White and red competitors are in love. And there are world champions Spain and Israel – both teams already qualified for Eurobasket 2022 – and Romania.
In February, Poland will meet Spain and Romania. During the “bubble” last November in Valencia, coach Mike Taylor’s side defeated Romania 91:61 and lost to Israel, 72:78. The Polish national team is ranked second in the table, with a score of 2-2. Israel leads with a full set of victories.
We are pleased that the International Basketball Association (FIBA) appreciated the joint efforts of the Polish Basketball Association, Gliwice and the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sports, and granted us the organization of the last qualifying window for the European Championship. It’s a big challenge, especially in the era of the Coronavirus pandemic, but Arena Gliwice is one of the newest facilities of this kind in Poland, ideal for playing matches at the highest level. He had already proven himself in the past during the match against Israel, which was watched by up to 12,000 fans in the hall. Hopefully in February the situation in our country will allow fans to support white and red again from the stands – as said Polish Basketball Association President Radosław Piesiewicz, on the federation’s website.
At Arena Gliwice, Poland lost to Israel in the first match of the European Championship (71:75).
Hosts for the “In the Bubble” tournaments have also been appointed in other groups: B – Russian Perm (Russia, Estonia, Italy, North Macedonia), C – Vilnius (Lithuania, Denmark, Belgium, the Czech Republic), D – Ankara (Turkey, Sweden, Netherlands, Croatia), E – Tbilisi (Georgia, Serbia, Finland, Switzerland), F – Kiev (Ukraine, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary), G – Podgorica (Montenegro, France, Great Britain, Germany), H – Riga (Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Bulgaria).
Eurobasket has been moved from 2021 to 2022 due to the Tokyo Games being postponed by a year. It is scheduled to be held in the Czech Republic, Germany, Georgia and Italy. The qualifiers are played in three windows: February 17-25, November 27-30, 2020 and February 18-23, 2021. The top three teams from each of the eight groups or the two best teams plus the final co-hosts are guaranteed participation.
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