Vasco resumes basketball two years later Basketball

After two years without a professional basketball team, Vasco is back in the game. From July 2022, cruzmaltino will be with Tijuca Tênis Clube, the U-22 team for the Brazilian Interclub Championship, the Basketball Development League, the mainstay of Brazilian basketball. This is the first step for the club to find a place in Novo Basket Brazil (NBB), a major sporting event in the country.

– It is a great pleasure to be able to announce the return of such a traditional and winning game at Vasco da Gama. I have no doubt that fans like football will accept this initiative. And this is great news for the club, which is slowly and safely resuming its investment in the Olympics – said Vasco da Gama Salgado.

Vasco Returns Basketball NBB George Salgado Tejoka Tennis Club – Photo: Reproduction

– Tejoka welcomes the partnership between two of the biggest names in the Rio de Janeiro basketball scene. This is just the first step in a partnership that we believe will bear fruit – completed Hildo Magno, President of the Tijuca Tênis Clube.

Vasco Returns Basketball NBB George Salgado Tejoka Tennis Club – Photo: Reproduction

How will the agreement be?

In the tournament, which starts in July, the team will play in a Vasco uniform, which will also be responsible for operating expenses. Tejuka, on the other hand, enters into partnerships in addition to providing club facilities for training players and coaching staff.

Vasco is back in the game, already a multi-champion. In 2000, Cruzmaltino won the men’s national championship, and in 2001, in addition to two South American leagues and two South American clubs, he won both men’s and women’s competitions. A historical fact is that Vasco was the first Brazilian team to face an NBA team. In 1999, he faced the San Antonio Spurs, the then American League champions. In the end, they lost the match at the same time as the Club World Cup.

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The club relaunched professional basketball in 2015/16 when it won the Golden League, a competition that gives access to the NBB. However, the achievements of the early 2000’s were not repeated. He played in the main league in three editions, the best participation was in the round of 16 in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

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