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Riga meets the Eurobasket with the provincial slowness

Рига встречает Евробаскет с провинциальной неспешностью

On Saturday 12 th “Arena Riga” our national team will play their first match of Eurobasket 2015. Wards Evgeny Murzin will challenge one of the strongest teams of the continent – Lithuania. Which, moreover, in neighbouring Latvia will come to support several thousand fans. But their invasion is expected on the day of a match.

In the meantime, the city has a population of half a million peaceful Latvian citizens lives a quiet measured life of a Ukrainian regional center. In the old town mounted the stage and set the giant screen which will show the game, and in residential neighborhoods, even billboards are virtually invisible.

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On Friday, clearly bored of the Latvian border guards and customs officers amused dopisivanje Ukrainian journalists and fans, who arrived in the small airport. Asked all the details, down to the documents for the hotel, show tickets, insurance policies, and some things even drove through special devices. And the first poster that you see coming through the doors in Latvia (in the literal sense – for the Cabinet pograncov you need to open the door) – basketball. Of the six participants of the Riga group from Ukraine lit Alexander Mishula.

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But in the yards of the love of basketball is not as ostentatious – shields are not for the Eurobasket, but because of the desire of people to play. And ring – nets, which for some reason no one liked it.

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One of the attractions of Riga is the Museum of chocolate company “Laima”.

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But on the streets you can see some pictures of trade farmers.

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And a lot of branded shops with the famous “Riga balsam”.

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Near the arena is almost complete lull. You need to wait until Saturday – and life here will seethe.

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Opposite the main basketball stadium is no less cute sports complex with training plomacy.

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Ukrainian collections have already tested both the playing hall. Today, before lunch, have another look in the main.

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The goods in the fan shops still deliver and unpack.

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But a collection of t-shirts can already be considered in detail.

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Before the first match (Czech Republic – Estonia 15:30) – nothing at all. And lull here will turn into a raging basketball thread.