Final Four media reaction

May 20, 2015 by Print




Madrid, Euroleague champ for the ninth time

Madrid is back 20 years later. (...) And it is back with Pablo Laso leading the team - this is his eighth title in 12 of a possible 15 finals. The 21st century Pedro Ferrandiz. A reward to his work, calmless and principles. A giant reward, because in order to touch the sky, Madrid had to defeat a cyclopean enemy, the biggest one, the best team this decade. With the best player. Olympiacos was in its fourth final since 2010 and if it had not been for Madrid - remember last season's playoffs - they may be celebrating a fourth consecutive success in the Piraeus, the biggest achievement ever told.


Madrid wins its ninth in a basketball fiesta

Real Madrid had to wait for 20 years to lift the Euroleague trophy again, 20 years of drought that finished abruptly after a hard-fought win against Olympiacos in the Euroleague final in Madrid. Even when the game cannot be described as brilliant, it was intense, tough and exciting until Laso's team dynamited it in the final minutes. (...) Madrid now has 'its' European cup. The one won in 1995 is not the last one anymore. A new generation can say that they saw the winningest team in the Old Continent win a Euroleague title. And in Madrid.


Jaycee Carroll carries Madrid to win the longed-for Euroleague

Real Madrid had to wait for 20 years to finish its drought in Europe. Once again, it was against Olympiacos, and Los Blancos conquered their ninth Euroleague, downing the Greek team 78-59. Patience, a usual enemy in world sports and especially in 'the white house', had its reward this time and Pablo Laso, the man who has taken Madrid back to the European elite, managed to get the long-awaited trophy in his third consecutive final.

El Mundo

Real Madrid is back - and to stay

Backup players, the bench, the heroic and exciting Andres Nocioni, more than well-deserved MVP, but above all team basketball: this is the way this exemplary collective sport must be played. Of all the finals won by the white team over the last 50 years, this was the most collective and possibly the most convincing one, against taller, physically more powerful opponents (...) Unlike in 1995, this doesn't have to be an oasis in the desert. Its splendid junior title confirms that Madrid is once again the Madrid that we knew.

El Pais

Madrid finds the treasure and is proclaimed champion of Europe

The treasure was at home. Madrid conquered its ninth Euroleague by downing Olympiacos in a final that was a mix of the recreational, graceful scent on which Laso's project was born and the competitive fury that was added eight months ago to cement the ultimate assault on the title. Carroll's points and Nocioni's on-court character (Final Four MVP with 12 puntos, 7 rebounds and 18 index in the title game), the intrepid fastbreaks and the voracious defense, culminated the chase of a team that tried it for three years and managed to reach the summit on the third try.


Real Madrid reigns again in Europe

The King of Europe is back. After two decades of drought, full of tears and failures, Real Madrid is once again the best team on the continent. It is the European champion with fun-to-watch basketball that has delighted fans for four years and which finally found its deserved reward, after several seasons of searching, against Olympiacos on Sunday. The ninth Euroleague title is already at home, in the place that the trophy has visited more often through history. It will shine from now on as a new piece of glory for the winningest club in the continent.

El Periodico

Madrid throws a party for the Euroleague title

Olympiacos went back to its survival role, returning to the fight with a 0-12 run which turned the situation over, 40-41, in barely 3 minutes. That is when Carroll dynamited the game with three consecutive three-point shots and a layup that made Madrid get its wholeness back. Olympiacos tried everything and extended its threat with a three-pointer by Sloukas (62-55), but neither Spanoulis (Gods also make mistakes) nor Printezis stepped up for the Greek team, just Lojeski. Moreover, Nocioni would not take a step back, following a three-pointer with a block to grab a title that Madrid had been dreaming about for a long time.

La Razon

The ninth trophy does justice

20 years later, Real Madrid found glory at home. In its third consecutive Euroleague final, Pablo Laso's team showed its most consistent version against Olympiacos, an opponent that did not find answers against what was, without doubt, the best team in Europe. The final did justice to a group of players that probably deserved this title, but had not found the exact formula to reach 'the ninth', making 'the eighth' history. Madrid is a champion with no cracks, more solid than ever, just as its MVP 'Chapu' Nocioni. The Argentinean, in his first Final Four, was the team's thermometer and represented more than anyone else what his team needed in the previous two finals - determination, character and outstanding intensity.


