The Costa del Sol is a very special event. Promoted by Antonio Jesús López Nieto and Juanma Rodríguez (now president and sporting director of Unicaja) during his time at Deportes de la Diputación, he became a benchmark where many unknown players launch themselves into stardom. Two names always come to mind: Luca Doncic and Trey Thompson. This great tournament, in its eleventh edition, was presented with the classic poster of luxury, Unicaja and Real Madrid will once again be the perfect hosts. And with them a great comer from Europe, the Zalgiris of Kaunas,.
The matches will be played on September 11, 12 and 13 at the Fernando Arguelles pavilion in Antequera. The Malaga team will be in charge of opening this tournament against Real Madrid, a day later they will face Zalgiris de Kaunas, while the fence will be put in place by the madridistas and the Lithuanians on Tuesday 13. All matches will start at 8:30 p.m.
The presentation ceremony took place in the presence of Francisco Salado, president of the Provincial Council; Cristóbal Ortega, Deputy for Sports and Youth; Antonio Baron, Mayor of Antequera; Juan Rosas, Deputy Mayor and Councilor for Sports of Antequera; and Antonio Jesus Lopez Nietor, President of Unicaja. Tickets can be purchased from next Monday 22 through the club’s website and will cost 15 euros per match, and, in addition, for all those who wish, there will also be a ticket for the triangular at 38 euros.
López Nieto commented: “Hope sports results protect us, our fans need it, our city needs it.” The president appreciated the effort undertaken to put in place a model which “creates illusions. We notice it. But we know that the field and the ball are the ones who talk”. Francis Salado, President of the Provincial Council, and Manolo Barón, Mayor of Antequera, also took the floor, highlighting the advantages of this city of sport and the category of this event.
And there are plenty of incentives. In addition to seeing the new Unicaja, Real Madrid will be there with Chus Mateo, that he was the first and second coach of the Malaga team, in the lead. Sergio Rodríguez, Petr Corneli, Dzanan Musa and Mario Hezonja are the new faces, although the latter will probably be in Eurobasket, which will result in several other casualties. Finally, Zalgiris Kaunas, with Kazys Maksvytis as coach and various reinforcements like Birutis and Smits, ex-ACB, to which are added the Americans Keenan Evans and Kevarrius Hayes, Lekavicius, Kalnietis, Ulanovas.
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