Men’s senior national team of Serbia, gather on Monday, February 17th in the hotel “Crown Plaza”, and on the same afternoon they will have their first practice in the sports hall “Aleksandar Nikolic”. National team of Serbia, starts the qualifications on Thursday, February 20th with the game against Finland in Finland, after what they play against Georgia on February 23rd (17h, sports hall “Aleksandar Nikolic”).

After a lunch together, exactly at 14h in front of media came out Predrag Danilovic, president of BFS, Igor Kokoskov, head coach of the national team, and the captain, Miroslav Raduljica.

“I want all the best to Igor in his work, I am sure that we will work as a team. We reached a multi-year deal and we hope that together we will finish the whole Olympic Games cycles.” Said the president of BFS, Predrag Danilovic.

After Danilovic, Kokoskov had couple things to say:

“I wanted to thank the BFS, and to the president Danilovic, on the honor and the trust I was shown when I got a chance to lead the national team. That is the dream of every coach and this is a special moment in my coaching life. Thanks to Dusan Ivkovic also had a big part in this deal, but also I have to thank to my team/club, Sacramento Kings and Vlade Divac who allowed me to be in these “windows’, which is really important for me. I am really glad I am here, special moment.” Said our head coach, he was supported with their appearance on today’s press conference Igor Rakocevic, vice president of BFS, Zlatko Bolic, secretary general of BFS, and the director of the national team Nenad Krstic, and also Dusan Ivkovic, legendary coach of our national team.

“I don’t know and I cannot promise things that we cannot anticipate. As a team we control our preparation, chemistry, organization. The beauty of the sport is that everyone hopes. And other teams will be preparing, they will try to win and we will not win just by showing up. We based on the players that have great seasons going on, who are at the top of their career, but also we have a couple of babies. Maybe it is not the best 14, but one day they will be leading the national team. Also, here are couple of veterans who’s role in this team will be to help out the team”, said Kokoskov.

Captain of Serbia, Miroslav Raduljica wished good luck and a lot of success to the new head coach:
“I want to say welcome to Igor, I believe that he already feels like he is here for a long time, and us players will do everything to make the greeting as easier and faster as possible. Qualifications again, that weird system again, maybe the weirdest so far, but together with Igor and with the federation I believe that at the end everything will be really good”, said Raduljica.

TICKETS FOR THE GAME AGAINST GEORGIA ON SALE FROM WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday, February 19th, the sale of the tickets for the game Serbia- Georgia starts, the game is played on 23.02. at 17h in the sports hall “Aleksandar Nikolic”. The fans will be able to buy the tickets at all selling places of “Ticket vision”, also through the website www.tickets.rs.
The price of the ticket will be popular, and will start at 200 dinars.

ASCERIC INSTEAD OF INJURIED DOBRIC, TEODOSIC QUESTIONABLE

To the gathering of the national team, Ognjen Dobric (Crvena Zvezda MTS) showed up, but because of the injury of the finger, he will not be able to play for the national team in this “window”. Instead of him, head coach Kokoskov has called up the player from Mega Bemax, Luka Asceric.

Milos Teodosic will not be traveling to the Finland with the team, and his appearance in the game against Georgia is questionable.
“There was a problem with insurance, not to get into any details, we will know for sure in two day if Teodosic will play the game against Georgia”, said Mr. Danilovic , the President of BFS.
National team of Serbia travels to Finland on Tuesday.