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Unconcentrated: Croatia team turned from empire - to failure | Israel today

2022-07-04T11:11:22.624Z

Until a few years ago, which was considered one of the best teams in Europe, crashed once again • Last night it failed to qualify for the second round of matches in Mondobasket • The main problem: the coordinator's position • All the reasons that led (again) to the early dismissal of one of the continent's basketball powers



In the first game in the last team window against Poland Gal Makal is not a partner.

In the second game against Estonia Yam Madar has little partner.

The load of coordinators in the Israeli team requires coach Guy Goodes to make difficult decisions.

The one who would willingly be replaced with these problems is the Croatian national team.

Until a few years ago, which was considered a European empire, has in recent years become a failed team.

Yesterday (Monday) she did not even make it to the second home stage of the World Cup qualifiers. 

One of the main reasons for this is that someone who was considered a great power has not been able to produce a single coordinator at a proper level for years.

Without the man who runs the show they will not help the Croats even if they have amounts of talent in the face game.

How did a Croatian journalist define it?

"We have one of the best front lines in Europe and one outside the weakest in Europe."

Croatia national team.

She was happy to receive one of the centers of Israel, Photo: FIBA, official website

In the last few games, Goodes had Tamir Blatt, Yam Madar and Gal Makal and he left Yiftach Ziv, Roi Hoover and Niv Misgav out of the squad.

Even one of these would have been a very theoretical helper for the Croatian team to balance its game and avoid such glorious failures.

While in positions 3-5 Croatia has names like Mario the prostitute, Bojan Bogdanovic, Ivica Zubac and Ante Žižić, in the foreign positions it has mediocre and low-profile players who do not play on the main stages.

For example: one of its top coordinators is Roko Rogić, who played this season in Hungary and Poland.

It is difficult to understand how the country, which in the past produced superstars in foreign positions, is today unable to produce high-level players in these positions.

One of those who stood out in this position in the past - Damir Molmarovich - today the national team coach.

Now, there is no player approaching him.

The last significant coordinator was Rocco Lenny Okich, but he is already 37 years old and he was also carried on the team until the age of 35 when he could no longer deliver the goods.

Žižić and Croatia national team.

Another painful dismissal, Photo: FIBA, official website

This is the main reason why someone who previously stood on the podium in every possible major competition is today unable to be one of the last 24 teams vying for a ticket to the World Championships and finished the early house with a single victory.

In three of the last four World Cup qualifiers, the Olympics and the European Championships - she has failed.

Only at the European Championships in September did she make it.

The highlight was when the pre-Olympic tournament was held at her home last summer, and she failed at it and did not advance to the Olympics.

It was already a loser, which had already become a prominent dimension for her.

Yesterday she led by 8 points at home against Finland near the end and managed to lose and be eliminated from the World Cup qualifiers.

Rocco Rogić.

Fails to lead to the end, Photo: FIBA, official website

Its problem is mostly mainly a lack of a significant coordinator, but not only.

In fact the Croats do not have good outside players in general.

If we expand and say, there is a big stop in the production of talent in the country.

The country of past superstars - Drazan Petrovic, Tony Kokoch and Dino Radja - is losing credit over the years and something in its player production systems is flawed.

It has not had a good team in the Euroleague for several good years and its senior team in the European factories (Eurocup) is in general a union of a Croatian team and a Slovenian team - Tsedvita Olympia Ljubljana.

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Source: israelhayom

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