Argentina women's national field hockey team
|Nickname||Las Leonas (The Lionesses)|
|Association||Confederación Argentina de Hockey (CAH)|
|Assistant coach||Agustín Corradini|
|Most caps||Luciana Aymar (376)|
|Top scorer||Noel Barrionuevo (167)|
|Olympic medal record|
The governing body is the Argentine Hockey Confederation (CAH). The current coach is Gabriel Minadeo, who was appointed after the resignation of Santiago Capurro in October 2015, and the team is currently third in the FIH World Rankings since August 2016 after their 7th place at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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 managers 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 Champions Trophy, they have won the tournament six more times. In front of a home crowd they won the 2014–15 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 every time 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.
Hockey was introduced in Argentina by English immigrants in the beginning of the 20th century, and the first women's teams were officially formed in 1909. 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.
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. 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.
The nickname also falls in line with an unwritten Argentine tradition of naming national teams after big cats: 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").
- World Cup: 2002, 2010
- Champions Trophy: 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
- FIH Hockey World League: 2014-15
- South American Championship: 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
- Pan American Games: 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007
- Pan American Cup: 2001, 2004, 2009, 2013
- Summer Olympics:
The following is the Argentina roster in the women's field hockey tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Head coach: Gabriel Minadeo
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||Laura Aladro||17 January 1983||73||River Plate|
|2||DF||Sofía Toccalino||20 March 1997||21||St. Catherine's|
|4||MF||Eugenia Trinchinetti||17 July 1997||4||San Fernando|
|6||MF||Jimena Cedrés||12 January 1993||41||HC Rotterdam|
|9||FW||Carla Dupuy||18 September 1988||77||GEBA|
|28||FW||Julieta Jankunas||20 January 1999||0||Universitario de Córdoba|
- Magdalena Aicega - Yet active
- Laura Aladro
- Mariela Antoniska - Yet active
- Inés Arrondo
- Luciana Aymar
- Moira Brinnand
- Victoria Carbó
- Julieta Castellán
- Laura del Colle - Yet active
- María Colombo
- Silvia Corvalán
- Silvina D'Elía - Yet active
- Marina di Giacomo - Yet active
- María Paz Ferrari
- Andrea Fioroni
- Anabel Gambero
- Soledad García
- Mariana González Oliva - Yet active
- Alejandra Gulla
- María de la Paz Hernández
- Marcela Hussey
- Giselle Kañevsky
- Gabriela Liz
- Marisa López
- Rosario Luchetti - Yet active
- Sofía Maccari - Yet active
- Sofía MacKenzie
- Laura Maiztegui
- Mercedes Margalot
- Karina Masotta
- Laura Mulhall
- Vanina Oneto
- Alejandra Palma
- Gabriela Pando
- María Gabriela Pazos
- Marcela Richezza
- Jorgelina Rimoldi
- Macarena Rodríguez - Yet active
- Cecilia Rognoni
- Mariana Rossi - Yet active
- Mariné Russo
- Gabriela Sánchez
- Mariela Scarone - Yet active
- Daniela Sruoga
- Josefina Sruoga
- Ayelén Stepnik
- María Alejandra Tucat
- Paola Vukojicic
Not in use jersey numbers
Although not officially retired, these numbers have not been assigned to other players since then.
- 5 - Macarena Rodríguez, Midfielder, 2003-2015
- 8 - Luciana Aymar, Midfielder, 2000–2014
- 10 - Soledad García, Forward, 2000–2011
- 13 - Laura Aladro, Goalkeeper, 2005-2015
- 21 - Mariela Scarone, Defender, 2009-2015
- 30 - Josefina Sruoga, Midfielder, 2009-2015
|1997–2002||Karina Masotta||Magdalena Aicega|
|2003–2005||Magdalena Aicega||Cecilia Rognoni|
|2009–2014||Luciana Aymar||Rosario Luchetti|
|2014–2015||Macarena Rodríguez||Carla Rebecchi|
|2015–Present||Carla Rebecchi||Belén Succi|
Head coach: Agustín Corradini
- Cristina Cosentino (GK)
- Sofía Toccalino
- Agustina Gorzelany
- Eugenia Trinchinetti
- Agostina Alonso
- Bianca Donati
- Milagros Fernández Ladra
- Bárbara Dichiara
- Priscila Jardel
- Magdalena Fernández Ladra
- Azul Rosetti (GK)
- Guadalupe Fernández Lacort
- María José Granatto
- Bárbara Borgia
- Lucina von der Heyde (C)
- Paula Ortíz
- Julieta Jankunas
Luciana Aymar, named "Player of the Year" eight times.
Against Australia in 2005.
Celebrating their win after the 2010 Champions Trophy final.
- 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).
- "FIH WOMEN'S WORLD RANKINGS - AUGUST 2016" (PDF). FIH. August 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
- (Spanish) History of the Argentine Hockey Confederation Archived 11 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- (Spanish) Interview with Inés Arrondo Archived 19 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine. by DeporTEA Press, 10 August 2010.
- (Spanish) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-11-21., 29 September 2006.
- "El nacimiento de Las Leonas", CanchaLlena, 24 September 2010
- "Las Leonas son campeonas mundiales y un verdadero orgullo de la Argentina", Los Andes, 11 September 2010
- "Igual son de oro", Clarín, 30 September 2000
- "Las Leonas perdieron y tuvieron que conformarse con la de plata" by Sabrina Faija, Clarín, 12 August 2012
- "Home - FIH".
- "Pan American Cups".
- "Pan American Games".
- "South American Championships".
- "Home - FIH".
- "Home - FIH".
- "Home - FIH".
- "Pan American Junior Championships".
- "PAHF - 2010 Pan American Youth Championship - Women".
- "Las 16 leonas que competirán en Río" [16 Lionesses will compete in Rio] (in Spanish). Argentine Hockey Confederation. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
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