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Domestic leagues roundup: May 24, 2019

Domestic leagues roundup: May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019
Alexey Shved finished with 25 points and 10 assists as Khimki Moscow Region held off UNICS Kazan 98-103 on the road to tie their best-of-five VTB League semifinal series at...
Alec Peters, CSKA: 'Unbelievable'

Alec Peters, CSKA: 'Unbelievable'

May 24, 2019
Alec Peters is a EuroLeague champion in his first season in the competition. The CSKA Moscow forward sums up his thoughts from the Final Four and the championship celebrations...
Efes, Simon agree for two more years

Efes, Simon agree for two more years

May 24, 2019
Turkish Airlines EuroLeague runners-up Anadolu Efes Istanbul made another move to try to secure the core of the team that lifted the club to is best season ever. After having...
2019 FanZone was another raging success

2019 FanZone was another raging success

May 24, 2019
Surrounded by medieval buildings in the heart of the Basque capital, the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague FanZone once again served as the meeting point for basketball lovers at...
Domestic leagues roundup: May 23, 2019

Domestic leagues roundup: May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019
CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, Zalgiris Kaunas and Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv were all victorious in domestic playoff action on Thursday.
Anadolu Efes keeps Dunston, too

Anadolu Efes keeps Dunston, too

May 23, 2019
Anadolu Efes Istanbul has reached a new agreement with center Bryant Dunston to stay together for two more years, until the end of the 2020-21 season, the club announced...
Efes re-signs Coach Ataman

Efes re-signs Coach Ataman

May 23, 2019
Four days after the end of its most successful Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season ever, Anadolu Efes Istanbul has announced a new agreement with head coach Ergin Ataman, whose...
Final Four week on social media

Final Four week on social media

May 22, 2019
The biggest weekend of the basketball season is in the books as CSKA Moscow conquered Vitoria-Gasteiz to win its eighth EuroLeague title. Take a look back at the 2019 Final...
2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four records review

2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four records review

May 22, 2019
The 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain last weekend inspired some exceptional individual and team performances, including six new records in...
Domestic league roundup: May 21, 2019

Domestic league roundup: May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019
Zalgiris Kaunas opened its best-of-five Lithuanian League semifinals series with a 78-58 win over Lietkabelis Panevezys.
The Crossover: F4Glory edition

The Crossover: F4Glory edition

May 21, 2019
In this special edition of The Crossover, hear immediate postgame reactions from three former Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions: podcast host Joe Arlauckas and a pair of...
Zalgiris signs center Landale for next season

Zalgiris signs center Landale for next season

May 20, 2019
One day after the 2018-19 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season ended, Zalgiris Kaunas started building its roster for the next one by signing Australian center Jock Landale on...
Euroleague Basketball thanks local institutions

Euroleague Basketball thanks local institutions

May 20, 2019
Thanks to the outstanding collaboration of the local institutions – the Alava Provincial Government, the Municipality of Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Basque Government and, of course,...
Dress like a champion at EuroLeaguestore, Kickz

Dress like a champion at EuroLeaguestore, Kickz

May 20, 2019
You can dress like a EL champion buying the champions t-shirts and caps, along with many other official products, at EuroLeaguestore.net and Kickz.
CSKA lit it up from long range

CSKA lit it up from long range

May 20, 2019
Going up against an Anadolu Efes Istanbul team which had blasted 14 three-pointers in Friday’s semifinal demolition of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, it was clear from the very...
Hines joins prestigious club with fourth title

Hines joins prestigious club with fourth title

May 20, 2019
CSKA Moscow big man Kyle Hines joined an elite group by winning his fourth Turkish Airlines EuroLeague crown, and Sunday’s triumph was extra special for being the first time...
CSKA MOSCOW: FACTS OF THE CHAMPIONS!

CSKA MOSCOW: FACTS OF THE CHAMPIONS!

