After having rebroadcast all the championship games in Turkish Airlines EuroLeague history in late spring for free to all fans, Euroleague Basketball is resuming its series of more Classic Games, three per week throughout the rest of July and August, as part of the #EUROLEAGUEUNITED campaign.
In a competition that is famous for the fact that every game counts, there have been countless memorable matchups up and down the calendar over 20 seasons. Now, fans can relive some of the greatest matchups ever, from thrillers that went down to the last shot to historical performances by some of the superstars who have made the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague so great!
The new lineup of games tips off on Friday with a classic playoffs encounter from the spring of 2014, when Olimpia Milan hosted Maccabi Tel Aviv in an unforgettable Game 1 of the playoffs. Going forward, Classic Games will be re-aired on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 17:00 CEST on the EuroLeague Facebook page. Fans who follow the page in advance will get a notification when the games tip off. All games will be available simultaneously on Euroleague Basketball's YouTube page and on EuroLeague.net, as well!
All your favorite teams, new and old, will be represented in a roster of games that features many of the great EuroLeague players of the last 20 years. Of course, within the Classic Games series, fans will have the chance to see EuroLeague icons like Vassilis Spanoulis, Juan Carlos Navarro, Jan Vesely, Luka Doncic, and Dimitris Diamantidis, among many others, in the prime of their careers!
Brighten up your summer with unforgettable basketball by enjoying Classic Games of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague!
Monday, May 11: 2014-15 semifinals, CSKA Moscow-Olympiacos Piraeus: A Euroleague semifinal that went down to the final seconds. CSKA stopped Vassilis Spanoulis for 37 minutes, but Kill Bill stole the show with one huge shot after another. Amazing! WATCH NOW
Tuesday, May 12: 2006-07 Regular Season Round 1, Maccabi Tel Aviv-Unicaja Malaga: What a way to start the 2006-07 campaign! Maccabi and Unicaja scored over 100 points each in an overtime thriller with the intensity of a playoff game! WATCH NOW
Wednesday, May 13: 2016-17 Regular Season Round 10, Brose Bamberg-CSKA Moscow: This game is the complete package; it has great individual performances – Milos Teodosic had 31 points and Nicolo Melli 26 – to go with an outstanding basketball atmosphere and a thrilling finish! WATCH NOW
Thursday, May 14: 2009-10 Semifinal, Partizan Belgrade - Olympiacos Piraeus: Partizan played its first Final Four game since 1998 against a star-filled Olympiacos team. Two of the best point guards at the time, Milos Teodosic and Bo McCalebb, went face to face in this nail-biting showdown! WATCH NOW
Friday, May 15: 2008-09 Semifinal, FC Barcelona-CSKA Moscow: Ramunas Siskauskas entered his third Final Four after having won the title with Panathinaikos in 2007 and CSKA in 2008. This time, he rescued CSKA with a one-of-a-kind fourth-quarter performance! WATCH NOW
Saturday, May 16: 2018-19 Playoffs Game 2, Fenerbahce Istanbul-Zalgiris Kaunas: In a rematch of the 2018 Euroleague semifinals, Fenerbahce had a 1-0 lead in the series and Zalgiris looked to get the homecourt advantage. Zeljko vs. Saras proved to be an incredible tactical battle! WATCH NOW
Sunday, May 17: 2004-05 Semifinal, CSKA Moscow-Baskonia (Tau Ceramica): CSKA arrived to the Final Four with a 21-1 record and its fans in Moscow ready for a big party... but Baskonia players Arvydas Macijauskas, Jose Manuel Calderon and Luis Scola had in mind the biggest upset in the competition until then.
Monday, May 18: 2003-04 RS Round 1, Zalgiris vs. Panathinaikos: Arvydas Sabonis returned to the EuroLeague for the first time since 1995 and there was a high expectation in Kaunas. Sabonis, age 39, did not disappoint, and led Zalgiris with 15 point, 9 rebounds and a PIR of 26. Fun Fact: it was Zalgiris legend's Paulius Jankunas first EuroLeague game and he had an outstanding debut: 12 points and 6 rebounds!
