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May 13, 2012 - Title game

CSKA Moscow 61 - 62 Olympiacos

olympiacos celebrates 2012 euroleague title


In a game for the ages, Olympiacos Piraeus came from 19 down in the third quarter to stun CSKA Moscow 61-62 and become the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion. Georgios Printezis’s floater with 0.7 seconds left won it for the Reds, who become European champions for the second time in competition history. Olympiacos also won in 1997, also under head coach Dusko Ivkovic. A brilliant game at both ends by Kostas Papanikolaou led the new champs with 18 points. Vassilis Spanoulis added 15 points and Printezis had 12. CSKA led 53-34 in the third quarter and seemed well on its way to victory, but a 14-point run brought the Reds back and they stayed close until the end. The turning point came when former MVP Ramunas Siskauskas missed twice from the line with 9.7 seconds left and his team up 1. Olympiacos came down at the other end, got the ball to Printezis and the rest is history. Read more here.





May 13, 2012 - Spanoulis takes second Final Four MVP trophy!

vassilis spanoulisIn an example of inspirational leadership that endured the entire season and finished on the season's very last play, Vassilis Spanoulis was voted MVP of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four after willing Olympiacos Piraeus to the trophy on Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey in one of the most dramatic basketball finals ever played, anywhere. Spanoulis came downcourt with 10 seconds left and dished to Georgios Printezis for the game-winning shot to end a miracle season for Olympiaocs. That play capped a rally from 19 points behind with 12 minutes to play that gave Olympiacos a 61-62 victory over CSKA Moscow that now becomes part of world basketball history. Read more here.





May 13, 2012 - Third-place game

Panathinaikos 69 - 74 FC Barcelona Regal

chuck eidsonFC Barcelona Regal finished the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in third place after holding off outgoing champion Panathinaikos 69-74 in the third-place game on Sunday afternoon at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul. Marcelinho Huertas dominated early with 19 first-half points and then netted a pair of free throws in the final minute to seal the win. He finished with 21 – 2 points shy of his career high. The victory gives Barcelona a 19-2 record for the season. Joe Ingles matched his season high with 13 for the victors, and C.J. Wallace took advantage of extended minutes to score 12 and block 2 shots. Dimitris Diamantidis paced the Greens with 17 points, Aleks Maric was strong inside with 13 points and 11 rebounds and David Logan netted 11. Read more here.





May 12, 2012 - 2011-12 All-Euroleague Team, led by MVP Andrei Kirilenko

first team euroleagueThe stars of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague were honored at a ceremony fit for a king on Saturday night at the annual EFES Euroleague Awards Ceremony held at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul. On the eve of the coronation of a new champion, the best players from both finalists took part in the celebrations together with the rest of the global basketball elite attending the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. CSKA Moscow’s Andrei Kirilenko walked away with the biggest haul. The star forward was named the 2011-12 Euroleague MVP and also trotted up to the podium to pick up his trophies as the Best Defender Award winner and a member of the All-Euroleague First Team. In all the championship game will feature three-fifth of the All-Euroleague First Team with Kirilenko’s CSKA teammate Nenad Krstic and their opponent, Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos, also getting called up. Read more here.





May 12, 2012 - Efes Pilsener Euroleague Awards Ceremony tonight!

awards final four istanbulAfter counting the votes from fans and media members far and wide, Euroleague Basketball is pleased to release the names of the 10 nominees for the All-Euroleague teams. Tens of thousands of fans from around the globe were able to cast votes for their favorite players, as did media members from each of the countries with Euroleague teams this season. Teams that qualified to the Final Four dominated the nominations, with CSKA Moscow striking three nominees, while FC Barcelona Regal and Panathinaikos each had two. Only two nominees came teams that did not reach the Final Four, which highlights the importance playing team-oriented, winning basketball has on being an All-Euroleague nominee. Read more here.





May 12, 2012 - Title game preview: CSKA Moscow vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

khryapa anticTwo deserving teams will square off for the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague title in the championship game of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul on Sunday. CSKA came from 14 points down to win a thriller against Panathinaikos 66-64 in the first semifinal led by Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved. Olympiacos stunned Barcelona 68-64, staying in front for all but a few seconds of the game. With Vassilis Spanoulis scoring 21 points and dishing 6 assists, Olympiacos made it to its second final in the last three years, and will try to win its second Euroleague title. Read more here.





