Final Four media review

Jun 04, 2021 by Print
Final Four media review


Media08 EuroHoops

Bryant Dunston: We sacrificed for each other, it’s really great to have it work for us this year

After being one of EuroLeague’s most reliable defenders for years, Bryant Dunston was able to lift his first-ever trophy with Anadolu Efes, on his sixth season with the club.

Ball In Europe

Media03 BallinEurope

Micic Shines As Efes Squeak Home

There was a sluggishness to the start of this year, a mix of injuries plus a hangover caused by what might have been the prior year. Still Micic was moving on. He’d become the equal of Larkin in importance during the pandemic shortened year. This season? He has somehow overtaken the most exciting man in European basketball. By season’s end, there was no doubt he would lift MVP honours and Efes were in Cologne as favourites to win this.

Talk Basket

Media26 TalkBasket

The Aftermath – Anadolu Efes closes the season in a triumphant way

Last but not least, EuroLeague Basketball deserves credit for finishing the season in the best way possible, as the Final Four should be considered a success, given the pandemic, the several restrictions and the impressive games we watched. CEO Jordi Bertomeu expects fans to return next season, with arenas in full capacity by Christmas, while the host of the 2022 EuroLeague Final Four will be announced by late June.



Media10 Kicker

"A dream comes true": Pleiss celebrates triumph in EuroLeague

At home, Tibor Pleiss celebrates the greatest triumph of his basketball career. As the first German basketball player in 18 years, the ex-NBA professional wins the title in the European premier class. Even an injury cannot diminish the joy.


Media23 Sport1

Pleiss wins EuroLeague with Anadolu

Tibor Pleiss crouched behind the gang with a thick ice pack on his calf, he clapped his hands and cheered on his teammates, in the end his cheers were limitless. In his hometown of Cologne, the ailing professional basketball player celebrated winning the EuroLeague title at the Final Four with Anadolu Istanbul. Two years after their defeat in Vitoria, the Turks beat FC Barcelona at Lanxess Arena 86-81 (39-36) and Pleiss became the second German to win the crown. Previously, only Patrick Femerling had triumphed in the highest European club competition.



Media09 Fanatik

Anadolu Efes reached the top of Europe with its investments in the last three seasons

The navy-blue-white team won the first European League championship in its history by outperforming its opponent 86-81 in the contested final. Vasilije Micic and Shane Larkin played a major role in Anadolu Efes' championship in the THY EuroLeague. While a total of 16 players from the dark blue-white team played in the league this season, Micic and Larkin stood out with their scoring performances.

Daily Sabah

Media06 Daily Sabah

Anadolu Efes beats Barcelona to clinch maiden THY EuroLeague title

On the night, Efes staved off a late Barcelona charge as the Catalonians came back from an 11-point deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter and was within one with 3 minutes 25 seconds remaining. Vasilije Micic, however, came to the Istanbul side’s rescue as he scored seven points in the final 3 minutes to make sure Efes went home with the trophy.


Media18 Sozcu

Anadolu Efes, EuroLeague champion

Ergin Ataman and his students defeated Barcelona in the final with a score of 86-81 and became the champion. After Besiktaş and Galatasaray, Ergin Ataman won the European championship with Anadolu Efes and once again succeeded in making his mark in Turkish basketball. Ergin Ataman also managed to become the first Turkish coach to win the Euroleague championship.

Anadolu Agency

Media01 Anadolu Agency

Anadolu Efes win 2021 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title

EuroLeague MVP Vasilije Micic led Anadolu Efes to this historical victory with 25 points and Shane Larkin scored 21 points, making 12 of 12 free throws… Anadolu Efes became the second Turkish team to win this trophy after Fenerbahce were crowned the EuroLeague champions in 2017. Micic was also named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Final Four.

