Day 2 Olympic Preview - GB v Argentina

Harry Martin and Iain Mackay with India's Manpreet Singh at the Olympic Test Event

Great Britain men's opening fixture of their Olympic hockey campaign, sees them play Argentina, who are ranked 9th in the world.

Fixture: Great Britain v Argentina
Date and time: 30 July 2012 - 19:00
Location: Riverbank Arena
Watch live on BBC: Olympics 8 (red button for Sky, Virgin & Freesat)

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World Rankings
Great Britain #4
Argentina #9

Head to Head Record
Played: 21
Won: 9
Drawn: 5
Lost: 7
Goals For: 43
Goals Against: 48 

The last time Great Britain played Argentina in an Olympic Games was Athens 2004. GB came out on top winning 4 – 1 and Rob Moore, who was amongst the goal scorers that day, also features in the squad at this year’s Games.  GB’s latest encounter with Argentina at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in May was full of goals, but unfortunately Argentina came out victorious, with the final score standing at 3 – 2. Ashley Jackson scored both of Great Britain’s goals from penalty corners.

Player to watchbarry: Great Britain

Named as captain of the Great Britain team Barry has a wealth of experience and will be going into his third Olympic Games this summer as the most capped GB player, with more than 250 international appearances. Barry has been a formidable force in the GB ranks since his debut as a 19 year old back in 2003. He has racked up an impressive 74 goals and has been named no fewer than three times in the FIH All Stars team in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Barry cites his greatest achievement to date as captaining the side to glory in the 2009 European Championships in Amstelveen. Barry will be hoping to set a captain’s example at the Games and will be hungry to score, as his last international goal came against South Africa in February.

Players to watch: Argentina
We asked the GB team who they consider are the 'players to watch':

Name: The three Vila brothers Argentina vila brothers

Positions: Matias: Midfield
                 Rodrigo: Centre forward
                 Lucas: Centre forward

A unique achievement will be accomplished at this summer’s Games with the three Argentinean siblings all representing their country on the hockey pitch. Lucas (pictured - right), the youngest brother is a fast and skilful forward who will be making his first appearance at an Olympics. His older brothers, Matias and Rodrigo (pictured - left) have already competed together at the 2000 and 2004 Games. Matias, the oldest, is captain of the side and very experienced whilst Rodrigo is a dangerous attacking threat.

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