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Basketball - 22. March 2011.

GBR/USA - GB to host USA Men's And Women's teams in 2012 friendlies

COLORADO SPRINGS/MANCHESTER (2012 London Olympics) - Great Britain's men's and women's national teams will play the reigning Olympic champions from the USA at the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena in warm-up games ahead of the London Olympics, it was announced on Tuesday.

Great Britain's men's and women's teams were recently granted automatic places to the Olympic Basketball Tournament and will play their United States counterparts in two friendly games at the 18,100 seat Manchester Evening News Arena (MEN) in July 2012.

The game between the two men's teams will be part of the Global Community Cup, which includes all USA Basketball men's national team exhibition games played outside of formal international competitions.

"I cannot think of a more exciting prospect for fans in the UK than to see Great Britain play the USA Basketball men's national team in Manchester in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics," said Great Britain star and Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (pictured).

"The USA-Great Britain games in Manchester will be a terrific prelude to London in 2012," said USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.

"The games are key components of the training plan for the 2012 USA Basketball men's and women's national teams. I'm sure that both USA teams will feature some of basketball's best players and coaches, and I'm confident the games will be memorable events for all basketball fans."

The City of Manchester will host a series of premier basketball events in the coming years as part of a recently announced multiyear partnership between Manchester City Council, the NBA and USA Basketball.

The first game of this new partnership will see GB women play host to the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) at the MEN on May 29 as part of WNBA Live - Manchester 2011.

Fans that purchase tickets and attend WNBA Live - Manchester 2011 will be given limited priority access to buy tickets for the games featuring the GB and USA Basketball men's and women's national teams.

Tickets for WNBA Live - Manchester 2011 are on sale as of Tuesday 22 March at www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.men-arena.com, or by phone on 00 44 844 847 8000.
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