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From August 31 till September 17 the 40th European Basketball Championship will take place in 4 different countries. The final stage will be in Konstantinoupoli. This is the last Eurobasket that is organised every two years. From 2017 the continental championships will take place every four years.

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Of course Greece will participate. Greece is in group A that plays in Helsinki. Opponents are Poland, France, Finland, Slovenia and Iceland. 4 teams advance to the knockout stage in Turkey.

The preliminary 16-man squad selected by coach Kostas Missas: Yiannis Bourousis, Kostas Papanikolaou, Kostas Sloukas, Giorgos Printezis, Nick Calathes, Vangelis Mantzaris, Yiannis Antetokounbo, Thanasis Antetokounbo, Dimitris Agravanis, Zach August, Kostas Mitoglou, Tyler Dorsey, Giorgos Papagiannis, Yiannis Papapetrou, Nikos Pappas, Giorgos Bogris. 4 of them won't make the cut.

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ML, I did not know them either before they were in the preliminary squad, but both their mothers are Greek. Lea Tzimoulis is the mother of August. Samia Konstantinidou is the mother of Dorsey. And well, you know how Greeks are. Even if you are 1% Greek and 99% something else you are Greek. A passport is ready in an eyeblink.

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Why not, Niko?! But it's not necesarry to beat them. First four advance. But it would be wise not to end as fourth in the group as you have to face #1 from another group.

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First friendly yesterday as warmup for the Eurobasket: Greece trashed Roumania with 106-48. Topscorer Papanikolaou with 17 points.

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Today we beated Great Britain 92-64 in the final of the tournament in Patras. Antetokounbo was injured and did not play.

Next friendlies will be against Montenegro and Serbia on August 11 and 12.

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Not before this Eurobasket, Molon. 

August 18 and 19 we will play two friendlies against Great Britain (again) in London.

August 23-25 we will face Italy, Serbia and Georgia in the Acropolis tournament in Athens.

After that the squad heads for Finland.

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We play Great Britain in two friendlies in London and them friendlies against Italy, Serbia and Georgia in Athens before travelling to Helsinki for the EURO.

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Yiannis Antetokounbo is OUT of the Eurobasket. He has an knee-injury.

Greece beated Great Britain today with 84-88. The scheduled match for yesterday was not played. Do not know why, but could be because they will face each other again in World Cup qualifiers in November 2017 and February 2018.

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Greece - Serbia: 67-69

Greece was much better than last time in Belgrade. Topscorer for Greece: Sloukas with 15 points.

This was the last friendly. Next game will be August 31st on the Eurobasket against Iceland.

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These 12 were selected by coach Kostas Missas for the Eurobasket: 

Yiannis Bourousis, Kostas Papanikolaou, Kostas Sloukas, Giorgos Printezis, Nick Calathes, Vangelis Mantzaris, Thanasis Antetokounbo, Dimitris Agravanis, Giorgos Papagiannis, Yiannis Papapetrou, Nikos Pappas, Giorgos Bogris.

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