Created on 2015-07-20 at 10:00 AM
Anton Gavel could become a Germany national team player in the near future. The 30-year-old Bayern guard sent an application about switching nations to both the Germany Basketball Association and governing body FIBA. Based in Munich, FIBA will now have the chance to decide if the Slovakian born guard can play for Germany for the upcoming 2015 European Championships from 5th until 20th September.
“I have played for Slovakia, the country I was born in, now I want to play for Germany. The country is more than a second home for me. It is my goal and my dream to play for Germany at the 2015 EuroBasket in Berlin and we hope to advance to the next round in Lille,” explained Anton Gavel.
FCBB is behind the wish of one of their players: “We stand behind Anton and his choice. We will support him to the fullest,” said FCBB Chief Executive Marco Pesic who previously played in the German team.
Anton Gavel has spent half of his life in Germany. Born in Kosice, he moved to Karlsruhe at the age of 15. In 2004, he finished his Abitur (secondary school) and started his professional career. In 2013, he received his German passport. The guard who exerts his shutdown defense on opposing teams has had a successful career so far winning four BEKO BBL titles and three German Cups. This upcoming season will be his second with The Reds.
EuroBasket 2015 will take place in four different countries with France, Croatia, Latvia and Germany all hosting the tournament. The opening round of Germany’s group will take place from the 5th until 10th of September at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena in Berlin. The Germany team will square off against Spain (2006 World Champs, 2009 and 2011 European Champions, second at the 2012 Summer Olympics), Italy, Iceland, Serbia (2014 Runners-up at the FIBA World Cup) and lastly Turkey (2010 Runners-up at the FIBA World Cup. “With his experience and his intelligence for the game, Anton would be a huge addition to our team,” said coach Chris Fleming who worked with the guard at Bamberg. “I hope that he can join our team.”
Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger have left FC Bayern Basketball as their contracts have expired. “We are very thankful for what Lucca and Yassin have done for us in the past couple of years,” said Bayern CEO Marko Pesic after the final discussions. “They were both apart of our championship team from 2014 and played a big part in our triumph. They will always have a special place here at the club.”
31-year-old and former Germany national team center Yassin Idbihi arrived in Munich in 2013. In the championship season he averaged 16 minutes per game while dropping 5.8 points and grabbing 4.2 boards. In the 23 Euroleague games he averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. During last season, the German-Moroccan suffered from injury problems and only made 20 appearances in the BEKO BBL. He averaged 10 minutes per game, while only scoring 3.4 points per game.
“I am very thankful that I had the chance to play for FC Bayern and I am very happy and proud that I won the championship back in 2014. It is my biggest success to date. Now I am searching for a new challenge and I wish Bayern all the best for the future,” said Idbihi before departing.
27-year-old Lucca Staiger also took a look back at his two years in a Bayern jersey. The three-ball specialist came from Ludwigsburg in 2013 and during the championship season hit 45 three pointers, giving him a 40.2 percentage from beyond the arc. This past season the shooting guard averaged 13.3 minutes per game, while scoring 4.6 points. In the fifth and final playoff game against Bamberg, he hit four out of five three pointers.
“My time in Munich was a very special, useful and important for me, not only because we won the title one year ago,” said Lucca Staiger.” “I have met many nice people and had the honor to work with special people. The cohesion there was great, everyone was so helpful. I have never experienced something like this in my career and I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club.”
FC Bayern Basketball would like to wish Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger all the best for their futures.