Argentina women's national field hockey team

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Argentina
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NicknameLas Leonas (The Lionesses)
AssociationConfederación Argentina de Hockey (CAH)
ConfederationPAHF (Americas)
CoachCarlos Retegui
Assistant coach(es)Mario Almada, Santiago Capurro, Alejandro Doherty and Fernando Ferrara
ManagerSilvia Suppa
CaptainDelfina Merino
Most capsLuciana Aymar (376)
Top scorerNoel Barrionuevo (182)
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Away
FIH ranking
Current 2 Steady (2 June 2021)[1]
Highest1st (2003 – 2010 – 2011)
Lowest4 (2018)
Olympic Games
Appearances7 (first in 1988)
Best result2nd (2000, 2012)
World Cup
Appearances14 (first in 1974)
Best result1st (2002, 2010)
Pan American Games
Appearances9 (first in 1987)
Best result1st (1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2019)
Pan American Cup
Appearances5 (first in 2001)
Best result1st (2001, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2017)
Olympic medal record
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney Team
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Team
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Team
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Team

The Argentina women's national field hockey team (Spanish: Selección femenina de hockey sobre césped de Argentina) is governed by the Argentine Hockey Confederation (CAH). The current coach is Carlos Retegui, who was appointed after Agustín Corradini was let go in late 2018. The team is currently second in the FIH World Rankings.

Las Leonas (The Lionesses) have appeared in five Hockey World Cup finals, including the first final in 1974, which they lost 1–0 to the Netherlands. Argentina had to settle with second place in two more finals before winning the tournament for the first time in 2002, beating the Netherlands 4–3 in the final on penalty strokes after a 1–1 draw. Argentina, led by eight-time FIH Player of the Year Luciana Aymar won again in 2010, a 3–1 victory over the Netherlands. Argentina's World Cup-winning coaches are Sergio Vigil in 2002 and Carlos Retegui in 2010.

Argentina has been very successful at the Summer Olympics, winning four consecutive medals (two silver, two bronze) since the 2000 edition, when they became the first women's team in any sport to win an Olympic medal for their country. Luciana Aymar is the only player that has participated and won those four medals. Also, after their first title in 2001 at a Hockey Champions Trophy, they have won the tournament six more times. In front of a home crowd, they won the 2014–15 Hockey World League as the first international title after Aymar's retirement from the national team the previous year.

At a continental level, Argentina has dominated and won every tournament they played, including the Pan American Cup and the Pan American Games leaving the United States with second place on most events until they lost the 2011 Pan American Games final for the first time.

In July 2003, after the implementation of an official World Ranking System, Argentina reached the top of the FIH World Rankings for the first time, reaching it again in 2010 after obtaining the World Cup title and once more in late 2013.

History[edit]

Hockey was introduced in Argentina by English immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century, and the first women's teams were officially formed in 1909.[2] In 1997, Sergio Vigil, a former player for the men's national team, was appointed coach. Under his leadership, Las Leonas achieved their first World Hockey Cup title, their first Olympic medals, their first Champions Trophy medals, and many other achievements. The team went from having a rather limited audience to becoming a national sensation, with some of the players even appearing as models in advertising campaigns.

Nickname[edit]

Throughout its history, the team has developed a reputation for being tenacious even when a match appears to be lost. For this reason, a lioness was chosen as their symbol when the team qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics. During the second round of games, Argentina played against the powerful Dutch team, and they chose this occasion to place the image of a lioness on their shirts for the first time.

The image was designed by then-player Inés Arrondo together with Vigil's sister-in-law.[3] Argentina won that match, went on to win the silver medal, and Las Leonas were born. Subsequently, the junior (under 21) team is called Las Leoncitas ("the baby lionesses" or "the lioness cubs").

