Austria, Ireland, FYROM and Denmark have all taken the first step towards playing for EuroBasket 2007 in Spain. The 4 teams won their respective groups during qualification games in Division B
Ireland will take on Denmark and Austria will play FYROM in home and away games on 17th and 24th September. The 2 winners will play in Division A as of 2006.
Slovakia coach Lubos Urban has included forward Martin Rancik in his squad for the three upcoming EuroBasket qualifiers.
The Slovaks face Switzerland on Saturday in Bratislava and Malta on Wednesday in Levice, but the key game is likely to be the match-up against the Republic of Ireland in a week's time.
Ireland face Malta on Saturday in the first of their 3 upcoming games in EuroBasket Division B action.
Ireland overcame Malta last year in the first leg of the Championships after the boys in green took an early lead, as Malta had no answer to Ireland’s size and power, and they won convincingly, 51-90.