A Final Four worth 50 million to Madrid

Madrid hosts the Euroleague Final Four in what is the biggest sports event for the Spanish capital this season. The Region of Madrid invested 1.2 million Euros to celebrate it and the event's economic impact will rise to 50 million euros. A big part of it will be due to what fans spend, especially those supporting Olympiacos, CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce. As many as 60% of the people who attend the Final Four are foreign, and they spend, on average, 3.7 nights and €1,663 in the host city .

20 Minutos

Madrid wins the Euroleague: the ninth arrived on the third try

After three years getting closer and closter to its trophy room, it had to be at home, in Madrid, where the club finally broke its bad streak which went on for 20 years. (...) The decisive quarter started with a different scenario, an exchange of baskets, after which Madrid finally felt more comfortable, especially when leading the game. The Greek team was on the ropes, trailing by 10 with less than 6 minutes left but just as usual, they stayed in the game. It was not Spanoulis's best day, but Nocioni's. Madrid left no doubts and smashed its opponent in the final minutes. 'The Ninth' is white.



The ninth for the Real museum

For the first time in 20 years and ninth in total, the club with the most Euroleague titles was crowned Euroleague champion at the Barclaycard Center against Olympiacos.


13 memories from the Final Four

The change of Real Madrid from a "soft" team , an exhibition team, to a "kick-ass" team of passion. On the other hand the alien crescendo of Vassilis Spanoulis in the first semifinal against CSKA Moscow. Olympiacos's leader, in the worst Final Four of his unimaginable career, proved to be the biggest killer on the European courts.

A family affair

The anxiety is gone, the title came and the Real Madrid players celebrated together with the Euroleague trophy and, of course, their companions and children!


The winner: Pablo Laso

Laso showed once again that he is a great coach, not an ordinary old man in a suit who has high-speed stars who can play without his advice. During the season, Real overcame Rudy's injury and Sergio Rodriguez’s illness… From the awesome team that could have won last year, Real turned into something quite different. Rodriguez, Fernandez and Llull were on fire and arranged a three-point barrage that broke defenses, but the main people on court were the others. Andres Nocioni was not a three-point guru, but a team leader and fighter. Felipe Reyes found his second youth and compensated for all of the frontline. Gustavo Ayon raised the defense to the next level.


Real waited 20 years. How long must CSKA wait?

Spanoulis lost his first game at the Final Four. And Real... Perhaps Real waited too long (20 years) for its the ninth continental triumph to stumble again, especially at home. The Real fans were incredibly great; they shouted and sang much more louder than the Greeks, "the experienced fans." … How long must CSKA wait for this triumph?


Spanoulis did not wake up. How Real conquered Europe for the ninth time

In the final, Olympiacos obviously hoped to use the same trick as in the semifinal against CSKA. Giannis Sfairopoulos’s team took the host's punches until the middle of the third quarter and even recouped from an 11-point deficit through Matt Lojeski's crazy run. The estimation of Greek's coach looks right: "We did not lose so much." Real's frontcourt leader Felipe Reyes sat on the bench with four fouls. And Vassilis Spanoulis, who had never lost in the Final Four in his career just had to wake up ... But Spanoulis just did not wake up.


Base 25’s meeting place for CSKA fans in Madrid

At the Euroleague Final Four, there will be a major gathering place for fans of the Army team at a two-story bar, located just a five-minute walk from the arena that will host the games of the main European tournament. Number 25 is assigned to the fans of CSKA, hence the name: "Base 25". The bar's facade is decorated with army club banners and team photos. Inside the bar are a lot of pictures of players and club souvenirs… In 2008, CSKA organized its base at the same bar. "Then, in two or three days, we made our monthly revenue," the bar manager said. "It is beneficial for us."



Bjelica: "We did a great job"

Fenerbahce star Nemanja Bjelica said they did a great job this season. "What we take from here is not reflected in the two defeats. After all, this was our first experience in the Final Four. It was also very nice to play in the Final Four. It was very important for us and of course for Turkish basketball."

Today’s Zaman

Final Four: Fener went, saw, but failed to conquer

Fenerbahce Ulker lost the third-place match to CSKA Moscow 86-80 despite coming from behind to level the game in the second half; however, the Istanbul side received kudos for its maiden Euroleague Final Four appearance over the weekend.