TRT World

Media27 TRT World

Anadolu Efes beat Barcelona to win 2021 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title

Turkish side took control in the third quarter, taking a 65-58 lead going to the final period. Barcelona showed a fight and overcame a 7-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but their efforts were not enough to beat the Istanbul side, who lifted their first EuroLeague title with a 86-81 victory.


Mundo Deportivo

Media14 Mundo Deportivo

Heaven will have to wait for Sarunas Jasikevicius's Barcelona

Anadolu Efes prevented the blaugrana team from the dream of winning a third EuroLeague title, but the disappointment should not cut the wings of this winning project... The loss against a giant like Anadolu Efes should not change the fact that Barcelona had a great EuroLeague season. A team like Barcelona needs to be demanded to be there, fighting for titles. Winning them cannot and should not be mandatory because it would put down the rest of the teams, that also play and do well, as the new champions have for several years.


Media22 SPORT

Barcelona's third EuroLeague will have to wait

In a championship game, there is always a winner and a loser. This time, it was Barcelona's turn to feel the pain and bitterness that come with being so close to the title. It is a painful loss but must mean a starting point to come back for the European crown very soon... The team has to bounce back and think it has all it takes to return to the championship game next season.


Media13 Marca

Larkin and Micic end Barcelona's dream

Barcelona's European dream went to hell led by two demons we all know: Shane Larkin and Vasilije Micic, who was chosen as Final Four MVP. Anadolu Efes's stars tortured the blaugrana team, pushing them away from a EuroLeague throne in which the team has not sat on for 11 years. There will not be a third continental crown.


Media02 As

Larkin and Micic sink Barcelona

In a brilliant fourth quarter, Anadolu Efes's star duo left Barcelona without the much-wanted EuroLeague trophy in Cologne. There is little you can do when your opponents' talent is so big, and when that talent is focused in not one, but two men, and they step up in the key moment of the game. Micic and Larkin. Larkin and Micic. They had to hustle, it was a close game, but they gave Anadolu Efes its first EuroLeague title.

El Pais

Media07 El Pais

Efes shines bright against Barcelona

A shining Anadolu Efes was crowned EuroLeague champion by downing Barcelona, which broke down in the decisive moment in a final in which it was not able to show its talent. The loss broke the dream of a team built with the maximum ambition, winning the third European title for the club after 2003 and 2010. It went away once again, it is its sixth final lost, throwing cold water onto a team that was full of optimism after dominating the EuroLeague regular season.


La Gazzetta dello Sport

Media11 La Gazzetta dello Sport

Milan beats CSKA Moscow and consoles itself with third place

Milan greets Europe with a third place that is worth the best EuroLeague finish of the Armani era and beyond. CSKA fell in the last quarter (83-73), betrayed by its star Clyburn (0 points) and a too modest aim from the arc (6 of 26). The great Cologne adventure therefore ends with a smile.

Tutto Sport

Media28 Tutto Sport

Euroleague: Milan in third place: 83-73 over CSKA

Olimpia Milano defeats CSKA Moscow 83-73 and wins the final for the third place of the Euroleague, the top continental club competition. Ettore Messina's men take advantage of better distance accuracy (50% at three-point shooting) and the good form of the most representative men. Above all Micov and Rodriguez, authors of 14 points each.

Corriere dello Sport

Media05 Corriere dello Sport

EuroLeague, Efes Istanbul triumphs in the final against Barcelona

In Cologne, the Turks triumphed for the first time in their history after the final lost in Vitoria in 2019. The team coached by Ataman closes an extraordinary three-year period by hitting the most awaited and sought-after title. Micic is the ruler of this season, after the MVP title of the regular season in the final he is the top scorer with 25 points. Shane Larkin put 21 points on the scoresheet.

Varese News

Media29 Varese News

Dunston's Efes beat a monstrous Davies

In a Euroleague final with a Varese derby under the basket: the victory - the first in the competition for himself and his team – smiled on Bryant Dunston and Anadolu Efes who had already reached the final in 2019 (but was then defeated). On the Cologne parquet the Turkish team, coached by Ergin Ataman, beat Barcelona 86-81 despite the extraordinary Brandon Davies, who did better than Dunston in the direct confrontation, but failed to drag the Catalans to success.



