Bulgaria, initial stumbling block for Spain in the Eurobasket

Bulgaria, a team that returns to the continental showcase eleven years later, whose references are Sasha Vezenkov and the American of origin Dee Bost, is the initial stumbling block for the ‘new’ Spanish team in the eurobasketball 2022tournament that faces without most of the players who were banners of so many successes and with no less than seven debutants of the twelve summoned.

is presented a continental championship more than complicated for Sergio Scariolo’s group, in which the group of ‘veterans’ is made up of Rudy Fernández, Willy and Juancho Hernangómez, Xabier López-Arostegui and Usman Garuba, and the new faces in these competitions are Lorenzo Brown, Alberto Díaz, Jaime Fernández , Darío Brizuela, Sebas Sáiz, Jaime Pradilla and Joel Parra.

After many years among the leading players on the continent, the team led by Sergio Scariolo this time will have other rivals ahead in the betsafter gradually shedding in recent times of some players who helped forge the best generation in the country’s history, including the Gasol brothers, Pau and Marc.

Other important men such as Ricky Rubio or Sergio Llull, whose injury forced him to leave the concentration a few days before the European event and motivated the call of the Unicaja base Alberto Díaz, one of the first discards of Scariolo at the beginning of the preparation for the Eurobasket.

To all this is added the bet on a young block, endowed with a great future but little shot in major competitions. On it they hope to lay the foundations for a new future project that will be joined by some players who are already standing out in the lower categories.

Under the circumstances, the team arrives at the appointment having lost to Greece by Giannis Antetokoumpo in Athens and against Lithuania the two previous friendliesduring a preparatory period in which they also won their World Cup qualifiers against Iceland and the Netherlands.

Despite this, they will seek to leave settling little by little in the competition to grow with the future of the crashesstarting with this first against a team that had not played a Eurobasket since 2011 and that, under the command of Rosen Barchovski, hopes to take advantage of the growth of young talents along with center Vezenkov and point guard Boost, an American who has been wearing the Bulgarian jersey since 2016.

Konstantin Kostadinov (Palencia) and Emil Stoilov (Students), for currently playing in Spain, and Vezenkov (ex-Barcelona), will be the best-known faces of Barhovski’s team, especially the latter, considered a true banner for the bulgarian fans, who apart from the Eurobasket has not seen his team in a Games since 1968 and a World Cup since 1959.

Spain, by name and capacity, She starts with the favorite poster, but Scariolo has already warned that it will be a complicated first phase. To begin with, you also have to be careful with the scoring success of Pavlin Ivanov or Yordan Minchev.

Avoid gaps that you have had in pre-tournament matches, intensity in defense, apply maximum physical energy These are some of the determining issues for this premiere of a tournament in which the entire expedition knows that it will be difficult to repeat previous performances.

Spain has not gotten off the podium in the last six editions. He won gold in three of them, silver in one and bronze in another two. Repeating among the chosen ones is now more than complicated in view of the moment of the team, the wickers and what other illustrious rivals present. At the moment, all eyes are only on the match against Bulgaria, which will start at 13.30 at the Sports Palace in Tbilisi (Georgia).


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