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Disciplinary sanctions announced

Disciplinary sanctions announced

Apr 23, 2019
Euroleague Basketball has announced the following disciplinary sanctions pertaining to non-compliance with article 24. 2 c) of the Euroleague Basketball Disciplinary Code.
Experts Round Table: Playoffs, Games 3 and 4

Experts Round Table: Playoffs, Games 3 and 4

Apr 23, 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...
Changing half of my team

Changing half of my team

Apr 23, 2019
With unlimited trades in the playoffs, EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge guru Javier Gancedo is turning over half his team to make the most of the players competing on their home...
The Crossover podcast welcomes Adam Hanga

The Crossover podcast welcomes Adam Hanga

Apr 23, 2019
One of the greatest basketball players ever from Hungary, FC Barcelona Lassa forward Adam Hanga, tells Joe Arlauckas about the road that took him from small-time basketball in...
Alec Peters: 'It dropped me to the floor. I got real emotional.'

Alec Peters: 'It dropped me to the floor. I got real emotional.'

Apr 23, 2019
Alec Peters reflects on the devastating tornado that ripped through his hometown when he was away playing college basketball and what he did after.
EuroLeague Playoffs archive: 2005-present

EuroLeague Playoffs archive: 2005-present

Apr 23, 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.
Crvena Zvezda clinches its EuroLeague return

Crvena Zvezda clinches its EuroLeague return

Apr 22, 2019
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade clinched its return to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague by winning the ABA League title on Monday night.
This Week: Playoffs, Games 3 and 4

This Week: Playoffs, Games 3 and 4

Apr 22, 2019
The second week of the playoffs provides the tantalizing prospect of the regular season's top two teams, Fenerbahce and CSKA, going on the road in a bid to wrestle back...
'My heart and soul, for the team'

'My heart and soul, for the team'

Apr 21, 2019
In his first year playing for Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, forward Ioannis Papapetrou is following in his father's footsteps and chasing a dream he has had in mind since...
Nikola Kalinic, Fenerbahce: 'Nothing is finished yet'

Nikola Kalinic, Fenerbahce: 'Nothing is finished yet'

Apr 21, 2019
Having unexpectedly lost Game 2 of the playoffs at home, forward Nikola Kalinic and Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul go to the court of Zalgiris Kaunas this week to prove why they won...
Point guards star for Real Madrid

Point guards star for Real Madrid

Apr 21, 2019
After two playoff games the reigning EuroLeague champ Real Madrid is the only team with a 2-0 lead, and no player’s contribution was bigger than that of Facundo Campazzo.
Playoffs Game 2 MVP: Vincent Poirier, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Playoffs Game 2 MVP: Vincent Poirier, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Apr 20, 2019
Vincent Poirier stepped up in a major way and led KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz to a 68-78 road win over CSKA Moscow, helping tie their best-of-five series at 1-1 and...
EuroLeague week on social media

EuroLeague week on social media

Apr 20, 2019
There was a bit of calm before the storm as the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs arrived. Check out our selection of social media posts from around the EuroLeague.
Defense did the job for Barcelona

Defense did the job for Barcelona

Apr 20, 2019
Restricting Efes to 72 points in the game, and only 13 points in the final quarter, was the key to Barcelona’s victory, and we can expect to see the same formula repeated when...
Vets Shengelia, Huertas inspired Baskonia

Vets Shengelia, Huertas inspired Baskonia

Apr 19, 2019
Baskonia's most experienced players, Toko Shengelia and Marcelinho Huertas, moved into the starting lineup on Thursday and set the tone for their team's historic road win.
Ulanovas was just what doctor ordered for Zalgiris

Ulanovas was just what doctor ordered for Zalgiris

Apr 19, 2019
What a difference 48 hours make. Zalgiris Kaunas held on to stun previously unbeaten at home Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul Thursday night and the big difference-maker was Edgaras...
On social media: 'Fans, for us, are almost part of the team'

