The Ostchem U20 European Championship Men Division B enters its final weekend on Saturday after eight days of intense competition.
The level of play on the court has been more than matched by the facilities and organization offered by joint hosts, the Portuguese Basketball Federation, the city of Lisbon and Sport Lisboa Benfica.
All games have been held at Benfica’s cutting edge Estadio da Luz, one of Europe’s most advanced sports training facilities. The Estadio da Luz was renovated for the UEFA Euro 2004 and boasts sports facilities for basketball, roller hockey, volleyball and five-a-side football, as well as several restaurants and a club museum.
“The support from the city of Lisbon, the Portuguse Federation and the local organising committee has been matched by the Benfica Club which has a long history of participation in European club basketball,” said FIBA Europe official representative in Portugal Richard Stokes.
“It’s really fantastic to see Benfica involved again on an international level, the sporting club is well known for its exploits in soccer and basketball, but the recently developed facilities here are ideal for the hosting of tournament of this size. We should also recognise the work that the federation and the local organising committee have undertaken with the support of the city of Lisbon and the government sports ministry, to ensure that this event is run at the highest level”.
Another part of this tournament was the Coaches Clinic organized with the support of FIBA Europe over the last few days of the event. The clinic was led by FIBA Europe Coaching Coordinator Michael Schwarz and key speakers included Henrik Dettmann, Moncho Lopes and Trifon Poch.