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Golden Players, five teams at the Masters European Basketball Championships in Malaga: now there is also the women’s team

NoonJune 21, 2022 – 2:10 pm

From Naples to all of Italy, the “over” basketball project conceived by Virgilio Marino: “We are the largest delegation of the whole event”

from Carmelo Prestisimone

Malaga 2022 mission for the Golden Players. Eighty Italian athletes – of which almost half (30) come from Campania – cinque formations and a load of infinite enthusiasm. From June 24th to July 3rd en route to Andalusia for basketball players over from the boot expected for a good European with 4 thousand participating athletes – other than non-EU citizens – who will finally face that tournament that should have been played for two years and then postponed due to the pandemic.

The representative

The Italian flag starts with the over 50 directed by Paolo Bianchini and with two basketball players from Campania who have always distinguished themselves in previous competitions. There are Francesco Longobardi– former Juvecaserta player with whom he also won a championship – e Michele Marino who instead was the play of the Serapide Pozzuoli. In the over 55 of coach Riscolo the name of stands out Gennaro Palmieri, one of the products of the Caserta nursery at the time of Bogdan Tanjevic, and also a player of Virtus Roma with Brian Shaw and Danny Ferry. In the over 60 of Gianni Ilario a good slice is represented by basketball players appreciated in the Aquila Partenope as the play Nando Starace and the exterior Enzo Andolfi and Stefano Prestisimone. Roster completed by important names such as Renato Bonanno, Antonio Spaccaforno, Tammaro and Lanzano. The over 65 team with Alfonso De Pisapia at the technical guide is also of a good level. In the field Virgilio Marino, Piero Giani, Peppe D’Orsi, Silvio Donadoni, Tandurella, Letteriello and Mele.


Golden ma Pink

The over 55 women’s team directed by Palermo is interesting Gabriella Di Piazza, the first Italian female basketball player. On the parquet also the multi-decorated Mara Fullin, 15 times champion of Italy with Vicenza and Comense and seven Champions Cups raised to the sky. There is Luisa Corallo, Salento winger with many years lived in Campania with Avellino and winner of the Champions League with Cesena in ’91. Yet Annamaria MeterangelisNeapolitan play former Italbasket with Sabrina Sussarello, Maria Luisa Premier, Anna Zonda, Ivana Donadel, Paola Corvo and many other good players.

The movement

«We are the largest delegation taking part in the European Championship – the president proudly explains Virgilio Marino in the press conference held at the Crisalide center, main sponsor of the Golden – and all our companions have ambitious goals. We bring authentic champions as a dowry. Not only players who have made the difference in B and C but also athletes who have won championships such as Francesco Longobardi who sewed the tricolor with a team from Campania like Juvecaserta ».

Not just basketball

«Ours is a movement that goes beyond basketball – said the GM Carlo Sigillo -. Not only do we love to keep moving and continue to practice the sport that made us proud in our youthful years but we also make our professional skills available during these events, creating synergies between companies and giving strength to what is more than a community, a real family. Malaga is one of the stops on our journey. We will soon organize an international tournament in Monte di Procida, one of the Campania cradles of our basketball with three sports halls ».

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21 June 2022 | 14:10

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