Iconic is an over-used phrase when you’re speaking about Luciana Aymar. Eight occasions FIH Participant of the 12 months, ‘Lucha’ performed for Argentina 376 occasions and led Las Leonas to 2 silver medals (Sydney 2000 and London 2012) and two bronze medals (Athens 2004and Beijing 2008) in addition to numerous different medals in main worldwide competitions.
Probably the second that finest sums up her affect on ladies’s hockey, notably in Argentina, nevertheless was the ‘surprise aim’ that she scored in her workforce’s 2-Zero victory over China within the 2010 World Cup in Rosario. It was a aim that surprised hockey audiences around the globe as they watched Luciana weave her approach by the China defence earlier than slotting the ball house. It is usually the aim that is still on the forefront of individuals’s recollections even 11 years later.
Within the third of the FIH Legendary Moments collection, Luciana talks in regards to the magical feeling of taking part in in entrance of a house crowd – she was truly from Rosario – and the way instinct took over when she scored that aim.
“The truth is that it was an intuitive transfer. The Chinese language gamers have been coming one after the other so I keep in mind I began to have some empty area on the left. I used to be operating in the direction of that vacant area. I keep in mind that once I entered the realm, instantly the goalkeeper got here in the direction of me and I had two choices…
“I may both shoot to the aim or move the ball to my workforce mates for them to attain. My workforce mates have been all closely marked so I had no possibility than to shoot to the aim. At that second, I took the possibility. The goalkeeper was coming in the direction of me, I shot at her pads and I realised it was truly a aim whereas I used to be falling down.”
Luciana goes on to say that it was solely when she watched the aim again after the match that she realised what a particular aim it was. Now, she says, she remembers it as the most effective targets she has ever scored.
The match towards China was the fourth of 5 pool matches. Argentina received all their pool B matches to arrange a semi-final towards Germany. This match they received 2-1, with targets from Luciana and Rosario Luchetti.
The ultimate was towards the Netherlands and this time it was one other star of Las Leonas who was the goal-scoring hero as Carla Rebecchi fired house twice to seal the victory.
Talking in regards to the second she lifted the trophy, Luciana says: “For those who ask any of Las Leonas who performed these kind of tournaments they may all the time select this World Cup  as one of many nicest competitions. It’s a logical alternative: you win a World Cup together with your individuals, together with your public. It’s inconceivable to decide on one other one!”