We’ve spoken a lot about the amazing passion that Lithuanians have for basketball, but this video captures that love better than anything we could try and explain to you.

Many thanks to @Hendrix_Gizz for passing along this link of Lithuanian fans celebrating the U-19 championship, where they watched MVP Jonas Valanciunas lead Lithuania to the gold.


Just watch and try not to get goosebumps.

Comments (10)

  1. er, not trying to be ‘that’ guy but I do believe Valanciunas has a ‘c’ in it.

  2. Congrats Moi, you totally were “that” guy! :) Haha just kidding. Thanks for noticing the typo. Thought I’d typed Valanciunas so much on draft night that I could do it with my eyes closed. Clearly, I thought wrong.

  3. The fans are little bit more enthusiastic than the others in terms of basket ball match.

  4. It should be noted that this game happene *in a different country*. They really are the best.

  5. Someone send this tape to the security @ the ACC. I react like this at Raptors game and get escorted out by security. No fair.

  6. b-ball is huge in Lithuania, and has been for a long time. memories of the great Arvydas Sabonis, baby!

  7. Lithuanians are crazy about basketball. Keep in mind that this was the youth championship – not the senior. And that the championship took in another country.

  8. that’s how we roll. can’t wait for the mens EC to start in Lithuania

  9. Dang! Seeing clips like this makes me want to be at a Team Canada game.

    I love international competitons, FIFA, FIBA, Olympics what ever it don’t matter.

    I’m just VERY patriotic, and love any chance to show it!

  10. I’m lithuanian. Basketball for us is more than sport. It’s our life, our first religion. We are basketball and basketball is us. Basketball ( almost for all lithuanians) is one of the most important things in our lives. This sport is uniting our people.

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