After having rebroadcast all the championship games in Turkish Airlines EuroLeague history during recent weeks, Euroleague Basketball is now set to bring fans a new collection of Classic Games, one per day, 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!
Starting on Monday, May 11, one of those Classic Games will be re-aired daily at 17:00 CET on Euroleague Basketball's 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!
The roster of classics offers an exciting mix of scoring shows, overtime thrillers and do-or-die showdowns from every phase of the competition between opening day and the Final Four during two full decades. Get ready to relive the debuts of future stars, record-breaking performances and era-defining moments!
Of course, within the Classic Games series, fans will have the chance to see EuroLeague icons like Vassilis Spanoulis, Manu Ginobili, Luka Doncic, Nikola Vujcic, Milos Teodosic, Ramunas Siskauskas and Luis Scola, among many others, in the prime of their careers!
The weekly schedule will be revealed each Monday, so make sure to check often to know which Classic Games are on the bill. Then, plan ahead to make sure you don't miss watching and commenting on them along with other passionate EuroLeague fans from all over!
Here is this week's Classic Games schedule:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!