May 19, 2019
...CSKA has just won its eighth EuroLeague title! The Russian powerhouse has previously lifted the top continental trophy in 1961, 1963, 1969, 1971, 2006, 2008, 2016 – and...
Final Four MVP: Will Clyburn, CSKA Moscow

Final Four MVP: Will Clyburn, CSKA Moscow

May 19, 2019
Will Clyburn of CSKA Moscow walked off with the Final Four MVP award on Sunday after his team downed Anadolu Efes Istanbul 83-91 for the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title on...
Top scorer James picks Efes on Sunday

Top scorer James picks Efes on Sunday

May 19, 2019
The top scorer in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague this season is tipping Anadolu Efes Istanbul to taste glory in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game on Sunday...
Ivkovic, Pascual analyze the championship game

Ivkovic, Pascual analyze the championship game

May 19, 2019
EuroLeague.net asked two former champion coaches who witnessed the semifinals live in Vitoria-Gasteiz on Friday, Dusan Ivkovic and Xavi Pascual, to analyze the title game.
Efes brushed off  'lack of experience'

Efes brushed off 'lack of experience'

May 18, 2019
In the build-up to the Final Four, a common theme headlined by the media was Anadolu Efes Istanbul's lack of experience, with only two players – Vasilije Micic and Bryant...
2018-19 Season MVP: Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

2018-19 Season MVP: Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

May 18, 2019
The man in the middle of the team that captured the most victories in the history of Europe's top club competition, Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, has been voted by...
The Crossover with Joe Arlauckas: Championship Game edition

The Crossover with Joe Arlauckas: Championship Game edition

May 18, 2019
With just one day left until the climax of Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season, Joe Arlauckas has the inside scoop on the championship game in a special edition of The...
Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game Press Conference

Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game Press Conference

May 18, 2019
The switch was flipped on Saturday morning as the focus at the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four stopped being the results of the semifinals and began looking ahead to...
FINAL, ANADOLU EFES ISTANBUL: DID YOU KNOW THAT...

FINAL, ANADOLU EFES ISTANBUL: DID YOU KNOW THAT...

May 18, 2019
...Efes has advanced to its first EuroLeague Championship Game ever! It is officially the best-ever EuroLeague season for the Turkish powerhouse.
FINAL, CSKA MOSCOW: DID YOU KNOW THAT…

FINAL, CSKA MOSCOW: DID YOU KNOW THAT…

May 18, 2019
...CSKA has the chance to win its eighth EuroLeague title? The Russian powerhouse has previously lifted the top continental trophy in 1961, 1963, 1969, 1971, 2006, 2008 and...
CSKA borrowed 'Baskonia Character' for comeback win

CSKA borrowed 'Baskonia Character' for comeback win

May 18, 2019
Every EuroLeague fan knows that KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz is renowned for its tough and unyielding spirit, the famous 'Baskonia Character', but considering how it has...
Previous Matchups: Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. CSKA Moscow

Previous Matchups: Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. CSKA Moscow

May 18, 2019
Previous Matchups: Anadolu Efes Istanbul 9-18 CSKA Moscow. In coaches, Ergin Ataman 3-8 Dimitris Itoudis.
Larkin smashes Final Four PIR record

Larkin smashes Final Four PIR record

May 17, 2019
In his Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four debut, Anadolu Efes Istanbul guard Shane Larkin has left a mark that hundreds of players before him on the season's biggest stage...
The Crossover with Joe Arlauckas: Final Four edition

The Crossover with Joe Arlauckas: Final Four edition

May 16, 2019
To celebrate the culmination of its first season, The Crossover podcast with Joe Arlauckas has landed in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, to take listeners closer than ever to the...
Press Conference opens Vitoria-Gasteiz Final Four

Press Conference opens Vitoria-Gasteiz Final Four

May 16, 2019
The first taste of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four is the Opening Press Conference in which the participating teams are annually welcomed to the event before...
Final Four predictions: EuroLeague Players

Final Four predictions: EuroLeague Players

May 16, 2019
EuroLeague.net asked the players whose teams faced CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes Istanbul earlier this season to give their take on the...
Jordi Bertomeu welcome speech at Vitoria-Gasteiz

Jordi Bertomeu welcome speech at Vitoria-Gasteiz

May 16, 2019
Euroleague Basketball President amp; CEO Jordi Bertomeu, delivered a welcome speech at the tip-off event of the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Vitoria-Gasteiz,...
Final Four program available for download

Final Four program available for download

May 16, 2019
Even if you can't be at the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Vitoria-Gasteiz this weekend, you can enjoy reading the official program of Europe's top basketball...
Experts Round Table: Final Four

Experts Round Table: Final Four

May 15, 2019
Welcome back to the Experts Round Table, where we ask a variety of the most knowledgeable Turkish Airlines EuroLeague followers across the continent their opinions on the...
Stats attack: Game progression

Stats attack: Game progression

May 15, 2019
Here's how the Final Four teams, with their especially deep rosters and long benches, divvied up the playing time this season.
Volvo to supply VIP treatment with new partnership

Volvo to supply VIP treatment with new partnership

May 15, 2019
Important guests at the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four will be whisked around in style after Volvo agreed on a new partnership deal to provide transportation for VIPs...
Final Four ticket-holders, guarantee your transportation now!