The lioness logo was redesigned in 2006 by the team kit supplier, Adidas, along with Confederación Argentina de Hockey and even some of the most representative players. This is slightly different from the original, showing the lioness' tail pretending to be a hockey stick while holding a ball.[4]

The nickname also falls in line with an unwritten Argentine tradition of naming national teams after big cats: the men's field hockey team is called Los Leones ("The Lions"), the men's rugby union team is called Los Pumas ("The Pumas"), and the women's volleyball team is known as Las Panteras ("The Panthers").

Honours[edit]

Since its breakthrough in the 2000 Summer Olympics (where the team nicknamed "Las Leonas"' for the first time),[5] Argentina has won more than 20 official titles, which are detailed below:

Champions Trophy winners in 2016

Tournament records[edit]

World Cup[9]
Year Host city Position
1974 France Mandelieu, France 2nd
1976 West Germany Berlin, West Germany 2nd
1978 Spain Madrid, Spain 3rd
1981 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 6th
1983 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 9th
1986 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 7th
1990 Australia Sydney, Australia 9th
1994 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland 2nd
1998 Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands 4th
2002 Australia Perth, Australia 1st
2006 Spain Madrid, Spain 3rd
2010 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 1st
2014 Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands 3rd
2018 England London, England 7th
2022 Spain Terrassa, Spain
Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands
TBD
Pan American Cup[10]
Year Host city Position
2001 Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica 1st
2004 Barbados Bridgetown, Barbados 1st
2009 Bermuda Hamilton, Bermuda 1st
2013 Argentina Mendoza, Argentina 1st
2017 United States Lancaster, United States 1st
2022 Chile Santiago, Chile Qualified
Pan American Games[11]
Year Host city Position
1987 United States Indianapolis, United States 1st
1991 Cuba Havana, Cuba 1st
1995 Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina 1st
1999 Canada Winnipeg, Canada 1st
2003 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1st
2007 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st
2011 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico 2nd
2015 Canada Toronto, Canada 2nd
2019 Peru Lima, Peru 1st
2023 Chile Santiago, Chile TBD
South American Championship / South American Games[12]
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 1st
2022 Paraguay Asunción, Paraguay Qualified
Olympic Games[13]
Year Host city Position
1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union N/A
1988 South Korea Seoul, South Korea 7th
1996 United States Atlanta, United States 7th
2000 Australia Sydney, Australia 2nd
2004 Greece Athens, Greece 3rd
2008 China Beijing, China 3rd
2012 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 2nd
2016 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th
2021 Japan Tokyo, Japan Qualified
Pro League[14]
Year Final host city Position
2019 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 4th
2020–21 N/A TBD
2021–22 N/A TBD
World League[15]
Year Final host city Position
2012–13 Argentina San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina 4th
2014–15 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 1st
2016–17 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand 5th
Champions Trophy[16]
Year Host city Position
1995 Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina 6th
1999 Australia Brisbane, Australia 4th
2000 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 4th
2001 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 1st
2002 Macau Macau, China 2nd
2003 Australia Sydney, Australia 4th
2004 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 3rd
2005 Australia Canberra, Australia 4th
2006 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 4th
2007 Argentina Quilmes, Argentina 2nd
2008 Germany Mönchengladbach, Germany 1st
2009 Australia Sydney, Australia 1st
2010 England Nottingham, England 1st
2011 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
2012 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 1st
2014 Argentina Mendoza, Argentina 1st
2016 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 1st
2018 China Changzhou, China 3rd

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called to compete on 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan from 24 July to 6 August 2021.[17]

Players, caps and goals updated as of 21 June 2021.

