Despite the fact that the Lithuanians were placed in the same group as the hosts of the tournament, the army of Lithuanian fans is still the largest and most famous in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.
In Thursday’s match against the Slovenians (75:82), the Lithuanians were supported by over 2,000 thousand. fans. More than 15 thousand watched the match live. fans.
After the match, the Slovenian star Goran Dragičius admitted that he had the feeling that he was not playing in Germany, but in Lithuania.
During the match, songs well known to Lithuanians were played – “Kunigunda” by Vaidotas Baumila, “Three Millions” by Marijonas Mikutavičiaus or “Shvieski man máš” by Stasios Povilaitis.
After the lost match, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who was the most productive player of the national team that night, also paid tribute to his compatriots.
“Unreal,” described the emotions of M. Kuzminskas, who scored 19 points. – Looking at the national team, we have the best fans in the world. I say this completely sincerely. People spend money, go not to the sea, but to Germany. We can only thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their support.”
Portal lrytas.lt interviewed national team fans before the match with Slovenians, who revealed how much a trip to the European Championship costs them.
“Oh, that’s a good question,” joked fan Kęstutis. – A friend says not to say so that his wife doesn’t know. But what are you hiding here, I think about 1.5 thousand. euros.”
It is true that Saulius, dressed in the yellow jersey of the national team, was a little more modest.
“I don’t know, maybe about 1 thousand. euros”, said the fan.
Meanwhile, Cologne-based Thomas said the cost would depend on several factors.
“It will depend on how much beer we drink, how much we eat, how much we watch,” the man smiled.
Most of the interviewed fans said that they intend to support the Lithuanian basketball players in Berlin as well, if the Lithuanians make it to the playoffs of the tournament. After the defeat to the Slovenians, the Lithuanians drowned their sorrows in the bars of the old town of Cologne, which are plentiful here.
The four best teams in the group will have the right to play in the round of 16.
The Lithuanian national team will play the second match of Group B on Saturday, when they will meet the French basketball players. The latter lost to the host Germans in the first match of the tournament 76:63.