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The NBA champion leads the Spanish team in the campaign to get the reign of 2019 FIBA World Cup

The NBA champion leads the Spanish team in the campaign to get the reign of 2019 FIBA World Cup

The 2006 champion Spain basketball national team brought to China a squad full of NBA stars.

The striker has just won the NBA championship with Toronto Raptors, Marc Gasol is named in the list of 16 standard Spanish players for FIBA World Cup 2019. Ricky Rubio and brothers Willy and Juancho Hernangomez are other names from the NBA in the summon list.

This Spanish squad also holds two players from the 2006 world championship campaign, Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez. At that time, the national team of Bulls took the throne with a winning record. MVP in Japan is Pau Gasol, Marc's brother, unable to attend because of injury.

Marc Gasol will be the leader of the whole team. He's ready and needs to take the opportunity”, said coach Sergio Scariolo. “Marc will play an important role at both ends of the field. He has the ability and role to motivate comrades”.

Players with major contributions in the qualifiers such as Quino Colom, Jaime Fernandez, Javier Beiran or Rabasedea Xavi are all rewarded with a place in the squad. Spain qualified for the European qualifier with a 10/12 victory.

The NBA champion leads the Spanish team in the campaign to get the reign of 2019 FIBA World Cup

The former FIBA World Cup champion will rally on July 24th and play his first friendly match against Lithuania on August 2nd. After that, teachers Sergio Scariolo will play a friendly tournament with Congo, Philippines and the Russian Coast. Prepared translation will be completed by a match against Dominican Republic on August 22th in Madrid.

At 2019 FIBA World Cup, Spain will arrive in Guangzhou in the Group C meeting with Iran, Puerto Rico and Tunisia. They need to stand in one of the top two places to enter the qualifier against two of Serbia, Italy, Angola and the Philippines.