On August 24 at 9:00 p.m., the pavilion Navarre Arena will once again host a game of the Spanish basketball teamwhich will arrive in Pamplona for the first time in official competition to see faces with Icelandwhich will be the first match of the second qualifying round for the Basketball World 2023.
It will be the second time that the Spanish men’s basketball team visits the Pamplona pavilion. The group, led by Sergio Scariolofaced Lithuania before 10,000 people in August 2019 in the first warm-up match for the World Basketball of Chinain which the team won the Gold medal.
The meeting will be organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation and the public company of the Government of Navarra NICDO, in collaboration with the Navarra Basketball Federation.
At the presentation, which took place this morning, Fernando Romey -representing the Spanish Basketball Federation- has shown his desire to see the pavilion as in 2019: “We would like to enjoy the Navarra Arena again full to see the Spanish team, as happened three years ago. In addition, a magical summer began there that ended with the title of world champion in Beijing. Let’s hope that history repeats itself, the Navarrese fans vibrate with the team and give them luck for the match against Iceland and for the EuroBasket, which will be played later”.
For your part Miguel Pozuetadirector of Navarro Sports Institute of the Government of Navarra, has thanked the Spanish Federation for its trust, once again, “in a space like the Navarra Arena and in the fans of the regional community, which will surely turn to welcome again the senior team, current champion of the world, which returns to Navarra just on the 75th anniversary of our Federation”.
Your president, Paul Bretos, wanted to highlight the importance of this sport in Navarra: “We want our region to be a reference for the National Team and for it to be part of the usual circuit of matches, since it has shown that it is a first-class facility.” “The windows are important for the World Cup”, he added, “and the spectator who attends the match will be able to enjoy the best players in Spain, who only a few days later will face each other in the main continental competition. In addition, the day before, on the 23rd, we will do the 3×3 Plaza, in the Plaza del Castillo, where there will also be players, as part of a festive day and as part of these golden brooches to our anniversary.
Ramon Urdiain, manager of NICDO, has also joined in thanking both federations and the IND for the trust placed in the Navarra Arena and in his team and has confirmed that it is expected “to sell out tickets again, as happened in 2019”. Likewise, he has highlighted that the purpose of NICDO is precisely “to promote culture, sports and leisure with events that have a great impact on Navarra and that are capable of attracting many people from within and outside our community”.
Tickets are already on sale through the website of the Spanish Basketball Federationwith prices ranging between €10 and €45.
THE GREAT FIGURES ARE BACK
Spain is located in Group L, the same as the Icelandic team, with a record of three wins and one loss. This group of six teams distributes three passports for the World Cup, so the victory could be essential to achieve classification. The rival, Iceland, is establishing itself in the European elite. In the first qualifying round they beat the Netherlands twice and Italy at home. Tryggvy Hlinason or Pavel Ermolinskij or Martin Hermannssonthe three with experience in the Endesa League, are some of its main names, although the latter suffered a serious knee injury during the past playoffs.
In Group L, Spain, Italy and Iceland are currently tied with 7 points, while Georgia have 6, Ukraine 5 and the Netherlands close the group with 4 points.
This match corresponds to the first window of the second qualifying phase for the 2023 World Cup, but it will also serve as preparation for EuroBasket 2022, which will take place from September 1 to 18 this year in Germany, the Czech Republic, Georgia and Italy, having been delayed due to the pandemic, as it was scheduled for September 2021.
The final squad for this second phase will be known this week and the team that will finally play in Pamplona will be announced the days before the match. However, Fernando Romay has confirmed that the main players will be present, “since the national team plays a lot in this game and Iceland is a team with several players in NBA orbitin addition to being the last game before the European Championship, in which we have the confidence to obtain a good result”.
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