Israel returned home from the Eural Trans Gas European Championship for U20 Men this week to a hero’s welcome. 250,000 fans in Israel had tuned in to watch their country’s remarkable run to the Final live on Israel’s Sports Channel. The Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final were broadcast live, and the final gained a 8.3% audience share.
Israel's Under-20 team received a hero's welcome when they returned home from the Czech Republic after claiming the silver medal at the European Championship.
For the second time in a row, Israel lost in the final. This time they fell to Slovenia, but their supporters praised the team's efforts.
Slovenia are the 2004 European Champions for U20 Men. In 2002 they suffered heartbreak, losing in desperately close fashion to Croatia, who made 2 free throws at the buzzer to win 74:72.
In 2004, it was Slovenia who closed the game by making not only several clutch shots, but 6 free throws in the last 30 seconds to close out Israel.