Final Four ticket-holders, guarantee your transportation now!

May 15, 2019
Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four ticket-holders, be sure to guarantee that your means of getting to and around host city Vitoria-Gasteiz are in place for the coming...
This Week's Games: Final Four

This Week's Games: Final Four

May 14, 2019
The waiting is nearly over and the big moment will soon be upon us: European basketball's grandest showcase takes place in Vitoria-Gasteiz this weekend and there will be...
Dogus Balbay, Efes: 'It is a 50-50 game'

Dogus Balbay, Efes: 'It is a 50-50 game'

May 14, 2019
Anadolu Efes Istanbul captain Dogus Balbay has attended Final Fours before, but before he plays in one for the first time he shared his thoughts in the latest EuroLeague.net...
Cisco, Euroleague Basketball to give Final Four fans unrivaled connectivity

Cisco, Euroleague Basketball to give Final Four fans unrivaled connectivity

May 14, 2019
A partnership between Euroleague Basketball and Cisco – the worldwide leader in IT, networking and cybersecurity solutions – will give fans at the 2019 Turkish Airlines...
This is the moment of truth

This is the moment of truth

May 14, 2019
After a year's worth of fighting and overcoming obstacles, here comes the season's moment of truth, the final battle for the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague throne.
Bayern, Radonjic agree on new deal

Bayern, Radonjic agree on new deal

May 14, 2019
Just a few days before the start of the German League playoffs, German champion FC Bayern Munich announced a one-year contract extension with head coach Dejan Radonjic, who...
Alec Peters, CSKA: 'You got to leave it all out there'

Alec Peters, CSKA: 'You got to leave it all out there'

May 13, 2019
CSKA Moscow forward Alec Peters reflects on his first season in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague as he readies himself to battle for the championship at the Final Four in...
Check out the Final Four Fan Guide!

Check out the Final Four Fan Guide!

May 13, 2019
Euroleague Basketball is pleased to release the official Fan Guide for the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four. The Fan Guide is designed to give all EuroLeague fans...
FanZone comes to the heart of Vitoria-Gasteiz!

FanZone comes to the heart of Vitoria-Gasteiz!

May 13, 2019
The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague FanZone at the Final Four in Vitoria-Gasteiz will take over the heart of the city at three of its central squares.
Moovit to help fans get to Final Four games

Moovit to help fans get to Final Four games

May 13, 2019
Moving around Vitoria-Gasteiz is easy with Euroleague Basketball Mobility Partner's app.
Important information for Final Four ticket-holders

Important information for Final Four ticket-holders

May 12, 2019
Euroleague Basketball would like to remind all Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four attendees about several important event rules and to offer advice from the organization...
EuroLeague week on social media

EuroLeague week on social media

May 11, 2019
With the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four fast approaching, teams has some Media Day fun, while it was the reactions to the EuroLeague awards that drew most social...
Stats Review: Final Four teams vs. each other

Stats Review: Final Four teams vs. each other

May 11, 2019
With the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four fast approaching, the keys to each semifinalist's performance against the other three during the regular season loom large for...
Stats attack: Playing rotations of Final Four teams

Stats attack: Playing rotations of Final Four teams

May 10, 2019
Here's how the Final Four teams, with their especially deep rosters and long benches, divvied up the playing time this season.
Nikola Kalinic, Fenerbahce: 'Keep fighting, keep playing'

Nikola Kalinic, Fenerbahce: 'Keep fighting, keep playing'

May 10, 2019
The runner-up for this season's Best Defender Trophy, forward Nikola Kalinic of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, hopes that he will recover from injury in time to help his team get a...
The Journey, Episode 7: Last step to glory!

The Journey, Episode 7: Last step to glory!

May 10, 2019
The playoff battles to reach the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Vitoria-Gasteiz are at the forefront in the seventh episode of The Journey, a behind-the-scenes...
REAL MADRID: DID YOU KNOW THAT…

REAL MADRID: DID YOU KNOW THAT…

May 10, 2019
...Real Madrid has the chance to win its 11th EuroLeague title? It leads the all-time standings with 10 titles, but only three of them have come in the last 35 years. Madrid...
ANADOLU EFES ISTANBUL: DID YOU KNOW THAT...

