Final in Berlin
Crazy EM medal series of Spanish basketball players
France cannot stop Spain's basketball players in the final either. In Berlin they get the next European Championship medal and build on the winning streak.
After the next big EM crowning was in the midst of an impressive series of medals of Spain Basketball head coach Sergio Scariolo just happy.
"We were in eighth place in the Power Rankings and managed to overtake all teams. Especially the last one, full of NBA and Euroleague players," said the coach after the 88:76 final victory against France Berlin. "I'm very happy because we played great basketball."
Seven European Championship tournaments, seven European Championship medals
Silver 2007, gold 2009, gold 2011, bronze 2013, gold 2015, bronze 2017 and now gold again: The Spaniards have now won precious metal in seven European Championship tournaments in a row. For the next twelve months, they will combine the two titles of world and European champions. "This title has a special taste, different from the others," said Scariolo, who was showered by his pros at the press conference.
In the of NBA-Superstars-packed tournament with Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Spaniards were initially considered more of an outsider. After the 2021 Olympics, Pau and Marc Gasol said goodbye, and the build-up players Ricky Rubio and Sergio Llull were not there. But the team spirit and a strong collective led by Willy Hernangomez surpassed themselves. "Incredible Spain. Congratulations guys," wrote Slovenian Doncic, a former Real Madrid player.