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22 November, 2021
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Argentina announces list of 17 as they prepare for Americas Qualifiers

MIAMI (United States) - Argentina's new coach, Néstor “Che” García, is preparing for his debut as head of the national team in the November window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers.

Garcia released an initial list of 17 players, of which 14 participate in the local league and only three abroad. Those who perform abroad are super veterans Carlos Delfino (Pesaro, Italy), who was a key figure of the “Golden Generation”, as he won gold in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and bronze in Beijing 2008. Marcos Mata (Aguada, Uruguay) is also in the mix, he participated in the 2010 World Cup in Turkey and the 2012 Olympics in London.

The third player abroad is Juan Fernández (Fuenlabrada, Spain), a promising power forward who already played in the FIBA ​​U-17 and U-19 World Cups.

Tayavek Gallizzi (Instituto), the most experienced among those coming from the National Leagues, participated in the World Cup in China 2019 and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Lautaro Berra (Obras), Franco Baralle (Quimsa), Martín Cuello (Instituto), Luciano González(Instituto), Federico Aguerre (Boca Juniors) and Nicolás Romano (Instituto), have played in past World Cup and AmeriCup Qualifiers. Sebastián Orresta (Gimnasia), Agustín Barreiro (Gimnasia) and Leandro Vildoza (Boca Juniors) will have their first experiences with the senior national team.

Juan Brussino (Quimsa), Martín Fernández (Regatas), Kevin Hernández (Boca Juniors) and Matías Solanas (San Martín), complete the roster.

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“We decided to put together a large preselection to have solutions to different scenarios. Not only because of the COVID but also because of the little training that we will be able to do. We want to evaluate several players to see which ones adapt faster and better to the strategy. In addition, we have the chance to present 12 different players in each game and we want to take advantage of that option,” explained García in a statement from the Argentine Confederation.

Argentina hopes to stay at the top of the World Rankings and to continue with their success of the last 20 years. Their first rival in the Qualifiers will be Paraguay on the 26th and 27th.