|28 February 2013|
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013
Sweden, the Slovak Republic and Montenegro have all now made announcements in respect of their all-important EuroBasket Women preparations this summer.
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SWEDEN REVEAL FRIENDLY FIXTURES
After their lengthy absence of 25 years away from the top table of women's basketball, the Swedish Federation have announced no fewer than eight warm-up games ahead of hitting the floor in Group B against Italy, Russia and Spain in Vannes.
After the commencement of a training camp on 10 May, the first preparation games will take place in Serbia on 25 and 26 May. Sweden will then host a tournament in Sodertalje between 31 May and 02 June, having invited Great Britain, Latvia and Turkey to participate.
Head coach Lars Johansson and his players will put the finishing touches to their EuroBasket Women 2013 preparations by hitting the road and heading to Lithuania to play another tournament where they will face the hosts, China and Latvia.
VOJTKO OUTLINES PLANS FO SLOVAKIA
Having guided the Slovak Republic successfully through qualification, Ivan Vojtko has spoken to basket.sk about the summer ahead and confirmed he has put pen to paper on a deal which will run until the end of Eurobasket Women in France.
Whilst a longer deal has yet to be sealed, he is still looking at longer term ambitions and even mentioned qualification for the 2014 World Championship and the 2016 Olympics.
The coach confirmed his initial 20-strong roster will be made up primarily of the 12 players who participated during qualification, complimented by four more veterans and four youngsters, in a bid to get a real balance in the squad.
The Slovak Republic will start their training camp in early May although the preparation games are yet to be confirmed.
Vojtko and the final 12 players to make the cut will go up against Montenegro, Turkey and Ukraine in Group A in Vannes.
SWEET SIXTEEN FOR BALETIC AND MONTENEGRO
Having made their debut at the previous EuroBasket Women, Montenegro have made it once again, and veteran coach Miodrag Baletic has announced an initial roster of 16 players to attend the first training camp.
The list includes five players who have stepped out in EuroLeague Women this season including Iva Perovanovic, Montenegro's their leading scorer from Poland 2011.
Snezana Aleksic, who will play with Dynamo Moscow in this year's EuroCup Women final, also made the list.
The initial roster is as follows: Jelena Skerovic (ZVVZ USK Prague), Iva Perovanovic (Nadezhda), Jelena Dubljevic (ZVVZ USK Prague), Ana Baletic (Buducnost), Milka Bjelica (Besiktas), Eshaya Murphy (Galatasaray), Ana Turcinovic (Antakya), Natasa Popovic (Spartak Noginsk), Milica Jovanovic (Besiktas), Snezana Aleksic (Dynamo Moscow), Sanja Knezevic (CSM Bucharest), Jelena Culafic (Zeljeznicar), Bozica Mujovic (Buducnost), Milica Milosev (Vrsac), Marina Vucetic (Buducnost), Kristina Rakovic (Mladi Krajisnik).