Argentina national basketball team

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Argentina Argentina
FIBA ranking 6 Decrease 2
Joined FIBA 1932 (co-founders)
FIBA zone FIBA Americas
National federation Argentine Basketball Federation
Coach Sergio Hernández
Olympic Games
Appearances 7
Medals Gold medal.svg Gold: (2004)
Bronze medal.svg Bronze: (2008)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 13
Medals Gold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: (1950)
Silver medal world centered-2.svg Silver: (2002)
FIBA AmeriCup
Appearances 17
Medals Gold medal america.svg Gold: (2001, 2011)
Silver medal america.svg Silver: (1995, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2015)
Bronze medal america.svg Bronze: (1980, 1993, 1999, 2009, 2013)
Pan American Games
Appearances 14
Medals Gold medal america.svg Gold: (1995)
Silver medal america.svg Silver: (1951, 1955)
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The Argentina national basketball team, officially nicknamed El Alma Argentina[1] (Spanish: The Argentine Soul), represents Argentina in basketball international competitions, and is controlled by the Argentine Basketball Federation. (Spanish: Confederación Argentina de Basquetbol)

Argentina is the only national team in the FIBA Americas zone that has won the quintuplet crown: FIBA World Cup (they won the first edition, in 1950), Olympic Gold Medal (2004) (the higher honor and most important title of Argentina in the history of Argentina National Basketball Team), FIBA Diamond Ball (2008), FIBA AmeriCup (2001 and 2011) and Pan American Gold Medal (1995). They have also won 13 South American Basketball Championships, as well as many youth championships.

The Argentine representative was also the first to defeat a United States national team with a full squad of NBA players. They did so by 87–80 in the 2002 FIBA World Championship held in Indianapolis. In that tournament, Argentina came second behind FR Yugoslavia, losing the final in overtime.

Due to the series of good results since the beginning of the 2000s (decade), Argentina reached the first position in the FIBA Men's Ranking at the end of the 2008 Olympic Games. Argentina is a founding member of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) and has South America's longest basketball tradition.


The first national team as covered by El Gráfico magazine in 1921.

The practice of basketball in Argentina was started by Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes (Young Men's Christians Association – YCMA) in 1912.[2] , with the first Federation ("Federación Argentina") established to organise competitions not only in Buenos Aires but in several cities around Argentina. Argentina played its first international game against Uruguay in 1921.

In 1950 Argentina won its first and only World Championship to date, with a squad formed entirely by amateur players, after defeating France (twice), Brazil, Chile, Egypt and the United States in the decisive match.

With the creation of the Liga Nacional de Básquet in mid-1980s, a new generation of players leaded Argentina to a moderate success in the 1986 World Championship where the squad defeated United States for the first time in their history. Nevertheless, the progress of Argentine basketball would be showed in 2002 FIBA World Championship being the first team to defeat a United States roster composed entirely of NBA players and also reaching the final, finally lost to Yugoslavia.

2002 was the year when the Golden Generation raised, when the team made history by being the first team to defeat a United States roster composed entirely of NBA players during the 2002 FIBA World Championship.[3] Argentina would reach the finals for the first time since the first World Championship in 1950,[4] But the most important achievement for the squad came in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens when Argentina won their first gold medal (including another victory over the United States at the semifinals). The olimpics title in 2004 is the higher honor and important title of Argentina in the history of the sport in the country.[5]



Since its establishment, the Argentina national team had worn white kits. In 2002, two light blue horizontal stripes (similar to the National flag) were added to the jerseys. In 2014, Argentina adopted a vertical striped model, in the style of football and field hockey representatives. The jersey debuted in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[6][7]

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1921–2002 jersey
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2002–2013 jersey
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Competition results[edit]


Current roster[edit]

The following is the Argentina roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[8]

Argentina men's national basketball team – 2016 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
PF 4 Scola, Luis (C) 36 – (1980-04-30)30 April 1980 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Canada
SG 5 Ginóbili, Manu 39 – (1977-07-28)28 July 1977 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) San Antonio Spurs United States
PG 7 Campazzo, Facundo 25 – (1991-03-23)23 March 1991 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) CB Murcia Spain
PG 8 Laprovíttola, Nicolás 26 – (1990-01-31)31 January 1990 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Movistar Estudiantes Spain
SG 9 Brussino, Nicolás 23 – (1993-03-02)2 March 1993 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Dallas Mavericks (Mar del Plata) United States
SF 10 Delfino, Carlos 33 – (1982-08-29)29 August 1982 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Unattached
C 12 Delía, Marcos 24 – (1992-04-08)8 April 1992 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) Obras Sanitarias Argentina
SF 13 Nocioni, Andrés 36 – (1979-11-30)30 November 1979 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Real Madrid Spain
SF 14 Deck, Gabriel 21 – (1995-02-08)8 February 1995 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Quimsa Argentina
PF 19 Mainoldi, Leo 31 – (1985-03-04)4 March 1985 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Gimnasia Indalo Argentina
G/F 29 Garino, Patricio 23 – (1993-05-17)17 May 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Orlando Magic United States
C 35 Acuña, Roberto 25 – (1990-09-14)14 September 1990 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Peñarol Argentina
Head coach
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  • (C) Team captain
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    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 6 August 2016

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Marcos Delía Roberto Acuña
PF Luis Scola Leonardo Mainoldi
SF Andrés Nocioni Patricio Garino Gabriel Deck
SG Manu Ginobili Carlos Delfino Nicolás Brussino
PG Facundo Campazzo Nicolás Laprovíttola

Past rosters[edit]

Head coach position for the major tournaments[edit]

(FIBA AmeriCup, FIBA World Cup, Summer Olympic Games):

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "El Alma Argentina" on CABB website, retrieved 9 Jul 2016
  2. ^ Historia en la Argentina on Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes en la Argentina website (Archive - March 11, 2012)
  3. ^ Argentina hands NBA players first international loss, Sports Illustrated, September 5, 2002.Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  4. ^ Argentina book final spot, BBC Sport, September 7, 2002. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  5. ^ A 10 años del oro en los Juego Olímpicos Atenas 2004, los tres momentos que Manu Ginóbili jamás olvidará, La Nación, 26 Aug 2014
  6. ^ "La Selección argentina de básquet presentó su camiseta Kappa para España 2014" Marketing Registrado, 5 Aug 2014
  7. ^ "Argentina Presentó La Camiseta Para El Mundial" Archived August 18, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., Córdoba Times, 4 Aug 2014
  8. ^ "Confirmados los 12 para los Juegos Olímpicos de Río" [12 confirmed for the Rio Olympic Games] (in Spanish). Confederación Argentina de Básquetbol. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 

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