Argentina women's national field hockey team
|Nickname||Las Leonas (The Lionesses)|
|Association||Confederación Argentina de Hockey (CAH)|
|Assistant coach||Walter Conna|
|Manager||Carolina del Valle|
|Most caps||Luciana Aymar (376)|
|Top scorer||Noel Barrionuevo (171)|
|FIH ranking||3 (December 2017)|
|Olympic medal record|
The Argentina women's national field hockey team (Spanish: Selección femenina de hockey sobre césped de Argentina) represents Argentina in field hockey and is governed by the Argentine Hockey Confederation (CAH). The current coach is Agustín Corradini, who was appointed after coaching the junior team to a gold medal at the 2016 Hockey Junior World Cup, 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 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 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 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Senior team
- 3 Junior and youth team
- 4 Gallery
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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 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").
- Summer Olympics:
- World Cup: 2002, 2010
- FIH Hockey World League: 2014–15
- Champions Trophy: 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
- Pan American Cup: 2001, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2017
- Pan American Games: 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007
- South American Championship: 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
Head coach: Agustín Corradini
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Belén Succi ©||Buenos Aires16 October 1985 -||199||CASI|
|31||GK||Florencia Mutio||Paraná20 November 1984 -||61||San Fernando|
|6||DF||Bianca Donati||Bahía Blanca5 June 1995 -||24||River Plate|
|14||DF||Agustina Habif||Buenos Aires8 March 1992 -||122||GEBA|
|27||DF||Noel Barrionuevo||Martínez16 May 1984 -||311||171||Ciudad|
|29||DF||Julia Gomes Fantasia||Puerto Madryn30 April 1992 -||137||GEBA|
|5||MF||Agostina Alonso||Buenos Aires1 October 1995 -||39||Banco Nación|
|10||MF||Magdalena Fernández Ladra||Buenos Aires10 March 1995 -||48||Banco Nación|
|16||MF||Florencia Habif||Buenos Aires22 August 1993 -||168||Mannheimer HC|
|17||MF||Rocío Sánchez Moccia||Buenos Aires2 August 1988 -||217||Club de Campo|
|20||MF||Lucina von der Heyde||Posadas24 January 1997 -||57||River Plate|
|26||MF||Paula Ortíz||Pablo Podestá16 April 1997 -||66||San Martín|
|4||FW||Eugenia Trinchinetti||Victoria17 July 1997 -||47||San Fernando|
|7||FW||Martina Cavallero||Morón7 May 1990 -||188||Hurling Club|
|12||FW||Delfina Merino||Vicente López15 October 1989 -||261||Banco Provincia|
|15||FW||María José Granatto||La Plata21 April 1995 -||79||Santa Bárbara|
|19||FW||Agustina Albertario||Adrogué1 January 1993 -||119||Lomas|
|28||FW||Julieta Jankunas||Córdoba20 January 1999 -||47||20||Ciudad|
These players were called-up in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Azul Rossetti||9 August 1995||6||San Martín||v. Uruguay, 7 June 2018|
|GK||Mariana Scandura||2 May 1994||3||Italiano||v. Uruguay, 7 June 2018|
|DF||Agustina Gorzelany||11 March 1996||30||San Martín||v. Uruguay, 7 June 2018|
|DF||Catalina Labake||5 June 1998||4||GEBA||v. Uruguay, 7 June 2018|
|DF||Camila Machín||3 September 1994||2||Tucumán Jockey Club||v. Uruguay, 7 June 2018|
|DF||Bárbara Dichiara||13 November 1996||7||1||San Fernando||v. Uruguay, 7 June 2018|
|MF||Sofía Toccalino||20 March 1997||46||St. Catherine's||v. United States, 12 June 2018|
