Your guide to Basel
Date: 2/5/2014 2:07 AM
Published by : Manuel Røsler
WHAT, WHERE AND WHEN - A Dummies guide to EMWTC in Basel 2014

With just 5 days to go until the start of the 2014 European Men’s and Women’s Team Championships we take time to draw a breath and give you a complete EMWTC14 championship guide as to what, where and when it’s on for the duration of the week-long event in Basel.

There has been a concerted attack on promotion of the event in Basel by the local organisers with branding and advertisement stretching the length an breath of the country and as a result Badminton Europe are delighted to announce full TV coverage of the final stages of the tournament on Eurosport 2 in HD.

Where to watch

The TV schedule is as follows so book your spot on the couch in advance because it is all free:

Eurosport 2 Friday, 14 February Quarter-finals 10.00 - 18.00 CET
Eurosport 2 Saturday, 15 February Semi-finals 13.00 - 15.15 and 17.00 - 19.00 CET
Eurosport 2 Sunday, 16 February Finals 11.00 - 13.15 and 15.00 - 17.00 CET

In addition to the full TV coverage of the knockout stages of the tournament Badminton Europe will stream selected group matches for all you die hard badminton fans on our Youtube channel. In a break from the norm we will offer the matches with commentary so headphones to the ready if you going to be in work watching and set your phones to reminder as we will show the following group matches for your enjoyment:

11 February EMTC 10.00 Denmark vs Czech Republic
11 February EWTC 14.00 Netherlands vs France
11 February EMTC 18.00 Sweden vs Netherlands

12 February EWTC 10.00 Germany vs Spain
12 February EMTC 14.00 England vs Belgium
12 February EWTC 18.00 Switzerland vs Scotland

13 February EMTC 10.00 Austria vs Sweden
13 February EWTC 14.00 England vs Finland
13 February EWTC 18.00 Germany vs Switzerland

Where to follow / Social Media

In addition to our full live terrestrial and streaming transmission we will also be offering full social media coverage of the event from our usual Facebook and Twitter platform. In addition and for the first time we will utilise Instagram so if you’re a social media junkie follow us on Facebook HERE, on twitter HERE and use the hashtag #EMWTC14 for the event and we will give you a shout out on air during the group stages. So make sure to follow us as we are going to be very busy networking with you all for the week in Basel.

Basel will also be the location for the production of Badminton Europe’s second season of Smashing Stars which proved to be highly successful in its first outing last year. So as a badminton fan you can look forward to more Youtube content from our stars in the coming weeks and months shot live and on location in Basel.

As always the event will have full live scoring with matches and schedule all available on Tournament Software so for those on the move you will never have to miss a beat from your preferred match. For full draws, schedule and scores click HERE.

Even better: Come to Basel and watch it live

For those travelling to Basel you will be familiar with the arena from its long term association with the Swiss Open SS and Grand Prix Gold. The St. Jakobshalle is situated in south-eastern sector of the city and is readily accessible by public transport with tram and bus stops directly outside the arena. Go to the arenas website to find full and complete directions if you arriving by Plane, train or automobile:

There will be extensive merchandise available from the official equipment sponsor Yonex at the event so if you’re in the market for some top quality kit make sure you avail of their special tournament discounts throughout the week.

Where to buy tickets

Basel is readily accessible not only from Switzerland but France, Germany and beyond. Basel Mulhouse airport serves the city and its proximity to France and Germany is borne out by its unique three exits to each country at arrivals. Make sure you take the Swiss door if you’re travelling. Tickets are available for the entire event are available online at At this late stage you can still order online and pick up at the main door on arrival so come on there are no excuses!

Remember you will need some Swiss Francs if you plan spending your hard earned cash and the city is awash with ATM’s (which I am told offer a better exchange rate) so there is no need to worry if you forgot to stop at the Bureau de change on your way.

Official Players Party

Finally the much talked about player’s party is on Thursday 13th February at 9pm and all players, officials and friends of the event are asked to attend. Entry is by official tournament accreditation and will be held at Musik Park A2. The doors are open from 21.00 CET (18.00 CET for U15 players).

We look forward to seeing you all in Basel and if you cannot be there make sure you tune in online, on TV and on social media for all the thrills and spills from the 2014 edition of the European Men’s and Women’s Team Championship.

Article by Mark Phelan for Badminton Europe.
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