No Shame for Italy

Italian coach Carlo Recalcati and his team are holding their heads high despite coming up short in reaching their goal.

Yesterday’s 74-66 loss to Croatia in the Elimination Round knocked Italy out of the tournament. As a result, the Italians failed to qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time since 2001 and will not come close to duplicating their bronze medal performance in EuroBasket 2003 or silver medal finish at last year’s Olympics.

Croatia Qualify For Quarterfinals With 74-66 Victory Over Italy

Croatia dominated the paint and played stingy fourth quarter defense to beat Italy 74-66 in Podgorica and earn a spot in the quarterfinals.

Italy couldn’t buy a basket in the fourth quarter and Croatia’s decisive edge in rebounding and points in the paint contributed to their third win of EuroBasket 2005.



NoNamePos. HeightBirth datePlace of birthCurrent club
4Dante Calabria 1.96 08.11.1973 Pottstown, PA (USA)  Armani Jeans Milano 
5Gianluca Basile 1.92 24.01.1975 Ruvo di Puglia (ITA)  Climamio Bologna 
6Giacomo Galanda PF 2.09 30.01.1975 Udine (ITA)  Montepaschi Siena 
7Matteo Soragna PF 1.98 26.12.1975 Mantova (ITA)  Benetton Treviso 
8Denis Marconato 2.11 29.07.1975 Treviso (ITA)  Benetton Treviso 
9Gianmarco Pozzecco 1.80 15.09.1972 Gorizia (ITA)  Saragozza (ESP) 
10Alex Righetti 2.00 14.08.1977 Rimini (ITA)  Lottomatica Roma 
11Stefano Mancinelli PF 2.03 17.03.1983 Chieti (ITA)  Climamio Bologna 
12Massimo Bulleri PG 1.88 10.09.1977 Cecina (ITA)  Benetton Treviso 
13Marco Mordente SG 1.92 07.01.1979 Teramo (ITA)  Reggio Emilia 
14Roberto Chiacig 2.10 01.12.1974 Cividale Del Friuli (ITA)  Montepaschi Siena 
15Angelo Gigli FC 2.09 04.06.1983 Pietermaritzburg (RSA)  Reggio Emilia 


Head Coach: Carlo Recalcati

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Youth vs. Experience as Croatia Takes on Italy

Croatia's young and talented team takes on an experienced Italy this evening in Podgorica for the right to advance to the quarter-finals.

Croatia and Italy, two squads with stark differences in style and team make-up will tip-off at 18:00 local time at the Moraca Sports Center.

Calabria's Hot Start Sets Tone For Victorious Italians

Four Italians scored in double figures as Italy beat Ukraine 99-62 on Sunday at the 2005 EuroBasket to keep alive their chances of repeating their bronze medal from 2003.

Dante Calabria led all scorers with 20 points, while Alex Righetti had 19, Massimo Bulleri added 14 and Denis Marconato chipped in 12. Italy collected their second win in Group A, but thanks to Germany's win over Russia, finished in third place in the group and will have to travel to Podgorica to play an elimination game against Croatia.

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Italy, Russia Both Look To Improve Despite Opening Wins17.09.2005
Italy Hold Off Germany Again In EuroBasket See-Saw Thriller16.09.2005
Italy look for same old recipe against Germany15.09.2005
Recalcati - Players Are Tired Ahead Of EuroBasket14.09.2005
Italy Duo Facing Fitness Battle12.09.2005
Italy Seek Athens Boost05.09.2005
Turkey Beat Italy To Lift Efes Cup03.09.2005
Italy: Basile In Battle For Fitness02.09.2005




PTSD. Calabria10.8
RTD. Marconato4.8
ASM. Soragna2.3
STG. Basile1.8
BSD. Marconato1.0


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16.09.2005vs GER[W] 84-82
17.09.2005vs RUS[L] 61-87
18.09.2005vs UKR[W] 99-62
20.09.2005vs CRO[L] 66-74



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