May 12, 2012 - Title game official press conference

final press conferenceFour familiar faces to one another – all winners in Friday’s semifinals games – gathered Saturday afternoon at Sinan Erdem Arena for the official press conference to discuss the title game of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Head coach Jonas Kazlauskas and star guard Milos Teodosic represented CSKA Moscow, while Coach Dusan Ivkovic and forward Georgios Printezis took part for Olympiacos. Since both Kazlauskas and Teodosic have spent time with the Reds, Ivkovic coached CSKA and Printezis played under Kazlauskas in Piraeus, everyone on the dais was quite familiar with the rest. Here is what they had to say about the game – and in some cases – each other. Read more here.





May 12, 2012 - The O2 in London to host the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four

o2 arena londonEuroleague Basketball and AEG will team together to bring the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to a new home in 2013. After hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, London’s spectacular The O2 will remain the focus of international sporting attention as it turns its eyes to Europe’s premier basketball event. The O2’s 20,000-seat indoor arena is already in a class by itself in terms of quality and visitors and crowning a Euroleague champion will prove another historic event to take place at the stunning locale. The agreement to bring the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to London includes a mutual option to play the 2014 edition at The O2 as well. Read more here.





May 11, 2012 - Olympiacos 68 - 64 FC Barcelona Regal

olympiacos final four istanbulOlympiacos Piraeus will play for its second Euroleague crown on Sunday after outlasting FC Barcelona Regal 68-64 in another thrilling semifinal showdown at the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Istanbul’s Sinan Erdem Arena on Friday. Vassilis Spanoulis starred for Coach Ivkovic’s squad with 21 points and 6 assists – the last of which to Joey Dorsey put the Reds up two possessions with 16.1 seconds to go and paved the way to victory. Olympiacos led for much of the contest, but Barcelona never fell too far behind and was always in the thick of the hunt. But in the end Olympiacos got the job done at both ends and pulled out a tough win to get back to the title game for the second time in three years. Read more here.





May 11, 2012 - CSKA Moscow 66 - 64 Panathinaikos

andrei kirilenkoCSKA Moscow survived one of the greatest semifinal games in Euroleague history to edge mighty Panathinaikos 66-64 in the opener of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul. The game went down to the wire and the Greens had a chance to tie it – or win it – on the last possession, but CSKA’s rock-solid defense denied the Greek champs even a shot. Now CSKA will get a chance to play for its sixth Euroleague title in the final game on Sunday against the winner of Friday’s second semifinal between FC Barcelona Regal and Olympiacos Piraeus. Panathinaikos simply dominated early and led by double figures for most of the first quarter, which ended at 15-29. Read more here.

CSKA sets defensive mark

CSKA Moscow established a new Final Four era defensive record in the second quarter of the first game at the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. The Russian champs limited Panathinaikos to 5 points, which represents the fewest points ever scored in a single quarter in a Final Four game. CSKA’s defensive efforts not carried the team back from a double-digit deficit, but eclipsed the previous mark of 6. That record was set in the semifinals of the 2003 Final Four in Barcelona, where Montepaschi Siena held Benetton Treviso to 6 points in the third quarter.





May 11, 2012 - One Team symposium in Istanbul, a success

one team symposiumThe partnership between basketball and business can go a long way in helping communities in need. Euroleague’s One Team program is a great, fresh example of such powerful synergy and was the central topic of this season’s annual Euroleague Basketball Symposium held at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. One Team turned to Founding Patron, Turkish Airlines, and Founding Club Anadolu Efes to help prepare a series of panels with some well-known speakers from the world of sports as well as from Turkish and international business and academia. They shared their ideas on the symposium topic, "Good business can be GOOD business," which stressed the importance of dedication to social responsibility, and discussed the role of sports in society, responsible investing and challenges in business sponsorship. Read more here.





May 11, 2012 - 2012 Turksih Airlines Euroleague Final Four predictions

dusko savanovicThere are no better people to turn to for expert opinions on the biggest games of the season than star players and big name coaches. So Euroleague.net turned to some former All-Euroleague selection and ex-champion coaches to get their feel for Friday’s semifinals:

Dusko Savanovic, 2010-11 All-Euroleague team selection

"I give CSKA a little edge against Panathinaikos due to its excellent season and its good shape recently. CSKA has a lot of stars, but Panathinaikos has accumulated more experience in these kinds of games and that can give them the win. Personally, I am rooting for CSKA because of my national team teammates playing for them, Nenad Krstic and Milos Teodosic.

"As for the other semifinal, I think FC Barcelona Regal is the favorite due to its playing style, surely the fastest in Europe, and the individual talent of its players. On the other hand, Olympiacos is, in my opinion, the most pleasant surprise of this Euroleague season. Its biggest advantage is that Olympiacos has nothing to lose... and a lot to win."
Read more here.





