Argentina Head Coach Julio Velasco Calls Up 30 Players For 2017 Season

  0 Carly DeMarque | April 12th, 2017 | International Volleyball, News, South American Volleyball

In preparation for the crazy, hectic 2017 volleyball season, Argentina men’s coach Julio Velasco called up 30 players.

Velasco brought up players from the senior, U23 and junior teams to the Cenard facility on April 3. Argentinian star Facundo Conte will be taking the year off from volleyball to rest up for bigger challenges that await the team in 2018 and 2020.

The decision to rest such a crucial player to the squad came at a difficult impasse from Velasco, but considered the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are in the future – rest will do the Argentinian squad some good.

In other players that Velasco offered a year from the sport for was captain Luciano De Cecco, after playing in 10 consecutive international seasons, but the setter chose to continue play.

The Argentinian team will begin their season with the FIVB Volleyball World League. The squad will face Russia, Bulgaria and France in Pool C in Surgut, Russia.

Coach Velasco called up the following players:


  • Luciano De Cecco
  • Demian Gonzalez
  • Maximiliano Cavanna
  • Juan Riganti
  • Gaspar Bittar
  • Matias Sanchez


  • Jose Luis Gonzalez
  • Bruno Lima
  • German Johansen

Middle Blockers

  • Sebastian Sole
  • Martin Ramos
  • Pablo Crer
  • Fabian Flores
  • Facundo Imhoff
  • Joaquin Gallego
  • Agustin Loser

Outside Spikers

  • Christina Poglajen
  • Nicolas Bruno
  • Alejandro Toro
  • Lisandro Zanotti
  • Gonzalo Quiroga
  • Brian Melgarejo
  • Nicolas Lazo
  • Jan Martinez
  • Nicolas Mendez
  • Bruno Vinti


  • Alexis Gonzalez
  • Ignacio Fernandez
  • Sebastian Closter
  • Santiago Danani

Velasco named his staff for the coming year as well, with himself in the leading head coaching position. He also brings in Julian Alvares as the second coach and Hernan Ferraro as assistant coach. For the U23 team, Camilo Soto will take the head coaching role, while Gonzalo Barreiro will be the second coach.

Other positions for the Argentinian squad:

  • Trainer: Sebastian Carotti
  • Statisticians: Gonzalo Barreiro, Jose Saucedo
  • Therapist: Nicolas Zarate, Mariano Alsogaray
  • Doctors: Fernando Locaso, Also Bustos, Gustavo Ricciardi
  • Manger: Osvaldo Celia
  • Helper: Oscar Cantero
  • Trainer (U23): Alejandro Bertorello

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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