First Step: Iranian basketball players thrashed Croatian squad 76-66 in Italy's quartet warm-up games ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
As the countdown to the Beijing Olympic Games starts, the Iranian all-star team went out to Italy to attend a four squad friendly competition.
Iran has previously suffered two setbacks from Italy's A & B national teams friendly matches, but the recent victory over Croatia boosted the morale of the Iranian men before the team step onto the court to face Algiers and Italy.
On Saturday Iran faces Italy.
Iran eased into the Olympic Games final in 2007, after the team had won the Asian Championship title in a hard fought game versus Lebanon 74-69.
Second Step: Iran's national basketball team has beaten Italy in the final game of a four-squad friendly competition ahead of the 2008 Olympics.
The Iranian basketball players defeated the Italian squad 86-79 on Saturday after suffering two defeats from the hosts on Monday and Tuesday.
Iran's basketball team will head for Serbia on Sunday to play four friendly games with the 2002 world champions.
Iran will play against Argentina, Lithuania, Russia and Australia in Group A of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, which will be held from August 8-24.
The group's sixth team will be decided in an Olympic qualifying tournament in Athens, Greece, in July.
adapted from: Press TV