini 33 Spain Club de Campo
8 MF Lucas Rey (1982-10-11) 11 October 1982 (age 35) 218 Argentina San Fernando
15 MF Diego Paz (1992-08-10) 10 August 1992 (age 25) 12 Argentina Ciudad de Buenos Aires
24 MF Manuel Brunet (1985-11-16) 16 November 1985 (age 31) 161 Belgium Royal Daring
7 FW Facundo Callioni (1985-10-09) 9 October 1985 (age 32) 146 Belgium Royal Orée THB
14 FW Luca Masso (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 (age 23) 0 Belgium Waterloo Ducks HC

Past players[edit]


Period Captain
2000–2004 Pablo Moreira
2005–2006 German Orozco
2007–2008 Mario Almada
2008–2013 Matías Vila
2013–2014 Lucas Rey
2014–2015 Matías Paredes
2015–Present Pedro Ibarra


Period Name
???–1983 Juan Carlos Duré
1983–1990 Luis Ciancia
1991-1992 Jorge Ruiz
1993-1996 Miguel MacCormik
1996–1999 Marcelo Garraffo
1999–2000 Alejandro Verga
2000–2005 Jorge Ruíz
2005–2008 Sergio Vigil
2008–2009 Carlos Retegui
2009–2012 Pablo Lombi
2012–2013 Franco Nicola
2013–present Carlos Retegui

Junior team[edit]

Junior World Cup
Year Host city Position
1979 France Versailles, France 6th
1982 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia DNQ
1985 Canada Vancouver, Canada 7th
1989 Malaysia Ipoh, Malaysia 5th[12]
1993 Spain Terrassa, Spain 6th
1997 England Milton Keynes, England 6th
2001 Australia Hobart, Australia 2nd
2005 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st
2009 Malaysia Johor Bahru, Malaysia & Singapore Singapore 6th
2013 India New Delhi, India 11th
2016 India Lucknow, India 5th
Youth Olympic Games
Year Host city Position
2010 Singapore Singapore DNQ
2014 China Nanjing, China DNQ
2018 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina Qualified
Pan American Junior Championship[13]
Year Host city Position
1978 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 1st
1981 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
1985 United States Orlando, United States 1st
1988 Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st
1992 Cuba Havana, Cuba 1st
1996 Barbados Bridgetown, Barbados 1st
2000 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
2005 Cuba Havana, Cuba 1st
2008 Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st
2012 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico 1st
2016 Canada Toronto, Canada 1st
Pan American Youth Championship
Year Host city Position
2010 Mexico Hermosillo, Mexico 1st[14]
2014 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st
2018 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico Qualified

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