Media04 Championat

The Turks boasted a lot - and for good reason! Efes became the best team in Europe for the first time in history!

This is only the second trophy for Turkey after the triumph of Fenerbahce in 2017. The Turks boasted a lot before the Final Four. It turned out that it was not in vain. The words of Ataman and local experts were not empty. Anadolu Efes is truly the best team in Europe in the 2020-2021 season. By right!


The Final Four is a super show! Such tension, such concentration of events is nowhere to be found

All the game were kept in suspense until the last seconds: the first semifinal ended with a miss by Clyburn, the second - with a miss by Punter and a make by Higgins, in the final, 2 minutes before the siren, the rivals were separated by 3 points. Secondly, the tournament identified the most worthy team of the entire championship. Efes has been an adornment of European basketball for the last three years: not only did they play incredibly entertaining, improvised attacking basketball, they also managed to constantly progress.

Sovetskiy Sport

Media17 Sovetskiy Sport

Efes is a champion. Could CSKA be in its place?

The Spanish club clearly lacked the baton of Nick Calathes. The Greek playmaker, who twisted his ankle in the semifinals against Milan, still stepped onto the floor today, but could not play to his strength: not a single point and only one assist in 17 minutes. And Leandro Bolmaro is still too young to adequately replace such a master.

Sport RG

Media21 Sport RG

The quartet did not sound

Experts unanimously called Efes the favorite in the semifinal with CSKA. There were many arguments in favor of the Istanbul club: a super squad, a bright game, while the army team lost their most important performers during the season for various reasons. And the Turks confidently justified the advances given to them for three quarters of the game.



Media34 sportklub

Efes is a champion of Europe for the first time

For the first time in history Anadolu Efes won the EuroLeague title after beating Barcelona in the Final Four title game 86-81. Vasilije Micic, the season MVP, shine for the team from Istanbul once again, playing a great second half and scoring some of the key basket in the finish of the game. Efes is the second Turkish team to climb the Europe's throne after Fenerbahce, which did that in 2016-17 season led by Coach Zeljko Obradovic.

Sportski zurnal

Media35 sportski zurnal

Masterful Vasilije Micic led Efes to Europe's throne!

EuroLeague most valuable player scored 25 points in the championship game. Shane Larkin was also great with 21 points. Efes won the EuroLeague and became champions of Europe after beating Barcelona 86-81 in the Final Four championship game in Cologne.


Media33 mozzartsport

Great final, MVP Micic climbs Efes to Europe's top!

It was a brutal finish of the EuroLeague final game. Or better say – war. And at the end, Anadolu Efes came out as the winner, showing it is the strongest team on the Old continent, after beating Barcelona 86-81 in Cologne. It all maybe belonged to Efes already last season, but this year nothing could stop it. For the first time in history Efes climbed to Europe's top, while Vaslijie Micic after MVP award is now forever also a EuroLeague champion.


Sportske novosti

Media35 sportski zurnal

Croatia has another European champion! Kruno Simon and company outduel Barca and take their premier title

Efes's domination in European basketball lasted or three years. Two years ago Coach Ergin Ataman side lost the EuroLeague final in Vitoria-Gasteiz against CSKA, and last year the season in which no one was even close to Efes did not finish, but the ultimate reward came on Sunday night in Cologne. In a hard-fought game, led by Vasa Micic and Shane Larkin, Efes defeated Barcelona, and the big celebration has begun.

Vecernji list

Media32 vecernji list

Rejoice, Croatia! Zagreb boys are on top of Europe: They beat the mighty Barcelona

Two Zagreb natives are tonight on top of Europe. Kruno Simon as a player and Tomislav Mijatovic as an assistant coach are celebrating a title they won with their Anadolu Efes. In the EuroLeague championship game in Cologne, Efes outmuscles Barcelona (86-81) for its first title in club history, and second for the Turkish club afre Fenerbahce's triumph in 2017.