Tuesday, May 19: 2013-14 Semifinal: CSKA Moscow vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv: Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv booked its date with basketball history as the then five-time continental champion fought back from a 15-point deficit late in the third quarter to beat CSKA Moscow 67-68. Tyrese Rice’s basket with 5.5 seconds left secured Maccabi a spot in the championship game that the Israeli team would win.
Wednesday, May 20: 2015-16 Semifinal: Baskonia vs. Fenerbahce It was Baskonia's first Final Four game since 2008. Fenerbahce was playing in the Final Four for the second year running – and the second time ever. Fener started the game on a 13-0 tear. Baskonia took charge in the second half and led by 7 early in the fourth quarter. Kostas Sloukas rallied Fenerbahce to tie it in the final minute and then...
Thursday, May 21: 2017-18 Regular Season, Round 15: Fenerbahce vs. Real Madrid The 2017-18 season belonged to Luka Doncic, who led Real Madrid to its 10th continental crown while earning EuroLeague MVP and EuroLeague Final Four MVP honors. When he met then-reigning champ Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul on the road in the final game of 2017, the teenage sensation produced one of his greatest performances.
Friday, May 22: 2007-08 Semifinal: Maccabi vs. Siena
The respective champions of Italy and Israel let it fly in this semifinal showdown in Madrid. Montepaschi Siena set a EuroLeague record with 45 three-point attempts and led by as many as 18 in the second quarter. Maccabi rallied with a 0-13 charge bridging the third and fourth quarters and the game entered the final 2 minutes with the teams all square.
Saturday, May 23: 2018-09 Semifinal: CSKA vs. Madrid
It was the second season in a row that these famous clubs met in the Final Four and it again lived up to the huge expectations. Real led 69-78 with over 8 minutes left behind an inspired Fabien Causeur, who had 18 points in 15 minutes. Nando De Colo scored 10 of his 23 points in crunch time to bring CSKA back and turn it into a thriller.
Sunday, May 24: 2017-18 Playoffs Game 1: Overtime in the cards for Olympiacos vs. Zalgiris opener
After Zalgiris edged Olympiacos in the regular-season finale to set up a playoff duel between them, both teams came into the best-of-five series hungry to start strong. Vassilis Spanoulis was at his best for the Reds, but would his former teammate and no Zalgiris head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius have the answers in this game that needed more than 40 minutes to secede the winner?
Monday, May 25: 2015-16 Playoffs: Barcelona, Lokomotiv go to OT in Game 4
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar had its back against the wall in its best-of-five series against FC Barcelona. Down 2-1 in the series, Lokomotiv had to play Game 4 at Palau Blaugrana, where Barcelona is rarely beaten in playoff action. Juan Carlos Navarro and Anthony Randolph each delivered in Game 4 and the game went to a thrilling overtime finish. WATCH NOW
Tuesday, May 26: 2003-04 Semifinal: Skipper, Montepaschi duel in high-scoring classic
This was the last time that two Italian teams met in the EuroLeague semifinals and both Skipper Bologna and Montepaschi Siena made sure it was a game for the ages. It remains the highest-scoring game in Final Four history with great individual performances and as much as drama as you can ask of a basketball game. WATCH NOW
Wednesday, May 27: 2005-06 Playoffs: Do-or-die Clasico awards Final Four spot
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid had never faced each other before in the EuroLeague Playoffs until this best-of-three series that went to the wire. It was a special Clasico, with both teams in a do-or-die situation to reach the Final Four in this Game 3 decider at Palau Blaugrana. WATCH NOW
Thursday, May 28: 2001-02 Regular Season: Young Lakovic breaks out in Madrid
Not a lot of people have watched this game, but everyone was talking about it back in 2001. Jaka Lakovic was a young, promising player who surprised everyone with a performance for the ages in Round 2 of the regular season with 38 points and a then EuroLeague record PIR of 55. Don't miss Lakovic's career night in the Spanish capital. WATCH NOW