On social media: 'Fans, for us, are almost part of the team'

Apr 18, 2019
Pablo Laso, the two-time Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion head coach of Real Madrid, is an avid social media user.
Euroleague Basketball applies financial fair play sanctions

Euroleague Basketball applies financial fair play sanctions

Apr 18, 2019
The Finance Panel of Euroleague Basketball has applied sanctions on two Turkish Airlines EuroLeague clubs for infringement of the competition's Financial Stability and Fair...
Playoffs Game 1 MVP: Vasilije Micic of Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Playoffs Game 1 MVP: Vasilije Micic of Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Apr 18, 2019
With Anadolu Efes Istanbul playing its first-ever Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs series opener on its home floor, point guard Vasilije Micic starred to help make the...
Vote for your All-EuroLeague Team!

Vote for your All-EuroLeague Team!

Apr 18, 2019
With the most competitive Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season ever played now behind us, the time has come to decide which of the league's many great protagonists are...
Taylor steps up for Madrid

Taylor steps up for Madrid

Apr 18, 2019
With Sergio Llull out with a hamstring injury and fellow former EuroLeague MVP Luka Doncic watching on from the stands as a warmly welcomed returning guest, it was almost as...
Dunston's toughness sparked Efes

Dunston's toughness sparked Efes

Apr 18, 2019
It was a scary sight for Anadolu Efes Istanbul fans when Bryant Dunston wobbled off the court in the third quarter.
Doncic returns for Madrid's playoffs opener

Doncic returns for Madrid's playoffs opener

Apr 17, 2019
One year after he led them to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title, teenage sensation Luka Doncic was back with his old teammates from Real Madrid on Wednesday to mark Game 1...
Trademarks: The EuroLeague playoffs heroes

Trademarks: The EuroLeague playoffs heroes

Apr 17, 2019
The playoffs are an exciting part of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season, to say the least, but for many stars with vast experience, this stage of Europe’s premier...
Fenerbahce's dream defense set records

Fenerbahce's dream defense set records

Apr 17, 2019
If anyone wondered if Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, the best team in the regular season, had another level to step up, they got the proof on Tuesday night.
Itoudis praised CSKA's 'almost perfect' effort

Itoudis praised CSKA's 'almost perfect' effort

Apr 17, 2019
As fans of CSKA Moscow basketball surely know, Coach Dimitris Itoudis is not one to praise his charges falsely.
Street Arena Tour finishes Spanish run in Barcelona

Street Arena Tour finishes Spanish run in Barcelona

Apr 17, 2019
The Street Arena Tour presented by Endesa will be landing in Barcelona next weekend. After previous stops in Valencia, Malaga and Madrid, the tour reaches its final Spanish...
Adam Hanga: 'We will give everything we have'

Adam Hanga: 'We will give everything we have'

Apr 16, 2019
After helping to get FC Barcelona back to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs, swingman Adam Hanga has his sights set on ending the team's five-year-old Final Four...
Inside the series: Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. FC Barcelona Lassa

Inside the series: Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. FC Barcelona Lassa

Apr 16, 2019
Two teams that missed the playoffs last season square off in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs looking to do something they have not done this century: Anadolu Efes...
The Crossover podcast with Shane Larkin

The Crossover podcast with Shane Larkin

Apr 16, 2019
Shane Larkin of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, the son of a Hall of Famer in another sport, marks the start of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs by joining Joe Arlauckas on The...

