The worries of qualification, the fear of relegation, the tension until the end, it is now a thing of the past. A finished chapter in a book Casademont Zaragoza who is preparing to celebrate his twentieth anniversary where he always wanted to be, in the Endesa League, ready to start the umpteenth project in search of lost stability. This time, the clean slate belongs to the big guys. Toni Muedra created his first model from scratch, hand in hand with the coach chosen, the Austrian Martin Schiller, and with only four players from last season.
After the usual and relevant medical examinations, track work begins today behind closed doors. Martin Schiller, a young but experienced coach, making his debut in Spain, has his work cut out to put all the pieces together, to build a team. The four signings that have arrived so far are also rookies in the Endesa League, youngsters with disparate experiences. The two renewals were for two of the three players that Toni Muedra himself had to bring in to try to save the complicated situation he found on his arrival, Mekowulu and Ferrari.
The workforce is not complete and, moreover, all the current ones will not be there today. Dino Radoncic and one of the new faces, Borisa Simanic, work with their respective national teams, Montenegro and Serbia. Precisely on Saturday, they clashed with a final victory for Simanic’s team by 82-73. They will be the only casualties for the FIBA events, once Santi Yusta has already been excluded by the Spanish team and Marcel Ponitka, by the Polish one with an included controversy with his brother.
Thus, Martin Shiller will have to this Monday seven of the first team players to start to work –Ferrari is coming this week–, to which are added two vice-world champions under 17, Lucas Langarita and Aday Mara. There will still be two voids to fill, another exterior and a fifth pivot. And one of them will have to be a quota as the squad currently only has three local players, Javi García, Yusta and Radoncic.
The revolution is almost over and now the technical staff led by Martin Schiller have a lot of work ahead of them to try to do the planning work of the last few weeks well. Command of the team will once again be in the hands of frankie ferrariaccompanied by Marcel Ponitka and Javi Garcia. Away points should be a matter of Justinien Jessup and Rihards Lomazswith only continuity Santi Yusta. There is still one piece left to assemble. On the inside, Borisa Simanic will be the new partner dino radoncic in four and in five they repeat Mekowulu and Hlinason.
The team will start working on Monday, focusing on the physical part in the first days. Ahead, six and a half weeks until the team is due to report to Fontes do Sar to start the competition on Thursday, September 29. A preparation that includes five friendly matches and a small concentration in Benasque.
In twelve days, the first test of the pre-season will arrive. As usual, the Zaragoza team will cross the three Aragonese provinces during its preparation. On August 27, he will be in Ejea de los Caballeros to face Fuenlabrada. On September 3, Calatayud will be the city that will host the duel against the recently promoted Covirán Granada. A week later, on September 10, Shiller’s side will play in Teruel against Valencia at the Pepe Lanzuela Memorial. The 17 will be the main course with the presentation to Prince Felipe. Tony Parker’s Asvel Villeurbane will be the rival of the José Luis Abós Memorial. Granada will be the last rival and the only game the team will play outside of Aragon. It will be September 21 in the city of the Alhambra. H