Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul continued its re-tooling for the 2020-21 season as it signed big man Danilo Barthel to a two-year contract, the club announced Monday. Barthel (2.08 meters, 28 years old) arrives from FC Bayern Munich, where he collected 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24 games in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague last season. Barthel played with Bayern the past four seasons: the past two campaigns in the EuroLeague and 2016-17 and 2017-18 in the 7DAYS EuroCup. Serving as Bayern's captain, Barthel played a major role in the club winning the 2018 German League and German Cup double as well as the German League crown in 2019.
"I will be taking on a new challenge next season," Barthel said on a video message on Bayern's Twitter feed. "I will take this step in my life with a lot of anticipation but also with a heavy heart. So that's why I wanted to thank with all of my heart all of the people who have supported me the last four years. We have experienced a lot together and were able to celebrate some great successes. So I will always remain connected to FC Bayern basketball."
Barthel started his basketball career with USC Heidelberg and moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt in 2011. He played there five seasons and won the FIBA Euro Cup in 2016 after having debuted on the European club stage in the 2011-12 EuroCup with Frankfurt. This will be the first time that Barthel, who has been a regular member of the German national team, will be playing for a club outside of his native Germany. Barthel's arrival is the fourth for Fenerbahce since the club named Igor Kokoskov as new head coach of the team. The Turkish powerhouse has already added Dyshawn Pierre, Edgaras Ulanovas and Johnny Hamilton for the 2020-21 season.