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What friendly games Greece, Group C teams will play before EuroBasket? /News

With less than one month left before the EuroBasket 2022, the Mediolanum Forum arena in Assago will be one of the competition’s hosts. The home of Olimpia Milano will host Group C, featuring Italy, Greece, Croatia, Estonia, Ukraine, and Great Britain.

Unlike groups A and B, which start on September 1, groups C and D start on September 2 and run through September 8. The four best teams from each group advance to the final stage in Berlin.

Greece

Traditionally, for most people in Greece, August means hitting the beaches and enjoying some time off. However, that’s not the case for the Greek national team, which has a very special assignment this year since the EuroBasket 2022 is just around the corner for Dimitris Itoudis and his players.

Before Greece travels to Milan, which will be their starting point in the tournament’s group phase, they have a full month of preparation and friendly games ahead of them. The team’s training camp kicked off on August 1.

Dimitris Itoudis, who was appointed to the head coach position only four months ago, has invited 23 players.

Full roster:

  • Nick Calathes
  • Kostas Papanikolaou
  • Costas Sloukas
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Giorgos Papagiannis
  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo
  • Ioannis Papapetrou
  • Giannoulis Larentzakis
  • Dimitris Agravanis
  • Leonidas Kasselakis
  • Lefteris Bochoridis
  • Kostas Antetokounmpo
  • Michaelis Lountzis
  • Tyler Dorsey
  • Panagiotis Kalaitzakis
  • Dimitris Moraitis
  • Nikos Chougkaz
  • Konstantinos Gontikas
  • Giannis Kouzelolou
  • alex antetokounmpo
  • Lefteris Mantzoukas
  • Omiros Netzipoglou
  • Giorgos Tanoulis

Greece’s prep games tip-off on August 9, when the ‘Blue and White’ squad hosts Spain at the OAKA arena (18:00 CEST). Two days later, the two teams will lock horns again in Madrid (19:30 CEST).

Greece will also host the traditional Acropolis Tournament, held before every major competition, from 17 through 19 August. The tournament’s lineup includes Georgia, Poland, and Turkey. It will take place at OAKA, but the exact schedule is still to be released.

Nevertheless, the two-time continental champs, who are in the hunt for their first medal since 2009, will draw the curtain on their pre-EuroBasket obligations with two important official games for the 2023 FIBA ​​World Cup qualifiers.

On August 25, they will be hosted by Serbia in Belgrade, while three days later, they will play Belgium in Athens.

Here’s the complete schedule of the Greek national team’s scrimmages and official games in August:

  • August 9, 18:00 CEST, OAKA (Athens): Greece-Spain (friendly match)
  • August 11, 19:30 CEST, WiZink Center (Madrid): Spain-Greece (friendly match)
  • August 17-19, OAKA: Acropolis tournament (with the participation of the national teams of Georgia, Poland, and Turkey)
  • August 25, Stark Arena (Belgrade): Serbia-Greece (2023 FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers)
  • August 28, OAKA: Greece-Belgium (2023 FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers)

Italy

The training camp in Pinzolo, to which coach Gianmarco Pozzecco has summoned 17 athletes, lasts from August 3-10.

Danilo Gallinari and Nicolo Melli are the two returning star players, re-joining the squad after the Tokyo Olympics.

Full roster:

  • Amedeo Della Valle
  • Marco Spisu
  • Niccolo Mannion
  • Paul Biligha
  • Stefano Tonut
  • Danilo Gallinari
  • Nicolo Melli
  • Simone Fontecchio
  • Amedeo Tessitori
  • Giampaolo Ricci
  • matthew spagnolo
  • Tommaso Baldasso
  • Achilles Polonara
  • Gabriele Procida
  • Alessandro Pajola
  • Luigi Datomé
  • John Petrucelli

After the training camp in Trentino, the team will move to Bologna to face France in the first summer friendly (Friday 12 August, Unipol Arena at 20.30).

Then the trip to Montpellier to return the visit to the French national team and the trip to the tournament in Hamburg (semi-final against Serbia on August 19 and closing match against Germany or the Czech Republic on August 20).

Before the debut at the EuroBasket, there is an away match against Ukraine (venue to be defined) on 24 August and a home game against Georgia on 27 August at the PalaLeonessa in Brescia.

Italy’s games:

  • 12 August, 20:30 CEST: Italy-France (Bologna, Unipol Arena, Friendly match)
  • 16 August, 20:30 CEST: France-Italy (Montpellier – France, Friendly match)
  • 19 August, 18:00 CEST: Italy-Serbia (Hamburg – Germany, Friendly match)
  • 20 August, Italy-Germany / Czech Republic (Hamburg – Germany, Friendly)
  • 24 August, Ukraine-Italy (venue to be defined, World Cup 2023 Qualifiers)
  • 27 August, 20:30 CEST: Italy-Georgia (Brescia, World Cup 2023 Qualifiers)

croatian

Croatia starts preparation on August 3 in Opatija, but NBA players Bojan Bogdanovic and Ivica Zubac can join only on August 8.

