Javier Ibroda He took charge of the Absolute Men’s National Team in 2001, replacing Lolo Sainz, of whom he had been an assistant coach in previous years. That year, hand in hand with him, the ‘golden juniors’ Pau Gasol and Felipe Reyes made the jump to the team, who joined Juan Carlos Navarro and Raül López. It can therefore be said that the 2001 Eurobasket kicked off the most glorious stage in the history of the SEAM, with Spain climbing to the top by winning the bronze medal.

Imbroda continued to lead the team one more year, in qualifying matches for the following Eurobasket and in the 2002 World Cup in Indianapolis, in which Spain obtained fifth place after a historic victory over the United States. In all, Imbroda led the SEAM in 29 gamesand years later, in 2006, he was the U20 coach.

Born in 1961, Javier Imbroda began his coaching career at a very young age, directing the Mayoral Maristas de Málaga from the regional category to the ACB League. Later, after remaining on the bench at Unicaja, he managed Caja San Fernando in Seville, Real Madrid, Grupo Capitol Valladolid and Vive Menorca. His history also includes having been the first Spanish coach to win an Olympic medal with a foreign team: bronze as assistant to the Lithuanian team at the 1992 Olympic Games.

Impossible to detail all his long and brilliant career in basketball, but for the history of the National Team there is also the master class that he directed to the players gathered by Sergio Scariolo in 2017 in Benahavís, in the first concentration prior to the dispute of the Windows of qualification for the World Cup.

In recent years, Javier Imbroda has served as Councilor for Education and Sports of the Junta de Andalucía, a position in which he was until the last moment at the foot of the canyon. In the recent edition of the Copa del Rey, held in Granada, he received a loving tribute.

The FEB and the entire Spanish basketball family mourn the loss of a friend and want to convey their heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

We will never forget you Javier.

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