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FRANCO BALBI PUBLISHES TRIBUTE TO OLIVINHA: "HE TEACHED ME WHAT IT MEANS TO PLAY FOR FLAMENGO"

The Mais Querido ace also highlighted that the team will try to "continue" the legacy left by the idol

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Olivinha retired from the basketball court after Flamengo's season in the competition ended. Idol of the Most Beloved and an example for all those who practice the sport, the star received several tributes, including from Franco Balbi.

Through his social networks, Balbi decided to pay tribute to Olivinha. In an emotional text, the Mais Querido shipowner told the behind-the-scenes of some moments he shared with his idol and showed a lot of gratitude to his companion.

SEE THE OPEN LETTER FROM BALBI TO OLIVINHA:

“Olivia, the time has come to dedicate a few words to you. First of all, huge CONGRATULATIONS on your career, many years, a lot of work and a lot of dedication to leave your name marked in the history of Brazilian Basketball! You will always be recognized as the greatest player in the history of Flamengo basketball, countless achievements will have your name engraved, but the greatest trophy of all is the affection of everyone who was part of your journey. It will be difficult to arrive at the next pre-season and not see you in the locker room arriving with a smile, or sometimes even 'sleeping' and ordering coffee (laughs). But, always with the disposition and energy necessary to infect and motivate us. Our task, now, will be to continue with his legacy, to be FLAMENGO on the court and represent the Nation as it deserves.

New challenges will be coming and I hope they are carried out with great success, my partner! Now yes. THANK YOU for everything since my arrival here at Flamengo. THANK YOU for letting me be myself within the team and within the club. THANK YOU for teaching me what it's like to play for Flamengo and how to represent a nation. THANK YOU for your patience and for understanding me when I charged you on the court. THANK YOU for opening the doors of your home to us and letting us see your family nearby. THANK YOU for your ongoing partnership. For all this and much more, THANK YOU SO MUCH. We will continue our friendship off the court”, published Balbi.

OLIVINHA’S HISTORY WITH FLAMENGO

Olivinha became a multi-time champion with the Manto Sagrado. That's because the "god of the race" won 20 titles with Mengo. Among the main achievements are: two Intercontinental Cups (2014 and 2022), one Champions League of the Americas (2020/21), one League of the Americas (2014) and six NBBs (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015 /16, 2018/19 and 2020/21).

CHECK OUT THE TRIBUTE MADE BY BALBI:



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BRAZILIAN BASKETBALL QUALIFIES FOR THE PARIS OLYMPIC GAMES WITH FLAMENGO PLAYER IN THE CAST

The Brazilian team returns to the Olympics after being away from Tokyo

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This Sunday (7), Brazilian fans were able to rejoice after yet another disappointment for the football team. This is because the Brazilian basketball team won a place at the Paris Olympics after eight years, after defeating Latvia, away from home, 94 to 69, in the final of the World Pre-Olympics. Thus, Didi Louzada will be another representative of Flamengo in the competition.

In addition to Didi, the team is also made up of former champion players for Mais Querido, such as Cristiano Felício, Yago and Benite. Thus, Rubro-Negro will be the majority at the Paris Olympic Games.

WALK TO CLASSIFICATION

Brazil managed to qualify after defeating the Montenegro team 81 to 72 and, even which lost to Cameroon by 77 to 74, qualified for the final phase, where they defeated the Philippines and Latvia, winning the competition that qualified only the winner for the Olympics.

This was the first competition of the Brazil under the command of Croatian Aleksandar Petrovic after the dismissal of Gustavo de Conti, who is also coach of Mais Querido and was unable to qualify Brazil for the Pre-Olympic of the Americas.

BRAZIL GROUP

Now in Paris, Brazil was placed in group B, where it has France, Germany and Japan. The top two in the group, in addition to the two best third-placed teams in the three groups, advance to the quarterfinals.

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FLAMENGO BASQUETE U23 BEATS BOTAFOGO AND COMES AHEAD IN THE STATE FINALS

Among the highlights of the match, it is worth mentioning the performance of Flamengo's point guard

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This Saturday afternoon, Flamengo took the lead in the best-of-three series of the final of the U23 State Basketball Championship, by beating Botafogo 89 to 81. The match, held in Gávea, was marked by a lot of emotion and intense competition, but the "children" of FlaBasquete managed to impose their rhythm and guarantee victory in the first confrontation.

The game started balanced, with both teams showing determination and desire to win. Flamengo, playing at home, had the support of the fans to maintain the pressure on Botafogo. In the first two quarters, the advantage on the scoreboard alternated between the teams, with the players giving their all in each play. Highlight for the red and black point guard, who commanded the offensive plays with precision and agility.

FLAMENGO HAS PILLARS IN THE BASE DIVISION


The third quarter was crucial for the Flamengo . With a solid defense and quick transitions, the team managed to open a considerable lead on the scoreboard. The performance of the pivot, who dominated the paint and contributed with important points, was fundamental to this turnaround. Botafogo, in turn, found it difficult to overcome the opponent's marking and saw Flamengo take the lead.


In the last quarter, Botafogo tried to react, reducing the difference on the scoreboard and bringing more excitement to the game. game. However, Flamengo managed to hold off the pressure and maintained the lead until the final whistle. The red-black team showed maturity and emotional control, not allowing the opponent to touch the scoreboard.


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FLABASQUETE STORMAN, BABI CELEBRATES THE TEAM'S EVOLUTION IN THE NBB

Balbi spoke about the team's evolution; Rubro-Negro has 10 wins and just two defeats in the NBB

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With the squad reformulated and suffering from injuries, Flamengo took a while to get into the Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB). After a troubled start, the team led by Gustavo de Conti has been raising the level of its performances, and by beating São Paulo this Thursday (7), it reached the same advantage as the leader Minas, which has the better in the direct confrontation. After the victory, Franco Balbi celebrated the team's evolution.

In an interview with Flamengo's official profile, the Argentine point guard celebrated the two consecutive victories against Paulistano and São Paulo, both away from home. According to Balbi, Pride of the Nation did a job well done, which serves as preparation for the Champions League Americas games.

“We are evolving a lot in our style of play, in our way of playing. I think they were two very important victories against teams that are doing very well in the championship.


Paulistano was in 5th, São Paulo was in eighth in the NBB, they are quality teams. We needed to do our job, we did it well, to return to Rio and prepare for the Champions League”, said Balbi.


In second place in the NBB with 10 wins and just two defeats, the team led by Franco Balbi is on a run of five consecutive victories, against Mogi, Bauru, Franca, Paulistano and São Paulo. It is worth remembering that the team is playing without Olivinha, who is in the DM, and Lucas Mariano, who is suspended and will only be able to play from February 2024.

Flamengo becomes the key to the Champions League Americas< /b>

Recovered and dominant in Novo Basquete Brasil, Flamengo now returns to Rio de Janeiro and becomes the key to competing in the Champions League Americas. Rubro-Negro will have a few days to prepare, and will take the court next Wednesday (13), in their debut in the continental competition.


Flamengo is in group C, alongside Boca Juniors, from Argentina, and Hebraica Macabi, from Uruguay. The first window of games will be in Rio de Janeiro, and Rubro-Negro will debut against the Uruguayans, at 9:10 pm (Brasília time), at Maracanãzinho. On Friday (15), Mengão faces Boca, at the same time.


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