The first call for Che García in the Argentine basketball team

The era of Néstor García at the head of the National Team begins. And, incidentally, the road to the 2023 World Cup that will be played in three countries (Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia). On the 26th and 27th of this month, in Buenos Aires, the first of the six FIBA ​​windows will be held. In Obras Sanitarias, Groups A and B will be played in their entirety, with eight selected in total. Argentina will play its games against Paraguay with a renewed team compared to the World Cup and the Olympic Games, but similar to the calls for qualifying for the Americup 2022 for not being able to count on players from NBA and Euroleague teams.

After several days of analysis at the individual level and evaluating different scenarios, Che announced the summons of 17 players so that they concentrate and begin to work for the games of Friday and Saturday. “We decided to put together a large preselection to have answers to different scenarios. Not only because of Covid-19 but also because of the few training that we can do. We want to evaluate several to see which ones adapt faster and better to the idea. In addition, we have the chance to present different 12 players in each game and we want to take advantage of that option ”, explained García to CAB press on the list that he put together with his brand new coaching staff that includes Leo Gutiérrez, Gonzalo García and Herman Mándole.

Of those chosen, there are three who play abroad: Carlos Delfino shines in Italy at the age of 39 – he is the 12th scorer in the Lega with 15.3 points, in addition to shooting 42.3% in triples – Juan Fernández already plays the Liga Endesa with Fuenlabrada – on Sunday he entered 7 minutes against Real Madrid – with just 18 and Marcos Mata, at 35, stands out in Aguada de Uruguay. “With the staff we were putting together the list according to the players we could bring from abroad, not easy at this economic moment. Luckily, the Argentine Confederation made the effort and we will have two important players from Europe. The return of Carlitos (Delfino) occurs because he is in a great moment in Italy and because of the experience he has. And in the case of Fernández, because he played very well in the U19 World Cup, he continues to grow in Fuenlabrada and is the future of Argentine basketball. Mata comes from closer, but it is a return that I consider very valuable. He is a great player that I know very well and I know the amount of solutions he brings to a team ”, analyzed the head coach.

The rest are prominent National League players. Several with significant experience in the national team, such as Tayavek Gallizzi, an Institute pivot who has already played in the 2019 World Cup and the 2021 Olympic Games. Lautaro Berra, from Obras, was in the Olympic preselection last July and others, such as Franco Baralle (Quimsa) , Matías Solanas (San Martín), Martín Cuello (Institute), Luciano González (Institute), Federico Aguerre (Boca), Martín Fernández (Regattas) and Nicolás Romano (MVP of the Super 20 that established the Institute), have been in other windows FIBA. Kevin Hernández (Boca) and Juan Brussino (Quimsa) have had somewhat shorter experiences.

Meanwhile, if they are confirmed among the 12, the debut in the Major of four players could take place: Sebastián Orresta, Agustín Barreiro (both from Gimnasia de Comodoro), Leandro Vildoza (Boca) and Juan Fernández, who was summoned to the last preselection Olympic but did not play a friendly because he was playing the U19 World Cup. “It is an interesting mix of players, the vast majority of our league who are going through a great moment and can help, in addition to many of them knowing what it is like to put on the National Team shirt,” said Che, who one by one contacted ask if they were willing. “In all of them I found a great predisposition,” he clarified.

This is the complete payroll:


Leandro Vildoza

Age: 27 years

Height: 1m80

Club: Boca Juniors.

Franco Baralle

Age: 21 years

Height: 1m80

Club: Quimsa de Santiago del Estero

Juan Ignacio Brussino

Age: 30 years

Height: 1m85

Club: Quimsa de Santiago del Estero

Sebastian Orresta

Age: 28 years

Height: 1m88

Club: Comodoro Gymnastics


Matías Solanas

Age: 22 years old

Height: 1m94

Club: San Martín de Corrientes

Luciano Gonzalez

Age: 31 years

Height: 1m93

Club: Cordoba Institute

Carlos Delfino

Age: 39 years

Height: 2m01

Club: Pesaro, Italy.

Martin Cuello

Age: 28 years

Height: 1m93

Club: Cordoba Institute


Marcos Mata

Age: 35 years

Height: 2m00

Club: Aguada, Uruguay

Agustin Barreiro

Age: 22 years old

Height: 2m04

Club: Gymnastics and Fencing of Comodoro Rivadavia.

Martin Fernandez

Age: 23 years

Height: 1m94

Club: Regatas Corrientes.


Juan Francisco Fernandez

Age: 18 years old

Height: 2m10

Club: Fuenlabrada, Spain.

Nicholas Roman

Age: 34 years old

Height: 2m00

Club: Cordoba Institute

Federico Aguerre

Age: 33 years

Height: 2m03 Club:

Boca Juniors


Tayavek gallizzi

Age: 28 years

Height: 2m05

Club: Cordoba Institute

Lautaro berra

Age: 23 years

Height: 2m08

Club: Basket Works

Kevin Hernandez

Age: 29 years old

Height: 2m05

Club: Boca Juniors

The matches between Argentina and Paraguay will be on Friday 26 at 9:10 p.m. and Saturday 27 at 10:10 p.m. They will be the first meetings with the public for the Argentine national team since February 2019 when they faced Venezuela for qualification for the Americup 2022. “We want you to come join us, to encourage us. It will be very important to us. We are eager to play and be with our fans. To live together again on a field with the Argentine jersey on. We are waiting for you ”, was García’s message.


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The first call for Che García in the Argentine basketball team