The last battle: Argentina faces Spain for the world basketball reign

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The Argentine Basketball Team will define the title of the 2019 World Cup against Spain, which represents the opportunity to close a new chapter in the great history of national sport.

The grand final between the two undefeated tournaments will be played from 9 in Argentina at the Wukesong Sports Center in the capital Beijing, which has a capacity for 19,000 people. Four channels will broadcast live: TyC Sports, DirecTV Sports, Public Television and DeporTV.

Argentina will assume its third chance to raise the World Cup after taking the first, in the 1950 premiere edition it organized, and being on the threshold of glory in Indianapolis 2002 when it lost with Yugoslavia (84-77) with the base of the team that two years later crowned the Olympic gold in Athens.

That Golden Generation, which had Emanuel Ginobili as a symbol, laid the foundations of a virtuous cycle for Argentine basketball that is still valid despite the withdrawal of almost all its members, except for

The team led by the patience

“They play well, with a union and courage that infects, that inspires. They defend hardness, they are tremendous and in the attack, they have players who solve. It’s very nice to see them,” Ginobili acknowledged in the halftime of the semifinal with France, for which he traveled 18 hours from the United State

“I was watching the game with Serbia (quarterfinals) and I got excited in the last minutes. Then I said: ‘No, I’m going there, I can’t miss this,” revealed the greatest Argentine basketball player of all time.

Similar sensations, but from another place, experienced the “Sheep” Hernandez, who after qualifying for the final did not hesitate to ensure that “this is the best team I have directed in my life, with all my respect for others. No, just because he wins but because he plays well. We don’t have a second of distraction, we are unbearable. “

Unbearable when defending, effective when attacking, focused on every second of the game and committed to the collective cause are the virtues that Argentina showed since its first match in China 2019.

His campaign until the end expresses it clearly from his victories against South Korea (95-69), Nigeria (94-81), Russia (69-61), Venezuela (87-67), Poland (91-65 ), Serbia (97-87) and France (80-66).

The last obstacle to maximum glory is a laureate Spanish team, made up of experienced players and who has an appreciable advantage over Argentina in the history of the Basketball World Cup.

On his way to the final he beat Tunisia 101-62, Puerto Rico 73-63 and Iran 73-65 in the first round; to Italy for 67-60 and Serbia for 81-65 in the second phase; Poland for 90-78 in the quarterfinals and Australia for 95-88 in the semifinal.

The pivot Marc Gasol (34 years), recent champion in the NBA with Toronto Raptors, in his most important man in the area of ​​painting, with a respectable medium distance shot and especially with a mad power near the boards.

Also noteworthy are the perimetral Rudy Fernández and Sergio Lull (companions of Facundo Campazzo and Gabriel Deck in Real Madrid), Ricky Rubio, Phoenix Suns player, and forward Juancho Hernangómez (Denver Nuggets) within a campus with an average age of 30 years and height of 2 meters, just four centimeters more than the Argentine team.

Spain will also look for its second world title after the one reached in Japan 2006 after eliminating the “Albiceleste” in the semifinals by a tight 75-74, which could have another end if the external shot of the Santafesino Andrés “Chapu” Nocioni entered three seconds after The cicada.

That victory is one of the five that Europeans have in a seven-game World Cup record. Argentina won two wins: one in the Canada 1994 edition 74-65 and another 86-81 in the last record, which determined the fifth place in Turkey 2010.

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