ANADOLU EFES ISTANBUL: DID YOU KNOW THAT...

May 10, 2019
...Efes has advanced to its first EuroLeague Final Four in 19 years? Efes played the EuroLeague Final Four in 2000 and the SuproLeague Final Four in 2001.
2018-19 All-EuroLeague Second Team presented by 7DAYS

2018-19 All-EuroLeague Second Team presented by 7DAYS

May 10, 2019
The 2018-19 All-EuroLeague Second Team highlights some of the best performers of the current season, with one of the most consistent honorees of recent years being joined this...
CSKA MOSCOW: DID YOU KNOW THAT…

CSKA MOSCOW: DID YOU KNOW THAT…

May 10, 2019
...CSKA has the chance to win its eighth EuroLeague title? The Russian powerhouse has previously lifted the top continental trophy in 1961, 1963, 1969, 1971, 2006, 2008 and...
FENERBAHCE BEKO ISTANBUL: DID YOU KNOW THAT…

FENERBAHCE BEKO ISTANBUL: DID YOU KNOW THAT…

May 10, 2019
...Fenerbahce will compete at the Final Four for the fifth time in club history? It is the first Turkish team to reach five Final Fours... and it's done so in consecutive...
Fabien Causeur, Real: 'The goal is to lift the trophy again'

Fabien Causeur, Real: 'The goal is to lift the trophy again'

May 09, 2019
Fabien Causeur was one of the stars of the championship game when Real Madrid won the title last season and he writes about how excited he is to defend the title in...
Filmmaster Events to light up the 2019 Final Four

Filmmaster Events to light up the 2019 Final Four

May 09, 2019
The 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four will feature stars from beyond the basketball court, too, as the entertainment experts at Filmmaster Events bring their...
Legend: Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA Moscow

Legend: Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA Moscow

May 09, 2019
Although he only played five seasons split into three separate stints with CSKA Moscow, Andrei Kirilenko packed a punch in those periods that few can ever match.
2018-19 All-EuroLeague First Team presented by 7DAYS

2018-19 All-EuroLeague First Team presented by 7DAYS

May 09, 2019
The 2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season saw records set and history made. It's been a season filled with great winning streaks, fantastic plays and unforgettable moments.
Signature Star: Nicolo Melli, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

Signature Star: Nicolo Melli, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

May 09, 2019
Entering the prime of his career at age 28, one-of-a-kind big man Nicolo Melli has tied his quest to become a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion to the same great ambition...
Russia legend talks about life on and off the court with Kyle Hines

Russia legend talks about life on and off the court with Kyle Hines

May 08, 2019
The latest version of The Kyle Zone sees Kyle Hines host his former foe and teammate, 2012 EuroLeague MVP Andrei Kirilenko.
Signature Star: Nikita Kurbanov, CSKA Moscow

Signature Star: Nikita Kurbanov, CSKA Moscow

May 08, 2019
This weekend, Nikita Kurbanov will become just the third player in CSKA Moscow's illustrious history to appear in 200 EuroLeague games for the club.
EuroLeague Best Defender: Walter Tavares, Real Madrid

EuroLeague Best Defender: Walter Tavares, Real Madrid

May 08, 2019
His blocked shots and intimidation no doubt forced Turkish Airlines EuroLeague head coaches to make adjustments whenever Real Madrid center Walter Tavares was on the court.
Fenerbahce's Lauvergne, Datome out of Final Four

Fenerbahce's Lauvergne, Datome out of Final Four

May 08, 2019
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul officially announced on Wednesday that center Joffrey Lauvergne and forward Luigi Datome are officially ruled out for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague...
Legend: Pedro Ferrandiz, Real Madrid

Legend: Pedro Ferrandiz, Real Madrid

May 08, 2019
Pedro Ferrandiz, one of the most decorated coaches in basketball history, rode atop Real Madrid's first golden age.
The voice of Baskonia says goodbye

The voice of Baskonia says goodbye

May 08, 2019
After 30 years as a journalist following KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz and calling more than 450 of its Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games for Radio Vitoria, Rafa Muntión...
Special transportation awaits Final Four fans

Special transportation awaits Final Four fans

May 07, 2019
Fans from all over the world will find out at the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four that even if Vitoria-Gasteiz is its basketball epicenter, the Basque Country in...
EuroLeague Rising Star: Goga Bitadze, Buducnost VOLI Podgorica

