All Basketball – All Of The Time
The 2017 FIBA EuroBasket will be the 40th instalment of the EuroBasket championships – the world’s premier Basketball championships. Organised by FIBA Europe, the EuroBasket will run from August 31st to September 17, 2017. 2017 will see the dawn of a new era – with the continental event taking place in Olympics-like style – once every four years, instead of every other year.
The FIBA EuroBasket follows a similar qualification style to the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Ukraine were offered the opportunity to host the 2017 FIBA EuroBasket, but opted to decline due to the constant political unrest currently experienced by the country. FIBA Europe on 5 November 2015 announced that a total of five national federations had applied to organise the 2017 event: Finland, Poland, Israel, Turkey and Romania. During December of the same year it was announced that four of the five countries would jointly be hosting the 2017 competition – with Poland being the only country not included in the final selection.
The knockout stage will be battled out at Istanbul’s famous Sinan Erdem Dome. Competitors playing in the knockout stage will have advanced from an initial total of 24 teams – played in groups of six. Only the 4 best teams in these groups will make it to the single-elimination knockout stage.
Israel Ready Ahead of FIBA EuroBasket 2017
Israel has announced that it is well into preparations for the FIBA EuroBasket 2017, with a total of 16 of its best players training it up under coach Erez Edelstein. This will be the first year ever that Israel has played host country to the FIBA EuroBasket championships.
Captain Omri Casspi was notably keyed up when interviewed by the press, saying that he was excited to the point of not being able to sleep and that Israel was united for one goal.
Meanwhile In Latvia
With Basketball being a fairly new sport in Latvia – at international level in any event – coach Bagatskis and his support coaching staff have been very hard at work readying the team ahead of FIBA EuroBasket 2017.
Speaking to the press, a motivated Bagatskis announced that this was the first year since 2010 that the team had not been able to spend an entire six weeks in preparation leading up to the championships, but that he was confident in the team’s abilities and that there was no doubt in his mind that the players would be functioning at optimal levels.
Bagatskis has been involved with the National Latvian Basketball team for the past eight years.
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