The national team qualifies for the World Cup – without Jerebko

Background: Yerebko, Russia and the national team

At the end of March, it became known that Jonas Jerebko signed for the rest of the season with Russian CSKA Moscow.

“It is an honor to come to such a historic club as CSKA,” Jerebko said in a statement from the big club.

The next day, the news came that the former NBA star will be stopped from national team games for the time being.

Jerebko has not spoken publicly about his club choice. He had been clubless for a while before the transfer and according to SVT expert Nick Rajacic, it was to get playing time before this summer’s World Cup qualifier that Jerebko chose to play in Russia.

“Of course I asked him about all the criticism he will get and if he really understood what signals it was sending and he said he can take it, he can take it because he has to be ready for the internationals,” Rajacic said in the podcast “The Bench Warmers”.

On June 18, Jonas Jerebko left CSKA Moscow but the national team door is still closed.

For the first time since Jonas Jerebko, 35, signed for CSKA Moscow, the national team for the World Cup qualifiers against Finland (away on Thursday) and Slovenia (at home on Sunday).

Although Jerebko left the Russian club in mid-June, the national team keeps the same line and stops the former NBA player.

– That Jonas is leaving CSKA now is not news to us and does not in any way change the position we made in connection with him signing, the union’s general secretary Fredrik Joulamo told TT.

“Not removable”

Mikko Riipinen, who is a business leader, is involved.

– For us, he is not eligible for selection and it is a decision that we relate to. We are not thinking about whether he could join or not, he says.

Riipinen says he has not put any energy into what is required of Jerebko for him to return to the national team.

– To put energy into what a possible return to the national team would look like is not something that I or anyone else does. Neither coaches nor players, he says.

Jonas Jerebko. Stock Photography.

Not talked

TT: Have you talked to Jerebko?

– Not really. I think that a little too many chefs can make the situation more complicated. We must have a joint communication from the national team and the association, says Mikko Riipinen.

Both Riipinen and national team star Ludvig Håkanson think that the association has handled the issue in a good way.

– I think they have acted well and have been clear. They talked to Jonas early and then they decided not to join. I think they handled it professionally, personally and well, says Håkanson.

Håkanson has also previously said that he is behind the union’s decision.

“Jonas is responsible for his own decisions but I personally had not gone and represented a club in a country that attacks another country, he said to SVT at the end of March.

“Is as it is”

Three months later, he is not as eager to talk about the issue.

– Sad answer, but I think we have talked enough about it. The union made a decision regarding it and now it is as it is. I do not have much to say there, he tells TT.

Jonas Jerebko was last in the national team when they met Croatia in the World Cup qualifiers at the end of February.

– He is our greatest and best basketball player of all time and he is a cruel leader and an incredibly good basketball player. There’s someone we all like to have in the locker room so it’s clear we’ll be missing him. But on the other hand, we have played many international matches without him so we are used to it, says Håkanson.

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