May 11, 2012 - Final Four, Semifinals: in search of Euroleague glory!

krstic diamantidisAfter a season long buildup, it's now money time for the players, coaches, staffs and fans of the four teams battling for the title of 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions. The matchups are set and there is no room for mistakes – two wins from two games will crown either CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona Regal, Olympiacos Piraeus or Panathinaikos as champion. A packed house at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul awaits the teams, which each will have their own dedicated fan sections cheering for them hem in their chase for glory. The first semifinal on Friday, May 11 features CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens at 17:00 CET. Read more here.

Semifinals:

FRIDAY, MAY 11

CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos 66:64
Olympiacos vs. FC Barcelona Regal 68:64






May 10, 2012 - Semifinal official practice: Olympiacos Piraeus vs. FC Barcelona Regal

gecevicius eidson practice final fourThe day before the 2012 Final Four tips off, the Official Practice for the second semifinal, Olympiacos Piraeus vs. FC Barcelona Regal, took place at Sinan Erdem Arena as the players talked to the media.

Olympiacos Piraeus guard Martynas Gecevicius:

“Defense is the most important thing in this game. Barcelona has really good players, a deep roster, every player is dangerous, so defense will be most important for us. However, like they have good parts to their game, they have weaknesses as well. So, that is what we are working on, and we will try to use it.”

FC Barcelona Regal guard Juan Carlos Navarro:


"I feel better than I did yesterday and I believe I will feel even better tomorrow. This is nothing new, but I hope to be in better condition tomorrow. I am sure I will play. I have had fasciitis problems throughout the week and had a lot of pain yesterday. It felt a bit better today and I hope I feel better tomorrow. We are working hard so that I can in the best condition tomorrow. Once I am on the court, you have to forget about everything and help the team as much as I can. I am optimistic about playing tomorrow. We are here, I was able to take part in most of the practice and will try to give my best tomorrow."

Read more here.





May 10, 2012 - Semifinal official practice: CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens

players cska moscowThe day before the 2012 Final Four tips off, the Official Practice for the first semifinal, CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens, took place at Sinan Erdem Arena as the players talked to the media.

CSKA Moscow guard Milos Teodosic:

“For sure this semifinal will be a great game for all of us. We are playing against a team that is still the European champion. Those games don’t mean anything. We know that one shot can decide everything. We need to play like a team for 40 minutes. And only that way can we win this game.”

Panathinaikos guard Nick Calathes:

“The key will be the defense. But we have to make shots and try to get them confused; we have to play our kind of basketball. We have lot of guys that have been in these kinds of games. We have a strong defensive team and a lot of good chemistry. Lot of guys who have been playing together.”


Read more here.





May 10, 2012 - 2012 Final Four Official Press Conference

official press conference in istanbulThe Euroleague Basketball family gathered together Thursday morning on the shores of the Bosphorus for the first official act of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey. The Mabeyn Ballroom at the magnificent Ciragan Palace hosted the opening press conference with Euroleague Basketball CEO and President, Mr. Jordi Bertomeu; Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board, Mr. Hamdi Topcu; President of the Turkish Basketball Federation, Mr. Turgay Demirel; Mayor of Istanbul, Mr. Kadir Topbas; Detur CEO and President, Mr.Firuz Baglikaya; as well as the head coach and a player from each of the participating teams – CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona Regal, Olympiacos Piraeus and defending champion Panathinaikos. Read more here.





May 10, 2012 - Euroleague Trophy Tour heads to Istanbul during Final Four weekend

trophy tour istanbulThe trophy that symbolizes everything the four teams will be fighting for at the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four will travel through the host city of Istanbul during Final Four weekend to give fans a chance to see it up close. As has become a tradition in recent years, the Euroleague trophy will be on display at Intersport stores, where players from the participating team will also visit, and at the Devotion Fan Zone. Basketball fans that visit either of those sites will have the chance to marvel at and photograph the brass and rhodium covered trophy, which was redesigned for Euroleague Basketball in 2006. Read more here.





May 10, 2012 - One Team event at Bahcelievler Social Services Campus is a great success

one team event istanbulOn an uplifting spring morning in the city that hosts the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four this weekend, the family of Euroleague Basketball clubs and sponsors registered another proud moment by making it a day to remember for 60 underprivileged and special needs children on the grounds of Istanbul Bahcelievler Social Services Campus. One day before the tip-off of the season's pinnacle moment, some of Istanbul's least fortunate kids got a chance to hang out and play with Turkish Airlines Euroleague superstars dedicated to helping make basketball a positive impact on their lives. Read more here.





