Basketball München 28.08.2022 World Cup European Qualifiers Deutschland GER - Slowenien SLO Luka Doncic Slowenien, No.77 Franz Wagner Deutschland, No.09 *** Basketball Munich 28 08 2022 World Cup European Qualifiers Germany GER Slovenia SLO Luka Doncic Slovenia, No 77 Franz Wagner Germany, No 09

A year later, the European Basketball Championship is taking place in Germany, among other places. The European Championship was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Before the start this Thursday, here are the most important questions about favorites, tickets and German chances.

The outcome of the European Championship is completely open, only one thing is certain: In terms of level, it should be one of the best European Championships in history. In addition to defending champions Slovenia, Serbia, Greece and France are among the top favourites. Spain, Italy and Lithuania are also given good chances.

Although Germany has set itself the goal of a medal, the team of national coach Gordon Herbert is more of an outsider in the tournament. The group with France, Slovenia and Lithuania is already tough, and the preparations were anything but optimal. After all, the clear victory against Slovenia on Sunday in the World Cup qualifier was encouraging.

No, far from it. In Maximilian Kleber, Moritz Wagner, Isaiah Hartenstein and Isaac Bonga, four NBA-experienced professionals will be missing. In addition, another center of international format is not available in Tibor Pleiss from the Euroleague champion Efes Istanbul. Danilo Barthel also has to pass because of an injury.

The number of stars at this European Championship is impressive. The NBA professionals give a rendezvous. Luka Doncic (Slovenia), Nikola Jokic (Serbia), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), Rudy Gobert (France) – just to name a few of them. Dennis Schröder and Franz Wagner are the focus of the German team.

The preliminary round takes place at four different locations. Apart from Cologne, where the German team plays their games, there are also games in Milan, Prague and Tbilisi. The final round will be held in Berlin from September 10th.

The preliminary round will be played in four groups of six teams each. The first four teams in each group reach the finals in Berlin. There it continues in knockout mode with round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The European champion will be determined on September 18th.

Advance sales have increased significantly in the past few days. But there are still tickets, especially for the games without German participation. Tickets are also still available for the finals in Berlin – especially since it has not yet been decided who will play whom in the finals and when. However, the organizers assume that the German games and the games in the knockout round will be almost sold out.