Basketball: No-show Navarro

Juan Carlos Navarro

Officials from Spanish basketball powerhouse Barcelona have confirmed that their famous guard will miss three months due to a foot injury and join Spaniards Ricky Rubio and José Manuel Calderón on the side lines.

The 35-year-old has claimed two EuroBasket titles; the most recent took place in Lithuania where he was named as the tournament MVP and guard in the All-tournament team.

While his International career also includes two appearances in Olympic finals as well as the 2006 World Championship he is most known for being the Euroleague’s highest scorer.

Juan Carlos Navarro’s International Career highlights:

1998 Junior EuroBasket Champion (against Croatia in Bulgaria)
1999 Junior World Champion (against USA in Portugal)
2000 Olympic representative (finished 9th in Sydney, Australia)
2001 EuroBasket Bronze medalist (against Germany in Turkey)*
2002 Runner up World Champion (against USA on American soil)**
2003 EuroBasket Silver medalist (against Lithuania in Sweden)
2004 Olympic representative (finished 7th in Athens, Greece)
2005 EuroBasket representative (finished 4th in Serbia) ***
2005 Runner up EuroBasket Leading-scorer with 25.2 points per game
2006 World Champion (against Greece in Japan)
2007 EuroBasket Silver medalist (against Russia in Spain)
2008 Olympic Silver medalist (against USA in Beijing, China)
2009 EuroBasket Champion (against Serbia in Poland)
2010 World Cup representative (finished 6th in Turkey)
2011 EuroBasket Champion (against France in Lithuania)
2011 EuroBasket All-tournament team (in Lithuania)
2011 EuroBasket tournament MVP (in Lithuania)
2012 Olympic Silver medalist (against USA in London, England)
2014 World Cup representative (finished 5th in Spain)

* He scored 27-points against Germany in the Gold medal game
** He scored 26-points in the tournament final against team USA
*** Spain played without its NBA star Pau Gasol that tournament

Spain has been placed in the controversially titled ‘Group of death’ this upcoming December against Turkey, Germany, Italy, Iceland and 2014 World Cup finalist Serbia.

The group will play off in Berlin, Germany ahead of the finals while Riga will see Group D sides Lithuania, Estonia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Belgium and host nation Latvia play off from September 5.

The top four sides from the four groups will go onto meet in the knockout stage in Lille, France.

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