Italy last played at the flagship event back in 2006, during the last World Cup held in Asia. One of the players who saw action for the Azzurri back then is San Antonio Spurs three-point specialist Marco Belinelli, who remembers his previous World Cup experience well. “Being back in the World Cup is a very big achievement,” he said.
“It’s a great competition, and I was on that 2006 team. We had a young team then, but we’ve always seen this as a great and important competition.”