La Nacion

Nocioni and Real Madrid extended the Euroleague celebrations

After the conquest of the Euroleague, Real Madrid continued the celebrations for its ninth. The champions visited the Community of Madrid building and Andres Nocioni, named MVP of the final against Olympiacos, appeared on the balcony of the Puerta del Sol, the setting for official recognition.


Glory for Nocioni and Campazzo: European champions and Chapu is MVP

With a strong Argentinan presence, Real Madrid returned to the top of European basketball. In the Spanish capital, the home team won the Euroleague after beating Olympiacos of Greece at the end of the Final Four. In Madrid were Facundo Campazzo and Andres Nocioni and the latter was voted Final Four MVP.


Nocioni, a loose giant in Europe

Real Madrid won the Euroleague after beating Olympiacos in the final 78-59. Andres Nocioni was instrumental in changing the pace of the game and was named MVP of the final. The last Argentine to win was Pepe Sanchez, with Panathinaikos in 2002.



Gustavo Ayon and Real Madrid, champions of Europe

With a 78-59 win over Olympiakos, Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon made history with Real Madrid to win the 2015 Euroleague, the ninth in history for club and first since the format was introduced 15 years ago. Under the gaze of King Felipe VI and the rest of the public who gathered at the arena, Ayon and his teammates became the most successful team on the continent and ended the drought in this event dating back to 1995.

El Universal

Ayon celebrates championship

Mexican basketball player Gustavo Ayon of Real Madrid said he is very proud to have won the Euroleague title in his first year with the club and said his team is now looking to win the Endesa League.



Real Madrid wins its ninth Euroleague after 20 years

The most successful club in Euroleague history, Real Madrid beat Olympiacos in the final at home to lift the trophy for the first time in 20 years. Vassilis Spanoulis was never able to speak on Sunday.



Sealed with a kiss: Nocioni and Real celebrate winning the Euroleague

The Argentinian aroused the internet with his countryman: "We knew we would have a special season." Slaughter in the clouds: "Real is the greatest sports club in the world". Even Rudy, Llull and Rodriguez did not hide their emotions.


Salt Lake Tribune

Former Utah State star Jaycee Carroll helps Real Madrid win EuroLeague title

Former Utah State star Jaycee Carroll scored 11 of his 16 points during a decisive third-quarter run Sunday, leading Real Madrid to a 78-59 win over Olympiacos Piraeus for the Euroleague championship. Real Madrid won its ninth Euroleague title, but its first since 1995, behind the play of Carroll. Olympiacos, which defeated Real Madrid in the 2013 final, owned a 41-40 lead early in the third quarter. That's when Carroll went to work. He buried three consecutive 3-point shots and added a layup to give Real a 10-point lead. "I went out there relaxed and excited to play in a championship game," Carroll said. "I hope I'm going to be here for a long time and enjoy more success."


Real Madrid beats Olympiacos for 1st Euroleague title since 1995

Real Madrid pulled away in the last four minutes to beat Olympiacos 78-59 Sunday to end its 20-year wait for a ninth Euroleague title… Madrid lost the previous two Euroleague finals under coach Pablo Laso, to Olympiacos in 2013 and Maccabi last year.

Euroleague Adventures

La Novena: Real Madrid are Euroleague Champions

Why Real Madrid Won. In his post-game press conference, Pablo Laso said he doesn’t think about the past. The look on his face wasn’t fooling anyone. With the wry satisfaction of someone who has faced doubts, criticism and heartbreak in consecutive Final Fours, he wiped away all of the hurt in two dominant, ruthless, winning displays.

Ball in Europe

Aranitovic shines but Real hang on to win Adidas NGT

A year ago this was a slaughter. The same two teams met in the final in Milano, when it was called the NIJT, and Real Madrid’s predictable offence made it easy for Crvena Zvezda to shut them down and roll to any easy win. Despite struggling against INSEP’s zone on Friday, Real looked to have more options in this game, helped in no small part by Luka Doncic.



Real Madrid after 20 years again wins European crown

Real Madrid is the winner of this year's Euroleague. They got to the prestigious trophy on its home floor. In the final they dropped Greek side Olympiacos. CSKA won in the third place game. Olympiacos, the European champ in 2012 and 2013 led in the first quarter, but that's when Madrid took over and did not let go of the lead again. The Spanish side entered the last quarter with a 10-point advantage, but in the end they totally outplayed the Greeks and won 78:59.

