Lenovo Tenerife and Baxi Manresa, the international tricolor team Sylvan Francisco, will face off in the Basketball Champions League Final on Sunday evening (8pm, follow LNB TV) at Bilbao Arena. Historic final in more ways than one.
In Bilbao, the Spaniards could not have dreamed of a more beautiful Final Four. Winners Hapoel Holon and Riesen Ludwigsburg on Friday night, Tenerife and Manresa will face each other in the Football League First Division final on Sunday evening. A 100% Hispanic final at an arena that can seat up to 10,000 people in the Basque Country capital.
If the two Spanish teams win, they will make history in more ways than one. In case of victory, the residents of Lenovo Tenerife, led by the most successful manager in competition history Txus Vidorreta, in their third final in six editions, could register their name on the BCL roster for the second time after the inaugural cup in 2017. In doing so he joined San Pablo Burgos, the defending champion Double, in the number of final victories. It could also be the first major title awarded to coach and captain Marcelino Huertas (39 years old on May 25), the best player in the semi-finals.
Sylvain Francisco could become the third Frenchman to lift the trophy
Manresa can make his mark on this final. Since the 1998 Spanish Football League and the 1996 King’s Cup, which they won at the end of the last century, the Catalan team has not won any new titles. Neither national nor continental. It will also be the first player for international leader Sylvain Francisco, who, if successful, could become the third Frenchman to lift the trophy after Tariq Kerksay, during the opening edition with Tenerife in 2017, and then Amath Mbaye, with Virtus Bologna two. After years. Just like the former Orleans Chima Munike, the MVP of the competition, former Belgian Asvel Baku or coach Pedro Martinez, elected coach of the year, and winner of the Korac Cup in 1990 with Badaloni.
This duel between the fifth (Tenerife) and the sixth (Manresa) of the Spanish championship in any case risks being very close. However, Txus Vidorreta turned down the role of favourite bestowed upon Pedro Martinez during the pre-match press conference. “ They are preferred because they do things very well. If they win it is because they will be better and if we win it will be a surprise. We are committed to showing that we can live up to a great team and a great club that is much higher in budget. Manresa coach confirmed.
Manresa will dominate the fan game
” Manresa is going through an exceptional season. They beat Real Madrid and Barcelona at home knowing they can beat anyone. I don’t think Pedro is too worried about budgets now because he knows they can beat any team Tenerife coach Txus Vidorreta, who no longer has a “more special flavor” for this final because of his retention of Bilbao, his city, replied Tenerife.
If Manresa was a favorite in one area, it would definitely be in the stands. Because the Catalans have officially welcomed 3,000 fans – and possibly more – to the semi-finals in Bilbao, a five-hour drive from Catalonia. That’s a lot more than 300 canary supporters. In any case, the two teams will ensure dominance of the Spanish championship in the competition, where a Spanish club will be crowned this evening for the fourth time in six editions.
in Bilbao (Spain).
a program :
5:00 pm. Match for third place: Hapoel Holon (ISR) – Riesen Ludwigsburg (Germany)
20:00. Finalist: Lenovo Tenerife (ESP) – BAXI Manresa (ESP)
2016-2017 Iberostar Tenerife (Spain) vs Banfet (Turkey).
2017-2018 : AEK Athens (Greece), vs. Monaco (France)
2018-2019 : Segafredo Virtus Bologna (Italy) vs Iberostar Tenerife (Spain).
2019-2020 : San Pablo Burgos (Spain) vs AEK Athens (Greece).
2020-2021 San Pablo Burgos (Spain) vs. Pinar Karsiyaka (Turkey).
Photo: Silvan Francisco-Manresa (International Basketball Federation)