EuroLeague Rising Star: Goga Bitadze, Buducnost VOLI Podgorica

May 07, 2019
Goga Bitadze of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica, who made his presence felt from the moment he first stepped onto a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague court, has been rewarded for his...
Legend: Petar Naumoski, Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Legend: Petar Naumoski, Anadolu Efes Istanbul

May 07, 2019
Anadolu Efes Istanbul's first wave a success at the pan-European level came in the 1990s with Petar Naumoski in the driver's seat.
Signature star: Gustavo Ayon, Real Madrid

Signature star: Gustavo Ayon, Real Madrid

May 07, 2019
Born the small village of Zapotan, Mexico, Gustavo Ayon has become one of the most dominant centers in recent EuroLeague history while helping Real Madrid enjoy a new golden...
Eight referees announced for 2019 Final Four

Eight referees announced for 2019 Final Four

May 06, 2019
Euroleague Basketball has chosen eight of its best referees from the 2018-19 season to oversee the games of the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Vitoria-Gasteiz,...
Alphonso Ford Top Scorer: Mike James, Milan

Alphonso Ford Top Scorer: Mike James, Milan

May 06, 2019
Mike James of AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan is the winner of the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy for the 2018-19 season.
Signature Star: Bryant Dunston, Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Signature Star: Bryant Dunston, Anadolu Efes Istanbul

May 06, 2019
Ever since he first stepped foot on a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague court, Bryant Dunston has been an inside force to be reckoned with.
Legend: Ibrahim Kutluay, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

Legend: Ibrahim Kutluay, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

May 06, 2019
Widely regarded as one of the best Turkish players of all-time, Ibrahim Kutluay has made history in European basketball. Kutluay became the first Turkish player ever to lift...
The Coach: Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA Moscow

The Coach: Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA Moscow

May 05, 2019
After spending more than a decade as the continent's most elite assistant coach, Dimitris Itoudis has forged a reputation as one of Europe's top head coaches, too, with five...
The Coach: Ergin Ataman, Anadolu Efes Istanbul

The Coach: Ergin Ataman, Anadolu Efes Istanbul

May 05, 2019
Although just 53 years old, the head Anadolu Efes Istanbul's bench, Ergin Ataman, already has every argument to be considered the greatest Turkish-born coach ever.
The Coach: Zeljko Obradovic, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

The Coach: Zeljko Obradovic, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

May 05, 2019
Any way you look at it, Zeljko Obradovic is one of the great minds in the sport of basketball and a prince among coaches.
The Coach: Pablo Laso, Real Madrid

The Coach: Pablo Laso, Real Madrid

May 05, 2019
At a legendary team like Madrid, which has been competing at the highest European level for six decades, only a few coaches can go down among the greats. Pablo Laso is one of...
Real Madrid: Looking for new challenges

Real Madrid: Looking for new challenges

May 04, 2019
Real Madrid, the winningest club in the history of European basketball, reached another milestone last season by becoming the first team to win 10 EuroLeague crowns. Now, in...
CSKA Moscow: Back in familiar territory

CSKA Moscow: Back in familiar territory

May 04, 2019
After equaling its own EuroLeague record by qualifying for an eighth successive Final Four, CSKA Moscow arrives in Vitoria-Gasteiz with the added bonus of happy recent...
Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Back to the big stage

Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Back to the big stage

May 04, 2019
After finishing the regular season in the last place a year ago, few expected Anadolu Efes Istanbul to make a run at the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four this season.
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul: Another shot at the title

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul: Another shot at the title

May 04, 2019
Ever since Coach Zeljko Obradovic stepped inside Ulker Sports and Events Hall as the club's head coach, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul has set the bar for excellence very high.
Playoffs Game 5 disciplinary sanctions

Playoffs Game 5 disciplinary sanctions

May 03, 2019
Euroleague Basketball has announced disciplinary sanctions pertaining to incidents that occurred in Game 5 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs. The sanctions are based...
MVP for April: Facundo Campazzo, Real Madrid

MVP for April: Facundo Campazzo, Real Madrid

May 03, 2019
Real Madrid was the only team to sweep its playoff series this season and accordingly the first to clinch a spot at the Final Four in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Los Blancos could not...
Trademarks: The Fantastic Four

Trademarks: The Fantastic Four

May 02, 2019
Seven months and 256 games after the first jump ball of the season in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, four teams have come closer to the final goal than any others. Four...
Playoffs Game 5 MVP: Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Playoffs Game 5 MVP: Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul

