FIBA World Championship 2006 - Unofficial Blog

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Brazilian team ready for Japan 2006

Looking forward to have a good preparation, the Brazilian national team flies to China on Friday. The objective is to adjust things ahead of the FIBA World Championship in Japan and as expected, Nene and Rafael 'Baby' Araujo are not in the group.

As we already said, Nene missed all of last season with a knee injury and announced earlier this summer he would not play so his exclusion is not really a surprise.

The popular "Baby" Araujo has preferred to dedicate himself fully to his new team, the Utah Jazz, ahead of the new NBA season.

Main star Marcelinho Machado, Leandrinho Barbosa, Tiago Splitter and Anderson Varejao are in coach Aluisio 'Lula' Ferreira's list.

It's important to say that in China, Brazil will play a friendly against the United States on Tuesday and then take part in the Borislav Stankovic Cup, an event from August 10-15 in which Germany, Australia, China, France and Greece are also invited.

It's good to remember that Brazil won last year's FIBA Americas Championship. In Japan, they are in Group C - widely regarded as the toughest of the four - along with Australia, Greece, Lithuania, Qatar and Turkey.

This is the list of Brazil squad : Marcelinho Machado (Zalgiris Kaunas), Welington dos Santos 'Nezinho' (Ribeirao Preto), Murilo Becker (Franca), Estevam Ferreira Jr (Uberlandia), Leandro Barbosa 'Leandrinho' (Phoenix Suns), Marcelinho Huertas (Joventut Badalona), Alex Garcia (Ribeirao Preto), Anderson Varejao (Cleveland Cavaliers), Guilherme Giovannoni (Bologna), Caio Torres (Rayet Guadajara), Andre Bambu (Parmesa Castellon), Tiago Splitter (Tau Ceramica).

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