Traditional gathering of Serbia Men’s Basketball National Team in the Belgrade hotel “Zira” is the beginning of preparations for the EuroBasket 2015 that will be held from September 5th to 20th in Germany, France , Latvia and Croatia. AT this meeting 15 out of 18 players , who are on the list of candidates to play at the European Championship, has reported to the Head Coach Aleksandar Djordjevic. Captain Milos Teodosic, Stefan Markovic, Stefan Jovic, Nemanja Nedovic, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Dragan Milosavljevic, Nikola Kalinic, Marko Simonovic, Nemanja Dangubic, Luka Mitrovic, Zoran Erceg, Vladimir Stimac, Miroslav Raduljica, Nikola Milutinov and Boban Marjanovic were present. Ognjen Kuzmic and Marko Keselj have justified their absence on the grounds of their obligation in Summer League , as well as Nemanja Bjelica because of contract signing for Minnesota , but they will soon join their friends in the national team. Our best basketball players will after four days’ stay in Belgrade , from July 19th , continue with their preparations in Kranjska gora , and the first control game will be played on August 2nd against Hungary National Team.
– I am glad to be with these boys again and the atmosphere is great. I would like to congratulate to all of them on their excellent play they have had in their clubs in this season and I hope that they will continue to play like that for national team too. We all wish to repeat our game and to make good result as we did last year on the World Championship . It is good we do not have any injured player and that we have enough time to prepare ourselves and to continue on.- said Milos Teodosic.
Stefan Markovic, captain’s deputy, is of the similar opinion:
– We all are very excited to be together again. A hard task is ahead of us , because , after our success on the World Cup, everyone will consider us more seriously, starting from media up to our opponents . This is a big challenge for us , but I believe that we will prepare ourselves well and give our maximum.
Head Coach of our best basketball players, Aleksandar Djordjevic, repeated again that Serbia has highest goals:
– You all are familiar with my opinion, ambition, and faith I have in these boys , as well as in people who work with them . Our goal is to represent Serbia on the Olympic games in Rio . We know that there are others who also have the same desire, but only those who reach finals will be automatically qualified. We are aware that this will be one of the most qualitative and most demanding championship lately. All teams come with the best players , and in our group there are five candidates for medal. However, the hardest things are challenging. I only hope that we will be lucky , and go through this European Championship without any injuries – ended Djordjevic.
Serbian Men’s National Basketball Team is in group B of the EuroBasket 2015, to which Berlin will be the host, and the opponents to our best basketball players in this phase of the Championship will be national teams of Germany, Spain, Turkey , Italy and Island.