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india Updated: Sep 06, 2006 13:12 IST

Argentina are perhaps the strongest team in the bottom half of the table. The Argentines have missed out on only one World Cup so far — in 1998 — and though they haven’t won any major title, they have repeatedly proved a hurdle for other teams in the fray.

Their best performance has been a sixth place-finish at the 1986 and the 2002 editions.

In Jorge Lombi, the 34 year old veteran, they have one of the greatest goalscorers of the game. Lombi is one of the early initiators of the art of drag-flick.

He was the highest goalscorer in the last edition at Kuala Lumpur and though he may no longer be as sharp as the rest of the upcoming brigade, he remains Argentina’s trump card, especially in penalty corners.

Another player to watch out for would be Lucs Vila, an understudy to Lombi who is already touted as one to watch out for. He was Argentina’s best player in their title triumph at last year’s junior World Cup.