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Argentina national women's field hockey team represents Argentina in women's field hockey. They are also known by the nickname Las Leonas, meaning "The Lionesses". They are the reigning World Cup holders.

History[edit]Edit

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 Trophymedals, 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.

NicknameEdit

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 rugby union team is called Los Pumas ("The Pumas"), and the women's volleyball team is known as Las Panteras ("The Panthers").

Players[edit]Edit

The following players were called to compete at the Semifinal of the 2012–14 Women's FIH Hockey World League that took place between 22–30 June 2013 in LondonEngland.

Head Coach: Emanuel Roggero

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
13 GK Laura Aladro 17 January 1983 (age 30) 52 [1]

Club Atlético River Plate

31 GK Florencia Mutio 20 November 1984 (age 28) 17 [2]

San Fernando

16 DF Florencia Habif 22 August 1993 (age 20) 33 [3]

GEBA

21 DF Mariela Scarone 4 October 1986 (age 26) 132 [4]

Ciudad de Buenos Aires

25 DF Silvina D'Elía 25 April 1986 (age 27) 172 [5]

GEBA

27 DF Noel Barrionuevo 16 May 1984 (age 29) 173 [6]

Ciudad de Buenos Aires

4 MF Rosario Luchetti 4 June 1984 (age 29) 211 [7]

Belgrano Athletic

5 MF Macarena Rodríguez 10 June 1978 (age 35) 132 [8]

Club Atlético River Plate

8 MF Luciana Aymar (c) 10 August 1977 (age 36) 336
17 MF Rocío Sánchez Moccia 8 February 1988 (age 25) 77 [9]

Liceo Naval

18 MF Daniela Sruoga 21 September 1987 (age 25) 139 [10]

GEBA

24 MF María José Fernández 5 February 1988 (age 25) 20 [11]

Belgrano Athletic

26 MF Gabriela Ludueña 4 November 1988 (age 24) 11 [12]

Club Atlético Monte Hermoso

7 FW Martina Cavallero 7 May 1990 (age 23) 54 [13]

Hurling Club

11 FW Carla Rebecchi 7 September 1984 (age 28) 185 [14]

Ciudad de Buenos Aires

19 FW Sofía Maccari 3 July 1984 (age 28) 45 [15]

San Fernando

22 FW Giselle Juárez 5 May 1991 (age 22) 29 [16]

Club Atlético Monte Hermoso

30 FW Josefina Sruoga 23 August 1990 (age 22) 132

[17] GEBA

Past players[edit]Edit

Not in use Jersey Numbers[edit]Edit

Although not officially retired, these numbers have not been assigned to other players since then.


Coaches[edit]Edit

Period Name
1986–1991 Miguel MacCormik
1991–1997 Rodolfo Mendoza
1997–2004 Sergio Vigil
2004–2009 Gabriel Minadeo
2009–2012 Carlos Retegui
2012–2013 Marcelo Garraffo
2013 – present Emanuel Roggero

Tournament records[edit]Edit

World Cup[4]
Year Host city Position
1974 [18]

MandelieuFrance

2nd
1976 [19]

BerlinWest Germany

2nd
1978 [20]

MadridSpain

3rd
1981 [21]

Buenos AiresArgentina

6th
1983 [22]

Kuala LumpurMalaysia

9th
1986 [23]

AmsterdamNetherlands

7th
1990 [24]

SydneyAustralia

9th
1994 [25]

DublinIreland

2nd
1998 [26]

UtrechtNetherlands

4th
2002 [27]

PerthAustralia

1st
2006 [28]

MadridSpain

3rd
2010 [29]

RosarioArgentina

1st
2014 [30]

The HagueNetherlands

Qualified
Pan American Cup[5]
Year Host city Position
2001 [31]

KingstonJamaica

1st
2004 [32]

BridgetownBarbados

1st
2009 [33]

HamiltonBermuda

1st
2013 [34]

MendozaArgentina

Pan American Games[6]
Year Host city Position
1987 [35]

IndianapolisUnited States

1st
1991 [36]

HavanaCuba

1st
1995 [37]

Mar del PlataArgentina

1st
1999 [38]

WinnipegCanada

1st
2003 [39]

Santo DomingoDominican Republic

1st
2007 [40]

Rio de JaneiroBrazil

1st
2011 [41]

GuadalajaraMexico

2nd
South American Championship[7]
Year Host city Position
2003 [42]

SantiagoChile

1st
2006 [43]

Buenos AiresArgentina

1st
2008 [44]

MontevideoUruguay

1st
2010 [45]

Rio de JaneiroBrazil

1st
2013 [46]

SantiagoChile

1st
2014 [47]

SantiagoChile

Olympic Games[8]
Year Host city Position
1980 [48]

MoscowSoviet Union

N/A
1984 [49]

Los AngelesUnited States

DNQ
1988 [50]

SeoulSouth Korea

7th
1992 [51]

BarcelonaSpain

DNQ
1996 [52]

AtlantaUnited States

7th
2000 [53]

SydneyAustralia

2nd
2004 [54]

AthensGreece

3rd
2008 [55]

BeijingChina

3rd
2012 [56]

LondonUnited Kingdom

2nd
World League[9]
Year Host city Position
2012–14 [57]

San Miguel de TucumánArgentina

Champions Trophy[10]
Year Host city Position
1987 [58]

AmstelveenNetherlands

DNQ
1989 [59]

FrankfurtWest Germany

DNQ
1991 [60]

BerlinGermany

DNQ
1993 [61]

AmstelveenNetherlands

DNQ
1995 [62]

Mar del PlataArgentina

6th
1997 [63]

BerlinGermany

DNQ
1999 [64]

BrisbaneAustralia

4th
2000 [65]

AmstelveenNetherlands

4th
2001 [66]

AmstelveenNetherlands

1st
2002 [67]

MacauChina

2nd
2003 [68]

SydneyAustralia

4th
2004 [69]

RosarioArgentina

3rd
2005 [70]

CanberraAustralia

4th
2006 [71]

AmstelveenNetherlands

4th
2007 [72]

QuilmesArgentina

2nd
2008 [73]

MönchengladbachGermany

1st
2009 [74]

SydneyAustralia

1st
2010 [75]

NottinghamEngland

1st
2011 [76]

AmstelveenNetherlands

2nd
2012 [77]

RosarioArgentina

1st
2014 [78]

San Miguel de TucumánArgentina

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