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Tokyo 2020: the secrets of the volleyball team to make history and dream of a medal


Argentina historically knew how to upset the powers, but it still needed to make the big leap. How did he do it? The volleyball team struck, eliminated Italy and is in the semis of Tokyo 2020 Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, day 11: minute by minute, live

Mauricio Codocea

08/03/2021 12:19

  • Clarí

  • sports

Updated 08/03/2021 12:53

The historic triumph of Argentine volleyball was one step away


Years ago it seemed to be.

Argentina rubbed shoulders with the great powers, wet them the ear


, but

did not quite take the big step.

Without going any further, there was little heroic (beyond the merit for the difficulty after losing the first two games) qualifying for the quarterfinals.

In fact, the National Team

had won its group

in Rio 2016 against rivals such as Poland (world champion in 2014 and 2018) and Russia (defending Olympic title).

But there was always the feeling that the last step was missing.

And this time it was achieved: they defeated Italy, one of the



in the world to play this sport, to reach the semifinals by finally crossing the Rubicon.

Beyond the mental question or the conviction, it is

not enough just with that.

In fact, it was not an attitude that Argentina lacked to compete with the top teams and that was probably what allowed it to eventually steal a set from them or even beat them.

Head and game

One of the big reasons was the lack of an opposite that would make a difference, but a real



Something for which it was necessary to go back, perhaps, to the times of Marcos Milinkovic.

Today that man is

Bruno Lima

, a player who had not even played in that position beyond some inferior times but who with Julio Velasco ended up in that position.

Precisely in Rio he had not had a great performance, but in Tokyo he is at a superlative level,

of the first world order.

It is decisive to complement what was already a first small group of international hierarchy such as that made up of

Luciano De Cecco, Facundo Conte

and, perhaps a little step back,

Sebastián Solé


Argentina and a joy that has no end.

Reuters photo

Two of those mentioned, Conte and De Cecco, are at their highest level in recent times with the National Team, at a totally opportune moment (the point guard, it must be said, was dragging a very high level since the Nations League).

But above all, they

are at the right point of maturity.

And that is transferred to the team, which feels capable, but not that capable that is "out there we beat him" but the one that means "we can definitely do it."

centrals are in optimal condition


Agustín Loser is

no longer a surprise but an absolute reality, libero

Santiago Danani

is playing an


tournament ... The combination of maturity and what is consolidated as a successful generational replacement are doing their thing with a explosive combo.

And the merit of the coach must also be mentioned, not for making great revolutions but

precisely on the contrary


With how difficult that is in Argentina, a country used to the collapse of what happened before with few exceptions.

It is seen from the highest political spheres downwards.

Bruno Lima, outstanding player in this tournament.

AP Photo / Manu Fernandez


Marcelo Méndez had the wisdom and humility

not to touch up what was not necessary, to enhance what worked, what gave glimpses of operation (such as the aforementioned step to the opposite of Lima) and to know

that his own label is not so important as the results


In the end, he will be one more cog in a machine that will continue, that will exceed him and the members of this team, but before, of course, he will have

an unbeatable opportunity

: to win a medal that volleyball only got in that Seoul 1988, which also crowned what was done in the 1982 World Cup.

And why not dream, then, if it is clear that it is possible.

But why not think, also, that this time instead of the highest point it is just

the starting point


France awaits in the semifinals and there will be two chances to fight for a medal.

It will not be easy, but this group has already shown that they are not afraid of anything.

And there are few rivals more dangerous than those who

are willing to write history.

Look also

The path of the volleyball team to the semis: when and against whom does Argentina play

Tokyo 2020: why Luis Scola, the most important player in the history of Argentine basketball, will continue to play

Source: clarin

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