Argentina men's national basketball team
|FIBA ranking||4 (3 March 2020)|
|Joined FIBA||1932 (co-founders)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Americas|
|Nickname(s)||El Alma Argentina (The Argentine Soul)|
|Medals|| Gold: (2004)|
|FIBA World Cup|
|Medals|| Gold: (1950)|
Silver: (2002, 2019)
|Medals|| Gold: (2001, 2011)|
Silver: (1995, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2015, 2017)
Bronze: (1980, 1993, 1999, 2009, 2013)
|Pan American Games|
|Medals|| Gold: (1995, 2019)|
Silver: (1951, 1955)
|1921 v. Uruguay|
The Argentina national basketball team (Spanish: Selección nacional de baloncesto de Argentina) represents Argentina in men's international basketball officially nicknamed The Argentine Soul (Spanish: El Alma Argentina), and it is controlled by the Argentine Basketball Federation.
Argentina's national basketball team remains among the most successful in the Americas. It is the only national team in the FIBA Americas zone that has won the quintuplet crown: FIBA World Cup (they won the first edition, in 1950), Olympic Gold Medal (2004) (the highest honor and most important title of Argentina in the history of Argentina Basketball Men's Senior National Team), FIBA Diamond Ball (2008), FIBA AmeriCup (2001 and 2011) and Pan American Gold Medal (1995 and 2019). They have also won 13 South American Basketball Championships, as well as many youth championships.
The Argentine representative was also the first to defeat a United States national team with a full squad of NBA players. They did so by 87–80 in the 2002 FIBA World Championship held in Indianapolis. In that tournament, Argentina came second behind FR Yugoslavia, losing the final in overtime.
Due to the series of good results since the beginning of the 2000s (decade), Argentina reached the first position in the FIBA Men's Ranking at the end of the 2008 Olympic Games. Argentina is a founding member of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) and has South America's longest basketball tradition.
The practice of basketball in Argentina was started by Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes (Young Men's Christians Association – YCMA) in 1912., with the first Federation ("Federación Argentina") established to organise competitions not only in Buenos Aires but in several cities around Argentina. Argentina played its first international game against Uruguay in 1921.
In 1950 Argentina won its first and only World Championship to date, with a squad formed entirely by amateur players, after defeating France (twice), Brazil, Chile, Egypt and the United States in the decisive match.
With the creation of the Liga Nacional de Básquet in the mid-1980s, a new generation of players led Argentina to a moderate success in the 1986 World Championship where the squad defeated United States for the first time in their history. Nevertheless, the progress of Argentine basketball would be shown in 2002 FIBA World Championship being the first team to defeat a United States roster composed entirely of NBA players and also reaching the final, finally lost to Yugoslavia.
2001 was the year when the Golden Generation raised, winning the first Argentina's FIBA Americas Championship -held in Neuquen-, where they defeated all of its rivals in the competition. In 2002 the team made history by being the first team to defeat a United States roster composed entirely of NBA players during the 2002 FIBA World Championship. Argentina would reach the finals for the first time since the first World Championship in 1950, But the most important achievement for the squad came in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens when Argentina won their first gold medal (including another victory over the United States at the semi-finals). The Olympics title in 2004 is the higher honor and important title of Argentina in the history of the sport in the country.
Since its establishment, the Argentina national team had worn white kits. In 2002, two light blue horizontal stripes (similar to the National flag) were added to the jerseys. In 2014, Argentina adopted a vertical striped model, in the style of football and field hockey representatives. The jersey debuted in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
- Olympic Games
- FIBA World Cup
- FIBA Diamond Ball
- FIBA Stanković Continental Champions' Cup
- FIBA AmeriCup
- Pan American Games
- South American Championship
FIBA World Cup
FIBA Diamond Ball
South American Championship
Pan American Games
|Argentina men's basketball team roster|
|Argentina men's basketball team roster|
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Marcos Delía||Agustín Caffaro|
|PF||Luis Scola||Tayavek Gallizzi|
|SF||Nicolás Brussino||Gabriel Deck|
|SG||Patricio Garino||Luca Vildoza||Máximo Fjellerup|
|PG||Facundo Campazzo||Nicolás Laprovíttola||Leandro Bolmaro|
In July 2017, the Argentine Basketball Confederation announced that numbers 5 and 13 would be retired since the 2017 edition of FIBA AmeriCup and for the rest of championships played by the senior team from then on.
|Argentina retired numbers|
Head coach position for the major tournaments
- Jorge Canavesi: 1948–1952, 1969–1971, 1980
- Guillermo Vecchio: (1993–1997)
- Julio Lamas: (1997–1999, 2011–2013, 2014)
- Rubén Magnano: (2000–2004)
- Sergio Hernández: (2005–2010, 2015–present)
- Argentine Basketball Federation
- Argentina men's national under-19 basketball team
- Argentina women's national basketball team
- Basketball in Argentina
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- Historia en la Argentina on Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes en la Argentina website (Archive – 11 March 2012)
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- A 10 años del oro en los Juego Olímpicos Atenas 2004, los tres momentos que Manu Ginóbili jamás olvidará, La Nación, 26 August 2014
- "La Selección argentina de básquet presentó su camiseta Kappa para España 2014" Marketing Registrado, 5 August 2014
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- . Retrieved 8 August 2019.
- Team Roster – Argentina. Lima Organizing Committee for the 2019 Pan and Parapan American Games (COPAL). Retrieved 6 August 2019.
- CABB anuncia el retiro de las camisetas de Ginóbili y Nocioni by Germán Beder on CABB website, 29 July 2017
- El homenaje de la selección de básquet a Ginóbili y Nocioni: retirarán sus números on Infobae, 29 July 2017