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Bilbao Basket seeks to organize the preliminary phase of the FIBA ​​Europe Cup

Mairenis Gomez

May 20, 2024 | 6:57 p.m.

Bilbao Basket wants to organize the preliminary phase of the FIBA ​​Europe Cup, with the aim of consolidating its European presence

For years, Bilbao Basket It has established itself as a basketball reference in Bizkaia. This time, the team is exploring the possibility of organizing the preliminary phase of the FIBA ​​Europe Cup. This initiative is not only a step forward in sporting terms, but also a strategy to strengthen the club's institutional and economic relations.

Commitment to team continuity and institutional support

The president of Bilbao Basket, Isabel Iturbe, has declared that the organization of the preliminary phase is still in the preliminary stage. However, talks with FIBA ​​Europe and its president, Jorge Garbajosa, have already begun.. The objective is to meet the economic and logistical requirements necessary to host this event.

On the other hand, the sports director, Rafa Pueyo, has confirmed that they are evaluating the continuity of several key players. In this sense, it is expected that between four and six players with a contract will remain in the squad. The stability of the team is essential to face the next season with guarantees.

Planning the next Bilbao Basket squad

Regarding the composition of the squad, Pueyo has revealed that six players have a current contract, although some of them have exit clauses. Among them are Melwin Pantzar, Kristian Kullamae, Xavi Rabaseda, Thijs De Ridder, Tryggvi Hlinason and Denzel Andersson. The continuity of these players will be key to maintaining a competitive team.

In addition, the possible renewal of Keith Hornsby is being considered and it has been recognized that Sacha Killeya-Jones has a large market in Europe and the NBA. For his part, Tomeu Rigo seeks to demonstrate his level on the court, and the young Unai Barandalla could make the leap to professional basketball.

Strengthening institutional support and future of the women's team

Furthermore, Isabel Iturbe has stressed the importance of institutional support for the growth of the club. Despite the economic challenges, the club has cleaned up its accounts and maintains good relations with the institutions. In this sense, it is expected that a solid line of institutional support will be consolidated in a short time.

The Bilbao Basket project even includes the creation of a women's team, which will initially focus on training before competing at the highest level. This development is part of a long-term strategy that seeks to strengthen the youth team and the club's impact in the community.

Bilbao Basket seeks to organize the preliminary phase of the FIBA ​​Europe Cup

Stable budget and sustained growth

For next season, the team's budget will remain in line with that of the previous year. Isabel Iturbe has highlighted that the club's debt has stabilized and it is expected that in two seasons it will be able to have more resources for more ambitious objectives. Despite the difficulties, the club has managed to add 25 new sponsors, demonstrating sustained growth and a solid foundation for the future.

Ultimately, Bilbao Basket is committed to the organization of the preliminary phase of the FIBA ​​Europe Cup and to the stability of its squad. Institutional support and long-term planning are essential to ensure the team's success for years to come.

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