The Men’s National Team returns, and it does so with a list of 16 players called up by Sergio Scariolo for the first two games of the 2023 World Cup qualifying phase. In these first two days, Spain will face North Macedonia (Friday 26 in Skopje) and Georgia (Monday 29 in Jaén). The fourth country in the group is Ukraine, which Spain will face doubly next February.
The summoned list is made up of a world champion, a European medalist, young people with experience in the previous Windows – for the 2019 World Cup and the 2022 Eurobasket – and three possible absolute debutants. The champion of the world, Quino Colom, will hold the captaincy for his 31 caps, with Joan Tailor (21) as a squire. And those who will be in a position to debut as absolute internationals are Dani Pérez, Yankuba Sima and Jaime Pradilla.
The team will meet next Monday the 22nd in Guadalajara, where it will carry out its first training sessions before traveling to Macedonian lands on Thursday.
In this call, the Men’s National Team also opens the position of Team Manager, which will be held by the historic former international Carlos Jiménez.
The 16 summoned are:
Victor Arteaga (Morabanc Andorra)
Jonathan Barreiro (Unicaja)
Dario Brizuela (Unicaja)
Quino Colom (AEK Athens)
Alberto Diaz (Unicaja)
Dani Diez (Inherited by San Pablo Burgos)
Jaime Fernandez (Unicaja)
Fran Guerra (Lenovo Tenerife)
Xabi López-Aróstegui (Valencia)
Joel parra (Joventut Badalona)
Oriol Paulí (Morabanc Andorra)
Dani perez (Baxi Manresa)
Jaime Pradilla (Valencia)
Miquel Saved (Gran Canaria)
Joan Tailor (Lenovo Tenerife)
Yankuba Sima (Baxi Manresa)
Scariolo: “An exciting and hopeful group”
The coach has assessed that “As always, it is a mixture of different concepts, we have debuting players, who have not played any game with the National Team and who could make their debut in one of these games. There are also veterans to whom we are extremely grateful, for which we believe that they will continue to give us an important hand, not only helping the youngest to mature but also helping us get closer to the result of winning matches. And a thicker core of players who are already in the orbit of the National Team, who have already been even in the summer competition, and who are about to establish themselves in it and who we follow with a special interest. Let’s hope that once again our fans end up being proud of the performance, commitment, effort, attitude and also of the game of this team. I personally have a great illusion to wear the Spain shirt again and to meet again with the technical team and an exciting and hopeful group of players ”.
The National Team’s staff will be made up of:
Sergio Scariolo (selector)
Luis Guil (coach)
Joaquin Prado (coach)
Jorge Lorenzo (coach)
Manuel Aller (coach)
Enrique Salinas (physical trainer)
Javi Hernandez Bello (physical trainer)
Carlos Salas (doctor)
Jose Antonio Fernandez (physiotherapist)
Jordan Sospedra (physiotherapist)
Lorraine torres (biomedical)
Javi salvo (administrative delegate)
David ortega (logistics delegate)