Pozzecco show: Italy “shocks the world” and sets a date with France!

What a huge achievement for Italy! Buoyed by their coach Gianmarco Bosico, who was fired in the third quarter, Transalpines eliminated Serbia from double NBA MVP Nikola Jokic (94-86). Therefore, they will face France on Wednesday at 5:15 pm in the quarter-finals.

Cheerful, cheerful, Gianmarco Pozzecco no longer knows where to turn in the mixed zone. His eyes are wet, he hugs everyone else, grabs the journalist’s cheek, drips with the little ball, lets out a throaty shriek in front of the camera. A colleague tries his luck and is cut off by the “atomic fly”. ” you all what is your nationality? Greek? Did you know that I just celebrated a win with Giannis Antikonmo?! I passed him in the hallway, jumped on his neck! I jumped because it’s too tall. I don’t think he recognized me at first. » The video – amazing – proves that he wasn’t lying…

He was sent off in the middle of the third quarter after a technical error attributed to the bench (he had already taken first place), on the fourth of the evening for the Italians, the 2004 vice Olympic champion presented to the public in Berlin one of the great photos of this EuroBasket. He then hugged each of his players in tears and then went to greet his Serbian counterpart, Svetislav Pesic, before leaving the stage. They kept telling me they were sorry.Then he said. I replied: But sorry for what?! Keep fighting! » At that time, the score was 57-63 for Serbia. Half an hour later, Italy won 94-86 and Gianmarco Bozeco sealed at the entrance to the lane, without any control over his emotions, and had to be restrained by his players so as not to enter the field. “It would have taken 12 bodyguards, plus two fighters from the UFC, to stop me from going back into the room!”

Yes, Nikolo Mili blocked Nikola Jokic (Photo: FIBA)

A controversial arbitration decision (one more…) which finally served as an electric shock to the Squadra Azzurra team. “Wake up something in us”Marco Speco, the other unexpected champion of the day, claimed his 22 units on 7/11. “We started running, defended better, took advantage of the counter-attacks…” Indeed, the Transalpins ended the match as if they were possessed, cannonballs on all sides, absolutely unplayable the whole time, like Nikola Mile who suddenly choked… Nikola Jokic. “We shocked the world!” The former coach of the Fortetodo Bologna team shouted. “Maybe it was the greatest game in basketball history, before the 2004 Olympic semi-finals when we beat Lithuania. I was on the field that day, everyone says it was our biggest game, but this game is so much better for me because we played hard. We beat On one of the best teams in history because I have never seen a player like Djokic before.”

Pisic’s return to the Serbian bench was not a huge success (Photo: FIBA)

Perhaps Gianmarco Pozzecco was too elated that he wasn’t really clear and this last point still needs to be proven. Because like Croatia a little earlier in the day, Serbia was finally true to itself: a rather brutal pool of talent (pivot 1-5 Vasilije Micic – Nikola Jokic was one of the best players in the world on paper), because he lacks results. After the failures at the 2019 and 2021 TQO World Cup, the Serbian Federation opted for the old school comeback, for a domineering hand with 2002 World Champion Svetislav Pesic. On the floor, fellow Denver Nuggets star (32 points at 8/14, 13 rebounds, 4 assists ) developed a very attractive basketball all summer but still lowered their heads at key moments. “We have a great team”However, he repeated the former FC Barcelona technician after the elimination, who will certainly have to take responsibility for him waiting for the 34th minute before releasing Jokic when his team was at -19 without him. “We have made a lot of progress in terms of the quality of the play presented. But in the end, it is clear that losing tonight and not qualifying for the quarter-finals is disappointing. However, I remain convinced that we have very good players, especially in the group that is here.” But Serbia may revamp its roster, the campaigns follow each other and look the same: like last year, Italian junior football was to blame for coming and smashing Serbian dreams…

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Sep 11, 2022 at 7:56 am

Cheerful, cheerful, Gianmarco Pozzecco no longer knows where to turn in the mixed zone. His eyes are wet, he hugs everyone else, grabs the journalist’s cheek, drips with the little ball, lets out a throaty shriek in front of the camera. A colleague tried his luck and cut him off the “atomic fly”. “you all what is your nationality? Greek…

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