World Cup qualification. mass cancellations for the basketball team

E:Almost two months ago, the German basketball team defeated Poland in the small finals of the European Championship in Berlin and secured the bronze medal. With some inspiring performances, basket hunters managed to significantly increase media and public attention to their sport.

In the center of attention were senior Dennis Schroeder and versatile young star Franz Wagner, who earn their money in the North American professional league of the NBA. Now the selection of the national coach Gordon Herbert is taking place again for the first time. The schedule includes World Cup qualifiers against Finland this Friday (19:00 on MagentaSport) in Bamberg and Monday (18:00 on MagentaSport) in Slovenia.

But the German team, which did not have the best team when winning the bronze medal, is badly torn. NBA pros are generally not available during the season. The players of the Euroleague teams are also absent, because the European premier class does not pause during the window of the national team.

New Bayer: Nils Giphy

New Bayer: Nils Giphy

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For the specialists of Alba Berlin and Bayern Munich, the focus is not on the qualifying round of the World Cup, but on their direct fight in the Euroleague. Therefore, with Justus Holatz, Christian Sengfelder and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann, who was nominated later, there are only three EM participants in the team.

Another bronze medalist, Nils Giffy, was included in the preliminary list announced on October 26. But this week the Spanish Murcia winger joined Bayern Munich, making him unavailable for the national team. This is certainly an uncomfortable situation for the national coach, but there is no pressure to get a result given the starting position in the table.

The team is unbeaten after their surprise loss to Estonia and is likely to qualify for next year’s World Cup without another win. If all other results really go against the German team, success should come. The goal is to eliminate the last mathematical doubts now.

Not even a full second claim is available for this as Gordon Herbert has had to accept a series of cancellations due to illness and injury. So far, the Canadian has fielded 28 players in the qualifiers. That number could reach more than 30 in the next two games. Recalled Lucas Meisner (Hamburg) and Joshua Obieze (Frankfurt) have yet to play, while Ludwigsburg’s Jakob Patrick, who is only 18 years old, has no international experience at all.

Nevertheless, it is quite possible to assume that the German team will achieve the victory that is theoretically still necessary. The national coach, whose work was rightly recognized after winning the medal of the European Championship, is also doing a good job in the qualifying round of the World Cup, which has received significantly less attention due to the absence of stars.

Gordon Herbert embraces the often difficult staffing situation and usually makes the best of it. In addition, the positive results highlight the potential of German basketball. The top, with six NBA players, stands on a solid pyramid capable of making up for the lack of the first two levels.

signs of calm

Optimists hope that at least Euroleague players will return in the future. There are first signs of a loosening between FIBA, which is responsible for national teams as the association of national federations, and ULEB, which organizes the continent’s top club competitions as the representative of the leagues.

For the first time, the Euroleague was ready to postpone the game, taking into account the FIBA ​​calendar. The Italian “Milan”-“Bologna” derby has been canceled since 11.11. until 9.11. bring forward This eliminated Italy’s World Cup qualifier match against Spain.

Although communication between the two camps has increased significantly over the past two years, there may be specific economic interests in accommodation. In Italy, the TV rights for both tournaments are held by the same provider, and in addition to the Euroleague derby, the national team qualifier is also of great interest, as the Spaniards are European champions and are coached by Italian Sergio Scariolo, who also. acts as the coach of “Virtus Bologna”. So it remains to be seen whether this gesture is the beginning of a new understanding or will remain just a special case.

The author has twice become the best coach of the year in Germany.

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