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Adolfo Cambiaso

Cambiaso at Ham Polo Club.
Full name Adolfo Cambiaso
Nicknames Adolfito
Birth date 15 April 1975; 39 years ago (1975-04-15)
Birth place Cañuelas, Buenos Aires Province
Sport Polo
Handicap 10
Current team La Dolfina (2000-Present)
Past team(s) La Ellerstina (1994-2000)
Titles won Abierto de Polo
with La Ellerstina: 1994, 1997, 1998
with La Dolfina: 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011,2013

Adolfo Cambiaso born April 15, 1975 in Cañuelas, Buenos Aires Province is an Argentine polo player with a 10-goal handicap. Currently, he is ranked number 1, and considered the best polo player in the world.[1] He is often referred to as Adolfito or Dolfi.


Early years[edit]

From a young age, his mother Martina de Estrada Lainez, encouraged her son and his half brothers to play polo. By the time he was 12 years old, his handicap reached 1-Goal. A year later, with a 3-goal handicap, he won the Eduardo Heguy Cup with the La Martina team, playing with his father (also called Adolfo). With the San Diego team he won in 1989, at age 14, the Campaña del Desierto Cup, and then a year later the Renault Cup Open with La Martina, reaching a 6-goal handicap.

1990 to 1994[edit]

Adolfito travelled abroad regularly, winning 24 tournaments in Argentina, the US and England, while playing for teams like La Martina, Ellerstina/Ellerston White and other. In 1994 he won the "Triple Corona" (Argentine Open, Hurlingham Open, Tortugas Cup) with Ellerstina and was promoted to handicap 10, at that time the youngest player to reach this.

1995 to 1999[edit]

He won 31 tournaments for teams like La Martina, Ellerstina/Ellerston White, White Birch, Outback and started his own team La Dolfina Polo Team in 1997 together with Bartolomé Castagnola.

2000 to 2004[edit]

In this period, Adolfo takes home 33 prizes. He stopped playing for Ellerstina, but became successful with his own team, which won the Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo (Argentine Open) in 2002. In England, he started playing for the Dubai team, which won the Queen's Cup three times and the Gold Cup twice among other tournaments.

2005 to 2008[edit]

Cambiaso with Prince William

Cambiaso's La Dolfina Team proves to be one of the best teams of the present, after winning the Argentine Open in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2005, the team defeated Ellerstina by 20-19, the highest score in an Argentine Open final match. He continues playing for Dubai in England successfully, but also became the team captain for Crab Orchard in the US, winning the US Open and the USPA Gold Cup. 2008 ended as a less successful year after not winning one match in the English polo season and not winning one of the prestigious Argentine tournaments. With La Dolfina he made it into the finals of the Argentine Open, but was beaten by Ellerstina 12-13 after a golden goal by Gonzalo Pieres (jun) in an extra-chukka.

By now, he is considered the best player in the world and is the most successful player in the Argentine Open, taking part 15 times, winning 7 times and played in the final another 2 time. He scored 535 goals in the Argentine Open alone, breaking the record held by Bautista Heguy with 531 goals.[2][3][4]

He received several distinctions, among them the Olimpia de Plata award as the most important Argentine polo player of 1997, best player at the final of the Abierto Argentino 1997, and the record of 67 goals, in the 1998 Abierto Argentino. He also plays for the Argentine national team since 2002, when he won the Copa Quilmes.


Of his horses, the most notable were Lili, Ilusión, Sospechosa, La Osa, and his favourite Colibrí. But one of his best polo horses was indeed his world famous stallion Aiken Cura. The horse was seriously injured during the final of the 2006 Argentine Open and has suffered further setbacks in treatment of the broken bone in his near foreleg. The injury happened in the extra chukka and the horse was taken off in the horse ambulance to be treated. It forced Cura's early retirement from the polo field. After amputation a prothesis was fitted but due to complications Aiken Cura had to be euthanized in January 2007.[5] Nowadays his most recognized horses are Mambo, Bruma and Dolfina Cuartetera.

A clone of his horse Cuartetera was bought for $800,000 at an auction - making it the most expensive horse sale in polo history.[6]


Adolfo is married to one of South America's noted models, María Vázquez since 2001.[7] He has two children. Mia was born 2002, Adolfo jr was born during the Abierto Argentino 2005, in the middle of a qualifier against Centauros-Beaufort, which his father left half-way through in order to be present at the birth of his first son.


On the 24th June 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presented Adolfito with an award commending his pioneering efforts to encourage violence-free training in a country where breaking a horse used to involve pain and distress, as recommended by famed JoinUp pioneer Monty Roberts.


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Palm Beach Daily News
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:07:30 -0700

Alegria 9-goaler Hilario Ulloa reaching out for the ball with Valiente 10-goaler Juan Martin Nero (replacing the injured Adolfo Cambiaso) trailing. Photo by Alex Pacheco. By Alex Webbe. Daily News Polo Columnist. On Easter Sunday, Alegria battled ...
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:17:53 -0700

Ten-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso of Valiente, acknowledged as the best polo player in the world, is doubtful for the Maserati U.S. Open championship game against Alegria Sunday at 3 p.m. at International Polo Club in Wellington.
Palm Beach Post
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:22:30 -0700

Valiente was forced to play with a new lineup. Ten-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, the world's No. 1-ranked player, re-injured a pulled groin muscle in Wednesday's semifinals against Lechuza Caracas and was replaced by Nero, who played on Cambiaso's horses.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:57:38 -0700

Ten-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso of Valiente, acknowledged as the best polo player in the world, did not play because of a leg injury. He watched from in front of Valiente's tent, offering advice to his teammates in between chukkers. Ten-goaler Juan Martin ...

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Palm Beach Daily News
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:07:30 -0700

Wednesday's semifinal wins by Valiente and Alegria have set the stage for a U.S. Open final between the two powerhouses, with a bit of a twist. Valiente has been riding high behind the leadership of Adolfo Cambiaso, the top-ranked polo player in the world.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:15:00 -0700

Valiente (Bob Jornayvaz, Santi Torres, Sapo Caset and Adolfo Cambiaso) looked strong riding into Wednesday's semifinals, but when disaster struck, the winner of the 2014 C. V. Whitney Cup and the USPA Piaget Gold Cup looked vulnerable. Valiente star ...


Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:32:57 -0700

The Dubai team always relies heavily on the form of the world's number one player, 10 goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, who was paired for the 2013 season by Nico Pieres, younger brother of 10 goalers Gonzalo and Facundo Pieres. He was at 7 goal last season.

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Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:30:00 -0700

The match marked the end of the three-weekend Piaget Gold Cup tournament that saw finalists Valiente (Adolfo Cambiaso, Sapo Caset, Santi Torres and Robert Jornayvaz) and Alegria (Clemente Zavaleta, Mariano Aguerre, Hilario Ulloa and Julian Mannix,) ...

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