Although the group B matches in Cologne started with a duel between Hungarians and Bosnians, Lithuanians dressed in green shirts were constantly seen in the arena and next to it. It is clear that Kazios Maksvytis’ students will have impressive support in the group stage.
“The bookmakers assure us that we are not favourites, but we have to hope for the best.” We have a good team, probably the best in 10 years. We have good chances to win not only against the Slovenians, but also the gold medal,” he said lryto.lt fan Tom was interviewed at the arena.
The fan wearing an impressive mask, who came to Cologne with his wife, also expects gold medals from the national team.
“We will win, we came to collect gold medals. Our mood is very good – great, great”, Kazimieras rejoiced.
Most of the interviewed fans assure that they will support the national team in the playoffs as well, if Lithuania gets to them.
It is interesting that not only Lithuanians are wearing the shirts of the Lithuanian national team, but also fans from abroad. A young girl from Israel is wearing a Roko Jokubaitis T-shirt. She said that she likes the Lithuanian from Euroleague fights.
What’s more, in Cologne you can also meet British people who also wear T-shirts decorated with the colors of the Lithuanian tricolor.
“I became interested in basketball during the coronavirus pandemic. I watched the fights of “Žalgiris” Kaunas in the Euroleague, I really liked Marius Grigonis. Then he was unstoppable,” said Adam, who came from Manchester with a group of friends.
About 2,000 fans from Lithuania should support the Lithuanians in the battle with the Slovenians. Famous faces also came to Cologne – comedian Mantas Stonkus, Mantas Katleris, former basketball player Linas Kleiza and others. The organizers of the tournament announced that almost all the tickets (18 thousand) for the matches on September 1 have been sold.
The battle between Lithuania and Slovenia starts at 18:00. 15 minutes Follow the events from the arena on the portal lrytas.lt