The national team and FC Bayern play in parallel

So confusion would be completely unthinkable in football. Just imagine: Hansi Flick and his national team will have to do without several players from Munich or Dortmund in the World Cup qualifiers because they play in the Champions League the same night. Instead, DFB fills its team with players from Freiburg, Mainz and Augsburg. What sounds utopian and absurd in the sense of sporting competition is once again becoming a reality in basketball, which for years has been known for the chaos of hiring.

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When national coach Gordon Herbert makes his debut, Germany will meet on Thursday (19:00 on Magenta Sport) against Estonia in Nuremberg – the pros from FC Bayern can not be in the start of the World Cup qualifier for 2023) play in CSKA Moscow. Herbert can not nominate either: All seven NBA players, the players from Alba Berlin and the other professionals active in foreign clubs in the Euroleague.

Johannes Voigtmann (CSKA Moscow / Russia), Ismet Akpinar (Fenerbahce Istanbul / Turkey) and Tibor Pleiss, who is under contract with current European champions Anadolu Istanbul, had been called up to the preliminary squad. At least for the second match in Poland on Sunday (20.00 at Magenta Sport) they would have been an option. But the privately organized European Premier League did not play, the trio can not come – and Weiss, chairman of the German Basketball Association (DBB) is angry.

Conflict between the World Federation and the EuroLeague

“It makes me vomit. Definitely. The whole problem. I say that very openly. I’m not cutting my words,” Weiss said Monday. The conflict has simmered for years and EuroLeague players are regularly absent from international gaming windows. “Unfortunately, the EuroLeague sees itself as the NBA: the NBA does not interrupt, so we do not interrupt either,” Weiss said.

Gordon Herbert also sees the difficulties, but has to come to terms with the situation. “It is difficult with the national team windows throughout the season and the conflict between Fiba and the EuroLeague. But as a coach, I have the responsibility to adapt to the situation, says Herbert to the German press agency. There is not much left.

National coach Gordon Herbert is concerned about the health of his players.


National coach Gordon Herbert is concerned about the health of his players.
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However, Herbert also warns of the increasing strain on players. “For players who play in the Euroleague and then play all summer, it’s really a lot. Then you get stressed,” said Herbert. Constantly, in all tournaments, some evenings at best two places at the same time: the world federation Fiba and the Euroleague have been raging for years.

And even Andrea Trincheri, the same coach for FC Bayern München Basketball, speaks critically and shows his lack of understanding of the current situation. “This should stop. We need to put together a smarter program that takes everything into account.”

FC Bayern Basketball coach Andrea Trinchieri is also unhappy with the current situation.


FC Bayern Basketball coach Andrea Trinchieri is also unhappy with the current situation.
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For the German national team, professionals from Bamberg, Frankfurt, Hamburg or Crailsheim must now judge against Estonia. “The positive thing is that we can test young players for Germany. They get a chance to present themselves at a young age and gain experience,” said 62-year-old Herbert, who does not complain much about the unfavorable circumstances, but simply working.

Despite all the failures, the goal is clear: one of 32 World Cup tickets for 2023 in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines, where two group stages must survive by February 2023. In addition to Estonia and Poland, the German team must also beat Israel in qualifying.

DBB’s Vice President Armin Andres also sees the overall situation as problematic. For professionals from Bayern or Alba, there are 34 Bundesliga and 34 EuroLeague matches ahead of them, followed by the play-offs before advancing to the national team. “I think the problem is that everything is played out on the backs of the players. They have almost no air left to take the recovery phases. It will be a problem in the future, “said Andres. Everyone assumes that there will not be much left of the team that will play against Estonia on Thursday in the new Nuremberg Arena at the European Championships in their own country in 2022.

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