The Cáceres Multipurpose Pavilion will once again host the Men’s Basketball Team, this time in an official match that could mean qualifying for the 2023 World Cup. The match will be played in February next year with a rival to be decided and it will be the last international window that will give the passports to the appointment of the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.
Sergio Scariolo’s team is immersed in this classification. With three games remaining in the first phase, they have secured a place in the second phase, in which they will face the three qualified teams from Group B made up of Russia, Italy, Iceland and the Netherlands. In the February 2023 window, the last two games will be played, one as a visitor and the other as local, which will be in Cáceres.
Spain will return to Extremadura, where it has played three games, all of them friendly and all closed with victory. The first was in June 1974 against Argentina in Cáceres. And the other two were in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Games, where the silver medal was won. In Badajoz they beat Portugal by a resounding 84-35, while in Cáceres they faced Russia, winning 91-56.
The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Junta de Extremadura, Nuria Flores, highlighted how important the development of this event is for the region, since “This is an award for basketball in Extremadura after the months of the pandemic where we have all suffered a lot; It is time to enjoy and value our region in the development of top-level sporting events”
The president of the FEB, Jorge Garbajosa, assures that “It is a joy that the involvement of the Junta de Extremadura and the Extremadura Federation will allow us that in 2023, in Cáceres, the Spanish World Champion Team can play its first official match in Extremadura. And, as has always happened when we have come here, I am sure that the reception of the public will lead us to experience a historic moment”.
Martín Fariñas, president of the Extremeña Federation has stated that “In the Centenary of the FEB, which will be next year, Extremadura cannot miss the opportunity to assess the involvement of this region in the development of basketball in these 100 years.”
This agreement has materialized in the different acts planned for the visit of the President of the FEB to the autonomous community of Extremadura on April 25 and 26, where the meeting of the Commission of Presidents of the Autonomous Basketball Federations.