The new list of 16 players who will prepare for the 2022 EuroBasket, as well as the qualification matches for the 2025 tournament, includes the following:

  • roko rogic
  • Lovro Gnjidić
  • Ivan Ramljak
  • Goran Philippovic
  • Roko Prkacin
  • Mario Hezonja
  • Tony Perkovic
  • Karl Matkovic
  • Matthew Dreznjak
  • Krunoslav Simon
  • Dominic Mavra
  • pavle marcinkovic
  • Bojan Bogdanović
  • Ivica Zubac
  • Darius Saric
  • Jalene Smith*

*the player is in the process of acquiring the Croatian citizenship

Before the EuroBasket itself, Croatia must also play two qualification matches for the 2025 EuroBasket, which will take place in Cyprus, Finland, and Latvia.

As Croatia have been eliminated from the 2023 World Cup, they became one of the two 2022 EuroBasket participants (the other one being Poland) to be placed in the second qualifying round ahead of the next European tourney.

Croatia was drawn into a group with Poland, Switzerland, and Austria. Hence, as announced by the federation, the team’s schedule includes four prep games and two official outings.

  • August 13: Bulgaria – Croatia (Pardubice, Czech Republic – Friendly game)
  • August 14: Czech Republic – Croatia (Pardubice, Czech Republic- Friendly game)
  • August 18: Croatia – Hungary (Opatija, Croatia – Friendly game)
  • August 20: Slovenia – Croatia (Celje, Slovenia – Friendly game)
  • August 25, 2022, 19:30 CEST, Torwar Arena (Warsow): Poland – Croatia (2025 EuroBasket Qualifiers)
  • August 28, 2022, 20:00, Opatija: Croatia – Switzerland (2025 EuroBasket Qualifiers)

Great Britain

Great Britain will look to cement a strong start to the FIBA ​​2023 World Cup Second Qualifying Round in August when they play guests to Belgium and then return to Newcastle to face Latvia at the Vertu Motors Arena.

As of now, Great Britain didn’t release its preliminary roster and friendly games schedule for the upcoming EuroBasket 2022.

This fixture will also serve as the team’s final outing on home soil before they venture to Milan.

  • 25 August, Mons: Belgium – Great Britain (2023 World Cup Qualifiers)
  • 28 August, Newcastle, 19:00 CEST: Great Britain – Latvia (2023 World Cup Qualifiers)

Ukraine

Since July 28, the Ukraine national team has started their preparation in Riga, where practices began. Both of the squad’s NBA players, Svyatoslav Mykhailiuk and Alex Len, are expected to appear 28 days before the EuroBasket.

Overall, 15 players were invited to the first gathering.

Full roster:

  • Bohdan Bliznyuk
  • Vyacheslav Bobrov
  • Volodymyr Gerun
  • Artyom Kovalov
  • Pavlo Krutous
  • alex len
  • Denis Lukashov
  • Svyatoslav Mikhailiuk
  • Artem Pustovy
  • Issuf Sanon
  • Ilya Sidorov
  • Dmitro Skapintsev
  • Ivan Tkachenko
  • Andrey Voinalovich
  • Vitaly Zotov

Before taking on Italy in Riga on August 24 and Iceland on August 27 in Reykjavik for the second round of the 2023 World Cup Qualifiers, Ukraine will play three friendlies.

They will travel to Istanbul to participate in a tournament along with the host team and Poland, while another game against Finland will take place a few days later.

Full schedule:

  • August 10-15, Istanbul (Turkey): Friendly tournament featuring Turkey and Poland
  • August 15-19, Helsinki (Finland): Practices and friendly game against Finland
  • August 24, Riga (Latvia): Ukraine-Italy (2023 World Cup 2023 Qualifiers)
  • August 27, Reykjavik: Iceland-Ukraine (2023 World Cup 2023 Qualifiers)

Estonia

Estonia head coach Jukka Toijala announced a preliminary roster that includes 18 players.

  • Sten Sock
  • Kerr Kriisa
  • Siim Markus Post
  • Kristian Kullamae
  • Mart Rosenthal
  • Martin Dorbeck
  • Robert Valge
  • Janari Joesaar
  • Henry Drell
  • sander raeste
  • Artur Kononchuk
  • Gregor Hermet
  • Siim-Sander Vene
  • Kaspar Treier
  • Christian Kitsing
  • Maik-Kalev Kotsar
  • Matthias Tass
  • Rauno Nurger

Estonia will face Lithuania in back-to-back prep games on August 4 and 7. From August 12 to 14, they will be the hosts of a tournament welcoming Belgium, Bosnia, and Herzegovina.

Right after that, Estonia will travel to Riga to square off with Latvia in their last prep game.

On August 25, they face reigning EuroBasket champs Slovenia in Celje, while three days later, they will host the Finnish national team in Saku Suurhalli. Both matches belong to the second round of the 2023 FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers.

The complete schedule stands as follows:

  • August 4, 18:30 CEST, Svyturio arena, Klaipeda: Lithuania – Estonia
  • August 7, 18:30 CEST, Alytus SRC Arena, Alytus: Lithuania – Estonia
  • August 12, 18:00 CEST, Tartu: Estonia-Belgium (Kullam 100 Tournament)
  • August 14, 16:00 CEST, Tartu: Bosnia and Herzegovina-Estonia (Kullam 100 Tournament)
  • August 19, 18:00 CEST, Riga: Latvia-Estonia
  • August 25, Celje: Slovenia-Estonia (2023 FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers)
  • August 28, Tallinn: Estonia-Finland (2023 FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers)

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