Obras Sanitarias

Club Atlético Obras Sanitarias de la Nación (known simply as Obras Sanitarias or Obras) is an Argentine sports club located in the district of Núñez, Buenos Aires. Although originally conceived as a rugby union club, Obras Sanitarias is mostly known for its basketball team, which currently plays in the Liga Nacional de Básquet, the first division of the Argentine basketball league system.

Obras Sanitarias
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NicknameTachero, Aurinegro
Founded27 March 1917; 103 years ago (1917-03-27)
History1926 – present (basketball section)
ArenaEstadio Obras Sanitarias
LocationNúñez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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PresidentFabián Borro
Head coachJulio Lamas
Championships3 Campeonato Argentino de Clubes
1 Intercontinental Cup
1 South American League
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

Apart from basketball and rugby union, other disciplines practised at the club are chess, field hockey, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

Obras Sanitarias has been nicknamed Los Tacheros, a lunfardo word used to refer to Argentine taxi drivers, due to taxi cabs are painted in black and yellow (the same colors that Obras' jersey uniform).


Obras Sanitarias was founded in 1917 by employees of the state-owned water supply company, "Obras Sanitarias de la Nación".

On March 22, 1925, the club opened its sports facilities, allowing members to practise athletics, basque pelota, bowls, football, rugby union, swimming and tennis there. In 1941 Obras inaugurated its headquarters in the city of Buenos Aires for the practise of indoor sports.

In 1978, Obras inaugurated the indoor arena Estadio Obras Sanitarias and, two years later, the first synthetic field hockey pitch in South America.


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Eduardo Cadillac raising the Intercontinental Cup won by Obras Sanitarias in 1983

Obras Sanitarias, along with the Brazilian clubs Sírio and Flamengo, is one of only three South American basketball clubs that have won the FIBA Intercontinental Cup. Obras did so in the 1983 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, by defeating the Italian League club Jollycolombani Cantù. In February 2012, Obras won the South American League for the first time, winning the 2011 edition of the tournament, after beating the Brazilian club Pinheiros, by a score of 88-73 in the final.[1]

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Obras Sanitarias roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
SG 1   Zurbriggen, Alejandro 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 25 – (1995-03-18)18 March 1995
PG 7   Gibbs, Ashton 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 30 – (1990-01-19)19 January 1990
C 12   Joaquim, Valdelício 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 30 – (1990-04-15)15 April 1990
PG 13   Barral, Pedro 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 26 – (1994-10-20)20 October 1994
F 17   Lugrín, Juan Pablo 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 23 – (1996-11-05)5 November 1996
SF 18   Zanzottera, Tomás 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 26 – (1993-12-08)8 December 1993
SF 23   Marziali, Mateo 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 23 – (1996-11-14)14 November 1996
PG 24   Dixon, Dion 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 30 – (1989-12-24)24 December 1989
F 32   Tabárez, Patricio 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 29 – (1991-06-26)26 June 1991
C 35   Barber, Raven 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 29 – (1991-10-02)2 October 1991
C 39   Zailo, Lauriano 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 25 – (1995-09-03)3 September 1995
F 55   Lockett, Phillip 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 32 – (1988-03-12)12 March 1988
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Iván Najnudel

  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 2020-01-01

Notable playersEdit

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Rugby unionEdit

The rugby squad that won the 1953 championship

Club's rugby installations are located in La Matanza Partido of Greater Buenos Aires. The club was affiliated to the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires in 1917, soon after its establishment.

In 1953, Obras won the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires (URBA) championship, which is its only title to date. For that tournament, Obras formed a squad that was a mixture of experienced players with young talents that had won the reserves championship two years before, with 8 players being promoted to the senior team. During the tournament, Obras Sanitarias only lost one match (v. Hindú by 11–3). The team crowned champion in the penultimate round, when Obras beat Pucará by 5–0 with a try conversion by Alberto Dramis.

With Olivos keeping chances to share the title, Obras achieve another win v. Deportiva Francesa in the last fixture, winning the championship with no sharing the title. The topscorer was Alberto Bublath with 27 points.[3]

Obras Sanitarias currently plays in Torneo de Tercera, the 6th division of the URBA league system. The club has also a women's rugby team competing in "Torneo Femenino", organised by the same body.



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