Everything you need to know about EuroBasket 2022

by Gordon Dixon - EuroBasket is happening for the first time in five years. We have all the news, scores, schedules and more as stars such as Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic battle for continental supremacy.

8:42 AM ET ESPN.com EuroBasket is back! After a five-year layoff, EuroBasket 2022 is set to crown a continental champion from a field of 24 nations led by some of the NBA's biggest stars. The tournament tips off Thursday with group stage games being played in four host nations, and the gold-medal game will be played on Sept. 18 in Berlin. You can watch every EuroBasket 2022 game from the group stage through the finals on ESPN+. The tournament had previously been staged every two years, but it was moved to a four-year cycle starting with the 2017 tournament. The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 forced this tournament to be moved to 2022, marking the longest span between EuroBasket events since World War II. Slovenia, led by Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic and 2017 EuroBasket MVP Goran Dragic , enters the tournament as the defending champion. However, it'll face a strong challenge from a Serbia team led by two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic . Other top contenders include Greece, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers Thanasis and Kostas , and a France team that features three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert -- but will be without projected 2023 No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama. Don't have ESPN+? Sign up now! Teams VCG/VCG via Getty Images There are 24 teams competing in EuroBasket 2022, split into four groups of six. Each team will play five group stage games, and the top four teams from each group will advance to the knockout phase. Russia was originally one of the 24 teams that qualified for the tournament, but it was expelled following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and replaced by Montenegro. Group A Belgium Bulgaria Georgia (host) Montenegro Spain Turkey Group B Bosnia and Herzegovina France Germany (host) Hungary Lithuania Slovenia Group C Croatia Estonia Great Britain Greece Italy (host) Ukraine Group D Czech Republic (host) Finland Israel Netherlands Poland Serbia Scores and schedule Photo by Tao Zhang/Getty Images All times Eastern Watch all EuroBasket games on ESPN+ GROUP PHASE Sept. 1 Bulgaria vs. Spain, 7:20 a.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Hungary vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, 8:20 a.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Montenegro vs. Turkey, 10:05 a.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Lithuania vs. Slovenia, 11:05 a.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Belgium vs. Georgia, 12:50 p.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia France vs. Germany, 2:20 p.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Sept. 2 Finland vs. Israel, 7:50 a.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Great Britain vs. Ukraine, 8:05 a.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Greece vs. Croatia, 10:50 a.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Czech Republic vs. Poland, 11:20 a.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Netherlands vs. Serbia, 2:50 p.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Estonia vs. Italy, 2:50 p.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Sept. 3 Belgium vs. Montenegro, 7:20 a.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Poland vs. Finland, 7:50 a.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Croatia vs. Great Britain, 8:05 a.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Germany, 8:20 a.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Turkey vs. Bulgaria, 10:05 a.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Ukraine vs. Estonia, 10:50 a.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Serbia vs. Czech Republic, 11:20 a.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic France vs. Lithuania, 11:35 a.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Spain vs. Georgia, 12:50 p.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Slovenia vs. Hungary, 2:20 p.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Italy vs. Greece, 2:50 p.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Israel vs. Netherlands, 2:50 p.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Sept. 4 Montenegro vs. Bulgaria, 7:20 a.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Germany vs. Lithuania, 8:20 a.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Belgium vs. Spain, 10:05 a.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Slovenia, 11:35 a.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Georgia vs. Turkey, 12:50 p.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Hungary vs. France, 2:20 p.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Sept. 5 Israel vs. Poland, 7:50 a.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Estonia vs. Croatia, 8:05 a.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Greece vs. Great Britain, 10:50 a.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Netherlands vs. Czech Republic, 11:20 a.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Italy vs. Ukraine, 2:50 p.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Finland vs. Serbia, 2:50 p.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Sept. 6 Turkey vs. Belgium, 7:20 a.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Poland vs. Netherlands, 7:50 a.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Great Britain vs. Estonia, 8:05 a.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy France vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, 8:20 a.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Spain vs. Montenegro, 10:05 a.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Ukraine vs. Greece, 10:50 a.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Lithuania vs. Hungary, 11:05 a.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Czech Republic vs. Finland, 11:20 a.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Bulgaria vs. Georgia, 12:50 p.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Slovenia vs. Germany, 2:20 p.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Serbia vs. Israel, 2:50 p.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Croatia vs. Italy, 2:50 p.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Sept. 7 Spain vs. Turkey, 7:20 a.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Lithuania, 8:20 a.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Belgium vs. Bulgaria, 10:05 a.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Slovenia vs. France, 11:05 a.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Montenegro vs. Georgia, 12:50 p.m., Tbilisi Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia Germany vs. Hungary, 2:20 p.m., Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany Sept. 8 Netherlands vs. Finland, 7:50 a.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Ukraine vs. Croatia, 8:05 a.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Greece vs. Estonia, 10:50 a.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Israel vs. Czech Republic, 11:20 a.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic Italy vs. Great Britain, 2:50 p.m., Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy Poland vs. Serbia, 2:50 p.m., Prague Arena, Prague, Czech Republic KNOCKOUT PHASE All knockout phase games will be played at EuroBasket Arena in Berlin. Sept. 10 Round of 16 Game 1, 7:50 a.m. Round of 16 Game 2, 10:35 a.m. Round of 16 Game 3, 1:50 p.m. Round of 16 Game 4, 4:35 p.m. Sept. 11 Round of 16 Game 5, 7:50 a.m. Round of 16 Game 6, 10:35 a.m. Round of 16 Game 7, 1:50 p.m. Round of 16 Game 8, 4:35 p.m. Sept. 13 Quarterfinal Game 1, 1:05 p.m. Quarterfinal Game 2, 4:20 p.m. Sept. 14 Quarterfinal Game 3, 1:05 p.m. Quarterfinal Game 4, 4:20 p.m. Sept. 16 Semifinal Game 1, 1:05 p.m. Semifinal Game 2, 4:20 p.m. Sept. 18 Third-place Game, 1:05 p.m. Championship Game, 4:20 p.m.