15 Belgian Cats for the start of the European Championship qualifying round in Lotto Arena, injured Hind Ben Abdelkader is missing

The Belgian Cats wrote Belgian sporting history in June by being crowned European champions for the first time. After two bronze medals (2017 and 2021), the absolute highlight for the Emma Meesseman generation. After a fourth (2018) and fifth (2021) place at the World Cup and a quarter-final at their debut at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021, the Belgian Cats have now risen to sixth place in the world rankings.

Next Gen

Under the renewed sporting staff, which in addition to national coach Rachid Méziane, also assistants such as Pascal Angillis and Jill Lorent, further work has been done on the integration of the Next Gen into the selection. In the immediate future, the Belgian Cats want to confirm and, on the other hand, qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and the 2025 European Championships in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Greece.

The race to a fifth consecutive European Championship starts on Wednesday, November 8 in the Antwerp Lotto Arena. The Belgian Cats then play against Poland. The second party will take place in Azerbaijan on Sunday, November 12. The Cats are in group C with Lithuania. Of the eight groups, the group winners and the four best runners-up have qualified for the 2025 European Championship (June 19 to 29).

Fifteen players were called up for the first window and therefore the European Championship qualifiers on Wednesday, November 8 in the Lotto Arena in Antwerp versus Poland and on November 12 in Azerbaijan. The twelve Cats who won gold at the European Championships in June and the young trio Nastja Claessens (18), Habitou Bah (18) and Ine Joris (22). Hind Ben Abdelkader, who also missed the European Championships with an injury, has to forfeit again due to a knee injury.

Nastja Claessens (18à) is the exponent of the Next Gen at the Cats. — © BELGIUM

Record: six Belgian Euroleague players

It is clear that the Belgian Cats are hot at the moment. A new record was set with six players in the Euroleague Women, the best European club competition. Emma Meesseman (Fenerbahce), Julie Allemand (Lyon), Serena-Lynn Geldof (Zaragoza), Bethy Mununga (Sepsi), Antonia Delaere (Avenida) and Maxuella Lisowa Mbaka (Villeneuve D’Ascq) compete in the Euroleague Women. National coach Rachid Méziane also coaches in the Euroleague Women and at Villeneuve D’Ascq. Julie Vanloo, Elise Ramette, Billie Massey, Natsja Claessens, Ine Joris, Laure Resimont and Kyara Linskens compete in the EuroCup Women. This means that thirteen of the fifteen selected Belgian Cats will compete in Europe this season.

Julie Allemand is one of the six Cats competing in the Euroleague Women. — © BELGIUM

Europese Cup in Lotto Arena

Anyone who wants to see the Belgian Cats at work in Belgium again must travel to Antwerp on November 8. And as a nice extra, the European Cup will also sparkle in the Lotto Arena.

The European Cup will be held in the Antwerp Lotto Arena in November. — © BELGIUM

Record number of spectators for Belgian Cats in Lotto Arena?

Presales for the Belgian Cats in the Lotto Arena are now running smoothly. The record number of spectators for a Belgian match is 5,000 spectators. That was in 2020 at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Ostend. The Lotto Arena can accommodate 5,218 spectators for a basketball match. Emma Meesseman and co. Are you eagerly awaiting to see whether the Belgian spectator record for an international match for the Cats will be broken on November 8 in the Antwerp Lotto Arena versus Poland? For tickets: for tickets: www.basketballbelgium.be.

Selection Cats

Julie Vanloo (Galatasaray), Elise Ramette (Cadi La Seu), Maxuella Lisowa-Mbaka (Villeneuve D’Ascq), Antonia Delaere (Avenida), Laure Résimont (Kangoeroes), Becky Massey (Euskotren), Nastja Claessens (Braine), Billie Massey (Estudiantes), Ine Joris (Castors Braine), Serena-Lynn Geldof (Zaragoza), Emma Meesseman (Fenerbahce), Kyara Linskens (Montpellier), Habibatou Bah (Boom), Bethy Mununga (Sepsi), Julie Allemand (Lyon)

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