Germany Continue Work At Istanbul Cup

02 August 2012

Alain Koffi (France), Jan-Hendrik Jagla (Germany)
Team captain Jan-Hendrik Jagla knows that the adidas Istanbul Cup is a good opportunity for Germany's youngsters to gain experience.

Istanbul has been a happy hunting ground for Germany coach Svetislav Pesic.

It's where he led the former Yugoslavia to the EuroBasket gold medal in 2001.

Now Pesic is at the helm of Germany, the side he'll coach in the adidas Istanbul Cup this week.

Iran, hosts Turkey and Finland are also taking part.

"We want to continue our hard work in Turkey and look at the games as a good workout," Pesic said.

"We have very good conditions with an air-conditioned gym, where you can work out very well.

"In this tournament, it will be again possible for us to review what we have trained and implement the work we have set ourselves.

"For our players, it's very important to gain further international experience."

On Thursday, Germany play against Asian champions Iran, who are coached by former Slovenia boss Memi Becirovic.

"Iran is a team with great basketball tradition, which is already intensively preparing for next year's Asia Cup," Pesic said.

Germany will then take on either Turkey or Finland on Friday.

Looking ahead to the tournament, Germany captain Jan-Hendrik Jagla said: "Turkey has always had a good team.

"We also have a young team that needs to gain experience. This will be a good opportunity."

In the Germany squad are Robin Benzing, Bastian Doreth, Per Günther, Patrick Heckmann, Jan-Hendrik Jagla, Mathis Mönninghoff, Tim Ohlbrecht, Tibor Pleiß, Heiko Schaffartzik, Philipp Schwethelm, Andreas Seiferth, Lucca Staiger, Karsten Tadda, Maik Zirbes and Philip Zwiener.


New Turkey Generation Gets A Chance

As for Turkey, coach Bogdan Tanjevic says he is also looking forward to hosting the event.

"This tournament will be a good preparation for all the teams involved," he said.

"Our team is younger than ever. There are two reasons for this.

"First, Hidayet Turkoglu, Kerem Tunceri and Ersan Ilyasova need to rest while Omer Onan and Ogus Savas asked for permission to sit out.

"They have all given their contribution over the past years.

"Second, this is an opportunity for a new generation, 90-91-92 to showcase their talent. We wanted to give them a chance."

Turkey captain Ender Arslan, who was in the side that captured a silver medal at the 2010 World Championship, said: "As in previous years, we are still in full swing and this will be a good tournament for us in view of the EuroBasket Qualification Round.

"We played a good tournament in Bulgaria. We have a young team but we will be playing at home so that will be good."


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