Under Head Coach Julio Velasco, Argentina's men’s national team received a huge boost in 2016 with a fifth place finish at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The Argentine team made their international debut at the South American Championship in Rio in 1951, claiming fourth place. They competed in their first World Championship in 1960 in the same city, where they finished eleventh. Since then they have competed in the World Championship 10 times, with a bronze medal-winning campaign on home territory in 1982 being the highlight to date.
Argentina also won bronze at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, their highest finish in six appearances at the Games.
Their best ever finish in the FIVB World League remains fourth place in 2011, when they lost to hosts Poland in straight sets in the bronze medal match. Argentina have also ranked in fifth place on two occasions, in 2009 and 2010. Last year, they finished with three wins and six defeats in pool play to rank ninth overall in Group 1.
With his team ranked as world number seven in by the FIVB, Velasco is targeting new highs to add to his resume after a glittering coaching career largely spent overseas.