EuroLeague A to Z

Sep 27, 2021 by Print

A is for Alexey. Maybe the most exciting signing of the summer saw scoring star Alexey Shved – the reigning Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner – return to CSKA Moscow after a short cross-city move from Khimki Moscow Region.

B is for Berlin, the dream end destination for every club in the competition. The German city will host the 2022 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four next May.

C is for Calathes. One of the best passers in EuroLeague history, Nick Calathes will attempt to reach new milestones over the coming season – principally by leading last season’s runner-up FC Barcelona all the way to the title.

D is for Duda…a minute’s silence will be held before the opening tip-off at every Round 1 game in memory of a true great of European basketball, Dusan Ivkovic, who passed away on September 16.

E is for Excitement. Last season’s Turkish Airlines EuroLeague was one of the most competitive in history, with three playoff series going to the full five games, both semifinals settled by a one-possession score and the title game decided in the final seconds. Get ready for many more nail-biting finishes.

F is for fans! After an unprecedented 18 months, clubs all over Europe are looking forward to welcoming back into their arenas the most important people of all…the fans.

G is for Guduric. The mid-season return of Marko Guduric was a major factor in Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul’s dramatic improvement following a slow star, and the swingman will again be a pivotal performer for one of Europe’s most passionately-supported clubs.

H is for health. No matter how strong a squad the front office builds and how hard a team works to be the best, injuries or illness can derail a run quicker than anything else. Here's to a healthy season for all the players, coaches, members of staff and all the fans of every EuroLeague team!

I is for Israel Gonzalez, who is stepping up to head coach duties for the first time with ALBA Berlin after a long spell as assistant to Aito Garcia Reneses.

J is for Joffrey and Jankunas. Joffrey Lauvergne, one of the best centers during the 2020-21 season and again looking to lead from the front for Zalgiris Kaunas. His frontcourt mate Paulius Jankunas, could become the EuroLeague's first 2,000-rebound man this season.

K is for Kostas Sloukas, who is ready to accept additional leadership responsibilities with Olympiacos Piraeus as the Reds prepare for their first season without legendary Vassilis Spanoulis following his retirement in the summer.

L is for Lucic. An All-EuroLeague First Team selection last season, Vladimir Lucic led FC Bayern Munich to unparalleled heights last season with a spot in the playoffs – and almost a ticket to the Final Four. What will the encore look like?

M is for Monaco, A EuroLeague debutant after winning last season's EuroCup. The principality club will look for game-winning heroics from another superstar signing Mike James.

N is for Nicolo Melli, who has added to the list of superstars at AX Armani Exchange Milan by making a return to the club after six seasons away and will aim to guide his power-packed roster back into the Final Four.

O is for OAKA Altion, maybe the most intimidating venue for visiting players in the competition, and a major factor in Panathinaikos OPAP Athens's attempts to return to former glories.

P is for Parker…maybe the most famous family in French basketball history continues to lead LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne’s ascent towards the top of European basketball, with President Tony and Coach TJ back overseeing a talented young roster.

Q is for quality. With Europe’s best teams going head-to-head every week – if not twice per week, fans are guaranteed thrills and spills throughout a competition where truly every game matters and nothing can be taken for granted.

R is for Rounds 3 and 4, when the first of this season’s two-round weeks will take place between October 12-15. In total there will be seven such weeks over the course of the campaign – 14 games which could make all the difference!

S is for September...the earliest ever start to a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season will take place at 1900 CET on Thursday 30 September, when the opening tip takes place between AS Monaco and Panathinaikos OPAP Athens.

T is for Tavares. Two-time reigning EuroLeague Best Defender Walter Tavares of Real Madrid is 2.20-meters of toughness and also coming off his finest season on offense, too. Can the defensive stopper become a go-to scorer? That would make Real even more difficult to stop.

U is for UNICS Kazan, returning to the EuroLeague after an absence of four years and looking to build on the momentum of last season’s runner-up finish in the 7DAYS EuroCup, now led by experienced coach Velimir Perasovic.

V is for Vasilije Micic, the reigning EuroLeague and Final Four MVP who will be spearheading Anadolu Efes Istanbul's attempts to make it two successive titles with the considerable help of fellow backcourt star Shane Larkin.

W is for Wade Baldwin IV, a key player in taking FC Bayern Munich into last season’s playoffs and now aiming to shine with a new club, having signed for Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in the summer.

X is for Xavi Pascual, the experienced coach who led Zenit St Petersburg into the playoffs last season – the biggest achievement in club history to date – and will attempt to make the Russian team even stronger this time around.

Y is for Yiftach Ziv, who excelled for Hapoel Gilboa/Gaili in the Israeli League last season and has now been snapped up by Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv in the hope of forming a deadly backcourt duo with Scottie Wilbekin.

Z is for Zvezda…Serbian giant Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade has a revamped roster and even more motivation to delight its loyal fans now that legendary coach Zeljko Obradovic has resurfaced across town with local rival and EuroCup club Partizan.