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Date: 8/1/2017

Country: Argentina


Coach: Osvaldo ‘Cocho’ Lopez


Key Players: Santiago Giovagnola (Goalkeeper), Tomas Canete (Left Back), Martin Arakaki (Right Wing)


Qualification for Georgia 2017: 2017 Men’s Youth Pan American Championship, Santiago de Chile (CHI) – Winners


History in Tournament: 2005: 7th, 2007: 4th, 2009: 11th, 2011: 10th, 2013: 18th, 2015: 21st




Argentina’s performances at the IHF Men’s Youth World Championship have been decreasing in the last few years – from a prominent 4th rank in 2007 to a disappointing 21st final standing at Slovakia 2015. But an auspicious generation of youth players has emerged to provide renewed hope in the South American side.


At the 2017 Men’s Youth Pan American Championship in Santiago de Chile (15-22 April), Argentina proved what they are capable of. In the preliminary round they won their four games – versus Puerto Rico (49:10), Canada (38:21), Uruguay (29:9) and Venezuela (31:17) – to finish at the top in Group A. Later they beat hosts Chile in the semi-finals 20:12 and proceeded to the trophy match, where they claimed a memorable victory over Brazil in extra time 22:21.


Two key players for the ‘Albicelestes’ at the last continental competition were goalkeeper Santiago Giovagnola and right wing Martin Arakaki – both awarded All-star Team players of the tournament. Coach Osvaldo Lopez also relies on a skilled left backs Tomas Canete – who is playing his club handball abroad for Esporte Clube Pinheiros (BRA) – and Ignacio Lopez.


“We believe that our defence and our fast counter attacks may be two of our most important weapons,” says coach ‘Cocho’ Lopez – as he is nicknamed in Argentina. “We still have to improve in attack and try to make the European teams’ defences slower using our pivots”.


Argentina’s aspirations go beyond the final rank at the Georgia 2017 IHF Men’s Youth World Championship: “We dream about doing the best World Championship possible, but we keep our feet on the ground. What we really want is these kids to make their first international experience, to see the handball world with a strong and powerful Europe and start getting ready for their future international senior competitions”.


By the time they arrive in Georgia, the Pan American champions will have completed no less than 55 training sessions. They will also take part in a preparation tournament in Bahrain, where they will play the hosts’ youth side and Japan.


“We will try to make it to the second round based on our ideas, but first we need to play one match at a time,” concludes the experienced Argentina head coach.


Group C: Croatia, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Poland and Korea.


Games at Georgia 2017:

All times local


Tuesday 8 August: ARG-POL (12:00)

Thursday 10 August: POR-ARG (16:00)            

Friday 11 August: ARG-BRA (18:00)            

Sunday 13 August: ARG-KOR (16:00)

Monday 14 August: CRO-ARG (20:00)


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