Stats Review: Efficiency of playoffs teams, players

Apr 16, 2019
Take a look at what teams and players have been the most efficient heading into this season's Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs.
Road to the playoffs: Real Madrid

Road to the playoffs: Real Madrid

Apr 16, 2019
Proudly carrying the precious title of defending Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion, Real Madrid has played like one for the majority of the regular season. After being...
Inside the series: CSKA Moscow vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Inside the series: CSKA Moscow vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Apr 15, 2019
After qualifying for the playoffs despite losing at CSKA Moscow in Round 30 of the regular season, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz returns immediately to the Russian capital...
Road to the Playoffs: Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

Road to the Playoffs: Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

Apr 15, 2019
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul cruised into the playoffs seemingly without a care in the world, finishing the regular season with the best record yet by any team in the three...
This Week's Games: The playoffs begin

This Week's Games: The playoffs begin

Apr 15, 2019
The playoffs are here! The top four from the regular season will try to make their home-court advantage count in Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-five series. Let's look at what...
Matt Janning, Baskonia: 'Game 1 is always very important'

Matt Janning, Baskonia: 'Game 1 is always very important'

Apr 14, 2019
With the playoffs just around the corner, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz guard Matt Janning delivers his latest blog post for EuroLeague.net.
Inside the series: Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul vs. Zalgiris Kaunas

Inside the series: Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul vs. Zalgiris Kaunas

Apr 14, 2019
In a rematch of last year's semifinal, first-place Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and red-hot Zalgiris Kaunas meet in the best-of-five playoff series to determine which one of these...
Road to the Playoffs: Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Road to the Playoffs: Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Apr 14, 2019
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens rolls into the playoffs in excellent from behind the stellar play of All-EuroLeague guard Nick Calathes and Hall of Fame head coach Rick Pitino.
Ahmet Duverioglu, Fenerbahce: 'How you work is how you play'

Ahmet Duverioglu, Fenerbahce: 'How you work is how you play'

Apr 13, 2019
Just three years after taking a unique route to European from Jordan, center Ahmet Duverioglu of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul has already started in a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague...
Road to the Playoffs: CSKA Moscow

Road to the Playoffs: CSKA Moscow

Apr 13, 2019
After overcoming a worrying mid-season wobble, CSKA Moscow marches into the playoffs following another very strong regular season, with its form in the latter stages of the...
Fantasy Challenge: A new competitive lineup

Fantasy Challenge: A new competitive lineup

Apr 13, 2019
Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs time and Fantasy Challenge Guru Javier Gancedo used unlimited trades to discard six players and shuffle things up.
MVP Ladder: Calathes's surge

MVP Ladder: Calathes's surge

Apr 12, 2019
The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season is over and the main candidates for the MVP award have stood out. Eurohoops presents the last MVP Ladder before the start of the...
The Journey, Episode 6: A race to the finish

The Journey, Episode 6: A race to the finish

Apr 12, 2019
The most exciting playoffs race in Turkish Airlines EuroLeague history is the backdrop for the sixth episode of The Journey, a behind-the-scenes broadcast series tracking five...
Road to the Playoffs: KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz

Road to the Playoffs: KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz

Apr 12, 2019
There are high hopes in Vitoria-Gasteiz for KIROLBET Baskonia to make the Final Four it will be hosting in May. However, when the season started, things started to look grim.
Inside the series: Real Madrid vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Inside the series: Real Madrid vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Apr 12, 2019
For the second consecutive season, Real Madrid and Panathinaikos OPAP Athens will go head to head for a playoff series that promises to deliver unmissable drama as the...
'I have a little bit of everything in me'

'I have a little bit of everything in me'

Apr 11, 2019
He has a Congolese father, a Russian mother, was born in Ukraine and grew up in in the United States. CSKA Moscow center Joel Bolomboy certainly has a unique family background...
Road to the Playoffs: Zalgiris Kaunas

Road to the Playoffs: Zalgiris Kaunas

Apr 11, 2019
Coming off the team's first EuroLeague Final Four appearance in nearly two decades and with Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius and much of that roster back, there were plenty of...
Experts Round Table: Playoffs predictions

Experts Round Table: Playoffs predictions

Apr 11, 2019
Welcome 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 topics of...
Step up to the 2018-19 EuroLeague Bracket Challenge

Step up to the 2018-19 EuroLeague Bracket Challenge

Apr 10, 2019
Do you think that you know which teams will win each Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs series? And who will win the title?
Conversation with: Gabriel Deck, Real Madrid

