Turkey have announced that basketball legend Ufuk Sarica will become their new national team coach, leading the team to the Eurobasket 2017 competition that runs this year.
The competition, which will be the 40th edition of the championship, runs from the 31st August through to the 17th September 2017. Turkey will acts as host along with three other countries, Israel, Romania and Finland and will see the most important set of fixtures, the knockout stages, held in the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul.
This marks a return of EuroBasket to Turkey in which 1959 and 2001 championships were held in the country.
Turkey will host a Group Phase group, as well as the Final Phase. This sees the nation continue to host important basketball events, which has in recent years included the 2010 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.
As well as hosting important basketball events, Turkey has a very strong history of football clubs, with Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce all well known clubs throughout the world. You can get closer to the action with William Hill's online sports betting
New coach, Ufuk Sarica, will be looking to continue the proud tradition, as he has been handed a three year contract. Along with the upcoming Eurobasket 2017, the Turkish national team will be focusing across the duration of his contract.
Over the span of his three year contract, major competitions include the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, which takes place in China and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Talking about these upcoming events, Sarica said ”having a medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and being at the 2020 Olympic Games, which are all our dreams, are our biggest goals.”
Sarica will focus on his duties with current club Besiktas for the time, before focusing his attention to the national team. Having served Besiktas as an assistant and a quick spell as the head coach up until 2008, he returned “home” in August 2016 when he penned a deal of 2+1 years.
Speaking about the opportunity of the national team coach, Sarica said ”I'm very proud and excited about this mission.”