What if it was the toughest competition in international basketball? Even more than the World Championships and the Olympic Games? With the exception of the United States and Australia, the European Championship brings together the best basketball countries, andEuroBasket 2022 Which starts on Thursday presents a dense and exceptional lineup with the last three winners, France, Spain and Slovenia, but also Serbia, Greece or even Croatia and Lithuania.
The euro has rarely appeared hesitant, without a real big favorite like Spain would have been for 10 to 15 years. Roja begins a transitional period with the withdrawal of the Gasol brothers, but also the absence of Ricky Rubio and Sergio Lol, and for the first time in a long time, the formation of Sergio Scarello is not a serious candidate. on the address.
Favorite media Slovenia and France
On the other hand, defending champion Slovenia has the potential to achieve the double, with a miraculous momentum. Luka Doncic. Five years ago, the public discovered her. Today, he is simply a world star, capable of carrying an entire country on his shoulders as he proved at the Tokyo Olympics.
On the same level as Slovenia according to the media vote, we find the silver medalist France in Tokyo. Even deprived of Nicolas Batum and Nando de Colo, the Blues have the potential to win a second European title after that they secured in 2013. But the defeat in Bosnia this weekend proves that his teammates Rudy Gobert They have not yet become masters of their game, and what is worse, they are caught in the group of death with Slovenia, but also with Lithuania, Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Behind Slovenia and France, many outsiders such as Greece and Serbia. Their common point: Reliance on a double NBA MVP with Giannis Antikonmo for the Greeks and Nikola Jokic for the Serbs. Like Doncic with Slovenia, Giannis and Jokic both have the ability to pull their team to the top, and in such an open competition they can create surprises.
The tone of the NBA is very strong
Lithuania’s mistrust also remains difficult to maneuver, especially as it lands with the “twin towers” Valanciunas Sabonis. This is the best pair of interiors on EuroBasket.
And distrust also in Croatia, which appears to have begun an upward curve around Dario Saric, Bojan Bogdanovic, Mario Hizonga and Ivica Zubak. The same composition for Turkey which finds ambitions around NBA players such as Sidi Osman, Alperin Sengon and Furkan Korkmaz. We will not forget the host country, Germany. There are a few absentees, but Dennis Schroeder and his cohorts have just defeated Slovenia and, motivated by their fans, are able to play a spoiler.
Overall, the National Basketball Association responded with about thirty players, including many stars and even superstars. We mentioned Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokonmo, Luka Doncic, Rudi Gobert, Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas, but there’s also Ivan Fournier, Goran Dragic, Denis Schroeder and Laurie Markkanen.
The EuroBasket tournament, initially scheduled for 2021, has been postponed due to Covid-19 and the Olympics, and will be held from September 1-18 in four countries. The group stages will be held in four cities: Tbilisi (Georgia), Prague (Czech Republic), Milan (Italy) and Cologne (Germany), while the final stages will be hosted by Berlin (Germany).
From September 1 to 8, the first phase takes place with four sets of six (a, b, c, d) that are very unbalanced. You must finish in one of the top four to advance to the round of 16 which will be held on September 10 and 11 in Berlin. Then, on September 13 and 14, place in the quarter-finals. On September 16, semi-finals. On September 18, the European Basketball Championship final.
The first stage
Group A : Montenegro, Georgia, Spain, Bulgaria, Belgium and Turkey
group b : Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Lithuania, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina
group C Greece, Estonia, Ukraine, Great Britain, Italy, and Croatia
group d : Serbia, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Israel and Finland
In France, EuroBasket can be followed on Canal + Group’s antennas with the new channel Canal + Sport 360. Until Saturday, matches are broadcast unencrypted.
In the comments George Eddy, Stefan Ginty and Christophe Denis. This is the last time the Canal + Group has broadcast a major basketball competition since 2023, and BeIN Sports will take over.
Thursday 1 September
5:15pm – Lithuania/Slovenia (Canal + Sport 360, unencrypted)
8:30pm – France/Germany (Canal + Sport 360, unencrypted)
Friday 2 September
5:00 PM – Croatia/Greece (Canal + Sport 360, unencrypted)
9:00 PM – Italy / Estonia (Canal + Sport 360, uncoded)
Saturday 3 September
5:45pm – France/Lithuania (Canal + Sport 360, unencrypted)
9pm – Greece / Italy (Channel + Sports)
Sunday 4 September
6:40pm – Lithuania/Germany (Canal + Sport 360)
8:30pm – France / Hungary (Canal + Sport 360)
Monday 5 September
5:00 pm – Great Britain / Greece (Canal + Sport 360)
9pm – Serbia/Finland (Canal + Sport 360)
Tuesday 6 September
2:30 pm – France / Bosnia and Herzegovina (Canal + Sport 360)
8:30 pm – Germany / Slovenia (Canal + Sport 360)
Wednesday 7 September
1:30 pm – Turkey / Spain (Canal + Sport 360)
5:15pm – France / Slovenia (Canal + Sport 360)
8:30 pm – Hungary / Germany (Canal + Sport 360)
Thursday 8 September
5:00 pm – Estonia / Greece (Channel + Sport 360)
9pm – Serbia/Poland (Canal + Sport 360)