On Tuesday in Istanbul was held the draw for the men’s European championship in basketball in 2017, which will be held from 31 August to 17 September of the following year in four countries – Israel, Romania, Turkey and Finland. As notes a press-service of the Russian basketball Federation (RBF), and the lot to the Russians was favorable.
In group tournament the national team of Russia will play in group D (Istanbul) together with the teams of great Britain, Serbia, Latvia, Turkey and Belgium.
In group A will meet the team Finland, Iceland, France, Greece, Slovenia and Poland, in group B – team Israel, Lithuania, Italy, Georgia, Germany and Ukraine in group C will play the teams of Romania, Hungary, Spain, Czech Republic, Croatia and Montenegro.
In the playoffs, which will be held in Istanbul, will play the four best teams from each group.
“The group is quite convenient. And it’s not exactly the “group of death”, – said the press service of the RBF results of the draw of its head Andrei Kirilenko. – Now the level of European teams is noticeably leveled up. There are five or six strong teams and the others constantly beat each other.”
According to Kirilenko, the group favourites Serbia – at the moment this is the strongest team of the world after the United States. Turkey recalls the head of the League of the Russian team, team Latvia – team-mystery, and about Belgium and he knows very little. Finally, the UK is currently the outsider of the group.
“In General, Russia has a good chance. If we play consistently and confidently, you will be able to compete for first or second place in the group with Serbia and Turkey. And to get in the playoffs must in any case”, – he concluded.