Obras Sanitarias

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Obras Sanitarias
Obras Sanitarias logo
Nickname Tachero, Aurinegro
Leagues Liga Nacional de Básquetbol
Founded 27 March 1917; 101 years ago (1917-03-27)
History 1926 – present (basketball section)
Arena Estadio Obras Sanitarias
Location Núñez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Team colors          
President Fabián Borro
Head coach Julio Lamas
Championships 3 Campeonato Argentino de Clubes
1 Intercontinental Cup
1 South American League
Website obrasbasket.com

Club Atlético Obras Sanitarias de la Nación (known simply as Obras Sanitarias or Obras) is an Argentine sports club located in the district of Núñez, Buenos Aires. Although originally conceived as a rugby union club, Obras Sanitarias is mostly known for its basketball team, which currently plays in the Liga Nacional de Básquet, the first division of the Argentine basketball league system.

Apart from basketball, other disciplines practised at the club are rugby union, field hockey, swimming, tennis, volleyball and chess.

Obras Sanitarias has been nicknamed Los Tacheros, a lunfardo word used to refer to Argentine taxi drivers, due to taxi cabs are painted in black and yellow (the same colors that Obras' jersey uniform).


Obras Sanitarias was founded in 1917 by employees of the state-owned water supply company, Obras Sanitarias de la Nación (in English, "National Water Works").

On March 22, 1925, the club opened its sports facilities, allowing members to practise athletics, basque pelota, bowls, football, rugby union, swimming and tennis there. In 1941 Obras inaugurated its headquarters in the city of Buenos Aires for the practise of indoor sports.

In 1978, Obras inaugurated the indoor arena Estadio Obras Sanitarias and, two years later, the first synthetic field hockey pitch in South America.


Logo for the basketball section of the club.

Obras Sanitarias, along with the Brazilian clubs Sírio and Flamengo, is one of only three South American basketball clubs that have won the FIBA Intercontinental Cup. Obras did so in the 1983 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, by defeating the Italian League club Jollycolombani Cantù. In February 2012, Obras won the South American League for the first time, winning the 2011 edition of the tournament, after beating the Brazilian club Pinheiros, by a score of 88-73 in the final.[1]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Obras Sanitarias roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
SF 1 Argentina Herrmann, Walter 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 38 – (1979-06-26)26 June 1979
PG 6 Uruguay Fitipaldo, Bruno 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 26 – (1991-08-02)2 August 1991
C 11 Argentina Leiva, Martín 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 38 – (1980-04-23)23 April 1980
C 12 Angola Valdelício, Joaquim 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 28 – (1990-04-15)15 April 1990
PG 13 Argentina Barral, Pedro 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 23 – (1994-10-20)20 October 1994
F 17 Argentina Lugrín, Juan Pablo 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 21 – (1996-11-05)5 November 1996
SF 18 Argentina Zanzottera, Tomás 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 24 – (1993-12-08)8 December 1993
F/C 19 United States Horner, Dennis 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 30 – (1988-02-05)5 February 1988
SF 21 Argentina Mariani, Federico 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 26 – (1992-04-14)14 April 1992
SF 23 Argentina Marziali, Mateo 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 21 – (1996-11-14)14 November 1996
F 32 Argentina Tabárez, Patricio 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 26 – (1991-06-26)26 June 1991
C 39 Argentina Zailo, Lauriano 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 22 – (1995-09-03)3 September 1995
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Argentina Iván Najnudel

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 2017-09-01

Notable former players[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

The rugby squad that won the 1953 championship

Club's rugby installations are located in La Matanza Partido of Greater Buenos Aires. The club was affiliated to the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires in 1917, soon after its establishment.

In 1953, Obras won the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires (URBA) championship, which is its only title to date. For that tournament, Obras formed a squad that was a mixture of experienced players with young talents that had won the reserves championship two years before, with 8 players being promoted to the senior team. During the tournament, Obras Sanitarias only lost one match (v. Hindú by 11–3). The team crowned champion in the penultimate round, when Obras beat Pucará by 5–0 with a try conversion by Alberto Dramis.

With Olivos keeping chances to share the title, Obras achieve another win v. Deportiva Francesa in the last fixture, winning the championship with no sharing the title. The topscorer was Alberto Bublath with 27 points.[2]

Obras Sanitarias currently plays in Grupo III, the third division of the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires league system.



Rugby union[edit]


  1. ^ "Obras se dio el gran gusto", Clarín, 2011-02-06
  2. ^ [1] on club website

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