Overview

Team profile

Argentina

Under the guidance of head coach Julio Velasco, Argentina came second behind France in Pool D of last year's World League to finish joint-fifth in Group 2. They had been sixth overall a year earlier and, although they finished a disappointing 10th in 2012, were in the top five in the three editions before that. They had to settle for joint-11th place in last year's World Championship in Poland after finishing sixth in their second round pool. With his team now ranked No.6 in the world by the FIVB, Velasco is targeting new highs to add to his resume after a glittering coaching career largely spent overseas.The Argentina team made their international debut at the South American Championship in Rio de Janeiro in 1951, claiming fourth place. They competed in their first World Championship in 1960 in the same city, where they finished 11th. Since then they have competed in 10 World Championships, with a bronze medal-winning campaign on home territory in 1982 being their best effort to date. Argentina also took the bronze medal at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, their highest finish in six appearances at the Olympic Games. Their medal haul from the men's tournament at the Pan American Games is five - one gold and four bronzes.

Coach

Julio Velasco

Julio Velasco

Julio Velasco coached Italy's men's team from 1989 to 1996. They won silver at the 1996 Olympic Games, two world championships, three European championships, a world cup and five World League titles. He then guided Italy's women's team from 1997 to 1998. Velasco returned to the men's game with the Czech Republic from 2001 to 2003, Spain from 2009 to 2010 and Iran from 2011 to 2014, whom he helped to qualify for their first World League in 2013. Velasco took over Argentina's men's team in 2014. He was an assistant coach of the squad from 1981 to 1983. Velasco is in the Volleyball Hall of Fame. He has discussed coaching with football mastermind Pep Guardiola multiple times.

Staff

  • Team Manager Osvaldo Celia
  • Assistant coach Julián Alvarez
  • Second Assistant Coach Hernán Ferraro
  • Doctor Aldo Bustos
  • Physiotherapist Nicolás Zárate

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Bulgaria
12 8 4 2 3 3 0 3 1 21 27 21 1.285 1067 1074 0.993
2
Argentina
12 7 5 3 2 2 2 1 2 21 26 21 1.238 1068 980 1.089
3
Canada
12 6 6 3 3 0 5 1 0 23 29 21 1.380 1097 1074 1.021
4
Cuba
12 3 9 0 1 2 0 4 5 7 13 32 0.406 944 1048 0.900

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