Dirk NowitzkiGermany national team and Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is dreaming about playing in Beijing later this summer. It won't be an easy task for Germany to reach Olympics. They will play against New Zealand and Cape Verde in Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The input of Dirk Nowitzki will be crucial for Germany as it always been.

Although Germany are the favourites to finish first in this group, they will meet either Greece or Brazil in the next round. Germany could meet Lebanon too but their chances of finishing above Brazil or Greece are not so high.

Nowitzki said: “I want to win, unconditionally, the championship in the NBA. And I want to be with the national team at the Olympics in Beijing.

"It didn’t happen for Sydney and Athens. I unconditionally want to fulfill my dream and reach Beijing."