The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) and the Local Organizing Committee revealed the schedule for the Baseball European Championship, that is set to begin in Bonn and Solingen, Germany, on Saturday, 7 September. The top five finishers of the 12-team event will advance to the WBSC Europa-Africa Qualifying Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. The six-team tournament will be played in Bologna and Parma, Italy, from Wednesday 18 to Sunday 22 September. The only National Team so far qualified is South Africa.
The 12 National Teams participating in the European Championship will be divided into two groups. The top four of each group will advance to the quarter-finals. The winners will farther advance to the semi-finals and earn a spot in the Bologna and Parma WBSC Qualifier. The losers will play for the fifth spot in the Qualifier. They will meet in their semifinals on Saturday, 14 September and compete for fifth place on Sunday, 15 September at 11 am local time.
The bronze medal game (3 pm local time) and the European Championship game (7 pm local time) are also scheduled for Sunday, 15 September.
In preparation to the European Championship France will host Japan in the third edition of the Yoshida Challenge, a five-game series played from 28 to 31 August in Senart.
Yoshio Yoshida, a former player and manager of the Hanshin Tigers, NBP Hall of Famer, was the manager of the French National Team in the 1990s. He will be honoured before the game of Saturday, 31 August.
Spain will host Italy in Barcelona for a four-game series that will celebrate the 75 years of the National Baseball Federation.
Spain and Italy are, together with the defending Champions Netherlands and the hosts Germany, serious candidates for a spot in the WBSC Qualifier.