Milan returns to basket-city with Italy’s challenges in the 2022 European Championships

Italy will host EuroBasket 2022 Group C in Milan with Greece, Croatia, Ukraine, Great Britain and Estonia scheduled for September next year. Basketball fans will be able to see many stars of the first magnitude of the basketball firmament including NBA starting from the Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo.A great opportunity for the Milan of basketball and not just waiting to see Armani Milano at the Finals Four of the Euroleague 2021

At the Assago Forum

31 years after Rome 1991, therefore, the maximum continental competition for national teams returns to Italy. The Italian Basketball Federation will organize one of the rounds with the collaboration of Master Group Sport, FIP commercial advisor since 2018. Initially scheduled in 2021, the EuroBasket was then moved to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “For Milan it is a real honor to host one of the groups of the European Basketball 2022 – commented the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala -: Basketball is a much loved and followed sport in the city. We are sure that Milan will do its part to welcome the champions of the Italian national team and other national teams involved in the matches of this important competition in the best possible way and will be able to offer sports and sharing opportunities to the fans who will come here to support their favorites. In this particularly difficult period for the whole world, sporting events of this stature can play a strategic role and contribute to the recovery of our country ».

The challenges for the Azzurri

At the Forum Italbasket will face some new challenges and others of great tradition: Greece and Croatia are historical opponents for our national team while Great Britain represents an unprecedented match in a European championship. Very few comparisons, and all more or less recent, with Ukraine and Estonia. Xosì the Technical Commissioner Meo Sacchetti: «It is very difficult to assess the quality of the national teams after one year even if some have a coat of arms known to all. What is certain is that our movement deserves to have a great basketball show, especially in a complicated period like the one we are experiencing. I really hope that in September 2022 we can play in a Forum with all the spectators in their places ».

The formula of the European

There are four groups of six teams each with the formula of the Italian group. The first four teams of each group access the knockout round of 16 (AB, CD) as well as the quarterfinals and semifinals. On 18 September the finals for the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. The four groups (1/9 September) will be played in Milan, Prague (Czech Republic), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Cologne (Germany). From the round of 16 onwards (10/18 September), the Nikolai Semashko Trophy, currently held by the reigning champions of Slovenia, will be played in Berlin. The Azzurri, qualified by right as host country as well as Germany, the Czech Republic and Georgia, still had to face the qualifiers, winning their grouping ahead of Russia, Estonia and North Macedonia.

All the rounds of EuroBasket 2022

Group A (Tbilisi, Georgia) Spain Russia Turkey Georgia Belgium Bulgaria


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Author: Oleg Ceban
Graduated from University of Oxford. Previously, he worked in various diferent news media. Currently, it is a columnist of the world news section in the Free News editors.
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