The figure, favorites, chances of the French team and the calendar .. What you want to know about the competition

More than a year after the silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics (defeat in the final against the United States, 87-82), the French team begins the European Basketball Championship against Germany, Thursday, September 1 (8:30 pm), in Cologne.

France hopes to win the second title in its history, but Spain, Serbia, Slovenia or even Greece have the arguments to offer. The competition is being held (September 1-18) in four countries (Germany, Georgia, Italy and the Czech Republic) before the final stage at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. France info: Sports It summarizes everything you need to know about the competition, which was originally scheduled for 2021, before being postponed after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed.

coordination

24 countries on the starting line for the European Basketball Championship. They are divided into four groups of six teams. Each pool 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 ranked in the top four of their group at the end of the initial five meetings to qualify for the Round of 16. At this stage of the competition, groups A and B (first vs. fourth, second vs. third, etc.) intersect on one hand, and groups two C and D on the other hand.

Favorite

Will we have the fourth country to win four editions after France in 2013, Spain in 2015 and Slovenia in 2017? Version 41 anyway seems particularly open and no country advances as a very favourite. It’s a role France could have been looking forward to in the wake of their Olympic silver, but Nando de Colo and Nicolas Batum are deadlocked and injuries are not without their three-color choice.

Defending champions Slovenia can count on their star Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic. In total, there will be eight Slovenes to defend their title, including Klemen Prepelic and Goran Dragic, who came out of international retirement for the occasion.

In search of a first international title since 2002 (then under the banner of Yugoslavia), Serbia has something to fear in the footsteps of the NBA season’s best player, Nikola Djokic. He will be accompanied by the best player in the Euroleague in 2021, goalkeeper Vasili Micic. In the World Cup qualifiers, on August 25, the Serbs, after extra time, beat Greece (100-94), another contender for the coronation led by Giannis Antikonmo.

Serbia's Nikola Djokic plays in a preparatory match for the European Championship against Germany in Hamburg on August 20, 2022 (MICHAEL SCHWARTZ / DPA via AFP)

Finally, it is impossible not to mention Spain. Titled three times in the last five editions, the Iberian selection group enters its first competition without the Gasol brothers, Pau and Marc. If La Roja is less impressive than in the past, and Sergio Lul’s withdrawal doesn’t help him, the Hernangomez brothers (Willy and Juan) or the 20-year-old nugget Osman Garuba should not be underestimated.

Ambitious but lethal blues

The Eurobasket was to be the second step, after the Tokyo Olympics, which was supposed to lead the French team to the Olympic gold in Paris 2024. But after Nando de Colo and Nicolas Batum’s quickly announced packages, the Blues lamented the many injuries While getting ready (Victor Wimpanyama, Frank Ntelikina, Mustafa Vall, Andrew Elbissi). The last city has since joined the group and Mustafa Fall can imitate him if he is recaptured in time.

With five wins in six preparatory matches (two of which counted towards qualification for the 2023 World Cup), the balance sheet was positive. But in the match, Vincent Colette’s team was not reassured, like its recent defeat in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Saturday, August 28, after extending twice (96-90). She never showed control over an entire encounter.

Placed in a high group with German hosts Slovenia, Lithuania and Bosnia and Herzegovina just beating them and Hungary, the Blues won’t have to leave many matches en route to risk facing a major quarter-final, or even the Round of 16 at worst.

Blues TV schedule and broadcasts

September 1 (8:30 pm): France – Germany
September 3 (5.45 pm): France – Lithuania
September 4 (8:30 pm): France – Hungary
September 6 (2:30 pm): France – Bosnia and Herzegovina
September 7 (15:15 pm): France – Slovenia

All France team meetings will be broadcast on Canal + Sport 360, a new channel launched by Canal + Group on Wednesday, August 31.

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