Skourtopoulos & Missas to lead Greece in FIBA World Cup Qualifiers
Thanasis Skourtopoulos and Kostas Missas will remain in charge of Greece’s national team for the upcoming FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Greece’s run in the 2017 Eurobasket came to an end in the quarter-finals after a narrow loss to Russia. Next up for Greece are the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers where the Ethniki will look to qualify for the World Cup in two years time.
Despite multiple sources stating otherwise, Kostas Missas will remain with Greece’s national team for the upcoming qualifiers, however he will have a different role in the team. Taking over the head coaching position will be Thanasis Skourtopoulos, who was Missas’ assistant at the Eurobasket, while Missas will remain on board in a supervisory role as the team’s technical director. The exact details of what roles each man will play in Greece’s national team will clear up when the two men meet to discuss their positions.
The Hellenic Basketball Federations is open to the Missas/Skourtopoulos collaboration with the latter expected to become the new head coach of the Episimi Agapimeni.
Greece will begin qualifying in the first round along with Great Britain, Israel, and Estonia in Group H. Three teams from each group will move on to the next qualifying round.
The first match is scheduled for November 24th, however things could change regarding the schedule due to the conflicting Euroleague schedule. Currently, FIBA and the Euroleague are in disagreement about the schedule as games for the national team and clubs teams (in the Euroleague) are scheduled for the same dates. The two organizations are hoping to find a solution as to allow players in the Euroleague to compete with their respective national teams in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.