Lithuania To Experience ‘Balkan League’

18 November 2012

EUROBASKET 2013

EuroBasket 2011 Ambassador Arvydas Sabonis handing over the big shoes to step in for Eurobasket 2013 Ambassador Rasho Nesterovic
EuroBasket 2011 Ambassador Arvydas Sabonis handing over the big shoes to step in for Eurobasket 2013 Ambassador Rasho Nesterovic

EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania will be remembered for years - for the organisation, the crowds in the arenas and the love for basketball.

The Lithuanians had passed over the torch to Slovenia, who will organise the upcoming EuroBasket from 4-22 September 2013.

Both countries may not be the biggest when it comes to population, but the craze for the sport of basketball and the pride in organising Europe's major basketball event are to be felt across the nations.

With the EuroBasket 2013 Draw having concluded and the event officially having arrived in Slovenia, the Lithuanians might discover even more similarities with their successors, and the whole region.

Lithuania were drawn into Group B, together with F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia and Serbia.

"We never played in the Balkan league, so it might be a little difficult for us to play in that kind of group," Arvydas Sabonis, President of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation, said with a smile.

He is aware that there are no such things as easy opponents, but is also looking forward to the challenge - and the Balkan feeling to the group.

"If you want to win something, you need to play with everybody.

"The group is a little stronger than we expected, because everyone in our group is near Slovenia, so a lot of fans will be able to come to cheer for their teams," he concluded.

The Lithuanians are used to big crowds, and with their loyal fans expected to join the team in Slovenia, it might feel just like home.


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