Media36 sportal

Efes on European basketball top

Today, Anadolu Efes is a new name on EuroLeague top. Turkish team beat Barcelona in the big final and won the trophy, which they were missing in the title case. EuroLeague MVP Vasilije Micic shined, stopping himself at 25 points, behind him was Shane Larkin with 21.



Media12 LEquipe

Anadolu Efes suffocates Barcelona and wins EuroLeague for the first time in its history

The team has two Frenchmen, Adrien Moerman (6 points, 8 rebounds) and Rodrigue Beaubois (3 points), who succeed Nando De Colo (CSKA Moscow, 2016 and 2019) and Fabien Causeur (Real Madrid, 2018) on the prize list with the second Turkish club to win the European champion after Fenerbahce in 2017.


Sport FM

Media20 Sport FM

Micic and Larkin crowned Efes European champion

Anadolu Efes lived the dream. In 2019 it was defeated in the final, in 2020 deprived by the coronavirus, but in 2021 in Cologne, starring Micic and Larkin, Ataman's team beat Barcelona 86-81 and celebrated the conquest of the EuroLeague for the first time in history.

Sport 24

Media19 Sport 24

Ataman and the Splash Brothers of Efes

The best basketball team in Europe should now have two trophies in the EuroLeague, but due to the coronavirus it has only one. Even so, she feels justified and has won the respect of all the fans. True, there is someone who disputes that Efes had to beat Barcelona and lift the trophy in Cologne.



Media24 Sport5

For the first time in its history: Anadolu wins the EuroLeague

Poetic justice was served on the way to Turkish history. Two years ago, it was defeated in the final by CSKA, last season only the Corona plague stopped its mad rush on the way to the title, but today (Sunday) nothing could have stopped Anadolu Efes, which beat Barcelona 81-86 and lifted the first EuroLeague title in its history, after a particularly suspenseful and dramatic final. The team from Istanbul has achieved what it felt it has deserved for over two years, and managed to get its hands on the biggest title the European basketball world can offer, at the end of a great and tense EuroLeague season from start to finish.


Media15 Reuters

Anadolu Efes edge Barcelona to win EuroLeague title

Larkin, who nailed all his 12 shots from the foul line, pierced through Barca's defence at will in the second half and Micic found his range as the Turkish side carved out an 11-point lead midway through the third quarter. Barcelona briefly drew level early in the fourth but the Catalan side ran out of steam in the home straight as Micic buried several crunch shots to restore his side's lead.



Media30 Yahoo

A former Celtics guard is a now a EuroLeague champion

An incredible three-year run in Europe has resulted in the most coveted basketball championship outside of the NBA for former Celtics guard Shane Larkin… For Larkin, it was the culmination of a three-year journey after losing in the EuroLeague championship game in 2018-19 despite an incredible individual performance, having a promising year cut short due to COVID-19, and then ultimately coming out on top in 2020-2021.

SB Nation

Media16 SB Nation

Fordham* wins basketball championship

Fordham is on top of the basketball world. In part, at least. Former Ram Bryant Dunston played a key role in Turkish team Anadolu Efes taking home its first EuroLeague title on Sunday with a five-point win over Barcelona. The European competition is the highest level of men’s professional basketball outside the United States, and Dunston has been a fixture in it more than a decade on from his time in the Bronx.



Media37 15minb

Lithuanian dream fell apart: Saras and Barca fall in the EuroLeague final

The Lithuanian celebration in Cologne was not meant to be. In a dramatic, heated and emotional EuroLeague championship game, Barcelona led by Sarunas Jasikevicius lost 81-86 against Anadolu Efes, and it did not win the strongest basketball competition on the Old continent.