Conversation with: Gabriel Deck, Real Madrid

Apr 10, 2019
Rookie forward Gabriel Deck of Real Madrid has come a long way from humble beginnings in Colonia Dora, Argentina, to find his place on the roster of the defending Turkish...
Road to the Playoffs: FC Barcelona Lassa

Road to the Playoffs: FC Barcelona Lassa

Apr 10, 2019
After having failed to make the playoffs the previous two years, and seen legendary club and Turkish Airlines EuroLeague icon Juan Carlos Navarro retire, FC Barcelona Lassa...
Street Arena Tour heads to Madrid

Street Arena Tour heads to Madrid

Apr 10, 2019
The Street Arena Tour presented by Endesa is now leaving Malaga, Spain, after a fun-filled basketball weekend. The next stop will be the Spanish capital of Madrid, home city...
Regular Season, Round 30 disciplinary sanctions

Regular Season, Round 30 disciplinary sanctions

Apr 09, 2019
Euroleague Basketball has announced disciplinary sanctions pertaining to incidents that occurred in Round 30 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season. The sanctions...
Road to the Playoffs: Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Road to the Playoffs: Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Apr 09, 2019
After finishing dead last in the standings a season ago, Anadolu Efes Istanbul has returned to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs for the fourth time in seven years –...
SACkathon students saw the future of data and basketball

SACkathon students saw the future of data and basketball

Apr 09, 2019
The crossroads between basketball, statistics and innovative storytelling was the subject of the Euroleague Basketball SACkathon, held in collaboration with world business...
Fenerbahce, Duverioglu pen three-year extension

Fenerbahce, Duverioglu pen three-year extension

Apr 09, 2019
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul locked up center Ahmet Duverioglu for the next three seasons, the club announced Tuesday.
Trajan Langdon is new guest on The Kyle Zone

Trajan Langdon is new guest on The Kyle Zone

Apr 09, 2019
When two legendary CSKA Moscow players and multiple-time EuroLeague champions meet, there is plenty to talk about. Eavesdrop as Trajan Langdon visits with Kyle Hines and...
Fenerbahce extends Muhammed until 2021

Fenerbahce extends Muhammed until 2021

Apr 08, 2019
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul reached an agreement with playmaker Ali Muhammed to remain together for two more seasons, the club announced Monday.
The 2019 Playoffs at a glance

The 2019 Playoffs at a glance

Apr 08, 2019
Not until Round 30 – and last of the regular season – did we know the identities of the eigth quarterfinalist, but now the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs picture is set....
Regular Season, Round 30: Mini-Movie

Regular Season, Round 30: Mini-Movie

Apr 07, 2019
The distinctive sights, sounds and emotions of basketball the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague way were on parade during Round 30 of the regular season last week. Check them all...
Barcelona reminded in finale that defense is paramount

Barcelona reminded in finale that defense is paramount

Apr 07, 2019
FC Barcelona Lassa's final regular season game supplied head coach Svetislav Pesic plenty of teaching lessons going into the team's playoff matchup with Anadolu Efes Istanbul...
EuroLeague week on social media

EuroLeague week on social media

Apr 06, 2019
After the week full of permutations and possibilities, Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs picture is complete. As Baskonia, Zalgiris and Panathinaikos booked their playoffs...
Round 30 MVP: Brandon Davies, Zalgiris Kaunas

Round 30 MVP: Brandon Davies, Zalgiris Kaunas

Apr 06, 2019
Brandon Davies was all over the place in leading Zalgiris Kaunas to a 86-93 victory at Real Madrid to earn both a spot in the playoffs for his team and the MVP of Round 30...
Sloukas closed Fenerbahce's record regular season right

Sloukas closed Fenerbahce's record regular season right

Apr 06, 2019
A buzzer-beater by Kostas Sloukas closed out the best regular season ever by a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague team and allowed Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul to give its fans a perfect...
Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs calendar

Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs calendar

Apr 05, 2019
The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs tip off with Game 1 in four best-of-five quarterfinal series on Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17.
Calathes's historic triple-double takes backseat to playoff spot

