Argentina's men's team has confirmed it will join Las Leonas at this year's International Super Series Hockey 9s in Perth, bringing a distinctively Latin flair to the event in October.
Coached by former international athlete Carlos Retegui, who was at the helm of the Argentinian women's team's success between 2009 and 2012, Argentina's men finished as runners-up to Olympic champs Germany at the World League semi-final tournament in Malaysia earlier this month. The outcome qualified Argentina for the World League Finals in India next January and the World Cup in the Netherlands next May. A series of impressive performances saw them draw their opener with Germany 1-1 and beat England 3-1 in the semi-finals, as well a securing wins over Japan, Korea and South Africa.
Late last year Argentina picked up the gold medal at the Champions Challenge in Quilmes following a tenth place finish at the Olympic Games and the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Championships in Mexico.
Argentina's involvement brings the men's International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament to four teams, joining the Kookaburras, Pakistan and Malaysia. Argentina's women are confirmed opponents of the Hockeyroos with another team set to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Information and tickets for the tournament, which runs 17-20 October at Perth Hockey Stadium, can be found here.