The Argentineans (ranked No. 8), starring FIVB Hero Facundo Conte (21 years old), are definite contenders, and desperately want to qualify for the Olympics after their absence in Beijing 2008. With a group of young players that managed historic 4th place in the 2011 World League, Argentina is ready to show their opponents what they are made of.
Facundo’s career highlights in the national team include a first place in the 2008 South American Championship defeating Brazil in the final and breaking a 26-year stretch without winning the tournament. In 2009 he played his first World League, finishing 5th and in 2010 was selected by coach Javier Weber to participate in the FIVB World Championship and vice-captained the team despite being only 21 years old!
Venezuela (ranked 16) participated in Beijing 2008, ending up in 10th place, and with Brazil were the representatives from South America. The team combines experienced players with younger new team mates and will play against Argentina on Sunday in a match that promises to be most exciting.
Colombia (ranked 27) and Chile (ranked 31) have never qualified for the Olympics so have something to prove and are highly motivated. The Colombian team is coached by Argentinean Horacio Dileo and its most talented player is Liberman Agamez who has played in Europe.
The South Americans will give their best in an extremely competitive tournament. Will FIVB Hero Facundo Conte and his team mates come out on top?