On Friday 17 November, Argentina men’s Head Coach Carlos Retegui announced the 18 players that will contest the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017.
Los Leones arrive at the event sitting at the top of the FIH Hero World Rankings, and will be looking to add the World League title to the Olympic gold medal that they won at Rio 2016. They will also be keen to better the fifth place finish that they achieved in the 2015 edition of the World League.
Retegui has selected two newcomers for the event, with Santiago Tarazona and Marc Ganly making their tournament debuts at the competition in India. Ten of the 18 players named will be playing in their third World League Final event, with Juan Manuel Vivaldi, Juan Ignacio Gilardi, Juan Martin Lopez, Gonzalo Peillat, Ignacio Ortiz, Lucas Rossi, Matias Rey , Matías Paredes, Lucas Vila and Agustín Mazzilli having all featured in both the 2013 and 2015 editions.
Los Leones will compete in Pool A alongside Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. Pool B comprises of defending champions Australia, England, Germany and host nation India. Argentina first match of the competition is a mouth-watering reply of the 2016 Olympic final, taking on Belgium’s Red Lions on Saturday December 2nd at 1200 India Standard Time (UTC +5.30).
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Juan Manuel Vivaldi
Juan Ignacio Gilardi
Juan Martín López
Source Material: CAH Press Release