Jamal Musiala's Celebration Analysed: Where Germany Star’s ‘Three to the Dome’ at Euro 2024 Started

Jamal Musiala's Celebration Analysed: Where Germany Star’s ‘Three to the Dome’ at Euro 2024 Started

Martin Moses
updated at June 21, 2024 at 6:27 AM
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  • Jamal Musiala pulled out a popular NBA celebration after scoring against Hungary in Germany's second game at Euro 2024
  • The exciting talent with fast feet has scored in both games as Julian Naglesmann's charges booked a ticket to the next round
  • The 'three to the dome' celebration was popularised by ex-New York Knicks star and NBA 10-time All-Star, Carmelo Anthony

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Jamal Musiala has lit up Euro 2024 with sensational performances for Germany. The Bayern Munich forward has started and scored in both games, as Die Mannschaft became the first side to qualify for the knock-out stages.

Musiala opened the scoring against Hungary with a powerful shot from close range before Ilkay Gundogan added the second one after the break.

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Jamal Musiala celebrates after scoring against Hungary at Euro 2024 on June 19, 2024. Photo by Tom Weller.
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Apart from his performances, Musiala's celebration caught fans' attention, with the 21-year-old putting three fingers on his head - popuarly known as 'three to the dome'.

What does Musiala's 'three to the dome' mean?

Sports Brief looks at the origin of the celebration and the possible explanation.

The 'three to the dome' celebration traces its roots to the NBA, where it was popularised by former professional basketball star, Carmelo Anthony.

The former New York Knicks power forward actually took the celebration from his teammate at Knicks, Rasheed Wallace. The two started practising three-pointers in training, with Wallace telling Melo, 'That's three to the dome' every time he made one.

As the Athletic reports, Melo carried it over and made the gesture every time he scored. Possible explanations of the gesture are showing opponents that you've given an easy three-pointer away to Wallace and Melo, or you've just been shot in the head by a three-pointer after conceding the shot.

There is no direct equivalence of a three-pointer in football but Musiala is a known basketball fan. In a past interview with Copa 90, he admitted that he liked Golden State Warriors guard, Steph Curry.

Who will Germany face in the Round of 16?

Musiala's side will need just a point to top Group A when they face Switzerland in the final game of the group on Sunday.

The winner of Group A will face the runner-up in Group C in the Round of 16. Group C has England, Slovenia, Denmark, and Serbia.

If Die Mannschaft finish second in the group, they will face the runner-up of the group that has Spain, Croatia, Italy, and Albania.

Jamal Musiala compared to Lionel Messi

Sports Brief has also reported that Germany legend, Lothar Matthaus compared Musiala to Lionel Messi.

The 1990 Ballon d'Or winner believes the Bayern Munich player has the potential to become a new GOAT.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)