Friday, May 29: 2000-01 Quarterfinals: Kinder, Olimpija ride rising stars to OT in Game 1
One of the first classic showdowns in competition history. Union Olimpija Ljublana, coached by Zmago Sagadin and led by Sani Becirovic, went against the competition's heavy favorite, Kinder Bologna, featuring head coach Ettore Messina and star guard Manu Ginobili. The game was as close as can be... A thriller for the ages. WATCH NOW
Saturday, May 30: 2010-11 Playoffs: Baskonia, Maccabi take Game 2 to the final shot
This is what EuroLeague basketball is all about! Two evenly-matched teams with great tradition and extraordinary fan bases meet for a thrilling playoff duel. After Caja Laboral Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz won the series opener, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv looked to even things in Game 2 thriller that was not decided until the final shot. WATCH NOW
Sunday, May 31: 2012-13 Top 16: Montepaschi's Brown erupts for 41 points at Fenerbahce
Montepaschi Siena's Bobby Brown soared into the EuroLeague record book with a 41-point outburst in Round 2 of the Top 16 on the road at Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, whose Bojan Bogdanovic countered with 31 points to make it the most points scored by two opponents in a game in competition history. WATCH NOW
Friday, July 10: 2013-14, Playoffs Game 1: Milan vs. Maccabi One of the most dramatic playoffs game in competition history went down to the wire. Expect the unexpected in this instant classic between old rivals. WATCH NOW
Monday, July 13: 2017-18, Round: 8 CSKA vs. Fenerbahce Jan Vesely erupts for 31 points and a huge dunk over Othello Hunter. in this overtime classic between the two previous EuroLeague winners and a rematch of the 2016 Championship Game. CSKA and Fenerbahce showed their full potential in a game full of highlights! WATCH NOW
Wednesday, July 15: 2016-17, Final Four semifinals: Fenerbahce vs. Real Madrid Ekpe Udoh flirted with a triple-double in a Final Four game. Few players have dominated a Final Four game the way Ekpe Udoh of Fenerbahce did against Real Madrid in the 2017 semifinals. WATCH NOW
Friday, July 17: 2017-18, Round 3, Real Madrid vs. Milan Early in the 2017-18 season, it was crystal clear that Real Madrid's teen sensation Luka Doncic was going to dominate. He proved it right away, in this high-scoring show against Milan! WATCH NOW
Monday, July 20: 2007-08, Top 16 Round 5: Real Madrid vs. Maccabi First place in their Top 16 group was at stake when Real Madrid hosted Maccabi Tel Aviv, which had handed Los Blancos their only loss of the stage in their previous meeting. It all came down to the final memorable shots. WATCH NOW
Wednesday, July 22: 2003-04, Round 2, Benetton vs. Tau Ceramica It was a game for the ages when Benetton Treviso, the previous season's runner-up, hosted Tau Ceramica Vitoria-Gasteiz in Round 2 of the 2003-04 regular season. Benetton, with a balanced team effort, led for most of the game before Tau, fueled by Andres Nocioni and Arvydas Macijauskas, rallied late to close the gap. WATCH NOW
Friday, July 24: 2012-13, Playoffs Game 5, Olympiacos vs. Efes Anadolu Efes Istanbul led by as many as 15 points on the road in this do-or-die game to reach the Final Four in London, but defending champion Olympiacos Piraeus - led by legends Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis - rallied to set up a tense finish. WATCH NOW
Monday, July 27: 2002-03, Top 16 Round 3, Barcelona vs. Olympiacos A pivotal Top 16 clash in the fight to reach the 2003 EuroLeague Final Four. FC Barcelona hosts Olympiacos Pireaus in a thriller that went down to the wire!WATCH NOW
Wednesday, July 29: 2011-12, Playoffs Game 2, Panathinaikos vs. Maccabi After Panathinaikos and Maccabi met in the 2011 championship game, they clashed again in a memorable 2012 playoff series. Three of the five games were decided by a single basket, including this Game 2 overtime classic. WATCH NOW
Friday, July 31: 2012-13, Playoffs Game 2, Barcelona vs. PanathinaikosTwo of the great guards of the generation, Juan Carlos Navarro of Barcelona and Panathinaikos's Dimitris Diamantidis, had the ball with the game on the line, but only one of them could lift his team in this thriller. WATCH NOW
