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Nowitzki joins Germany for Euro championships

The Local · 23 Jul 2011, 09:42

Published: 23 Jul 2011 09:42 GMT+02:00

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"The break was rather short but I want to help my young national team succeed at Euro 2011. I will try to be in my best shape," said Nowitzki. His decision boosts Germany's chances of qualifying for the Olympics.

Nowitzki's participation had been in question, because it means the 33-year-old playmaker will only have had only a two-week holiday before he begins training again. He won the NBA Finals with the Dallas Mavericks on June 12.

German national team coach Dirk Bauermann was overjoyed at Nowitzki's decision. "This is the most sensational and fantastic thing that I have ever witnessed from an athlete," he told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper.

"I can't think of any reason why he would do this to himself. But that he's doing this for our young players shows what qualities Dirk has," he said.

The two finalists at the August 31 to September 18 European event in Lithuania will qualify automatically for the Olympics with the third to sixth-place finishers going into a qualifying tournament.

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Your comments about this article

15:00 July 23, 2011 by AirForceGuy
He shouldn't be let back into the US. If it's good enough there for him to earn millions of $, he should stay there and play for their team... they made him into a star, not Germany... Typical greedy athelete.
20:18 July 23, 2011 by farmon
Dirk is a star because he is the best in the NBA.
06:06 July 24, 2011 by elitemarine206
I dont see anything wrong with him wanting to play for his country, he could be taking a long vacation after the NBA season and relaxing. How does him going out of his way to play for Germany make him greedy?
14:25 July 25, 2011 by minga
AirForceGuy is really reinforcing the stereotype.

That said, if Dirk plays or not, at best Germany will reach the last4.
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