When his team eliminated Serbia in the round of 16 (86-94), Italian coach Gianmarco Pozzecco assured that he would give his students his credit card so they could celebrate qualifying for the quarterfinals. final that they will play this Wednesday (5:15 p.m.) against France, great rival of the “killer giant” of the European basketball championship.

The extroverted 49-year-old Italian coach has become one of the league’s sensations. Seeing him on the bench is magnetic. He gestures, constantly complains to the referees and celebrates each basket made by his team as if it were a goal. It is pure energy and it often wreaks havoc.

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