THE STANDARD-BEARER FOR THE AMERICAS
With 10 consecutive appearances at the World Championships, the Argentine team has become a standard- bearer for handball in the Americas on the world stage. Beaten in the semi-finals of the last Pan-American Championships by Brazil, after being surprised in the group stage by Greenland, the players from Eduardo Gallardo’s team won their ticket to the 2017 World Championship in France by winning the bronze medal at Uruguay’s expense. Having also qualified for the Olympic Games for the second consecutive time (10th place in 2012 and again in 2016), the Albiceleste team is in the company of the great handball nations. After a 4th-place finish in the 2007 Youth World Championship, the team is now benefitting from the youth team’s training and the addition of its major players. Nearly half of the Argentine team plays overseas, mainly in France and Spain.
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DID YOU KNOW?
France have the Gille brothers and the Karabatic brothers, but Argentina goes one better, as they have three siblings wearing the Albiceleste jersey: Sebastian (30 years old), Diego (27 years old) and Pablo (24 years old), whose parents have also been international handball players! The three of them have often followed in each other’s footsteps, going as far as playing for the same club, US Ivry, but not at the same time: the youngest arrived when the eldest left to play for Montpellier, where he is still based. Sebastian and Pablo left France at the end of last season for Spain (Leon and Benidorm).
Stars of the World Championship : Diego Simonet
COACH: Eduardo GALLARDO (Argentina)