Sweden, Belarus and Slovakia, rivals of Spain in Valencia

The National Team will defend the title won in Belgrade at La Fonteta (Valencia) from June 17 to 27. If he finishes first and France could also meet in the semifinals.

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The Spanish team already knows what their path will be to try to revalidate the title of European champion that will be played from June 17 to 27. It would be the third consecutive wound and this time he will do it at home. Valencia will host all of Spain's matches both in the group stage and in the final stage, which will be played in its entirety in the city of Túria. Lucas Mondelo's team, as the seed of Group A, will play Sweden, Belarus and Slovakia.

The reigning two-time European champion will have a hard time with Sweden, one of the most defensive teams in qualifying (53.8 points conceded); the always complicated Belarusian team and Slovakia, a team whose best participation was achieved in 1997, achieving a silver. Groups A and B will be played in Valencia and groups C and D, in Strasbourg (France). In principle, the final phase was to be held in Paris but, finally due to the pandemic, the qualifiers were also moved to Valencia, where Spain will defend the title achieved in Belgrade in 2019.

The competition system dictates that the first three teams in each group qualify. The first of each group goes directly to the quarterfinals and the second and third of each group will face each other to elucidate the other four teams from the quarterfinals. If Spain qualifies first in group A, the winner of the match between the second in group B and the third in group A would await them in the quarterfinals. For the semifinals, if the predictions are met, the crosses would match Spain and France, the two hosts, in Valencia.

The act of the draw was held at the Santiago Grisolía Auditorium of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, very close to La Fuente de San Luis, where the matches of two groups of the tournament and the entire final phase will be played. The balls of the draw were drawn by the Spanish Anna Montañana and the French Cathy Melain. At the end of it, Lola was introduced, the mascot of this Eurobasket that will start just in 100 days.Competition system

The 16 qualified teams have been divided into four groups of four teams each. The first four finishers go directly to the fourths and the second and third will fight for a place in this round. This is how the draw has been:

Group A

Spain

Sweden

Belarus

Slovakia

Group B

Serbia

Italy

Montenegro

Greece

Group C

Belgium

Slovenia

Turkey

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Group D

France

Russia

Czech Republic

Croatia

“We want to organize the best Eurobasket in history”

Jorge Garbajosa, president of the FEB, explained that “more than two years ago, thanks to the great relationship with the French Federation, we put this candidacy to Mr. Demirel. Today we are two months away from the celebration. We want to organize the best Eurobasket in history in the worst conditions. There are the best players and we are preparing the best organization in such difficult times. ”

The president of FIBA in Europe, Turgay Demirel also referred in the previous events, that “this is the flagship competition of FIBA Europe, in 2021 it will be very special, in France and Spain, two countries with a great history as participants and as organizers. We are confident that this tournament will go out like a charm. One of FIBA's priorities is the development of women's basketball. ”

Andrés Campos, president of the Valencia Provincial Council, described the organization of the Eurobasket as "a dream in a difficult time". "We hope to celebrate the Eurobasket in better conditions than the current ones," he added. For his part, Borja Santamaría, managing director of the Valencia City Council's Sports Foundation, commented that "Valencia is committed to women's sport, today is a great day for sport for Valencia." Raquel Tamarit, General Secretary for Culture and Sports of the Generalitat, for her part, pointed out that “Eurobasket combines elements that are fully part of our idea that we have for sport. We will not disappoint in the organization even in the exceptional situation we currently live in. ”

The president of the French Federation, Jean Pierre Siutat, commented that “we are going through very difficult times. Strasbourg and Valencia are ready to host the 16 best women's teams. After the draw, Kamil Novak, Executive Director of FIBA Europe, left a door open for fans in the stands and explained that “we hope that the maximum number of spectators can compete” .

"It's a very complicated group"

After the act, Jorge Garbajosa, addressed the media:

Eurobasket with public in the stands ?: “The best news for society would be that it enters the public. I said that it was more important to me to see La Fonteta full than the gold medal. We trust we can have an audience. We manage the scenarios to control from 100 spectators until more people enter. ”

Group from Spain: “We are delighted to welcome Slovakia, Sweden and Belarus. It seems like a very difficult group to me. The level of the teams has grown. We are talking about 16 teams that are on their own merits. Later crosses will be more complicated. Those who will come from France are very powerful teams. Hopefully we can see La Fonteta full and hopefully we can be in the last matches. ”

Auge of women's basketball: “This is growing, yesterday we broke a record in audience for women's basketball, in the final of the Queen's Cup. The Endesa women's league is missing, there are four teams up there. The National Team is being renewed and this does not stop ".



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