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Cristian Santander (ARG) - head coach of Argentina's women's national team
22/08/2013

BUENOS AIRES (FIBA Americas Championship for Women/FIBA Basketball World Championship for Women) - Argentina are looking to continue an impressive streak when September comes around and they play at the FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Xalapa, Mexico.

The national side will go into the even to with the aim of qualifying for the FIBA World Championship for Women for the fifth time in a row.

The competition promises to be fierce, with Brazil, a resurgent Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico among the teams in Xalapa.

In Group B, Argentina, who are coached by Cristian Santander, will go up against the Puerto Ricans, Brazilians, Mexicans and the Dominican Republic.

"On paper, the strongest three teams of the zone are Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico, but the Dominican Republic and Mexico are two rivals to fear," Santander warned.

"It is going to be a level round. We have to play without rest and start with the hosts.

"We will have to take it one game at a time and there's little margin for error. I predict that there will be close games."

This will be Santander's first major tournament as the coach.

That is one reason why the build-up to Xalapa is so important, so the players can acclimatize to his coaching philosophy and understand his tactics.

"I think the preparation games have as an aim to get the team working more than focusing on the results," he said.

"Every team hides certain weapons for the crucial tournament that the Copa America (FIBA Americas Championship) is.

"I'm only thinking about our direct rivals like Puerto Rico and Brazil that we already know."

Argentina have friendly games in Canada and Puerto Rico ahead of Xalapa.

"I think the warm-up games that we will play and the preparation we will have is optimum," Santander said.

"The CABB (Argentina Basketball Federation) has done a very good job so that this team could play these kind of games. I believe the team will arrive well."

Santander will be hoping that his team avoids injuries before Xalapa.

Once Argentina get to Mexico, all of the players must be completely fit and able to play a series of games without taking any days off.

Argentina have to start the FIBA Americas Championship against the Mexicans and then will come Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Brazil before having a day off.

"We have to accept our group and the schedule we have and take advantage of the four consecutive days where we will have games regardless of the order of who we will face," Santander said.

"The important thing is to be 100% focused on our aim from the start."

Argentina have 16 players in the squad, and Sthefany Thomas will join the team in September."

FIBA

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