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MACEDONIA LOST - 86-54



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Macedonian national team started with severe defeat the European Basketball Championship that kicked off in Poland today.

In its worst game so far, Macedonian team lost from the World Championship runner-up Greece.

Only five minutes into the game, Greece amassed 15 points lead which continued increasing up until the final 86:54.

Throughout the match, Macedonian players showed nothing but confusion. The team was nowhere near being up to the task in both defense and the attack, with disastrous field-goal percentage, especially the three-point shooters.
About 300 Macedonian and some 50 Greek fans were among the attendants of the match played in Poznan. No incident broke out on the stands and the players of both teams shook hands in a friendly manner.

Macedonian continues its participation at Eurobasket on Tuesday with the match against Israel – the crucial game for making it to the next stage of the tournament.

It was interesting in Skopje, where Macedonians sat together with Greek fans at a coffee shop near the Greek Consulate. Good atmosphere throughout the match, fans enjoyed 'Skopsko beer' with salad and roasted chicken.


MD: Too bad, congratulations to our Greek readers! But it was sure nice to see the face of the Greeks when they saw our huge flag.

[Mina]

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did you like the real Macedonian flag in the red and yellow. how come there was only 50 Greeks fans where they afraid of a bunch of Skops. Or they are to poor to go. Macedonia had over 300 fans.

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at the game.

"But it was sure nice to see the face of the Greeks when they saw our huge flag"

I really don't know who is writing these articles here but for sure the person "commenting" them has no journalist ethic.Irony is not journalism. Knowing that the Vergina Sun is considered a Greek symbol by the whole world i find it pretty lame and insecure for a country to try to pass it's nationalistic beliefs during a basketball game and also be praised for such acts by the media. Athletism means friendship!Honoring your opponent whatever your differences r and prove them that u r better IN THE GAME and not trying to insult another country by acting nationalistic. Wake up! Politics is made by the governments in offices not by the people in stadiums.

Exactly! Its about sport and sportmanship, thats why it was really hateful and childish to see Greek television erasing the official international abbrevation of our country from the tv screen. Tell that to your own people my friend, its about sports. Also tell that to the Greek sport delegations for example at the sailing regatta in Serbia a few weeks ago, when Greeks insisted we took our jackets off because it had the name of our country on them. Is that not such an act? Is that sportman behavior? No! What did we do? We just use our name and our flag.

Thank u for your answer but I still stand firm on my opinion that this site does not promote friendship between the 2 coyntries' peoples nor does it do proper journalism. It's just person's point of view on the facts. Choosing to ignore the point I made (about the irony) ,instead of answering to me about that, u prefer AGAIN to change the subject saying that the Greeks supress u etc.etc. If u want MY personal opinion,yes I also think that it was stupidness of the Greek TV to cover a name tag.And i do assure u ,no matter what u try to pass to your readers, that the majority of the Greek people think that too.In fact the Greek state TV has been widely critisezed for it.
As for your country's name, u know that your name cannot be simply Macedonia because the region of Macedonia as a whole does not belong to you,only your republic does. YOUR government recogizes that.It recognizes that this IS a real problem.this is why it is engaged in the negotiation process for more than 15 years. part of this process which YOU have signed states that in ALL international organizations including sports events etc. your country can ONLY be refered to as the former Yougoslav Republic of Macedonia. for sure it wasn't the Greek delegation's job to be responsible of the name on your country's jackets but neither should your team wear it (and i mean being prevented to do so from within your country) as it is provocative to a nation but most importandly because YOU signed it.As for the flag we both know that again YOU agreed that this is not your flag,it is an ancient greek symbol. Honor your signature until an agreement has been reached and don't try to adverize you "country's proper name" especially not in sports events where noone is interested in politics. I hope your answer is something different than the usual: "Macedonia for the Macedonians", "long live Macedonia" etc.

the person that signed that it is not our flag got paid 10 million. He is not Macedonian.

Well yeah, below most of our articles we add a line with our personal view, thats why it says MD:..... and than our line. We do not add that in the article itself, its just a comment by us.

Second, its not hate, maybe a little rivalry, but thats normal, our two countries played eachother. Also it indeed was nice to see the faces of the greek fans, they went crazy, is that bad to point out to our readers? I dont think so.

And if we were so hatefull, have a look at the beginning of our comment where we even congratulate our Greek readers, yes we congratulated you, and all other Greek readers, that is a nice thing isnt it? Even though most of the Greek readers on MAcedoniaDaily are not so nice themselves.

As for the name, im not going in discussion with you on that topic. The name is Macedonia. We are Macedonians. It was Macedonia, it is Macedonia and it will be Macedonia forever. Now you can hate and jump and complain at EU and NATO, but we will remain Macedonians from Macedonia and I think the world agrees with us.

Cheers, Gia mas!

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