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June 2017
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Returning heroes make a splash on social media

MUNICH (FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017) - Newly crowned FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 champions Spain, historic bronze medal winners Belgium and underdogs Greece have all received a hero's welcome in their respective homelands.

We take a look at how the celebrations have been played out on social media.

There was a significant seal of approval for the Spanish team from Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy who welcomed the players to his residence.

Men's leader and NBA star Pau Gasol was quick to express his congratulations to his female peers.

Belgium worked hard to take a brilliant third place and it was witnessed by men's star Sam Van Rossom of Valencia, who was there to also cheer on Jana Raman

Veteran Ann Wauters was a key part of Belgium's success and run to the last podium step.

The forward is now off for a well deserved break with the family - with her son having also made a cameo appearance at a post-game media conference, earlier in the competition.

There was a deserved reception in Athens for the returning Greek team.

Expected to struggle and entering the competition as rank outsiders, they posted an exceptional tournament to reach the Semi-Finals for the first time in their history - as well as making it to the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018.

Latvia will also be at the event in Spain next year.

They finished in sixth place after pipping Italy and the party continued all the way to Riga as they made history by becoming the first senior Latvian national team [men or women] to reach the global stage.