Head coach: Carlos Retegui

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Belén Succi (1985-10-16) 16 October 1985 (age 35) 240 Argentina River Plate

3 2DF Agustina Gorzelany (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 25) 55 17 Argentina San Martín
4 2DF Valentina Raposo (2003-01-28) 28 January 2003 (age 18) 2 0 Argentina Popeye
27 2DF Noel Barrionuevo (1984-05-16) 16 May 1984 (age 37) 337 182 Argentina Newman
32 2DF Valentina Costa Biondi (1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 (age 25) 38 2 Argentina San Fernando

2 3MF Sofía Toccalino (1997-03-20) 20 March 1997 (age 24) 95 7 Argentina St. Catherine's
5 3MF Agostina Alonso (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 25) 89 5 Argentina Banco Nación
16 3MF Rocío Sánchez Moccia (1988-08-02) 2 August 1988 (age 32) 247 17 Argentina Liceo Naval
18 3MF Victoria Sauze (1991-07-21) 21 July 1991 (age 29) 83 2 Argentina River Plate
22 3MF Eugenia Trinchinetti (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 23) 103 13 Argentina San Fernando
23 3MF Micaela Retegui (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 25) 40 5 Argentina San Fernando

7 4FW Agustina Albertario (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 28) 168 49 Argentina Lomas
10 4FW María José Granatto (1995-04-21) 21 April 1995 (age 26) 134 73 Argentina Santa Bárbara
12 4FW Delfina Merino © (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 31) 296 96 Argentina Banco Provincia
21 4FW Victoria Granatto (1991-04-09) 9 April 1991 (age 30) 26 7 Argentina Santa Bárbara
28 4FW Julieta Jankunas (1999-01-20) 20 January 1999 (age 22) 102 45 Argentina Ciudad

The following players will participate of the competition under P-Acreditation.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
14 1GK Clara Barberi (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 29) 1 Argentina Lomas
24 2DF Emilia Forcherio (1995-02-16) 16 February 1995 (age 26) 5 0 Argentina Lomas
26 4FW Sofía Maccari (1984-07-04) 4 July 1984 (age 36) 59 3 Argentina San Fernando

Recent call-ups[edit]

These players were called-up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Cristina Cosentino (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 23) 18 Argentina Banco Nación (2021-04-04)4 April 2021, v.  Germany
GK Mariana Scandura (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 27) 3 Argentina San Fernando (2021-01-24)24 January 2021, v.  India -UNOFFICIAL MATCH-

DF Silvina D'Elía (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 35) 254 53 Argentina (2021-01-28)28 January 2021, v.  India -UNOFFICIAL MATCH-
DF Bianca Donati (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 26) 35 2 Argentina River Plate (2021-01-24)24 January 2021, v.  India -UNOFFICIAL MATCH-
DF Bárbara Dichiara (1996-11-13) 13 November 1996 (age 24) 9 1 Argentina Monte Hermoso (2021-04-04)4 April 2021, v.  Germany
DF Inés Delpech (1994-08-27) 27 August 1994 (age 26) 0 0 Argentina Liceo Naval (2021-01-28)28 January 2021, v.  India -UNOFFICIAL MATCH-
DF Juliana Guggini (2001-03-10) 10 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Argentina Ciudad (2021-01-24)24 January 2021, v.  India -UNOFFICIAL MATCH-

MF Rosario Luchetti (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 37) 290 41 Argentina (2021-01-28)28 January 2021, v.  India -UNOFFICIAL MATCH-
MF Victoria Miranda (2000-06-05) 5 June 2000 (age 21) 15 0 Argentina Ciudad (2021-01-24)24 January 2021, v.  India -UNOFFICIAL MATCH-
MF Celina di Santo (2000-02-23) 23 February 2000 (age 21) 13 0 Argentina Lomas (2021-01-22)22 January 2021, v.  India -UNOFFICIAL MATCH-
MF Delfina Thome (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 24) 9 0 Argentina Liceo Rugby Club (2021-04-03)3 April 2021, v.  Germany
MF Mariana Pineda (2001-01-03) 3 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Argentina Vélez (2021-01-22)22 January 2021, v.  India -UNOFFICIAL MATCH-

