Cádiz is somewhat removed from the professional elite of Spanish basketball. Since the Spanish team chose South Bay as a place of concentration to prepare their most important commitments, the province has been somewhat orphan of professional references in the sport of the basket.
This is not the case with the training competition, since the island city has become a benchmark venue for hosting national club and regional team championships.
Precisely now that Pau Gasol has returned to ‘La Familia’ Probably to close the circle to an impressive career, Spain once again has an opportunity to emulate the feat achieved by the ‘Golden Generation’ 22 years ago in Lisbon. In that team trained by Saénz de Aja played Gasol, Navarro, Raúl López, Felipe Reyes, Berni Rodríguez, Carlos Cabezas, Germán Gabriel, Souleymane Drame, Antonio Bueno, Julio Alberto González, Francesc Cabeza and Félix Herráez.
On July 25, 1999, Spain achieved the gold medal by beating the United States in the final, after defeating Argentina in the semifinals.
Today, 22 years later, it is commanded by a man from Cádiz, Rubén Domínguez, one of the great talents who has given the batch of 2003 to Spanish basketball.
A reference born in Cádiz
The player born in Puerto Real is one of the great references of the national team that has just started its journey in the U19 World Cup. He did it this Saturday against Argentina, another of the favorites that has been framed with Spain in a group where they are also France (rival this Sunday at 1:30 p.m.) and Korea (Tuesday, July 6 at 1:30 p.m..
As there are 16 participating teams, all will access the round of 16 and therefore, what comes into play in this first phase will be the position that determines the crosses of the tie.
The current Movistar Estudiantes player is accompanied by other great players in the category in this journey that takes place in Latvia from July 3 to 11
The twelve players chosen by coach Javier Zamora are: Marc Peñarroya (BAXI Manresa), Javier Rodríguez (GBA), Juan Núñez (Real Madrid), Guillem Ferrando (Valencia Basket), Rubén Domínguez (Movistar Estudiantes), Jeffrey Isima Godspower (Unicaja Andalucía), Héctor Alderete (Movistar Estudiantes), Adrià Domenech (Joventut), Millán Jiménez (Valencia Basket) Aitor Etxeguren (Casademont Zaragoza), Rúben López de la Torre (Herbalife Gran Canaria), Hugo López (Movistar Estudiantes).
The Spanish team arrives at the appointment after having conquered the Menorca International Tournament, where Rubén Domínguez was chosen the MVP.
It must be remembered that the trajectory of the player born in Puerto Real is meteoric. A few years ago, in the cadet category, he won the European title with Spain and was named best player of the tournament. In addition, this last season, at the age of 18 he has been able to make his debut in the ACB League with his current club, Movistar Estudiantes.
22 years without medals for Spain
It’s about the tenth participation of Spain in this World Cup event of the category. So far, the gold of Gasol, Felipe, Navarro and company was a before and after for the Spanish basket sport, but it was the last time that the national team won a medal. The total balance of Spain is two medals (the other, a bronze in 95) and four semifinals with the junior team.
In the hands of the young Spanish players, with Domínguez at the helm is the possibility of winning a new gold medal.