Okinawa (dpa) – Germany’s basketball players are aiming for their next medal coup, a year after a successful home European Championships with bronze.
At the World Cup Finals in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines (from August 25 to September 10), national coach Gordon Herbert’s side will compete in their tough preliminary group against co-hosts Japan and favorites Australia and Finland. Germany’s preliminary and intermediate rounds will be held in Okinawa, Japan, with the possibility of the quarter-finals kicking off in Manila.
What are the German’s chances of getting a medal?
The squad that includes captain Dennis Schroeder is stronger than last year thanks to the addition of Moritz Wagner, but it also faces additional competition compared to the European Championship. Even making it to the quarter-finals will be tough, after all, either DBB will have to leave Slovenia with NBA star Luka Doncic or the ambitious Australians. In the quarter-finals, world champions Spain or European runners-up France would be potential rivals. Reaching the finals would already be a success, but it’s not enough for Head Coach Herbert. The 64-year-old is clearly aiming for a medal.
Who are the Germans you should beware of?
Especially on Schroeder (Toronto Raptors) and young star Franz Wagner from the Orlando Magic. Leading player Schroeder enjoys unlimited freedom under Herbert and is the attacking leader. The youngest of the Wagner brothers could become a World Cup star, and his attacking skills are very diverse. The other two NBA pros, Moritz Wagner and Daniel Theis, also have to contend with the powerful nations under the basket.
When are the matches and who is broadcasting?
Due to the seven-hour time difference, German matches will be played either in the morning or early afternoon. The opening match of the World Cup against Japan is scheduled for 2:10 PM (CEST), then matches against Australia (10:30 AM) and Finland (9:30 AM) will be played in the morning hours. Magentasport broadcasts German matches for free and other World Cup matches for a fee. Last year, RTL also entered knockout matches in the European domestic championship.
What is the impact of the World Cup on the 2024 Olympics?
So far, only host France, who will be led by super-talent Victor Wimpanyama, who will make a World Cup pause, will host the Olympic tournament in Paris (July 27 to August 11, 2024). Seven World Cup spots will be played, but only two are for teams from Europe. For the German team, reaching the semi-finals might be essential. And Schroeder’s team should not be denied, even if they fail to secure a place in one of the four qualifying tournaments in the summer of 2024. This worked even at the 2019 World Cup in China with an embarrassing preliminary round.
Who are the favourites?
Despite the significant personnel changes, the United States is the clear favourite. Stars like Kevin Durant or Stephen Curry are not there, and instead future hopes like Paolo Panchero and Anthony Edwards should be judged. The number of American competitors is large, and Germany coach Herbert talks about as many as ten medal contenders. Spain, Canada, France, Australia and Germany are also – especially after 91:99 against the USA in Abu Dhabi – promising contenders. However, the draw was kind to the United States: The Olympic champions cannot face either of these two teams before the semi-finals.
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