Argentina veteran, Matías Paredes is set to play his 351st match and also make his fifth appearance at the Pan American Games 2019 after being named in the final 16-man squad for Argentina by coach Germán Orozco.
Matias made his debut for the Argentina national squad in 2001 and is a three time Olympian having competed at the 2004, 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Matias has also played five World Cups.
In the history of the Pan American Games, Argentina has won the most games with six gold medals and Matias has been a proud participant of three gold medal winning squads (2003, 2011, 2015).
Speaking about his 351st appearance, the 37 year old said, it is a special moment for him to represent his country at the Pan American Games for the fifth time.
“It will be my fifth Pan American, so also very special. I am very happy, with the responsibility of knowing that it is a very important tournament; to qualify Argentina for another Olympic Game is one of my personal goals this year. ”
Paredes played his 350th international match against Belgium at the FIH Pro League 2019.
Asked how he feels about his journey, he said: “I have enjoyed it, especially the last years that were incredible for us. It’s been nice, but you have to continue to be competitive and feel that you contribute to the team.” he said.
The 2019 Pan American Games have begun and the sport of field hockey will take center stage from 29 July to 10 August and, at the end of that time, we will know who has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Argentina are placed in group A and will debut on July 30 before Chile. On August 1, Argentina will be measured against Trinidad & Tobago before finally ending the group stage with Cuba on August 3.