May 02, 2019
Shane Larkin completed a magical and historic playoff series for Anadolu Efes Istanbul by leading his team to its first Final Four in 18 years and capturing MVP honors for...
Efes made the most of its good looks from downtown

Efes made the most of its good looks from downtown

May 02, 2019
It was modern basketball at its best that saw Anadolu Efes Istanbul defeat FC Barcelona Lassa 80-71 on Wednesday to claim the last remaining ticket to the 2019 Turkish...
EuroLeague Playoffs archive: 2005-present

EuroLeague Playoffs archive: 2005-present

May 01, 2019
The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague introduced playoffs leading to the Final Four in the 2004-05 season as best-of-three series between the eight qualifiers from the Top 16.
Fenerbahce extends team captain Mahmutoglu

Fenerbahce extends team captain Mahmutoglu

Apr 30, 2019
Days after punching its fifth consecutive Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four ticket, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul announced that sharpshooting team captain Melih Mahmutoglu...
Dogus Balbay, Efes: 'This is a unique opportunity'

Dogus Balbay, Efes: 'This is a unique opportunity'

Apr 30, 2019
Anadolu Efes Istanbul guard Dogus Balbay checks in on the eve of a decisive Game 5 in his team's playoff series against FC Barcelona Lassa.
The Crossover podcast with Zeljko Obradovic

The Crossover podcast with Zeljko Obradovic

Apr 30, 2019
If you ever wanted to know what makes the greatest mastermind in European basketball tick, join Joe Arlauckas for an hour's worth of remembrances with his friend and former...
Fantasy Challenge: Pick a winner, act accordingly

Fantasy Challenge: Pick a winner, act accordingly

Apr 30, 2019
With only one game – Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs FC Barcelona Lassa – on the slate, EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge guru Javier Gancedo explains how to build your lineup. Hint – he...
Efes, Barcelona know their Game 5 history

Efes, Barcelona know their Game 5 history

Apr 29, 2019
Anadolu Efes Istanbul and FC Barcelona Lassa, who will meet in Turkey on Wednesday, have played in more than half of these previous do-or-die Game 5s, but this is their first...
Fenerbahce's Datome suffers strained calf muscle

Fenerbahce's Datome suffers strained calf muscle

Apr 29, 2019
Veteran forward Luigi Datome of Final-Four bound Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul suffered a strained calf muscle in his right leg over the weekend.
Inner-view, Kevin Seraphin: Barcelona's tech geek

Inner-view, Kevin Seraphin: Barcelona's tech geek

Apr 29, 2019
Many Turkish Airlines EuroLeague stars have diverse interests and talents that they have cultivated when not playing basketball. Inner-View is a series of Qamp;A's with...
On practice: 'Practice is a holy part of our job'

On practice: 'Practice is a holy part of our job'

Apr 29, 2019
CSKA Moscow boss Dimitris Itoudis shares his insight on one of the most important parts of the game: practice.
This Week's Games: Playoffs, Game 5

This Week's Games: Playoffs, Game 5

Apr 29, 2019
The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs come to a close on Wednesday with Game 5 of the best-of-five series between Anadolu Efes Istanbul and FC Barcelona Lassa. Here is a...
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Other Athens clubs

Mar 28, 2007 by Vassilis Poulakos, Athens Print
SECOND-DIVISION CLUBS

DafniDAFNI: Almost a constant first-divison member in the 1990s, the yellow-and-black Panionios neighbors finally slipped down one level in 2002 and have not recovered since. The club where Fanis Christodoulou made his first basketball steps.



MilonMILON: The Nea Smyrni Greens enjoyed life in the top flight just for two seasons, in neither of which it managed to stay up, despite being boosted (in the first of them) by the presence of a high-class scorer in Mitchell Wiggins.



IlisiakosILISIAKOS: Another club wearing the yellow and black, based in Ilissia, a neighborhood near the University of Athens campus. Played in the first division recently for a season, but also when it was founded in 1986, when promoted from the second tier using a roster made by great veterans in the end of their careers. Ilisiakos was the cradle of current national team star Antonis Fotsis. He started playing basketball in the Club where his father also used to ply this trade, before moving first to Panathinaikos and then to the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, Real Madrid and Dynamo Moscow.


