“Germany are choking on European Championship bronze,” the Bild headlined after their 82-69 victory over Poland in the small final. The tabloid continued: “The good news: the German grandees have a bronze at the European Championships! The bad news: the game. Sometimes it’s very hard to watch. Both teams torment the spectators with horrendous mistakes for a long time”.
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A report that basketball fan Tony Kroos is not happy with at all. “Bold article… the author has never been involved in sport,” the Real Madrid midfielder wrote in a related Twitter post.
Kroos added: “To stand up like this again 2 days after a thriller defeat in the semi-final (including a big disappointment) is sensational!” The 32-year-old then addressed the bronze medal winners, “Be proud of DBB basketball! It’s (almost) all Germany!”
Criticising the reports, Kroos was already in the headlines after the Champions League final in May when he confronted ZDF reporter Niels Kaben in Paris.
“You had 90 minutes to think about reasonable questions and then you asked me two shitty questions,” Kroos said after the 1-0 win over Liverpool to Kaben, who asked critical questions despite the title. The German football star soon interrupted the interview.
German basketball players broke a 17-year lull
The German basketball team’s 17-year lull came to an end at the European domestic championship. With 26 points, DBB captain Dennis Schroeder led the hosts to bronze and thus their first podium since 2005, when Nowitzki and Co won silver in Serbia.
EM’s ninth German game in 18 days was marked by struggles and cramps in the long stretches, but in the end it didn’t matter. In front of an official 12,913 spectators in particular, the Poles looked exhausted and overmatched. Germany were still struggling at first and only really got going before the break.