12 years ago today: Greece beats Team USA in World Cup semifinal

2018-09-01T08:58:48+01:00 2018-09-01T17:03:04+01:00.

Dionysis Aravantinos

01/Sep/18 08:58


Back on September 1, 2006, Greece shocked the world by defeating Team USA 101-95 in the World Cup semifinal in Saitama, Japan.

By Dionysis Aravantinos / info@eurohoops.net

Greece was the heavy underdog in the semifinal against Team USA, but that did not stop Panagiotis Giannakis’ team from believing in something special. Eventually, Greece defeated USA 101-95 and advanced to the World Cup final. Even though the Greek squad easily lost in the final against Spain, this game against ten NBAers remains one for the ages.

Especially considering the fact that, as of now, Team USA is still undefeated in a major international tournament since the 2006 loss to the Greek team.

Vassilis Spanoulis (22 pts), Michalis Kakiouzis (15 pts) and Theodoros Papaloukas (eight points, 12 assists) led the way for the Greek team, while Carmelo Anthony (27 pts), LeBron James (17 pts) and Dwyane Wade (19 pts) were doing anything possible to keep the United States in the game.

After the game, Papaloukas had talked to the media: “I think we showed everybody that maybe we’re not very good athletes like them, but we know how to play the game. We are clever,” while Chris Bosh for Team USA kept it simple, praising his opponents: “They played damn near a perfect game.”