BiE’s editor takes the ice bucket challenge, nominates Basketball Ireland boss +++ Žydrūnas Ilgauskas considering a comeback? Wow LeBron has power +++ The Dream Team’s children +++ Highlights: Belgium beat Belarus, Germany stay alive +++ EuroBasket 2015: Bosnia, Belgium, Israel, and Latvia lock up spots +++ First Person: Follow the FIBA World Cup through BiE’s eyes +++ Basketball World Cup of Beer: The Final – USA vs France +++ Tight knit Iceland too much for Great Britain +++ EuroBasket 2015: Round-up and Highlights from Wednesday’s qualifiers +++ FIBA dropped a sweet promo for the World Cup +++

Eurocup Last 16: Ratiopharm ulm must stop Rakocevic to top Red Star

A rough week doesn’t get any easier for Ratiopharm Ulm in its inaugural Eurocup Last 16 game tonight, with the Bundesliga side playing host to Red Star Belgrade after losing an 80-78 heartbreaker to FC Bayern Munchen on the weekend.

Sport Eagle TV got a few minutes with Ulm head coach Thorsten Liebenath and player Philipp Schwethelm after the Munich game to discuss the prospects of taking on one of this season’s European success stories; naturally, the focus is on Igor Rakočević, who was good for 18.7 points per game in the first phase of Eurocup 2012-13.

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In defiance of Bertomeu, Žalgiris Kaunas fans sing on

In the spirit of ’11, BallinEurope’ll call it “Occupy Euroleague.” CEO Jordi Bertomeu made official a Euroleague decree at the start of the 2011-12 season which banned the performance of national anthems before games. (BiE kinda agrees with this dictum, actually, as most rosters are stocked with Europeans while clubs are owned/controlled by corporations and private interests.) Nevertheless, fans in Lithuania have taken it upon themselves to perform a little defiance in response.

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Euroleague Qualifying Round bullets: First round

With Qualifying Round victories achieved by Cibona Zagreb, Lietuvos Rytas, Alba Berlin and Belgacom Spirou – and BallinEurope congratulates each potential Euroleague team for surpassing this first step – four other games go off tonight.

For your amusement and edification, then, BallinEurope presents a collection of highlight clips, quotes, previews and notes for of games played and to be played … and we’re doing this TrueHoop Network-, i.e. bullet-, style. Enjoy the games!

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Team anthems: Brose Baskets metal sound, Valencia’s new wave tenor

Vocalist, Valencia fan hymn

BiE’s said it before and BiE’ll say it again: American sports fans are really missing out with the whole fan anthem thing…

Over on Facebook, the Euroleague official page has gifted its listeners with a pair of fight songs for the squads. Musical homages to Brose Baskets Bamberg and Valencia – believe it or not, the latter is not a commercial jingle for “Power Electronics” – are now available online, so get ready to sing along!

The “Brose Baskets Fanhymne” is a metalled-up tune performed by (possibly also written and arranged by) Harald Maag. At times sounding like an extrapolation of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” the song is performed in 2½ languages, with the refrain in English, most song lyrics in German plus that odd German-English pidgin that always results when talking about basketball (“Kevin Durant habe gedunkt! Unglaublich! Das war Jordanesque!”).

Internet searches aren’t turning up too much on Maag, so we can assume he’s not quite at David Hasselhof levels of fame; he has also performed a swell song about Bamberg for the local tourist board as well.

Below check out a 2009 live performance – not to mentioned the bemused and/or baffled looks on the faces of players in attendance within – of the Brose Baskets Fanhymne from last year. Now everybody, sing along! “Brose Baskets Bamberg / Now and forever / Brose Baskets / Never walk alone!”

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FIBA World Championship semi-finals: Of Lithuanian fight songs and Fearless Predictions™

With the informal Turkish national fight song “Oniki Dev Adam” getting lots of media play thanks to the stirring renditions performed by hometown crowds at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, BallinEurope thought it would be a good time to give props to Lithuania’s own popular sports anthem.

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“Twelve Giant Men”: Origins and brief history

Play it again, Hedo!

For those wondering about that lustily-belted, catchy fight song the Turkish fans serenaded at Team France pretty much throughout the second half in the “Eighth Finals” game of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, BallinEurope’s got some answers.

The song is entitled “Oniki dev adam” (or “Twelve Giant Men”) and was originally written and performed by Turkish ska/punk band Athena, the brainchild of twin brothers and Fenerbahçe Ülker supporters Gökhan Özoğuz and Hakan Özoğuz. Formed in the early 1990s, by 1998 Athena appreciated a national audience in Turkey and their song “Holigan” became an anthem of sorts for certain soccer fans in the country.

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