Argentina women's national field hockey team

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Nickname Las Leonas (The Lionesses)
Association Confederación Argentina de Hockey (CAH)
Confederation PAHF (Americas)
Coach Carlos Retegui
Assistant coach Santiago Capurro
Agustín Corradini
Manager Lucía Caride
Captain Luciana Aymar
Most caps Luciana Aymar (356)
Top scorer Luciana Aymar (156)
FIH ranking 2 Decrease 1
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The Argentina women's national field hockey team (Spanish: Selección femenina de hockey sobre césped de Argentina) represents Argentina in field hockey and is controlled by the Argentine Hockey Confederation (CAH), the governing body for outdoor and indoor field hockey in Argentina. Their head coach is Carlos Retegui for the second time after the resignation of Emanuel Roggero in late 2013, and the team is currently second in the FIH World Rankings since October 2011.1

Las Leonas (The Lionesses) have appeared in five Hockey World Cup finals, including the first final in 1974, which they lost 1–0 to the Netherlands. Argentina had to settle with second place in two more finals before winning the tournament for the first time in 2002, beating the Netherlands 4–3 in the final on penalty strokes after a 1–1 draw. Argentina, led by eight-time FIH Player of the Year Luciana Aymar won again in 2010, a 3–1 victory over the Netherlands. Argentina's World Cup winning managers are Sergio Vigil in 2002, and Carlos Retegui in 2010.

Argentina has been very successful at the Summer Olympics, winning four consecutive medals (two silver, two bronze) since the 2000 edition, when they became the first women's team in any sport to win an Olympic medal for their country. Luciana Aymar is the only player that has participated and won those four medals. Also, after their first title in 2001 at a Hockey Champions Trophy, they have won the tournament four more times.

At a continental level, Argentina has dominated and won every tournament they played, including the Pan American Cup and the Pan American Games leaving the United States with second place every time until they lost the 2011 Pan American Games final for the first time.

In July 2003, after the implementation of an official World Ranking System, Argentina reached the top of the FIH World Rankings for the first time, reaching it again in 2010 after obtaining the World Cup title and once more in late 2013.


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 1909.2 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 Trophy medals, 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.


The Lionesses emblem.

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.3 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.4

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").


The following players were called to compete at the Final of the 2012–14 Women's FIH Hockey World League that took place from 30 November to 8 December 2013 in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina.

Head Coach: Emanuel Roggero

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
28 GK Belén Succi (1985-10-16) 16 October 1985 (age 28) 96 Argentina San Isidro Club
31 GK Florencia Mutio (1984-11-20) 20 November 1984 (age 29) 22 Argentina San Fernando
5 DF Macarena Rodríguez (1978-06-10) 10 June 1978 (age 35) 145 Argentina Club Atlético River Plate
21 DF Mariela Scarone (1986-10-04) 4 October 1986 (age 27) 146 Argentina Ciudad de Buenos Aires
25 DF Silvina D'Elía (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 27) 186 Argentina GEBA
27 DF Noel Barrionuevo (1984-05-16) 16 May 1984 (age 29) 187 Argentina Ciudad de Buenos Aires
29 DF Julia Gomes Fantasia (1992-04-30) 30 April 1992 (age 21) 12 Argentina GEBA
2 MF Mariana Rossi (1979-01-02) 2 January 1979 (age 35) 79 Argentina St. Catherine's
4 MF Rosario Luchetti (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 29) 225 Argentina Belgrano Athletic
8 MF Luciana Aymar (c) (1977-08-10) 10 August 1977 (age 36) 350
16 MF Florencia Habif (1993-08-22) 22 August 1993 (age 20) 47 Argentina GEBA
18 MF Daniela Sruoga (1987-09-21) 21 September 1987 (age 26) 153 Argentina GEBA
30 MF Josefina Sruoga (1990-08-23) 23 August 1990 (age 23) 141 Argentina GEBA
7 FW Martina Cavallero (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 23) 68 Argentina Hurling Club
11 FW Carla Rebecchi (1984-09-07) 7 September 1984 (age 29) 199 Argentina Ciudad de Buenos Aires
12 FW Delfina Merino (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 24) 136 Argentina Banco Provincia
17 FW Rocío Sánchez Moccia (1988-02-08) 8 February 1988 (age 26) 88 Argentina Liceo Naval
19 FW Agustina Albertario (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 21) 14 Argentina Lomas Athletic Club

