EuroLeague cities: Istanbul, Turkey

Aug 27, 2018 by Euroleague.net Print
EuroLeague cities: Istanbul, Turkey
Straddling two continents, incredible Istanbul is more like an entire country than a city, boasting everything that life has to offer. From old traditional districts like Fatih to the tourist haven around the Blue Mosque, the gleaming waters of the Bosphorus, the colossal skyscrapers on the rapidly developing Asian side of town and chic waterside walks around Bebek, you will never have a dull moment in Istanbul. The stunning diversity of the city is reflected in its vibrant basketball scene, with current EuroLeague clubs Fenerbahce (founded more than a century ago), Darussafaka (an offshoot of a school for orphans) and Anadolu Efes (a late bloomer that blazed trails for Turkish basketball) all possessing proud and very distinct histories. Hosting two Final Fours in the last six years is indicative of Istanbul's importance to European basketball. As the city's fans keep making this their sport of choice, Istanbul's place at the heart of the game will only get bigger.