Did you know? Regular Season Round 9

Sep 09, 2018 by Euroleague.net Print

You know that the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague is the only major round-robin team competition in Europe.

You know, therefore, that fans anywhere can see every major club and superstar player go against their own teams.

And you know what that adds up to – season-long drama that only the EuroLeague can deliver!

BUT…. did you know the following about the games of Round 9?

One Team RS09

Darussafaka Istanbul vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Efes is perfect against its local rival.

The two Istanbul teams have met on four previous occasions in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and Efes has triumphed every time.

Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Real Madrid

Title memories for Blatt and Madrid.

Olympiacos coach David Blatt won his second EuroLeague title with Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv against Real Madrid in 2014. But Madrid tasted glory in the following season’s championship game…against Olympiacos.

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul

Fenerbahce seeks first win in Tel Aviv.

Fenerbahce has never won in Tel Aviv during the regular season. The Turkish champion's only triumph in Israel came in their 2015 playoff series with all seven other visits resulting in defeat.

Herbalife Gran Canaria vs. FC Bayern Munich

A first-time fixture on the Canary Islands.

This clash in Las Palmas will be the first time that perennial 7DAYS EuroCup powers Gran Canaria and Bayern have ever met at any level of basketball.

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Khimki Moscow Region

Zalgiris captain Jankunas steps back in time.

The only time Paulius Jankunas has played anywhere else aside from Zalgiris was a solitary season with Khimki back in the 2009-10 campaign.

KIROLBET Baskonia-Vitoria Gasteiz vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Coach and playmaking duo reunited.

Baskonia point guard Marcelinho Huertas and Panathinaikos coach Xavi Pascual spent four years together at Barcelona, during which they led the team to the Final Four three times.

Buducnost VOLI Podgorica vs. CSKA Moscow

Distant memories rekindled.

These two teams have met at the EuroLeague level in the past, back in the 2001-02 season. CSKA ran out as the winner on both occasions, triumphing 72-103 on the road and 88-83 at home.

FC Barcelona Lassa vs. AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan

A Mike James and Chris Singleton reunion.

Barcelona big man Chris Singleton and Milan backcourt star Mike James were teammates at Panathinaikos during the past two seasons.