Luciana Aymar

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Luciana Aymar
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Luciana Aymar (2010)
Personal information
Full name Luciana Paula Aymar
Born (1977-08-10) August 10, 1977 (age 37)
Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Fisherton
Jockey Club de Rosario
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Rot-Weiss Köln
1999 Real Club de Polo
2000–2007 Quilmes
2008–2011 GEBA
National team
1994–1998 Argentina U21
1998–2014 Argentina 376 (162)

Luciana Paula Aymar (born 10 August 1977) is a retired Argentine field hockey player.[1]

She is the only player in history to receive the FIH Player of the Year Award eight times,[2] and she is considered as the best female hockey player of all time.[3][4][5]

Aymar is known for her ability to beat opposing players using her pace and dribbling skills, drawing comparisons with Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona. For this reason she has received the nicknames "La Maga" ("The Magician") and "The Maradona of Field Hockey".

Career[edit]

Aymar started playing at age seven for Club Atlético Fisherton in her native Rosario. She moved to Jockey Club de Rosario six years later. She gradually began training with the junior national team, for which she had to travel every day to Buenos Aires. In his international career she played for the Rot Weiss Köln from Germany and for Real Club de Barcelona from Spain. In his country, Luciana played for Quilmes Atlético Club and GEBA, where she won La Liga Nacional (The National League) and the Torneo Metropolitano. In 1997 she was part of the Argentina junior team that won the Pan American Games Junior Championship and the bronze medal at the Hockey Junior World Cup and a year later she made her debut for the Argentina senior team, finishing fourth at the 1998 Hockey World Cup. She was the youngest Argentine to be accepted into the squad when she was just 16.

Aymar was part of a generation in Argentine field hockey that went on to win several international tournaments from the 1999 Pan American Games onwards, including four Olympic medals, and six Champions Trophies. She was part of the squad that won the 2002 and 2010 Hockey World Cup, with the latter being held in her hometown Rosario.

In 2008, Luciana was declared Legend Hockey by International Hockey Federation.

Aymar carried the flag for her country at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, in London, England.

In the 2012 Summer Olympics Luciana became the second Argentine to achieve 4 medals, the other being Carlos Mauricio Espínola.[6]

Luciana played her last international game with Argentina on Sunday 7 December 2014, in the City of Mendoza (and in her country) winning the Champions Trophy.

Awards and honours[edit]

International[edit]

Argentina Junior
  • Pan American Games: Gold Medal (1997)
  • Junior World Cup: Bronze Medal (1997)
Argentina

Club[edit]

Rot-Weiss Köln
  • European Club Championship: 1998
Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
  • Copa de la Reina: 2004
GEBA
  • Liga Nacional: 2008, 2009
  • Torneo Metropolitano: 2008, 2009

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lucha Aymar Bio, Stats, and Results - Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Amazing Aymar lands eighth FIH Player of the Year crown". 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Luciana Aymar, otra vez la reina del planeta". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Top 10 greatest fild hockey players". The Telegraph (in English). 
  5. ^ "Luciana Aymar, the all time greatest hockey player..." (in English). 
  6. ^ es:Carlos Mauricio Espínola
Awards
Preceded by
Australia Alyson Annan
FIH Player of the Year
2001
Succeeded by
Argentina Cecilia Rognoni
Preceded by
Netherlands Mijntje Donners
FIH Player of the Year
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Netherlands Minke Booij
Preceded by
Netherlands Minke Booij
FIH Player of the Year
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Netherlands Maartje Paumen
Preceded by
Netherlands Maartje Paumen
FIH Player of the Year
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Juan Martin Del Potro
Olimpia de Oro
2010
Succeeded by
Lionel Messi
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Manu Ginóbili
Flagbearer for  Argentina
London 2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent