Hamburg (dpa) - Two and a half weeks before the World Cup start, the German basketball players want to get leader Dennis Schröder momentum in the Supercup.
In Hamburg, the team of national coach Henrik Rödl is not only about the victory at the prestigious event, but also a good starting position for the last places in the squad for the World Cup in China. "The tournament comes at a very important time of preparation, we play against three good opponents," said Rödl before the opening game against Hungary. "We've trained a lot, the guys are hot now to play more."
The most important thing at a glance:
ENTRY: Just over a week after his teammates and NBA professional Schröder has taken up the team training. Now it's time to find the match with the playmaker. "Of course you look forward to the World Cup, with the team chemistry, you can only be happy," said the 25-year-old, who had come to the federation information because of a private matter only in Hamburg to the team. "We still have to train, we still need a lot."
PERSONNEL: At the beginning of the Supercup Rödl must do without captain Robin Benzing. The 30-year-old winger slipped away in training, is struck at the knee. It is unclear whether he will be available for the remaining games against the Czech Republic (Saturday / 8 pm) and Poland (Sunday / 3 pm). At the training session on Thursday Benzing pedaled on a bike while his colleagues stood on the floor. The veteran and oldest player in the team knows this situation: Two years ago he retired in the first Supercup game an ankle injury, but was after a brief trembling at the European Championship 2017 here.
WM-KADER: Two players have to cancel Rödl from the provisional squad. Originally, the coach wanted to travel to Japan with 13 professionals in the coming week for further preparation, after the blistering of Benzing could possibly compete all 14 the Tokyo trip. "I do not think there is more motivation," said Rödl about the competition for the final World Cup tickets. "Everyone is so motivated, you can not increase that."
OPPONENT: For the host, the start is against the most likely weakest representative. Hungary is not present at the World Cup in China, but failed only just in qualifying. In the world rankings of the World Federation FIBA, the Czech Republic is only 24th and Poland 25th, just behind Germany, which ranks 22nd. Both teams are also represented at the World Cup in China. "They have very good cadres, that will be worthwhile," said Rödl.
HISTORY: Recently Germany was able to win the traditional tournament four years ago. At that time, however, the victory was not a good omen, in the last international appearances by Dirk Nowitzki the team then retired at the European Championship 2015 in the preliminary round. In the previous year, the selection of the German Basketball Association at the Supercup was fourth and thus last.
WAY TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Next week, the German team travels to Tokyo for further preparation, then it goes in tests against Tunisia and Japan. From there it goes on to China - as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup (31 August - 15 September) is the duel with Australia. In the World Cup preliminary round, the Rödl team meets France, the Dominican Republic and Jordan.
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