An ideal final, eternal, with all the condiments that can be asked of a definition. And to complete the ideal menu, with Argentine flavor. This afternoon, from 4:00 p.m., the final of the Spanish Basketball League begins between Barcelona Y real Madrid, the owners of the scene, the teams that have been sparking for 11 years to accumulate trophies in their showcases. And as if that were not enough, in the last 5 definitions there was always an Argentine who shouted champion and this time another will be added, because Nicholas Laprovittolaone of the stars of the Catalan team, wants his first conquest, while gabriel decka vital piece for Madrid, is going for his second local title with the whites.
Barça-Real Madrid is a duel that is repeated for the eighth year in the last 11, an overwhelming domain. With this fundamental crossing, 34 of the 39 trophies that were put at stake in Spanish basketball in the last 13 seasons will have been distributed, including the six of the last two.
Nicolás Laprovittola is one of the key pieces of Barcelona (Europa Press Sports /)
Since the 2009-10 season, the two greats of Spanish basketball have only left five titles behind. Baskonia hit the bubble of de la Fonteta, in Valencia, in the midst of the pandemic, when they won the 2020 league and before that in the 2009/10 season, when they beat Barcelona 3-0. Valencia Basket won the 2017 League and the Super Cup the following season. And Gran Canaria got that first trophy of the season in 2016.
But it is not only a definition in which Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate, but also the Argentines always appear on the scene in these definitions. In the event that Laprovittola is champion of the League, there will be 17 players born in this land who are consecrated in the Spanish League, while if Deck is champion, the count remains at 16 and the player from Santiago will add his second crown.
The first time an Argentine made a strong appearance in the Spanish league was with Juan Domingo De La Cruz in the Barcelona shirt (1980/81, 1982/83, and 1986/87), which until the landing of Andrés Nocioni and Facundo Campazzo he was the most winning Argentine in those lands. Chapu, champion in the 2001/02, 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, and the Cordovan point guard with victories in 2014/15, 2017/18 and 2018/19, both wearing the Real Madrid shirt, also joined the list of the most winners.
Nicolás Laprovittola and Gabriel Deck before the last Spanish classic between Barcelona and Real Madrid (Sonia Canada/)
The list extends to Luis Scola, Fabricio Oberto, Gabriel Fernández, Hugo Sconochini, Ariel Eslava, Juan Ignacio Sánchez, Walter Herrmann, Pablo Prigioni, Deck, Luca Vildoza, Patricio Garino, Lautaro López and Leandro Bolmaro.
Even in the last five definitions of the Spanish League there was always an Argentine and he was champion. Between Campazzo, Deck, Vildoza, Garino, López and Bolmaro, they were in charge of giving the Spanish basketball crown an Argentine accent. Even in two of those five definitions, the MVP of the final went to a player from these lands: Campazzo in the 2019 season with Real Madrid, after a task of 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists against Barcelona, and Vildoza in the 2020, with Baskonia after a performance of 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in the definition also against Barcelona.
This definition between Barça and Real Madrid seems even logical, because they are the two highest budgets in Europe. The two are close to 44 million euros, a figure far from any other team in Spain. It is that the two giants always start each season with the aim of staying with the Euroleague, both reached the Final Four, Real Madrid left Barcelona on the way and then fell in the final against Anadolu Efes, from Turkey.
The last clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid for the Endesa League
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Barcelona- Real Madrid, the eternal final of Spanish basketball and with an Argentine accent