TONIGHT: RIVALS FOR OVER 2000 YEARS MEET - MACEDONIA VS GREECE
Macedonia versus Greece match is set to open the European Basketball Championship in Poland today.
Euro-Basket is the biennial basketball championship contested by European nations and held by FIBA Europe. The tournament, which will be hosted by Poland, will begin on 7 September and will conclude with the final on 20 September.
This is the second time that Macedonia participates in the European basketball championship, after its debut in France 10 years ago.
Coach Jovica Arsic has ended his dilemma and picked American-Macedonian Jeremiah Massey over Darius Washington (former NBA)to play at Eurobasket, since no more than 2 neutralized players are allowed on one team.
Macedonia will play against the current world vice-champion Greece.
The premiere duel begins today at 16:39. The residents can watch the match on a large video beam at the Skopje's central square Pela.
In the Phase 1, Macedonia - placed in the Group 1 - will play against Greece, Croatia and Israel.
MD: This historical match between two rivals being played tonight will be very interesting. We were always waiting for Greece to find them in the same group with us. This is very important, if we win, we already kinda won the tournament. Many Macedonian and Greek fans are expected as well as half a stadium of policemen since the game is being marked as high risk by Polish organisers. Salute to our southern neighbours; Enjoy the game, no hard feelings and may the best one win!