Calendar countdown: Round 23

Sep 10, 2019 by Print
Calendar countdown: Round 23

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 23!

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. Khimki Moscow Region

Shved's career-best

Alexey Shved had a career-high 12 assists against Maccabi in Tel Aviv on March 15, 2018.

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Back to his roots

Zvezda forward Stratos Perperoglou played five seasons and won the 2009 and 2011 EuroLeague titles with Panathinaikos. For the latter championship season, Perperoglou was a teammate of current Panathinaikos players Nick Calathes and Ian Vougioukas.

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne vs. FC Bayern Munich

Opposite sides now

ASVEL guard Edwin Jackson and Bayern sharpshooter Petteri Koponen were teammates for the second part of the 2017-18 season at FC Barcelona.

AX Armani Exchange Milan vs. ALBA Berlin

Friends and foes

Rokas Giedraitis of ALBA and Arturas Gudaitis of Milan were teammates at Rytas Vilnius from 2015 to 2017 and have played together on the Lithuanian national team.

Valencia Basket vs. FC Barcelona

Going back

Barcelona players Victor Claver and Pau Ribas played a total of nine seasons with Valencia and won EuroCup titles there in 2010 and 2014, respectively.

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

They go way back

Olympiacos head coach David Blatt was an assistant on the Maccabi Tel Aviv squad that won the EuroLeague in 2004 with Zalgiris boss Sarunas Jasikevicius as its point guard.

Zenit St Petersburg vs. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

Foursome is familiar with Fener

As Zenit prepares to welcome Fenerbahce for its maiden trip to St Peterburg, it is interesting to note that four different players for the hosts have played professionally in Turkey before and are familiar with Fenerbahce: Colten Iverson, Mateusz Ponitka, Alex Renfroe and Will Thomas

Real Madrid vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Argentinian flavor

Baskonia's Luca Vildoza and Patricio Garino have been teammates with Real guards Facundo Campazzo and Nicolas Laprovitola on the Argentinian national team.

CSKA Moscow vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Many former teammates

CSKA forward Will Clyburn was a teammate of current Efes players James Anderson and Adrien Moerman at Darussafaka Istanbul during the 2016-17 season. CSKA forward Nikita Kurbanov was a teammate of Efes guard Krunoslav Simon at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar during the 2014-15 campaign. CSKA center Kyle Hines and his Efes counterpart Tibor Pleiss were EuroLeague rookies together during the 2010-11 season with Brose Bamberg.