Sporting AthensSPORTING: Played for many years in the first division and this season looks ready to come back. Has a privately owned small arena in Patissia, where Panathinaikos has also recently played for some time when OAKA was closed for remodeling before the Olympic Games. Not only a strong presence in the past, but also a Korac Cup participant for two seasons under coach Costas Diamantopoulos, father of former Euroleague player Giorgos, and featuring top guns such as Mitchell Wiggins and the late Alfonso Ford. Wears burgundy and blue.

THIRD-DIVISION CLUBS

IONIKOS NIKEA: The cradle of maybe the top Greek-born player of all times, Panayotis Yannakis, was a regular in the old firstdivision, but lasted in newer version just for its initial season. Wears blue and white and is located in the Piraeus suburb of Nikea. Older fans still remember the night when Ionikos played Aris in the old first division; Aris prevailed in OT, 114-113, with Yannakis scoring 72 and Nick Galis 63!

Near EastNEAR EAST: One of the oldest basketball clubs in Athens, champion of Greece in 1936. From Kessariani, adjacent to Ilissia, the club came back for a short spell in the old first division and a longer one in the new one around the turn of the millennium. During the latter they were the club that called Kostas Tsartsaris back from Iceland and gave his career the boost it needed to reach the top. Costas Politis, the coach who led Greece to the 1987 European Championship, is a living legend of the red-and-white club.

PAGRATI: Situated next to Kessariani, in the neighborhood the same name, Pagrati followed the path of most urban clubs with a bright past, now struggling to get out of the third tier of Greek basketball. It was a great team in the 1960s and 1970s, nurturing players later to play for big clubs, and enjoyed a few seasons in the first division as well. Panayotis Karatzas, a member of the 1987 Greek national team, was then playing for Pagrati before moving to Olympiacos.

PeristeriPERISTERI: The one-time "Princess of the West", Peristeri is the fourth most populated municipality of Greece, with an endless pool of basketball talent. Has played in first division for most of its 21-year existence and even enjoyed a Euroleague participation before problems set in. The club where former national team point guard Angelos Koronios learned his trade. The team wears yellow and blue.

FOURTH-DIVISION CLUBS

ESPEROS: The most famous product of this Club is arguably Liveris Andritsos, a hero in the 1987 Greece vs. Soviet Union European Championship final. The club is based in Kallithea, wears blue and white and was not as successful in its short spells in the modern first division as it used to be in the old version.

IONIKOS NEA PHILADELPHIA: Played in the first division for just two seasons, but managed to write history as the first Greek club that moved its base to another city, from the "AEK area" to Amaliada in the Peloponnese, about 300 kilometers southwest of Athens. The move did not pay dividends: Ionikos was relegated in 2005 and returned to Nea Philadelphia, dropping down each and every season.

PAPAGOU: Nicknamed "The Generals", as it is "stationed" in a suburb mostly populated by military people, quite close to the Greek Ministry of Defense. Blue-and-white Papagou has spent quite a few years in the first division and has also played in the Korac Cup, featuring good players such as Giorgos Sigalas (on loan from Olympiacos in his youth), Alphonso Ford, Giorgos Diamantopoulos or Greg Robinson, later to play for the Utah Jazz, but has stalled of late.
 
PIRAIKOS: The Piraeus Club that gave birth to a giant... Piraikos was established in 1896, then in 1925 some of its members drifted away to found -you guessed it- Olympiacos... The blue-and-whites enjoyed two seasons in the top flight, but were not able to hold on and avoid relegation in either of them. The Club's most famous "product" is probably Stavros Elliniadis, a point guard who was eventually transferred to Olympiacos, played for the national team and still is across town with the Reds as their team manager.

...AND THE TRAIN THAT HAS STOPPED FOR GOOD.

When they took Greek basketball by storm in the 1990s, climbing a division each year, from the lowest Athens leagues to the top competition under coach Giorgos Kalafatakis, Ambelokipi were dubbed "The Train". The club was cited by everyone as the prime example of the small urban club that with hard work and a band of good players (such as Tzannis Stavrakopoulos and Giorgos Floros, who later were to play for Panathinaikos and Aris, respectively, and the national team as well) can make its dreams come true. They lasted for two seasons, offering 2006 Final Four MVP and All-Euroleague selection Theo Papaloukas his debut in the first division. The downfall was as quick as the ascension though, and now the Greens, based in the neighborhood of Athens hosting the old Panathinaikos soccer ground, are operating in the C division of Athens basketball.