Calathes's historic triple-double takes backseat to playoff spot

Apr 05, 2019
If anyone was going to do it, that man had to be Nick Calathes.
Character during winning streak carried Zalgiris into playoffs

Character during winning streak carried Zalgiris into playoffs

Apr 05, 2019
It’s hard not to shake your head thinking about Zalgiris Kaunas squeaking its way into the playoffs, especially when you look back at the standings after Round 24 on March 1.
Baskonia's hard work earned its playoff berth

Baskonia's hard work earned its playoff berth

Apr 05, 2019
If before the season prognosticators knew that All-EuroLeague big man Toko Shengelia would miss 14 games and starting point guard Jayson Granger would miss even more, it would...
Calathes posts first EuroLeague triple-double in 12 years!

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Apr 04, 2019
Nobody does it better when it comes to running a team, and now Nick Calathes has the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague first triple-double in 12 years to prove it!
Regular Season, Round 29 disciplinary sanctions

Regular Season, Round 29 disciplinary sanctions

Apr 04, 2019
Euroleague Basketball has announced disciplinary sanctions pertaining to incidents that occurred in Round 29 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season. The sanctions...
Fantasy challenge injury report: Round 30

Fantasy challenge injury report: Round 30

Apr 04, 2019
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When Efes and Milan meet, points follow

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Apr 04, 2019
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Trademarks: Last but not least

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Apr 04, 2019
Eurohoops pays tribute to those teams that didn’t manage to have a leading role in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague this season.
Experts Round Table: Round 30

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Apr 04, 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...
Fantasy Challenge: Looking for a strong finish

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Apr 04, 2019
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Trademarks: Ten quotes for the heated battle for a playoffs spot

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Apr 03, 2019
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Sasha Vezenkov: 'We will see what happens'

Sasha Vezenkov: 'We will see what happens'

Apr 03, 2019
Olympiacos Piraeus forward Sasha Vezenkov shares his feelings as his team prepares for its final regular season game with an outside chance of claiming a ticket to the playoffs.
Street Arena Tour to land in Malaga!

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Apr 03, 2019
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Sinan Guler: 'I'm an angel investor'

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Apr 02, 2019
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Jeff Brooks, Milan: 'This is the EuroLeague'

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Apr 02, 2019
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Apr 02, 2019
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Apr 02, 2019
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Apr 01, 2019
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Mar 31, 2019
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Mar 30, 2019
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2019 Final Four presented in Vitoria Gasteiz

Jun 07, 2018 by Euroleague.net Print
2019 Final Four presented in Vitoria Gasteiz

The countdown to the crowning event of the next basketball season on the Old Continent was set in motion on Thursday by the presentation of the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in its host city, Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain.

Vitoria Gasteiz, capital of the Basque region of Spain, will welcome the Final Four for the first time next spring for what promises to be the culmination of the city's long and unique love affair with the sport of basketball.

A press conference celebrating Vitoria Gasteiz's upcoming role as host was held on Thursday at Fernando Buesa Arena, the venue of the 2019 Final Four, which has previously hosted the biggest events in Spanish basketball on multiple occasions.

The press conference, which featured the signing of the agreement for the organization for the 2019 Final Four, was attended by Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO; Josean Querejeta, President, Saski Baskonia; Ramiro González Vicente, General Deputy of Alava; Gorka Urtaran, Mayor of Vitoria Gasteiz; and Bingen Zupiria, Basque Government Counselor for Culture and Linguistics.

Jordi Bertomeu, President and CEO of Euroleague Basketball, said: "I believe that I don't need to say how happy we are to be here. I have received a lot of 'thank you' messages over the last few days, and I would like to be fair and send them back. It is us, the EuroLeague, which has to be thankful, more than all the messages I got from the city, its institutions and Baskonia fans. Coming here is a very unique and very special opportunity for us.