Past players

Not in use Jersey Numbers

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


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 Emanuel Roggero
2013–Present Carlos Retegui


Since its breakthrough in the 2000 Summer Olympics (where the team nicknamed "Las Leonas"' for the first time),5 Argentina has won more than 20 official titles, which are detailed below:

Tournament records

Senior team

World Cup9
Year Host city Position
1974 France Mandelieu, France 2nd
1976 West Germany Berlin, West Germany 2nd
1978 Spain Madrid, Spain 3rd
1981 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 6th
1983 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 9th
1986 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 7th
1990 Australia Sydney, Australia 9th
1994 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland 2nd
1998 Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands 4th
2002 Australia Perth, Australia 1st
2006 Spain Madrid, Spain 3rd
2010 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 1st
2014 Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands Qualified
Pan American Cup10
Year Host city Position
2001 Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica 1st
2004 Barbados Bridgetown, Barbados 1st
2009 Bermuda Hamilton, Bermuda 1st
2013 Argentina Mendoza, Argentina 1st
Pan American Games11
Year Host city Position
1987 United States Indianapolis, United States 1st
1991 Cuba Havana, Cuba 1st
1995 Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina 1st
1999 Canada Winnipeg, Canada 1st
2003 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1st
2007 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st
2011 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico 2nd
South American Championship12
Year Host city Position
2003 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
2006 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st
2008 Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay 1st
2010 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st
2013 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
2014 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
Olympic Games13
Year Host city Position
1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union N/A
1984 United States Los Angeles, United States DNQ
1988 South Korea Seoul, South Korea 7th
1992 Spain Barcelona, Spain DNQ
1996 United States Atlanta, United States 7th
2000 Australia Sydney, Australia 2nd
2004 Greece Athens, Greece 3rd
2008 China Beijing, China 3rd
2012 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 2nd
World League14
Year Round Host city Position
2012–14 Final Argentina San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina 4th
2014–15 Final Argentina Argentina Qualified
2016–17 Semifinals Argentina Argentina Qualified
Champions Trophy15
Year Host city Position
1987 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands DNQ
1989 West Germany Frankfurt, West Germany DNQ
1991 Germany Berlin, Germany DNQ
1993 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands DNQ
1995 Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina 6th
1997 Germany Berlin, Germany DNQ
1999 Australia Brisbane, Australia 4th
2000 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 4th
2001 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 1st
2002 Macau Macau, China 2nd
2003 Australia Sydney, Australia 4th
2004 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 3rd
2005 Australia Canberra, Australia 4th
2006 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 4th
2007 Argentina Quilmes, Argentina 2nd
2008 Germany Mönchengladbach, Germany 1st
2009 Australia Sydney, Australia 1st
2010 England Nottingham, England 1st
2011 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
2012 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 1st
2014 Argentina Mendoza, Argentina Qualified
2016 England England TBC
2018 Argentina Argentina Qualified

Junior team

Junior World Cup
Year Host city Position
1989 Canada Ottawa, Canada 6th
1993 Spain Terrassa, Spain 1st
1997 South Korea Seongnam, South Korea 3rd
2001 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 2nd
2005 Chile Santiago, Chile 5th
2009 United States Boston, United States 2nd
2013 Germany Mönchengladbach, Germany 2nd
Youth Olympic Games
Year Host city Position
2010 Singapore Singapore 2nd
2014 China Nanjing, China
Pan American Junior Championship16
Year Host city Position
1988 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st
1992 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela 1st
1997 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
2000 Barbados Bridgetown, Barbados 1st
2005 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st
2008 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 3rd
2012 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico 1st
Pan American Youth Championship
Year Host city Position
2010 Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay 1st17
2014 Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay 1st


Luciana Aymar, named "Player of the Year" seven times. 
Against Australia in 2005. 
Mercedes Margalot in a match against Nederlands in 2005. 
Celebrating their win after the 2010 Champions Trophy final. 
The 2008 squad. 
The 2010 World Champion squad. 
A Goalkeeper. 

See also


  • The team alternates between light blue and black skirt/socks when using their main kit, even during the same tournament, apparently arbitrarily. For example, during the 2010 World Cup, see photos from Day 1 (black), Day 3 (light blue) and Day 6 (black).


External links

Preceded by
Argentina Gonzalo Quesada
Olimpia de Oro
Succeeded by
Argentina José Cóceres

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