Monday, August 3: 2017-18 Playoffs, Game 2: CSKA Moscow vs. Khimki Two Russian giants faced off during the 2017-18 Playoffs as CSKA Moscow and Khimki Moscow Region took on each other. The second game of the series was a nail-biter that was only decided at the very end. WATCH NOW
Wednesday, August 5: 2005-06, Top 16, Round 1, Zalgiris vs. Barcelona FC Barcelona made a big move to start the Top 16 in 2005-06 when it outlasted host Zalgiris 85-86 on the road in Kaunas behind an inspired scoring show by Juan Carlos Navarro. WATCH NOW
Friday, August 7: 2015-16, Top 16, Round 13, Baskonia vs. Real The Top 16 was coming to an end and Baskonia hosted Real Madrid for a decisive game. Make sure to stay until the very end! WATCH NOW
Monday, August 10: 2009-10, RS Round 7, Partizan vs. Efes In a battle for survival, another sellout crowd in Belgrade got to see basketball at its finest as Partizan battled Efes Pilsen in a decisive game that went to the wire. WATCH NOW
Wednesday, August 12: 2009-10, RS Round 7, Panathinaikos vs. Siena Using all of its big-game experience, Panathinaikos brushed off a late rally to defeat Montepaschi Siena 90-85 in Game 1 of their best-of-five Quarterfinal Playoffs series before 18,000 happy fans in Athens. WATCH NOW
Friday, August 14: 2015-16, RS Round 4, Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich In one of the best games in EuroLeague regular season history, Real Madrid rallied from an 8-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat FC Bayern Munich 101-99 on a game-winning three-point shot by Jaycee Carroll. WATCH NOW
Monday, August 17: 2004-05, RS Round 3, ASVEL Villeurbanne vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv Maccabi's Anthony Parker, a EuroLeague MVP that season, was unstoppable as he set his career-highs in points (33) and PIR (47) in a dramatic clash at Astroballe that went down to the wire. WATCH NOW
Wednesday, August 19: 2010-11, PO Game 1, Barcelona vs. Panathinaikos In the thrilling opener of a best-of-five 2011 EuroLeague Playoffs series, Panathinaikos Athens great Dimitris Diamantidis scored career-high 26 points as the game went down to the final shot at Palau Blaugrana. WATCH NOW
Friday, August 21: 2014-15, PO Game 3, Maccabi vs. Fenerbahce Its first playoffs appearance ever saw Fenerbahce Istanbul take on defending champion Maccabi Tel Aviv with the opportunity to close the series in Israel, a scenario that produced a Game 3 overtime thriller that is worth watching again and again! WATCH NOW
Monday, August 24: 2014-15, Playoffs Game 2, Real Madrid vs Efes Two of the league's premier playmakers, Sergio Llull of Real and Thomas Heurtel of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, were at their best with respective double-doubles in a playoff thriller that featured a late rally before a nail-biting finish. WATCH NOW
Wednesday, August 26: 2005-06, Top 16 Round 1, Bamberg vs. Tau Ceramica On this night, Luis Scola exploded for a career-best 36 points on the road, but would it be enough to win the game? This thriller was tied with 2 minutes remaining before some clutch shooting decided the outcome.
Friday, August 28: 2013-14, Top 16 Round 8, Efes vs. Barcelona In one of the most thrilling games of the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, FC Barcelona needed overtime to edge Anadolu Efes Istanbul 84-89 on the road.
Monday, August 31: 2007-08, Playoff Game 1, CSKA vs. Olympiacos CSKA Moscow was the favorite with one of its great teams facing an up-and-coming Olympiacos Piraeus squad in the opening game of the 2008 playoffs. The Reds caught the home team by surprise and led by 14 in the third quarter before CSKA rallied late to tie it. It all came down to one last shot.
Wednesday, September 2: 2016-17, RS Round 7, Real Madrid vs. Panathinaikos Real Madrid star Sergio Llull scored a career-high 30 points for Los Blancos, but the Greens, with two players who won the EuroLeague with Real in 2015, were up to the challenge. The game was tied entering the final minute and wasn't decided until the final buzzer. WATCH NOW
Be sure to check the schedule often and tune in to the EuroLeague's Facebook and YouTube pages at 17:00 CET to enjoy some of the Classic Games in competition history!