Turkey’s heartbreak ends dire day for Europe in China
Turkey got as close as anyone possibly could to an upset for the ages but it just wasn’t enough and, Emmet Ryan writes, it was a gut punching end to a rough day for European teams at the 2019 FIBA World Cup In the summer of 2017, Sertaç Şanlı was meant to be dropping to […]
Let’s talk about Paris
There are only so many times Emmet Ryan can use the term déjà vu in a tone that is both serious and dad jokey but looking at Paris as a potential Euroleague city certainly fits the bill. The French capital has a lot of promise and that, well, is the problem After London dominated the […]
Schroeder fights back to bring Germany past France
Dennis Schroeder couldn’t have started any colder but once he got hot, Germany rowed in right behind him. Emmet Ryan on how the guard found his moment and got a big helping hand from Daniel Theis to beat France and advance to the quarter finals of EuroBasket 2017 The build up to this was pretty […]
Rio 2016 – Euro post-mortem and prognosis
The Olympics have come and gone with two medals being snagged by European nations, Emmet Ryan looks back at how all five performed and what to expect from them in the next couple of international cycles Five teams enjoyed and endured five very different rides through Rio but, in the end, the two that brought […]
Rio Quarter Finals – France and Spain are doomed to fight forever
Ahead of Wednesday’s two Olympic men’s basketball quarter finals, Emmet Ryan looks at yet another clash between Europe’s arch powers Every EuroBasket title since 2009, one silver medal, two bronzes, a World Cup bronze on enemy territory, a shot to the googlies en route to an Olympic exit. Spain and France have been through a […]
Rio Day 1 and 2 – Let’s all over-react to Dario
On a pair of days where everything was over-analysed, one play in particular got social media in a frenzy. Emmet Ryan on Dario’s block and the rest of what happened Throughout Croatia’s comeback win over Spain, the trend on social media was to react way too much into Dario Saric’s poor scoring performance for the […]
VIDEO: Rudy Gobert looks back on his performance at EuroBasket
Rudy Gobert spoke to BallinEurope after France took bronze at EuroBasket 2015 where he discussed his performance, bouncing back after losing to Spain, and the French fans.
VIDEO: French fans sing the Marseillaise after winning bronze at EuroBasket
France didn’t get the gold but a packed arena gave their men an emotional tribute as they won bronze. Watch the amazing moment below.
VIDEOS: Mirotic, Diaw, Fernandez, Gobert, react to Spain’s win over France
Watch reaction from Nikola Mirotic, Rudy Fernandez, Rudy Gobert, and Boris Diaw to the overtime thriller at EuroBasket 2015 as Spain topped France.
Pau fights to the last as Spain overcome France in OT thriller
Pau Gasol refused to quit even when his body begged him to. Pau’s heart told it to shut up and keep playing. It was just enough to stop France, writes Emmet Ryan Pau Gasol had sent the message clear before this game. He wanted to beat France in front of their own fans. He remembers […]
VIDEO: Nicolas Batum says the game with Spain will be aggressive
Nicolas Batum spoke at length following France’s win over Latvia about how Tony Parker lifted his team when they were down and how the upcoming clash with Spain promises to be a tough battle. BallinEurope is in the running for two awards at Blog Awards Ireland. Go here to vote for BiE
Marchons! Marchons! Tony Parker drags France into the semi finals
Tony Parker took care of business when his team mates couldn’t and France saw off Latvia to set up a date with Spain in the semi finals, writes Emmet Ryan It was far from vintage France against Latvia in the second quarter final on Tuesday night. There were stutters and stumbles from the home side […]