Slovenske novice

Title to the king, Doncic MVP

In the junior tournament final, miraculous boy Luka Doncic shined, Real Madrid's future. It took 20 years for Real Madrid (in 2013 and 2014 they lost in the finals) to once again become the best European basketball team. For the ninth title they gave a lesson of defense and offense to Greek side Olympiacos (78:59). In the semifinals the Spanish side passed by the Turkish Fenerbahce. It could not be without symbolism. The last time tears of happiness and champagne in Real’s honor and pride were seen two decades ago. That time the Spaniards (in Zaragoza) also hosted the Final Four tournament. That year Madrilènos also defeated Olympiakos, it was 73:61 on April 13, 1995 in front of 11,000 spectators. Two decades ago, Arvydas Sabonis (23 points, 7 rebounds) led the Spanish side to the title, and the coach was Zeljko Obradovic, who became European club champion for the third time.


Sportski Zurnal

Pablo Laso ‘killed’ Bill: Real Madrid champion of Europe!

Three-pointer by Andres Nocioni three and a half minutes before the end was the final punch against Olympiacos. Only 20 seconds later, Llull made free throw for the biggest margin in the game, 67-55, which later went to +61! That was the end for the Greek team. There was no time for Vassilis Spanoulis magic, who was defeated at the Final Four for the first time (seven wins and a loss). After 20 years, Royal club is again on top of Europe.

Vecernje Novosti

Finally. After two decades Real Madrid again European champion.

Players of Real Madrid won the European champion title beating Olympiacos 78-59 in the final of the Final Four tournament which they hosted. Real finally did it. After 20 years of waiting, Madrilenos are finally European champions. On home floor, in the finals of this year’s Euroleague, team of coach Pablo Laso showed they are not only a bunch of excellent individuals, but that they are a true team. Triumph of Madrid’s Royal Club came behind a play of “descrete heroes”, and not of those who are expected to deliver in every match, backcourt players Llull-Rodriguez-Fernandez. Before the end of the game Llull did string together few points to finish in double-digit scoring, but if there was not for Jonas Maciulis, Jaycee Carroll and especially Andres Nocioni, maybe the Euroleague trophy would not stay in Madrid.


Fantastic Euroleague final turned into a lesson: Real is European champion!

After a great Euroleague final, played in front of its own fans, Real Madrid became European champion for the first time in 20 years. The same as in 1995, it beat Olympiacos. This time it was 78-59.


Crowned kings: Real is European champion after 20 years!

After a 20-year drought, Royal Club won the title of the European champion. In front of its fans in Madrid, downing Greek side Olympiacos 78-59, Madrid ended a two-game losing streak in Euroleague Championship Games. Madrid was led great performance from Jaycee Carroll (16 points, 3 rebounds) and Andres Nocioni (12 points, 7 rebounds). Los Blancos ended a drought that lasted since 1995, when great Arvydas Sabonis led them to the title.

Real Madrid managed to win Euroleague after long 20 years!

The 'hosts' managed to win in the middle of Madrid, in their third consecutive final, downing Olympiacos 78-59. CSKA beat Fenerbahce 86-80 to win third place. In its third attempt Real Madrid managed to win the European champion title in Madrid. They beat Olympiacos 78-59 and erased unpleasent and unexpected defeats, last year agaisnt Maccabi and two years ago against this same Greek side, and ended a 20-year long drought ! Last time they won Euroleague was in 1995, also against Olympiacos. This also marked 30 years since Madrid lost in the final against the strongest Cibona Zagreb ever, led by Drazen Petrovic.

Real on the European podium after 20 years. Spanouis this time did not save Olympiacos.

Hero of the semifinal victory over CSKA, Vassilis Spanouis scored only 3 points. Real Madrid won Euroleague title. In the Final Four final on home floor they beat Olympiacos 78-59. For Real this is the ninth European title, and first after exactly 20 years when Royal Club was led to the title by the great Arvydas Sabonis.


Real ninth time European champion

After consecutive finals they lost, Real Madrid final grabbed the ninth European champion trophy in club's history. In the Final Four final, the Meringues beat Olympiacos 78-59 and won the title they waited for exactly 20 years. Back then, in Zaragoza, their rival was also Olympiacos, that they then beat 73-61.