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Adolfo Cambiaso
Personal information
Nickname(s) Adolfito
Born (1975-04-15) 15 April 1975 (age 40)
Cañuelas, Buenos Aires Province
Sport Polo
Rank 1 (10-goal handicap)
Team La Dolfina (2000-present)
La Ellerstina (1994-2000)
Achievements and titles
World finals Abierto de Polo
with La Ellerstina: 1994, 1997, 1998
with La Dolfina: 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
Highest world ranking 1st
Updated on 9 December 2014.

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.[2] 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.[3][4][5]

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.[6] Nowadays his most recognized horses are Mambo, Bruma and Dolfina Cuartetera. As of the 2015 U.S. Open, his best horses are the mare, Romana and the stallion, Boeing, who is known as the "American Pharoah" of the polo world.

A clone of his horse Cuartetera was bought for $800,000 at an auction - making it the most expensive horse sale in polo history.[7]


Adolfo is married to one of South America's noted models, María Vázquez since 2001.[2][8] 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 24 June 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presented Cambiaso 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.


External links[edit]

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2366 news items


Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:34:07 -0800

Adolfo Cambiaso scores 800th goal as La Dolfina continue fine form at Argentine Polo Open. Argentina's 40-year-old great keeps form going in quest for triple crown while Malta is set to host royalty for historic weekend match. Full focus: Adolfo ...


Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:48:36 -0800

Match details. La Dolfina: Adolfo Cambiaso (8 goals), David Stirling (4), Pablo Mac Donough (3) Juan Martín Nero. Ellerstina: Pablo Pieres (3 goals), Nicolás Pieres, Gonzalo Pieres (4) Facundo Pieres(7). Scoring: 2-2, 3-5, 5-7, 7-9, 8-12, 10-12, 11-13 ...


Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:22:30 -0800

Adolfo Cambiaso during the Audi International Polo at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor · Can great Argentine win unprecedented triple-triple aged 40? Gareth A Davies reports · Comments · Cambiaso and Dubai thrill in season finale · Cambiaso - the ...


Tue, 24 Nov 2015 06:26:15 -0800

Le sobran marcas a Adolfo Cambiaso, pero ni él ni La Dolfina se dan el lujo de aburguesarse, de levantar el pie. Ni siquiera en el primer partido de Palermo, donde el equipo que busca la tercera Triple Corona al hilo empieza ganando antes del os 30 ...

El Ancasti Editorial

El Ancasti Editorial
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:48:45 -0800

María Vázquez cumple 20 años con Adolfo Cambiaso. María Vázquez (40) es, sin dudas, una de las mujeres más lindas de la argentina que, además, abandonó su carrera de joven para acompañar a su amor, Adolfo Cambiaso (40), en su carrera de polista.

Buenos Aires Herald

Buenos Aires Herald
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:41:15 -0800

La Dolfina (16): Adolfo Cambiaso 10 (9-7 pen), David Stirling 10 (3), Pablo Mac Donough 10 (3), Juan Martín Nero 10 (1). — 40. Alegría (14): Hilario Ulloa 9 (10- 8 pen), Lucas Monteverde Jr 9 (2), Cristian Laprida Jr 8 (1) Frederick Mannix Jr 9 (1). —35.


Tue, 08 Sep 2015 10:29:15 -0700

Adolfo Cambiaso bestrides the Pacific and Atlantic polo seasons like a Colossus, but the 'away' season from Argentina this year has been just a tad more special in his mind. As he finished off the European high goal season in Sotogrande nine days ago ...


Diario BAE
Sat, 07 Nov 2015 16:44:28 -0800

El equipo de Adolfo Cambiaso, quien marcó 8 goles, le ganó en el último minuto 15 a 14 a Ellerstina, por la final del 122º Abierto de Hurlingham de Polo. Así, La Dolfina quedó a un torneo en este 2015 para conseguir por primera vez en la historia tres ...

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