|MF||Bárbara Borgia||20 May 1997||4||Ciudad||v. Uruguay, 7 June 2018|
|MF||Victoria Sauze||21 July 1991||37||River Plate||v. United States, 11 June 2018|
|MF||Pilar Campoy||6 October 1990||64||Hacoaj||v. Uruguay, 7 June 2018|
|FW||Priscila Jardel||16 January 1996||13||River Plate||v. Uruguay, 7 June 2018|
|FW||Milagros Fernández Ladra||27 February 1997||22||Banco Nación||v. Uruguay, 7 June 2018|
- Gabriela Aguirre - Yet active
- Magdalena Aicega - Yet active
- Laura Aladro
- Mariela Antoniska
- Inés Arrondo
- Luciana Aymar
- Moira Brinnand
- Claudia Burkart
- Victoria Carbó
- Julieta Castellán
- Laura del Colle
- María Colombo
- Silvia Corvalán
- Silvina D'Elía - Yet active
- Marina di Giacomo - Yet active
- Carla Dupuy - Yet active
- María Paz Ferrari
- Andrea Fioroni
- Julieta Franco - Yet active
- Anabel Gambero
- Soledad García - Yet active
- Mariana González Oliva - Yet active
- Alejandra Gulla
- María de la Paz Hernández
- Marcela Hussey
- Giselle Juárez - Yet active
- Giselle Kañevsky - Yet active
- Gabriela Liz
- Marisa López
- Rosario Luchetti - Yet active
- Sofía Maccari - Yet active
- Sofía MacKenzie
- Laura Maiztegui
- Mercedes Margalot - Yet active
- Karina Masotta
- Laura Mulhall
- Vanina Oneto
- Alejandra Palma
- Gabriela Pando
- María Gabriela Pazos
- Carla Rebecchi - Yet active
- Marcela Richezza
- Jorgelina Rimoldi
- Macarena Rodríguez
- Cecilia Rognoni
- Pilar Romang - Yet active
- Mariana Rossi - Yet active
- Mariné Russo - Yet active
- Gabriela Sánchez
- Mariela Scarone
- Daniela Sruoga
- Josefina Sruoga - Yet active
- Ayelén Stepnik
- María Alejandra Tucat
- Paola Vukojicic
- Victoria Zuloaga - Yet active
Not in use jersey numbers
Although not officially retired, these numbers have not been assigned to other players since then.
- 8 - Luciana Aymar, Midfielder, 1998–2014
- 25 - Gabriela Aguirre, Midfielder, 2016
- 30 - Clara Barberi, Goalkeeper, 2017
|1997–2002||Karina Masotta||Magdalena Aicega|
|2003–2005||Magdalena Aicega||Cecilia Rognoni|
|2009–2014||Luciana Aymar||Rosario Luchetti|
|2014–2015||Macarena Rodríguez||Carla Rebecchi|
|2015–2017||Carla Rebecchi||Belén Succi|
|2017–Present||Belén Succi||Delfina Merino|
Junior and youth team
Head Coach: Hernán Zago
1- Inés Welsh (GK)
4- Sol Lombardo
6- Abril López
10- Abril Vázquez
11- Catalina Labake
12- Agustina Romano (GK)
13- Guadalupe Adorno
14- Daiana Pacheco
16- Martina Gabutti
18- Ana Paula Riera
Luciana Aymar, named "Player of the Year" eight times.
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).
- (in Spanish) History of the Argentine Hockey Confederation Archived 11 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- (in Spanish) Interview with Inés Arrondo Archived 19 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine. by DeporTEA Press, 10 August 2010.
- (in 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
- "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
- "Las Leonas son campeonas mundiales y un verdadero orgullo de la Argentina", Los Andes, 11 September 2010
- "Home - FIH".
- "Pan American Cups".
- "Pan American Games".
- "South American Championships".
- "Home - FIH".
- "FIH confirms Spain men and Belgium women join Hockey Pro League". FIH.
- "Home - FIH".
- "Home - FIH".
- "Las 18 Leonas para Tucumán".
- "Pan American Junior Championships".
- "PAHF - 2010 Pan American Youth Championship - Women".
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