Luciana Aymar may play on to 2014 World Cup

China and Argentina, with Luciana Aymar, both play New Zealand (c) Andy Smith

Seven-time world player of the year Luciana Aymar has been included in the Argentina side for the Pan Am games, and could play on until the 2014 World Cup, according to the International Hockey Federation website fih.ch.

The 36-year-old has been named in the Leonas squad that will compete in the Pan American Cup, which takes place in Mendoza, Argentina later this month.

Aymar’s inclusion strongly suggests that she may well play on until next summer’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, says fih.ch.

As well as Aymar, the squad contains 12 of the team that won the silver medal at last year’s London 2012 Olympic Games alongside  four players who were central figures in the U21 squad that grabbed silver at the recent Ergo Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

Aymar is one of Argentina’s most famous sportswomen. The Argentine media often compare her natural talent to that of footballing icon and compatriot Diego Maradona. For this reason she has earned the nicknames “La Maga”, “El Diego” and “La Maradona del hockey”.

Argentina Squad – Women’s Pan American Cup 2013

Luciana Aymar
Rosario Luchetti
Belén Succi
Florencia Mutio
Macarena Rodríguez
Silvina D´Elía
Mariana Rossi
Mariela Scarone
Florencia Habif
Rocío Sánchez Moccia
Daniela Sruoga
Carla Rebecchi
Martina Cavallero
Agustina Albertario
Pilar Romang
Julia Gómez Fantasia
Noel Barrionuevo
Delfina Merino

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