Seventeen interminable years. A very long wait, which ended with the fantastic feat in the pre-Olympic tournament in Belgrade where Serbia, historical enemy, was annihilated by Italbasket with a perfect match. So Meo Sacchetti and his boys instead of going on vacation, they arranged their luggage and climbed the ladder of the plane that took them to Tokyo, destination Olympics.
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The men’s national team will take the field to challenge Germany, Australia and Nigeria in Group B. He will do it with a young group that has their own image in the cheeky face of Nico Mannion. The little boy son of the great shooter Pace, seen in boot basketball in the 90s, and of the very Italian mother Gaia, former volleyball player from Guidonia Montecelio, has completed his sports weaning in the best possible way thanks to a past season, apart from a few small paranthesis in the G-League, between the teachings of Steve Kerr and the advice of Stephen Curry wearing the Golden State Warriors tank top in the NBA.
And then it is not surprising that on the most important evening, in Belgrade, not only did he finish with 24 points but also growled in the face of his opponents, whispering without any fear to the Serbian Micic, the MVP of the Euroleague finals “hey, for it won’t be a great evening for you. ” Now, however, all this is a memory and, reinforced by the arrival of Danilo Gallinari who joined after the elimination of his Atlanta Hawks from the NBA playoffs at the hands of those Milwaukee Bucks who put the ring on their fingers, Italbasket wants to build a new story you can tell.
The last time at the Olympics, as President Petrucci has always remembered, the second silver in history arrived after that of Moscow in 1980. It was 2004, in Athens, and the generation of Basile, Soragna and Marconato were on the field. Now it is the turn of a different Italbasket.
The adventure of the new captain Nik Melli and his teammates will start on Sunday 25 July at 6:40 am Italian time against Germany. And for Simone Fontecchio, one of the great heroes of the magical night in Belgrade, it will not be a match like any other. The blue winger has just returned from success in the Bundesliga in the ranks of Alba Berlin before recently moving to Baskonia in Spain. «It will be very stimulating and fun – he said – to play against the Germans. Especially against my three former teammates Maodo Lo, Niels Giffey and Johannes Thiemann. We are very close to them after a very special year with Alba. I chatted with them here at the Village also because the German building is right in front of ours. Speaking of this fantastic place… we spent the first two days looking around to understand where we had ended up ».
THE BLUE OF ITALBASKET – # 0 Marco Spissu (1995, 184, P); # 1 Niccolò Mannion (2001, 188, P / G); # 7 Stephen Tonut (1993, 194, G); # 8 Danilo Gallinari (1988, 208, A); # 9 Nicolò Melli (1991, 206, A); # 13 Simone Fontecchio (1995, 203, A); # 16 Amedeo Tessitori (1994, 208, C); # 17 Giampaolo Ricci (1991, 202, A); # 24 Riccardo Moraschini (1991, 194, G); # 31 Michele Vitali (1991, 196, G); # 33 Achille Polonara (1991, 205, A); # 54 Alessandro Pajola (1999, 194, P). All. Romeo Sacchetti
THE GIRONI AND THE FORMULA – The qualified formations are 12 and divided into three groups. Italbasket is included in that B with Australia, Germany and Nigeria. IGroup A is made up of Iran, France, the USA and the Czech Republic while in group C they will compete Argentina, Japan, Spain and Slovenia.
The first two classified of each group and the two best thirds enter the quarter-finals. A draw will be made to determine the pairing of the quarter-finals: the three winning teams of their respective groups and the best second will be placed in the first pot while the remaining two ranked teams and the two best third will be placed in the second pot. Teams in the same group of the first phase cannot be drawn against each other.
TOKYO 2020, THE CALENDAR OF THE MEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM– Italbasket basketball is included in group B of the Olympic tournament. He will debut on Sunday 25 July, at the Saitama Super Arena against Germany at 6:40 am Italian time (13:40 pm Italian time). The first day of the Azzurri group will be completed by Australia-Nigeria (10.20 Italian, 17.20 local). These then are the remaining challenges of the first phase: Wednesday 28 July Italy-Australia (10.20 Italian, 17.20 local); Saturday 31 July: Italy-Nigeria (06.40 Italian, 13.40 local). The quarter-finals will be played on Tuesday 3 August, the semi-finals on Thursday 5 August and the finals on Saturday 7 August.
NATIONAL WOMEN 3X3 – Not only male Italbasket because the fantastic 3×3 girls coached by Andrea Capobianco, the coach who, just landed in Tokyo, managed to discuss the degree thesis at a distance in work and organizational psychology. The blues are completing their preparations in view of their debut on Saturday 24 July, when at the Aomi Urban Sports Park they will face Mongolia first and then France.
THE FORMULA – All 8 teams have been included in the same group and compete against each other in the first three and a half days of competition. The top six finishers advance to the knockout stage. The top two teams ranked directly to the semifinals.
THE CALENDAR OF THE WOMEN’S NATIONAL 3X3 – Andrea Capobianco’s girls will make their debut in the Olympics on Saturday 24 July at 10:30 am Italian time (5:30 pm local time) against Mongolia. Then on the same day, at 2:25 pm (9:25 pm local time) they will challenge France. This is the rest of the calendar: Sunday 25 July Italy-Romania (03.40 Italian, 10.40 local); Italy-China (07.25 Italian, 14.25 local). Monday 26 July: Italy-Japan (07.25 Italian, 14.25 local); Italy-USA (10.55 Italian, 17.55 local). Tuesday 27 July: Italy-Russian Olympic Committee (10.25 Italian, 17.25 local); quarter-finals (times to be determined). Wednesday 28 July: semifinals and finals (times to be determined).
THE BLUES OF 3X3 – # 3 Rae Lin D’Alie (1987, 160); # 4 Chiara Consolini (1988, 182); # 5 Marcella Filippi (1985, 186); # 8 Giulia Rulli (1991, 185).
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