Lithuanian national basketball team begins its preparations to Mondubasket


The World Cup (Mondubasket) will start in about one month in Spain. Meanwhile, the Lithuanian national basketball team is preparing to this event by taking place in friendly exhibition matches and small tournament that will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Spain 2014The first friendly exhibition match will take place in Šiaulių Arena in Šiauliai tomorrow, Saturday July 26th. There, the Lithuanian team will try to get its first home victory against the Latvian team. Later, Lithuania will play against Georgia, Finland, Ukraine and Australia.

Interesting match will be in Klaipeda at August 11 against Australia whom Lithuania will face in Spain.

The full schedule as it was published by the Lithuanian Basketball Federation:

July 26 – Lithuania vs Latvia – Šiauliai – Šiauliu Arena 19:00
July 28 – Lithuania vs Georgia – Panevežys – Cido Arena 19:00
July 30 – Lithuania vs Georgia – Vilnius – Siemens Arena 19:00
Aug. 4 – Lithuania vs Finland – Helsinki, Finland
Aug. 8 – Lithuania vs Ukraine – Klaipeda – Švyturio Arena 19:00
Aug. 9 – Lithuania vs Finland – Klaipeda – Švyturio Arena 19:00
Aug. 11 – Lithuania vs Australia – Klaipeda – Švyturio Arena 19:00

During August, an international basketball tournament will be held in Kaunas’s Žalgirio Arena where Lithuania will face Greece, New Zealand and Slovenia whom Lithuania will also face in the Group Stage in the Mondubasket.

The full schedule for the tournament in Kaunas:

Aug. 16 – Lithuania vs Greece – Kaunas – Žalgirio Arena 19:00
Aug. 17 – Lithuania vs New Zealand – Kaunas – Žalgirio Arena 19:00
Aug. 18 – Lithuania vs Slovenia – Kaunas – Žalgirio Arena 20:00


After the international tournament in Kaunas, the Lithuanian team will fly to Slovenia and Croatia to continue its preparation by taking place in friendly exhibition matches against Brazil, Iran, Slovenia and Croatia. The final times of those matches still are not closed.

The schedule for the exhibition matches:

Aug. 21 – Lithuania vs Brazil – Ljubljana, Slovenia
Aug. 22 – Lithuania vs Iran – Ljubljana, Slovenia
Aug. 23 – Lithuania vs Slovenia – Ljubljana, Slovenia
Aug. 26 – Lithuania vs Croatia – Zagreb, Croatia

After the match against Croatia, the Lithuanian team will take off to Spain and will has only few days for the final preparation to the main event of the world basketball, the World Cup Spain 2014. At August 30th, Lithuania will face Mexico for the opening match in Group D. In the Group Stage, Lithuania will play against Mexico, Angola, Australia, Korea and Slovenia.

The schedule for Lithuanian team in Group D.

*Aug. 30 – Lithuania vs Mexico 18:00 (Vilnius Time)
*Aug. 31 – Lithuania vs Angola 18:00 (Vilnius Time)
*Sept. 2 – Lithuania vs Australia 15:30 (Vilnius Time)
*Sept. 3 – Lithuania vs Korea 18:00 (Vilnius Time)
*Sept. 4 – Lithuania vs Slovenia 19:30 (Vilnius Time)


Photo: Lithuanian fans are hoping for great performance of the national team

Aleksejus Podpruginas
Aleksejus Podpruginas is The Baltic Review author based in Israel

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