The long wait is over, the Czech basketball players are going into sharp action in the domestic group stage of EuroBasket 2022. They will start the European Championship with a duel with the unpleasant Poles, however, if they do not want to complicate their path to promotion right from the start, they need to win. Watch the match ONLINE from 5:30 p.m. Studio iSport.cz will run half an hour before, in which former national team coach Michal Ježdík and basketball agent Phillip Parun will comment on the duel (watch the studio also during the break and after the end of the match).
POLAND – the first Czech opponent at EuroBasket 2022
The opening opponent did not advance to the second stage of the World Cup qualification and started the preparation with poor results, but later picked up and beat Turkey by a point. The strength of relationships in the locker room is not a guarantee. Last year, captain Adam Waczyňski had a quarrel with the federation and quit, now in the summer his successor Mateusz Ponitka was dealing with family ties, whom his brother Marcel blamed for being removed from the nomination. At the World Cup in China, the Czechs won over the Poles 94:84 in the battle for 5th to 8th place.
VOJTECH HRUBAN: “An opponent that we have met very often recently and we have not lost against him yet. Or at least I don’t remember. We would like to keep this statistic to begin with. If there’s anyone we don’t want to lose to, it’s the Poles. They have some internal disputes, their preparation did not look the most confident and the best in terms of results, but the championship can be about something else entirely.”