Greek capital Athens and the nearby port of Piraeus are globally recognized as the cradle of civilization after enjoying a glorious and unprecedented outbreak of culture and philosophy more than two thousand years ago. Sport was always important to the ancient Greeks, and in a contemporary context it could be said the city is now the cradle of European basketball, with the presence of Olympiacos and Panathinaikos always guaranteed to enliven any EuroLeague season – especially considering the undying passion shown every week by fans in both the green and red corners. Athens and Piraeus embody the EuroLeague motto of devotion to basketball as much as any other metropolitan areas in Europe. And the quality of basketball there has always been beyond question, considering that Olympiacos and Panathinaikos have combined for 21 Final Four trips and won seven titles this century! If you want top-class and full-blooded basketball in a context of unmatched culture, look no further than the Greek capital.