Sport in Argentina

Argentina is well known for their beautiful sceneries and people but they are also very competitive when it comes to sports.

Soccer which was introduced to the public by British soldiers in the 60's, is the nationally recognized favorite sport. The Argentine national soccer teams the 1978 and 1986 were the World Cup champions and were runner-ups in 1930 and 1990.

The National basketball team also made a lot of impact in the international stage beating the US Dream Team in the last Athens Olympic Games and a consistent finalist in the Basketball World Cup.

Pato (duck) is a traditional Argentine sport normally played on horseback which was banned in the late 19th century because it became quite dangerous but made a comeback in the 1930's with a revised list of rules. Volleyball, boxing, basketball, rugby, hockey and tennis are quite popular and Argentina has produced some of the best names in sports like Guillermo Vilas who made a splash in the tennis world in the 1970's to the early 1980's, Sabatini in the 1990's and today, names like David Nalbandian, Guillermo Coria and Juan Martin del Potro are gaining notoriety.

Argentine drivers are also known in the race-car circuit like Carlos Reutemann and Juan Manuel Fangio who was a five-time world champion in the 50's. Argentina did not perform very well in the Olympics but has taken 18 gold, 24 silver and 28 bronze medals since they first joined in the 1900 with a single athlete (as of 2014). Buenos Aires will be hosting the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics

Popular sports of Argentina

Traditional or Regional Sports

Argentinian Sporting Success

Athletes from Argentina

Argentina Sports trivia

Argentina at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Argentina

Upcoming sporting events in Argentina

Annual sporting events held in Argentina

Sporting Facilities in Argentina

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