More than a year after the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics (defeat in the final against the United States, 87-82), the French team begins its Eurobasket against Germany, on Thursday, September 1 (at 8:30 p.m. hours), in Cologne.
France aspires to win a second title in its history but Spain, Serbia, Slovenia or even Greece have arguments to do so. The competition (from September 1 to 18) is organized in four countries (Germany, Georgia, Italy and the Czech Republic) before a final phase at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. Information from France: sports summarizes everything you need to know about the competition, originally scheduled for 2021, before being postponed following the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.
Twenty-four nations are on the starting line for this European basketball championship. They are divided into four groups of six teams. Each group is located in a unique city: group A in Tbilisi (Georgia), group B in Cologne (Germany), group C in Milan (Italy) and group D in Prague (Czech Republic).
It is necessary to be classified in the first four positions of its group at the end of the five initial matches to qualify for the round of 16. At this stage of the competition, groups A and B meet (1st against 4th, 2nd against 3rd, etc.) on one side, groups C and D on the other.
Will we have a fourth country crowned in four editions after France in 2013, Spain in 2015 and Slovenia in 2017? The 41st edition looks in any case especially open and neither nation advances with ultra-favourite status. It’s a role France could have aspired to after their Olympic silver medal, but Nando De Colo and Nicolás Batum have been stagnant and injuries have not escaped the tricolor team.
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Defending champion Slovenia can count on their Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic. In total, there will be eight Slovenians to defend their title, including Klemen Prepelic and Goran Dragic, who has come out of international retirement for the occasion.
In search of a first international title since 2002 (then under the Yugoslav flag), Serbia has something to scare in the footsteps of double NBA season MVP Nikola Jokic. He will be accompanied by the EuroLeague MVP in 2021, point guard Vasilije Micic. In qualifying for the World Cup, on August 25, the Serbs defeated, in extra time, Greece (100-94), another contender for the crown led by Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Finally, it is impossible not to mention Spain. Three-time champion in the last five editions, the Iberian team reaches its first competition without the Gasol brothers, Pau and Marc. If La Roja is less impressive than in the past, nor helped by the withdrawal of Sergio Llull, the Hernangómez brothers (Willy and Juan) or the 20-year-old nugget Usman Garuba should not be underestimated.
The ambitious but decimated Blues
The Eurobasket was going to be the second step, after the Tokyo Olympics, that should take the French team to Olympic gold in Paris 2024. But after the quickly announced packages of Nando De Colo and Nicolas Batum, the Blues have also deplored , numerous injuries in preparation (Victor Wembanyama, Frank Ntilikina, Moustapha Fall, Andrew Albicy). The last city has since rejoined the group and Moustapha Fall could follow suit if he is restored in time.
With five victories in six preparation matches (two of which served to qualify for the 2023 World Cup), the balance is positive. But in the game, Vincent Collet’s team did not calm down, like his last defeat in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Saturday, August 28, after two overtimes (96-90). She never showed control during a full match.
Located in a high group with the German hosts, Slovenia, Lithuania, Bosnia-Herzegovina who just beat them and Hungary, the ‘blues’ will not have to leave too many games on the road at the risk of facing a quarter-final in a big way . , or even the round of 16 in the worst case.
The schedule and television broadcast of the Blues
September 1 (8:30 p.m.): France – Germany
September 3 (5:45 p.m.): France – Lithuania
September 4 (8:30 p.m.): France – Hungary
September 6 (2:30 p.m.): France – Bosnia and Herzegovina
September 7 (5:15 p.m.): France – Slovenia
All France national team matches will be broadcast on Canal+ Sport 360, a new channel launched on Wednesday, August 31 by the Canal+ group.
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