"When you host a Final Four, you have to consider two factors. Sometimes we have to take decisions which could be considered strategic, but which are taken to implement our project in markets where we need to be. Those decisions explain why we went to Paris, London, Berlin twice and that made it look like the event was getting further away from Vitoria. Other times, however, we have to take decisions to return what somebody gave you and in that sense, when we speak about Belgrade or Vitoria, we would be in that situation. Sometimes we have to give back to our communities, and this is the way to understand why we will be in Vitoria in 2019. I believe that Vitoria and the Basque Country have great basketball tradition and did a great job, and that deserved to be recognized.

"We will work side by side with the institutions and the club in events that were organized in previous years, such as the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament, school-level competitions for boys and girls, as well as taking advantage of the event to do business meetings and bringing in all of our masters students. Above all, we use the Final Four to develop our CSR program, One Team, to have an impact in the city and be close to people in need. Using all this, we will work hard to build other alternative programs to add to these ones and which will complete a program of activities that will make the Final Four a collaborative event not just for the 15,000 inside Buesa Arena, but for the whole city of Vitoria, for Alava and the Basque Country, so that people can enjoy the Final Four as much as they can."

Saski Baskonia president Josean Querejeta, said: "Even when the Final Four will be held in Vitoria Gasteiz, it is a Basque Country project in which three institutions - Basque government, Vitoria Town Hall and the Council of Vitoria - will collaborate. It also acknowledges our history in European competitions and the success we had throughout the years. We are a historical club - fourth all-time in games played in the EuroLeague, second top scorer, six Final Fours and two finals - none won, yet! It is obvious that the Final Four is the biggest event Vitoria Gasteiz has ever hosted. Vitoria, Alava and the Basque Country will be center of European basketball just not for the weekend, but for the entire season. Thousands of fans will come to Vitoria and we have to be skillful enough to make them discover what our city can offer."

Basque Goverment Culture and Linguistic Policies Advisor Bingen Zupiria, said: "Our first goal would be that the people who visit us during this Final Four keep a good impression of Vitoria Gasteiz and Euskadi, and we hope they go back home with the will and desire to come back. Our second goal is that all people coming to the Final Four to watch the games get the impression of being part of a well-organized event, that they came to a modern, serious place. We would also like them to stay with us for at least four days to take advantage of seeing the city and the Basque Country, to get to know how we are and all the good things that we can offer. We are in front of a great opportunity, so that people in Vitoria-Gasteiz and Euskadi are convinced that we have been able to attract a first-class European event to our city."

Vitoria Gasteiz Mayor Gorka Urtaran, said: "First of all, thank you to the EuroLeague for the confidence it has on Vitoria Gasteiz. It has been like that due to three reasons: first, we have a magnificent basketball team, Baskonia, one of the best in Europe, and that basketball tradition makes this relationship with the EuroLeague a reality due to the club's hard work over the years. On the other hand, Vitoria Gasteiz has very good sports facilities and Fernando Buesa Arena allows the city to host such a big, top-class event as the Final Four. This is, of course, critical to develop such sports events in the city. I want to highlight the cooperation among institutions, a steady work which allowed Vitoria Gasteiz to host the Final Four. I want to thank the effort the Basque government and the Council of Vitoria put together, along with Baskonia and the EuroLeague, to host the event in our city. We have a great city with great basketball fans. It is a great chance for Vitoria Gasteiz, a city in which basketball is important."

Alava General Deputy Ramiro Gonzalez, said: "Why is it possible? Because we have a great club and a great team, and I am not just talking about those who step on court. There are great people in Baskonia who have worked hard for years, showing what they can do. A few weeks ago, we were in Belgrade seeing what a Final Four is about and in that visit we saw the confidence the EuroLeague has in Baskonia, and did it first-hand. This was critical to bring this event to Vitoria Gasteiz and Euskadi - the trust in this great group of people, led by Josean Querejeta for so many years. They are able to do great things, and one of them is convincing the EuroLeague that a small city can host a big event."