FC Bayern Munich steps into its third straight EuroLeague season with optimism. After flirting with the playoffs two seasons ago and seeing the last year's campaign come to a premature end due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bayern fans hope that 2020-21 will be a year to remember. Here are five key games the Bayern faithful can look forward to.
Round 1: Milan visits on opening night
One of the most exciting teams heading into the new season is AX Armani Exchange Milan, which is aiming to mount a title challenge with a reloaded and revamped roster. Bayern will be the first to test the new-look Milan side and the German team’s fans will be particularly keen to see one of their former stars, Malcolm Delaney, as he makes his Milan debut. Delaney first tasted EuroLeague action during his season with Bayern in 2013-14, in which he averaged an impressive 13.9 points and 4.5 assists per game.
Round 13: Happy to see ASVEL again
Bayern will have very happy memories of its last home game against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. Last season’s Round 3 meeting saw the German team record its second-biggest EuroLeague win ever with a crushing 104-63 victory. It was a true team effort with all 12 players getting their names on the scoreboard, while 10 players grabbed at least 1 rebound and 10 players delivered at least 1 assists. More of the same would be very welcome this time around.
Round 24: Germany's EuroLeague derby
ALBA Berlin gained domestic bragging rights by taking the German title at the end of last season, ending Bayern’s two-year stint as national champion. So Bayern will have a point to make when ALBA makes the trip down to Bavaria in Round 24. This fixture did not happen last season due to the early ending, so this will also be a historic occasion as the two teams meet in the EuroLeague in Munich for the very first time.
Round 31: Lucic leads Bayern into Valencia
Powerful Bayern forward Vladimir Lucic will make a happy return to his former home in Round 8 with a trip to face a Valencia Basket side he represented between 2013 and 2016. Most of Lucic’s continental action during that time came in the 7DAYS EuroCup, including a title triumph in 2014, his first season in Spain. That success ensures he will receive a warm welcome on his return to La Fonteta in November.
Round 32: Another Fenerbahce thriller?
One of the most dramatic games in recent EuroLeague history will be restaged in Round 32 with Fenerbahce’s visit to Munich. A double-overtime thriller in January 2019 eventually saw Bayern claim the victory, 90-86, with home team captain Danilo Barthel scoring a three-pointer, blocking a shot and claiming 2 rebounds in the last 90 seconds to secure the outcome. The game did not take place last season, so this will be the first time the teams meet again in Germany since that memorable night.