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National Team Head-Coach of Denmark Pieti Poikola joins Scorers 1st Showcase Coaching Staff

Düsseldorf – March 21st 2016 –

We are excited to announce the addition of Pieti Poikola to the coaching staff for our Scorers 1st Showcase in Düsseldorf (Germany) on June 18th and 19th 2016 who joins Bogdan Karaicic (Head-Coach of FOG Naestved in Denmark) and Adnan Chuk (Head-Coach of Norrköping in Sweden). Poikola is currently leading the National Team of Denmark with the goal to secure a spot for the Eurobasket 2017 and he is looking forward to the 2016-17 as he joins Korisliiga club Kouvot for this upcoming year.

Here is a quick Q&A with Pieti Poikola:

Q: Can you give us a little overview of your past years and what’s next for you?

I have coached six seasons at Tampereen Pyrintö in Finland Korisliiga. In those years we have won the title three times. Now I’m taking a year off from club coaching. At the moment I’m focusing on the next summer with the National Team of Denmark. This will be my 4th season in Denmark. Our goal is to beat the odds and secure our spot to Eurobasket 2017. Before Denmark I have coached several seasons in Finnish junior national teams with all age groups from U16 to Universiade team.

Q: What do you expect from the Scorers 1st Showcase in Düsseldorf?

I expect to see talented players giving 100 % effort. Ideally I will see some potential players to sign to my next season Korisliiga team Kouvot. This gives me the chance to meet players personally. It’s good to follow the participants with a different eye after knowing more than their seasonal statlines. It’s also great to meet fellow coaches and share opinions with them.

Q: What are the biggest challenges in putting a team together and how can the Scorers 1st Showcase help?

Obviously the biggest challenge is to teach the concept in limited time to players who you don’t know beforehand. It’s not only about offensive and defensive concepts but team chemistry too. It demands good recruiting.

In the next season I will start with the new team so the concept and my philosophy is new for the whole group. Therefore I would like to have players from who I know that can learn things fast and are suitable to my philosophy as a whole. This camp might help to find such players.

Personally after one  club season of, it’s good to have time in the gym to be ready for the next national team summer in Denmark.

Q: Anything else you would like to share/add?

In this business it’s very important to have good network. This camp is part of creating relations with coaches, agents and players who you haven’t met personally before. I’m looking forward the experience.


Picture: Mikko Pitkänen

2015 Showcase Game Film is available on YouTube

Las Vegas – March 21st 2016

We have just created a video playlist with 5 games of the Scorers 1st Showcase 2015 in Las Vegas last July.

Unfortunately only 5 games could be converted and have been uploaded. We apologize for the inconvenience that not all games of the Scorers 1st Showcase are available.

We will work hard to improve this for our 2016 events to have all games of our Düsseldorf and Las Vegas events available online.

Bogdan Karaicic to coach one of the Showcase squads in Düsseldorf

17.03.2016 – Düsseldorf

BogdanKaraicicSerbian Head-Coach Bogdan Karaicic is the next coach who will guide one of the teams at the Scorers 1st Showcase in Düsseldorf on June 18th and 19th.

Karaicic is the Head-Coach of the Danish top-league team FOG Naestved and is currently in his 3rd year with the team, after starting his coaching career at Horsholm.

“Bogdan has extensive experience at the pro level and we are excited about him joining us in Düsseldorf for our Showcase event.” says Scorers 1st CEO about the addition of Bogdan Karaicic to the coaching staff of the Düsseldorf Showcase.

Here is a quick Q & A with Bogdan:

– What are you looking forward to at the Scorers 1st Showcase?

First of all I m very honored I’m invited to the Scorers 1st Showcase. Scorers 1st is an internationally respected agency and it’s great honor to be a part of their Showcase.  I’m looking forward to networking with players that are in search for new playing opportunities on European market.

 What is the most difficult/important part of scouting and recruiting players for you each summer and why do you think the Showcase can/will help?

These days it is way easier to get in contact with players, but itÄs always great if you can meet them in person and build strong connection during the scouting process. I think the Showcase can give a great opportunity to coaches and players to establish that connection. I think it’s a huge help also for players to show their skills and also to get used to the European style of game. Also it’s great that players and coaches exchange their experiences with each other and help each other in pursuing their dreams.

– What can players expect from you during the time in Düsseldorf?

I’m really looking forward to helping players during the Showcase to promote themselves and show their full potential. I believe I can share my experience with them so they can have easier process in finding new jobs. I will also share my network with them hoping it can  help them in getting jobs they deserve. Working in Denmark and Hungary as basketball coach but being born and raise in Serbia I believe the network I have, can provide and help them in the short and long run.

As I already said will be great to meet them in person during the recruitment process and then maybe the possibility arrives with some of the players from Showcase and we may even end up working together in the same clubs.