EXCLUSIVE PB - Interview with Bruno Fitipaldo: from Buenos Aires to Istanbul, through Capo d'Orlando
Hi Bruno. Do you feel the difference between to live in a small city like Capo d'Orlando and in a great metropolis like Istanbul?
Of course! Capo is a small but great city. The people was great and for me the italian culture is so close to my traditions. Istanbul is an incredible city, and i never lived in a huge city like this.
The routine day a day is different and the relationship with the local people are not so easy because the language and traditions.
Which difference you find between the italian basketball and the turkish basketball?
The biggest difference is that now days there are here about 5 teams with a big budget compearing with italian league. And this make the level goes high because the rosters are very long.
With Galatasaray you had the possibility to play in EuroLeague for the first time in your career. How do you lived this progress to compete with the best european (not only) players?
Well, I'm trying to adjust a soon as possible some things I need to do to play in this level. My role into the team is not the same so I'm focused in what the team needs from me to help since the first day. About play againts the best players in europe, is a big motivation so I try to enjoy every second into the court.
In Italy you've played a great basketball. Beyond Galatasaray, other italian teams contacted you in the past?
No, what I know is that just Galatasaray wanted me.
What did you think when your agent came with an offer from Italy?
It was something I was trying to do since few years ago. Make this step forward to europe to compete here.
So we take the decision to play for Capo d'Orlando where I had the space in the team to show my game.
The 'Campeonato Sudamericano' brought you some opportunities as the star of the continent. How your life is changed since then?
I don't think the south amerian champioship open this opportunity. I was playing for the national team since 6 years what let me compete against teams. My years playing in Argentina were very important because for european teams this league is respected.
In your opinion, there are any Uruguayan and Argentinian players that could be great in Italy and in Europe?
Of course there are! I think the european teams serch players mayority in europe and they prefer to choose from more knows leagues. What is normal.
But there are a lot of talent arround south america, and I think the teams which start bringing players from there will have great results.