In a memorable season that saw it become the first club to play 300 Euroleague games this century, FC Barcelona comes to Milan in search of the grand prize. In the Final Four for a 13th time – and the fifth in six seasons – Barcelona is aiming to add a third Euroleague trophy to those it raised in 2003 and 2010.
From the start of this season, Barcelona has been a team to fear. With experienced veterans, Barcelona seemed to get better by the week and dominated the toughest part of the season. It won its first 12 games in the Top 16 and came unscathed through some of the competition's toughest road tests – Piraeus, Athens, Istanbul and Vitoria – to secure the top spot in Group E with two games to spare. By routing Panathinaikos Athens 84-62 in Top 16 Round 12, Barcelona set Euroleague records with 24 consecutive Top 16 wins and 31 straight Top 16 home triumphs.
In the best-of-five playoffs, Barcelona swept Galatasaray Liv Hospital in one of the most dominant performances since the playoffs were reinstated in 2005. Barcelona took control of the series in the first two games, winning those by a combined 48 points. However, Game 3 on the road in Istanbul turned into a nail-biter. Barcelona ultimately escaped with a 75-78 victory to become the first team to clinch a spot at the 2014 Final Four. As such, it will arrive in Milan on the wings of yet another record, for the widest overall winning margin in a playoff series, 51 points.
In the previous two Final Fours, Barcelona fell short in the semifinals, last year in London by letting its lead slip en route to being eliminated 67-74 by archrival Real Madrid. Now, the same Spanish giants meet again in Milan, with Barcelona determined to avenge last year’s loss. Having started this decade as Euroleague champions, Barcelona plans to play its best basketball at Mediolanum Forum and return to the winners' podium to celebrate on the biggest stage possible.