Spain has never managed to climb to a 3×3 world podium. But it is also true that it is the first time that she has attended one as a European champion. Sandra Ygueravide, Marta Canella, Vega Gimeno and Aitana Cuevas start the 2022 3×3 World Cup this Tuesday in Antwerp, which can be followed on Teledeporte and the FIBA ??3×3 YouTube channel

THE SPANISH QUARTET

Nuria Martínez is the only novelty regarding the Pre-Olympic and the European last summer. She replaces Ana Junyer as director. The quartet will be the same: Vega Gimeno, Aitana Cuevas, Sandra Ygueravide and Marta Canella. A team that plays ‘from memory’ and is already part of the history of Spanish 3×3 basketball. Helena Oma, Rebeca Cotano, Cecilia Muhate and Paula Estebas were also present during the concentration.

THE PREPARATION: TEL-AVIV AND VOIRON
Spain has had two concentrations in the facilities of the Higher Sports Council. The first ended with the Tel Aviv Women’s Series dispute. There they lost to Lithuania and Germany, who ultimately were the finalists of the tournament. And this weekend they have played the Big Twelve tournament in Voiron (France). Two consecutive days with a first and fourth place for Nuria Martínez’s women, who achieved four wins and only one loss

THE RIVALS OF THE FIRST PHASE
Spain is located in Group D together with the Netherlands, Canada, Chile and Israel. They will make their debut on Tuesday (6:30 pm) against the Netherlands, a team known for the Spanish quartet. They have coincided up to six times in official FIBA ??matches, with a balance of 3-3. The last time, Spain eliminated them in the semifinals of the 2019 European Championship in Hungary. With the rest of the selections there is no background. The second match of the World Cup will be against Chile (Tuesday 9:30 p.m.). On Thursday it will be the turn of Canada (6:00 p.m.) and Israel (8:10 p.m.).

The Netherlands comes with a quartet of guarantees, with the well-known Natalie van den Adel (Zamarat, Mann Filter, Kutxabank Araski, Durán Ensino…) in their ranks. Canada will be one of the medal favourites, with the Plouffe sisters (Katherine and Michelle) as big stars. Israel has a squad with players nationalized or trained in the United States. And Chile is the great unknown, although a 5×5 Euroleague level player stands out (Rivas, Wisla, Miskolc…) such as Ziomara Morrison.

THE DREAM OF THE PODIUM
Spain has participated in the six World Cups played to date in the women’s category, but has never managed to get on the podium. They were very close at Guangzhou 2016, with a quartet made up of LF2 players (the 5×5 club season had already started), with Aitana Cuevas and Paula Palomares leading the way. In the 2019 edition in Amsterdam, Spain fell in the quarterfinals against Hungary, with a triple in extra time from the Magyars.

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