This is the fifth consecutive time that Argentina have qualified for the World Grand Prix and in the 2014 edition they finished fifth in Group 2, six points short of qualification for the Final Four. It was their latest step in a gradual decline as in 2013 they were 16th, one place below where they ended in 2012 and two berths lower than their 2011 finish. Level-17th place at the World Championship concluded a disappointing 2014 season as they returned to the competition for the first time since 2002 and their only win came against bottom-placed Tunisia.
Known as Las Panteras (The Panthers), Argentina have never competed at the Olympic Games and they came 10th at the World Cup in 2011. The team have enjoyed success at the South American Championships, accumulating six silver medals and 12 bronzes over the years. They took bronze medals at the 2008 Pan American Cup and the Final Four Cup in 2008 and 2010. This season coach Guillermo Orduna will take them to compete at the Pan American Games in Toronto and also the Pan American Cup, which is hosted by Peru. They finished fourth in the latter in 2014 after losing to Puerto Rico in a classification match. Such performances will be increasingly important as the build-up to Rio de Janeiro 2016 continues.