Trophy Tour kicks off summer with stops in Belgium, German host cities
BERLIN, COLOGNE, BRUSSELS, OOSTENDE (Germany & Belgium) - The FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Trophy Tour started off its summer schedule with stops in Belgium and Germany, including two of the cities that will play host to the big tournament in September.
The June itinerary of the tour started in Cologne, which will host Group B of the flagship event. The EuroBasket trophy begun its tour of the German city on June 3, by appearing on court at the 3x3 Cologne Masters.
This appearance gave fans attending the 3x3 event the chance to have their picture taken not only with the coveted silverware but also with Bounce, the official mascot of FIBA EuroBasket 2022 which is proving increasingly popular with fans around Europe.
The Cologne part of the tour concluded with photo opportunities in front of the EuroBasket game and practice venues as well of course as the main landmarks of the city, including the emblematic cathedral, and the German sports and Olympic museum.
The trophy's next stop was in Oostende, Belgium, where it was displayed courtside during the second game of the Belgian-Dutch BNXT League play-off semi-final series between the local team, Filou Oostende, and visitors ZZ Leiden.
It turned out to be a pivotal game too, as the visiting Dutch side registered an 88-78 upset of their Belgian hosts and punched their ticker to the Finals, where they defeated Donar to be proclaimed the first-ever BNXT champions.
The trophy of course could not depart from Belgium before making a brief stop in Brussels to pose in front of the Atomium, the structure and cultural centre which people around the world have come to associate with the Belgian capital since its construction, in 1958.
The first half of the June schedule concluded with a visit to what will become the focal point of the world basketball community in September, the EuroBasket Arena in Berlin that will provide the stage for the knockout stages of the big tournament, including of course the big Final.
As was the case in Belgium, the trophy assumed a prominent position to witness an exciting league contest, as it was courtside for the opening game of the German BBL league Finals, which ended with hosts Alba Berlin defeating Bayern Munich 86-73.
As is almost customary in every country, the trophy also made a TV appearance as it featured in the halftime show alongside former German international Pascal Roller.
The Trophy Tour will continue with a stop in Serbia, on June 18-19.