Germany to pay tribute to Dirk Nowitzki by retiring his shirt at FIBA EuroBasket 2022 /News
Germany have revealed plans to honor the great Dirk Nowitzki with a shirt retirement that will take place at FIBA EuroBasket 2022.
|Place of birth:||Wurzburg, Germany|
The ceremony will take place on the opening day of this year’s tournament with Germany set to take on France as Group B action kicks off in Cologne on September 1, 2022.
Nowitzki, official ambassador for FIBA EuroBasket 2022, will be in Cologne for the retirement of his number 14 shirt, the 43-year-old becoming the first German player to receive such recognition.
“I felt honored when the German Basketball Federation presented me with this idea. It was a nice surprise and I’m excited to see what awaits me in Cologne.
As FIBA EuroBasket Ambassador, I look forward to exciting matches with great teams and hope the fans in Cologne and Berlin will ensure full stadiums and a great atmosphere,” Nowitzki said.
Nowitzki is widely regarded as one of the greats of European basketball and his commitment to Germany is recognized by German Basketball Federation President Ingo Weiss, who is full of praise for everything he does. he accomplished.
“If anyone deserves it, it’s Dirk,” he said. “He was always ready to play for Germany and achieved incredible things in 153 international matches for the national team.
It’s great that Dirk also brings his enthusiasm and basketball experience as Chairman of the FIBA Players’ Commission and as an official ambassador for FIBA EuroBasket 2022. I’m glad we found an appropriate setting to honor Dirk Nowitzki in this way.”
Nowitzki’s national team service with the senior team spanned the better part of two decades with a first EuroBasket appearance in 1999 before becoming MVP after leading Germany to the 2005 final as they finished second.
The legendary German striker officially announced his international retirement in 2016 and continued to play in the NBA until the end of the 2018-19 season.
Earlier this year, Nowitzki was also honored by the Dallas Mavericks with a jersey retirement after winning an NBA championship in 2011, the culmination of 21 years with the same franchise since being drafted in 1998.
Germany’s pursuit of European silverware begins in Cologne from September 1-7, 2022 before the tournament moves to the knockout stage in Berlin from September 10-18, 2022.