Fenerbahce Istanbul comes off a historic, yet rare, title-free season in which the team contended for trophies in each competition it entered, but came up short in all of them. Fenerbahce had its best-ever Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign, which included a nine-game road winning streak, a playoff sweep of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, and its first-ever Final Four appearance. But the historic run was halted in the semifinals by eventual champion Real Madrid and Fenerbahce finished the Final Four in fourth place. It also lost the Turkish Cup final against Anadolu Efes Istanbul and after securing home-court advantage in the Turkish League playoffs, Fenerbahce was ousted in the semifinals by Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir. After such a season, expect Coach Zeljko Obradovic and his team to be hungrier than ever to make more deep runs and put their hands on some silverware. Founded in 1907, Fenerbahce opened its doors to basketball as the sport established itself in Turkey and claimed national titles in 1957, 1959 and 1965 before the Turkish League was formally founded in 1966. Fener also advanced to the Euroleague in 1958, 1960 and 1966. A quarter-century passed before more highlights, which began when Fenerbahce beat Tofas for the 1991 Turkish League title. Fenerbahce returned to the Turkish League finals in 1992, 1993 and 1995 and finished third in 1998 to qualify for the Euroleague. With a strong team featuring Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Marko Milic, Ibrahim Kutluay and the late Conrad McRae, Fenerbahce advanced to the eighthfinals playoffs before losing to Real Madrid. The club reached the Korac Cup quarterfinals in 1996 and 2001 and ranked fourth in the 2005 FIBA Europe League, but it wasn't until the summer of 2006 that the team became a European powerhouse. That’s when Fenerbahce merged with Ulker, one of the winningest clubs in Turkish basketball history. Ulker was founded in 1975, but its basketball section was created in 1993. It won four Turkish League titles between 1995 and 2006 with Harun Erdenay, Kutluay, Michael Anderson, Orhun Ene, Mirsad Turkcan and Serkan Erdogan among its many stars. Ulker made the Top 16 for five consecutive seasons between 2002 and 2006 and beat all the best European teams in the process. It had its best finish when it reached the 2005 Euroleague playoffs before losing to CSKA Moscow. In the first two years of the new Fenerbahce Ulker, the team won back-to-back Turkish League titles and qualified to the Euroleague playoffs in 2008. Emir Preldzic, Turkcan, Omer Onan and Roko Ukic helped Fenerbahce win consecutive Turkish League and Cup doubles in 2010 and 2011. It won another cup title in 2013 and with the arrival of the legendary Obradovic, another Turkish championship in 2014. In the Euroleague, Fenerbahce reached the Top 16 without getting to the playoffs for four consecutive seasons. That spell was finally broken last year when the team made the Final Four, and now that Fenerbahce finally crashed through that barrier, this highly ambitious and determined club keeps its goals high and aims to go even further this season and maybe make a little more history.
2014-15 Results - Euroleague: Semifinals; Turkish League: semifinalist; Turkish Cup: finalist.