Calendar countdown: Round 1

Aug 05, 2019 by Print
Calendar countdown: Round 1

The countdown is on for the start of the 2019-20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season on October 3! The new EuroLeague season once again promises great matchups, week in and week out, but also more teams and games to enjoy than ever before in European club basketball. Season-long drama is in store, that's for certain. Just check out the matchups in Round 1!

Khimki Moscow Region vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Can't be coincidence

Sergey Monia had a career-high 4 blocks three times, all with Khimki at home against Maccabi: on November 11, 2010; January 18, 2013 and November 16, 2017! Can he do it again?

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

Sudden homecoming

Zvezda's James Gist will play his first EuroLeague game out of a Panathinaikos uniform since December 2012 in front of his old fans. He played a total of 181 EuroLeague games with the Greens.

FC Bayern Munich vs. AX Armani Exchange Milan

We meet again

Milan's Vladimir Micov played under Bayern head coach Dejan Radonjic at Buducnost VOLI Podgorica more than a decade ago, from 2007 to 2009.

Real Madrid vs. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

Return of a record man

Fenerbahce and Real played in a third-place game at the Final Four last May, and Facundo Campazzo set a club record and a Final Four single-game record with 15 assists in his team's 75-94 win.

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Hot shooting precedent

Baskonia established a club-record 17 three-pointers en route to a resounding 77-97 victory in Kaunas during Round 8 of the 2017-18 season.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. FC Barcelona

Playoffs re-match

Efes set club playoff records in points (102), PIR (129), assists (25), three-pointers (17) and two-point accuracy (74.3%) during its playoff series against Barca last spring.

ALBA Berlin vs. Zenit St Petersburg

Feels like the first time

Despite having played in the 7DAYS EuroCup during the same season six times, this is the first meeting between ALBA and Zenit in any competition.

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

Long time, no see

This will be the first game between these teams in more than 15 years, since February 12, 2004. Olympiacos has a 4-2 record against ASVEL in EuroLeague play this century.

Valencia Basket vs. CSKA Moscow

Home cookin'

CSKA and Valencia never played each other until 2010, and since then home team has won each of their four meetings.