Event rating start of basketball season: Olaf Lange at the helm

Head coach of the female national team of Russia for the second time in history became a foreign specialist. German Olaf Lange in our country well know for the work at club level: since may 2012, he led UMMC Ekaterinburg of Sverdlovsk region. The result of collaboration — 5 titles of the championship of Russia, twice winning the Euroleague and the European super Cup. And the fact that the “foxes” called the world team, has long been no surprise.

Ball Andrey Zubkov. Photo: bckhimki.ru


German Lange is preparing the first training camp

45-year-old Lange is not the first foreigner at the helm of the national team of Russia. The team was led by Lithuanian Alfredas, Vainauskas, but then with the current Champions of Europe he defend the title failed. The team took first, Anatoly Myshkin, and then Alexander Vasin to rectify the situation failed. Rio at Games the team failed to reach the European championship 2017 last summer ended with a loss in the first round of the playoffs and the final 9th place. Therefore, the main objective for the German coach to get to the Games of the Olympiad in 2020 in Tokyo in Eurobasket-2019. Despite combining jobs at UMMC and national team specialist calm. First, club games and national team matches are rarely “cut”; second, the main point guard Elena beglova and shooting guard and team captain Evgenia Belyakova played under him in both cases. The first collection kicks off on 6 November. 11 th team will play on departure with a command of Albania’s debut a meeting of the qualifying tournament of Eurobasket.


“Khimki”: three out of three at the start of the Euroleague

A housewarming party is troublesome, but the second at the end of last season, the men’s club of the country copes brilliantly. For the home matches of the Euroleague you must have 5000 seats, and the choice of “Khimki” PAL “Arena Mytischi”, built for the world hockey championship in 2007. Brilliant show and drive yellow and blue, with which they methodically defeated the champion of Spain “Valencia”, the best club of the Baltic States “Zalgiris” and the champion of Serbia and the Adriatic League “Crvena Zvezda”, did the trick. Three wins at the start took place with the full house, and “hedgehogs” approached the table in the Euroleague to a powerful real Madrid. And already on 2 November in Madrid will host face-to-face meeting of the Spanish and Russian teams!

Heavy forward of Russian national team Andrey Zubkov, in the past season, the former captain of the Krasnodar “Locomotive”, strengthened the ranks of the team that in the offseason, also came the Greek coach Georgios Bartzokas. The fourth number of position counts that a new meeting with the renowned specialist will bring the result:

Under his guidance I played in the Final four, you know, what’s his style. And he, in turn, knows of the player Zubkov. All this, of course, will help us in the new club. I believe we can work together again.

— After three games you clung to “real”. Now the most complicated departure to visit the Royal club.

— And then we have the calendar and CSKA… It’s a difficult cut, but to focus on it specifically, I wouldn’t. Now trying to work on the protection because in recent games missed too much. And focusing on this component, you need not forget about the attack. Here is the exit to Olympiacos turned into a rather large defeat. You have to understand that all 16 participants strong. So, the responsibility before each meeting should be the same.

Whether they’ve found common language with partners at the site and the fans?

— Met me pretty well, besides the many guys I’m on the national team have long known. Fans — beautiful. ‘ve played in many arenas, but in terms of support for home games will be remembered for a long time, thank you to everyone who came to cheer us up.

— After 8 years in Krasnodar it is difficult in a new place?

— On Kuban I was at home. But the prospect of again playing in the Euroleague is very attracted to, and I responded to the invitation of the Moscow club. But outside of basketball? But the weather in Moscow and the Moscow region, all are satisfied.

— Plan, when open, to look at the statue of a basketball player at the new station of the Moscow metro? Her with Viktor Khryapa sculpted…

— Heard about it, but it is interesting to see for yourself. So there will be time — will go down in the subway.

On the home front, in the classroom, you also began confidently. What changes do you expect in the championship?

— In VTB United League round of applicants, I think, will remain the same as last season. Here they are: CSKA, Khimki, Lokomotiv, Zenit and UNICS. All will be competing for the top four. And of visits I particularly look forward to the Krasnodar match.


26 points per game earned in just 2 games in VTB United League the American guard of Kazakhstan Astana Justin Carter. In addition to this, he makes 7.5 rebounds. 206-centimetre American drew Gordon from “Zenith” has nashvilel per month 74 points, but they need to be divided by 4, that is, an 18.5 average. And the top three winners of October, excluding the match with “Astana” was completed by playmaker and national team of Russia “Khimki” Alexey Shved — 18,33 points. Only the top ten two Russians. Center Petr Gubanov yet earns for “Nizhny Novgorod” of 16.25 points per game.

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