The Argentine male hockey team, Lions, debuts now in the world the discipline being challenged in the Indian city of Bubaneshvar. Rival is Spain, within group A, an event that can be watched live ESPN.
In the zone of the Argentine team, led by German Orosco, the current Olympic champion after winning the gold medal in Rio 2016, there are New Zealand and France. The first of each group will go straight into the quarter-finals, while the second and third will play the first qualifying match.
Since this year the World Cup has increased the number of participants, from the usual 12 federations went to 16, to address the last title of the year before the premiere of Pro League, the new election game that will start in January.
Lions come to the number two appointment in the world and the effectiveness of Gonzalo Peillat in the short corner as his major weapon.
The last reference to the Iberians is the fourth place last year in the World League. In 2016, at the Rio Games, the European team finished in fifth place after losing the chance to fight for the medals, dropping in the quarterfinals just before Argentina, in a game resolved with a minute and a half to go. the conclusion with the transformation of veteran Juan Guildari criminal stroke.
"Argentina put an end to the Olympic dream, and our goal is to be the first in the group and this is what we started with victory" Xavi Leoneart, 172 times internationally. "We are two similar teams, but they have the Gonzalo Peillat which is the best in the world in opening a short corner. It's a plus. They know that each of these, 90% of the time, is a goal. That makes the difference. But we have weapons to confront and we hope to get the three points. It is not a matter of a thorn in our heads, but it is not bad that fate gives us this opportunity, "he added.