FW Constanza Cerundolo (2000-06-19) 19 June 2000 (age 21) 7 1 Argentina Belgrano (2021-01-24)24 January 2021, v.  India -UNOFFICIAL MATCH-
FW Sol Pagella (2002-02-26) 26 February 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Argentina San Fernando (2021-01-28)28 January 2021, v.  India -UNOFFICIAL MATCH-

Past players[edit]

Not in use jersey numbers[edit]

Luciana Aymar, eight-time FIH Player of the Year Award, is considered as the best female hockey player of all time[18][19]

When Luciana Aymar (eight-time FIH Player of the Year Award winner and regarded as the best player in the history of the sport),[20][18][19] retired from the national team in 2014 after 376 international matches played, some of Aymar's teammates (such as Carla Rebecchi) asked the Confederation for the retirement of her iconic number 8 worn by her during 17 years with the national team.[21] Nevertheless, the number is not officially retired by the CAH, although it has not been assigned to other players since.

Captains[edit]

Period Captain Vice-captain
1997–2002 Karina Masotta Magdalena Aicega
2003–2005 Magdalena Aicega Cecilia Rognoni
2006–2008 Luciana Aymar
2009–2014 Luciana Aymar Rosario Luchetti
2014–2015 Macarena Rodríguez Carla Rebecchi
2015–2017 Carla Rebecchi Belén Succi
2017–2019 Belén Succi Delfina Merino
2019–2020 Rosario Luchetti Silvina D'Elía
Carla Rebecchi
2021–Present Delfina Merino TBD

Coaches[edit]

Sergio Vigil, with whom Las Leonas won 7 titles and 2 Olympic medals.
Period Name
1986–1991 Miguel MacCormik
1991–1997 Rodolfo Mendoza
1997–2004 Sergio Vigil
2004–2009 Gabriel Minadeo
2009–2012 Carlos Retegui
2012–2013 Marcelo Garraffo
2013 Emanuel Roggero
2013–2014 Carlos Retegui (2nd cycle)
2014–2015 Santiago Capurro
2015–2017 Gabriel Minadeo (2nd cycle)
2017–2018 Agustín Corradini
2018–Present Carlos Retegui (3rd cycle)

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • The team alternates between light blue and black skirt/socks when using their main kit, even during the same tournament, apparently arbitrarily. For example, during the 2010 World Cup, see photos from Day 1 (black), Day 3 (light blue) and Day 6 (black).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIH Men's and Women's World Ranking". FIH. 2 June 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  2. ^ (in Spanish) History of the Argentine Hockey Confederation Archived 11 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Interview with Inés Arrondo Archived 19 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine by DeporTEA Press, 10 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), 29 September 2006.
  5. ^ "El nacimiento de Las Leonas", CanchaLlena, 24 September 2010
  6. ^ "Igual son de oro", Clarín, 30 September 2000
  7. ^ "Las Leonas perdieron y tuvieron que conformarse con la de plata" by Sabrina Faija, Clarín, 12 August 2012
  8. ^ ""Las Leonas son campeonas mundiales y un verdadero orgullo de la Argentina", Los Andes, 11 September 2010". Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Home – FIH".
  10. ^ "Pan American Cups".
  11. ^ "Pan American Games".
  12. ^ "South American Championships".
  13. ^ "Home – FIH".
  14. ^ "FIH confirms Spain men and Belgium women join Hockey Pro League". FIH.
  15. ^ "Home – FIH".
  16. ^ "Home – FIH".
  17. ^ https://www.cahockey.org.ar/noticia/las-leonas-olimpicas-que-competiran-en-tokio/3246
  18. ^ a b Top 10 greatest field hockey players, The Telegraph, 5 Jan 2015
  19. ^ a b It's all about Aymar by Melina Gaspar, on The Hockey Family, 10 Aug 2017
  20. ^ Luciana Aymar profile on CAH website
  21. ^ Rebecchi pidió retirar la camiseta número 8, Télam, 8 Dec 2014

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