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Eurobasket 2015 Relocated

Ukraine will not host 2015 Euro basketball championship

FIBA Europe, the continental governing body, says on June 13 on Twitter it has FIBA Europe, the continental governing body, says on June 13 on Twitter it has “decided to relocate EuroBasket 2015 from Ukraine to a new destination(s),” without giving further details. © AFP

Europe’s basketball federation says Ukraine has been stripped of the right to host next year’s European men’s championship. The tournament had been in doubt because of the political instability in Ukraine.

Ukraine was stripped of the right to host next year’s European men’s basketball championship on Friday because of the continuing instability in the country.

Three of the planned host cities for the 24-team tournament were located in volatile eastern Ukraine, where government troops are fighting pro-Russian separatists.

Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March, tournament director Markiyan Lubkivsky said that hosting the event was no longer possible, but Ukrainian and European basketball authorities had tried to keep the project alive.

FIBA Europe, the continental governing body, said Friday that its board had now decided the risks were too great.

“The decision was taken after a careful consideration of the continuous political situation and security issues in Ukraine, which deemed as less than favorable for the staging of such an important and demanding event,” the organization said in a statement.

However, FIBA Europe said it will “start negotiations immediately” with Ukraine on hosting the 2017 championship.

A decision on next year’s host will be made by September 30, with “single or multi-country bids” to be submitted by the end of July.

Even before Ukraine lost the hosting rights, France had positioned itself as a leading candidate to stage next year’s championship, submitting a formal bid to FIBA Europe last month.

The decision to move the tournament out of Ukraine was announced three days after Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk hosted FIBA Europe president Turgay Demirel to discuss hosting plans.

Among the planned Ukrainian host cities for the September 2015 tournament were Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, where militant groups are pushing for closer links with Russia.

Next year’s championship will include two dozen teams from across Europe. France is the reigning champion after beating Lithuania 80-66 in last year’s final in Slovenia.

FIBA Europe also said the 2015 tournament will use an extended knockout system rather than a second group stage, a change that had been due to come into force in 2017.

The Associated Press



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Group C is a Group of Equals! No one is more equal than the other. The Group has four teams who all have legitimate and realistic hopes of qualifying to the Next Round.

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The Group has been viewed by pundits as one of the easiest groups in the Round, but I disagree with that assertion, not just because the teams can all qualify but because we have sides of different qualities pit together.


Japan relies on flair and pace, Ivory Coast relies on its physical and intimidating presence, Colombia a very direct and attacking side, relies on the creativity of James Rodriguez and his Monaco team-mate, Falcao for goals, and Greece, though the least entertaining team in the group, are very organized, soak the pressure and hit on the break. Remember Euro 2004?

Greece,Euro 2004

What a Group!

We’ll Preview the Elephants of Ivory Coast and the Samurai Blue of Japan!


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The Group A Preview Continues today! We’ll be looking at two sides with varying characteristics; one is a possession based side who plays down the middle while the other side ,an attacking one with lots of their play coming from the flanks.

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They are Croatia and Mexico and they complete our Group A Preview.

Come Along!


Croatia National Team


  • CAPTAIN: Darijo Srna
  • MOST CAPS: Darijo Srna (111)
  • MOST CAPS (CURRENT SQUAD): Darijo Srna (111)
  • MOST GOALS: DAVOR Suker (45)

Davor Suker


  • FIFA WORLD CUP APPEARANCES: 4 Times. Their first appearance was in 1998.
  • BEST SHOWING AT THE WORLD CUP FINALS: France 1998, A Davor Suker inspired team finished third edging Netherlands in the third place match after losing 2-0 to France in the semi-final.

Croatia National Team at the 1998 World Cup

COACH: Niko Kovac- He won 83 caps for the Croatian National Team and captained the side at the 2006…

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UEFA Champions League final: Real Madrid 4-1 Atlético Madrid

Real Madrid's goalkeeper Iker Casillas and his team-mates celebratre with the trophy.Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Iker Casillas and his team-mates celebratre with the trophy. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

At the final whistle, the first person to embrace Gareth Bale was Cristiano Ronaldo. They danced, they waved their shirts and they tried to catch their breath. Real Madrid’s long, obsessive wait for La Décima was over. And yet, in that wild, eccentric finale there was something happening at the other end of the pitch, too. Atlético’s supporters had broken into spontaneous applause for their team as soon as Bale put Carlo Ancelotti’s side ahead, and the ovation did not stop even when the game ran away from them and the score started to feel like a deception.

Diego Simeone’s team had given everything and it is just a pity that he lost the plot after Ronaldo put in the penalty that completed the scoring. Atlético’s players had chased and harried and, until that dramatic late flurry of goals, they had refused to allow Ronaldo to show himself to be the single most important occupant of this football pitch. At one point, the trophy was adorned in red and white ribbons and Atlético were on the verge of completing one of the great football stories. The clock was showing 93 minutes when Sergio Ramos’s header took the game into extra time. Football can be a brutal business sometimes.

For Bale, the night ended with him planting a kiss on the side of the trophy. He could be forgiven for thinking it never gets better than this and perhaps he is right. His header arrived five minutes into the second half of extra time and, briefly, it had looked being the winning goal. The irony is that, for a long time, it had looked like he would remember his first Champions League final as an ordeal, passing up three good opportunities before Ramos saved his team. Of all the lingering images, there was Iker Casillas kissing Ramos’s forehead just before the first period of extra time. Casillas had been at fault for Diego Godín’s 36th-minute goal and must have feared it would be the crucial moment. “It was a lovely thing we had in our grasp,” Simeone said, ruefully.

What followed was extraordinarily harsh on his team, but it is also true that they had started to look weary and were not creating any real threat by the point everything began to unravel. Bale’s goal came from one of the surging left-wing runs from Ángel di María that made him the game’s outstanding performer. Three players were beaten with one change of pace and shift in movement. Thibaut Courtois was in the way of the Argentinian’s shot and Bale was following in at the far post to score the most important goal of his career.  Continue reading