May 9, 2012 - Final Four, Semifinals: in search of Euroleague glory!

euroleague final four istanbulAfter a season long buildup, it's now money time for the players, coaches, staffs and fans of the four teams battling for the title of 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions. The matchups are set and there is no room for mistakes – two wins from two games will crown either CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona Regal, Olympiacos Piraeus or Panathinaikos as champion. A packed house at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul awaits the teams, which each will have their own dedicated fan sections cheering for them hem in their chase for glory. The first semifinal on Friday, May 11 features CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens at 17:00 CET. The former started the season on a 13-0 run and has since been seen as one of the natural favorites to win it all. CSKA's star-studded squad features three All-Euroleague team candidates – including Best Defender award winner Andrei Kirilenko – and five former Euroleague champs. Read more here.


May 9, 2012 - Efes extends its Euroleague sponsorship for another three years

efes agreement extensionEfes' global brand Efes Pilsener announced that it extended its Euroleague sponsorship for another three years. Euroleague is a tournament that brings the continent's most distinguished teams together. Euroleague CEO and President Jordi Bertomeu and Anadolu Efes, Beer Group President Alejandro Jimenez attended the press conference on May 9th at İstanbul Cıragan Palace Kempinsky. Efes Pilsener is Euroleague Basketball’s global sponsor. Supporting sports for years, starting with basketball, Efes' global brand Efes Pilsener became Euroleague's official sponsor within the scope of the sponsorship agreement signed with Euroleague Basketball on May 9. Read more here.





May 8, 2012 - Final Four to be broadcast in 174 countries!

final four istanbulThe growth in popularity of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four around the globe can be seen once again with a record 66 television networks set to broadcast European basketball’s premier event this week to 174 countries on six continents. Likewise, the number of networks that will broadcast courtside from Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul on Friday and Sunday has also grown to 14 in 13 different languages. Euroleague Basketball wishes to highlight the outstanding work of the host broadcaster, NTV Spor of Turkey, which has helped upgrade the coverage of the Final Four games and the festivities surrounding them. Through NTV Spor, the official press conferences, the EFES Pilsener Awards Ceremony and the Nike International Junior Tournament will all be broadcast live as well for the first time. Read more here.





May 8, 2012 - Devotion Fan Zone coming to the heart of Istanbul

devotion fan zoneThe Devotion Fan Zone returns for the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to bring some of the excitement from the games to fans in the heart of Istanbul. Over Final Four weekend, from May 11 through 13, basketball fans will have a meeting point at Taksim Gezi Park, which is located next to the famed Taksim Square, where the Devotion Fan Zone will be set up with all sorts of entertainment and interactive features. Popular Deejay MC Ali Tinaz will help spice things up throughout the weekend as the Devotion Fan Zone presents various performances and hosts contests. Current stars and former Euroleague legends are also scheduled to visit often too. Read more here.





May 8, 2012 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague trophy lands in Istanbul!

The shining trophy that will be awarded to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion at the end of this week's 2012 Final Four arrived in ceremonial fashion to Istanbul on Monday afternoon. Mr. Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball president and CEO, handed over the trophy to Mr. Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines, upon landing this afternoon at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. The arrival marked the symbolic start to a week's worth of exciting basketball, charity and social events as the two executives welcomed each other on behalf of their respective organizations, which have been working together for two years and throughout the current one toward the 2011-12 season's crowning moment on Sunday at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul. Read more here.





May 6, 2012 - Final Four week begins with Istanbul ready!

sinan erdem arenaThe countdown to a champion is underway at the start of the week that will see the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four bring basketball at its finest to beautiful Istanbul, Turkey! Already, the venue for the biggest weekend in the world of basketball, state-of-the-art Sinan Erdem Arena, is decked out in Turkish Airlines Euroleague colors and ready to receive the Final Four teams: CSKA Moscow, F.C. Barcelona Regal, Olympiacos Piraeus and defending champion Panathinaikos Athens. Turkish Airlines Euroleague planes are scheduled to pick up all four teams - in Moscow, Barcelona and Athens - on Wednesday to carry them to Istanbul in time for official charity events, press conferences and practices on Thursday. Then, of course, unparalleled basketball action begins with the semifinals on Friday. Read more here.





May 3, 2012 - Euroleague.TV introduces the Final Four Pass

If you can’t be in Istanbul when the sporting world comes together for the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, Euroleague.TV offers you the next best thing – the Final Four Pass. For the first time, Euroleague.TV’s coverage of the Final Four has been expanded into a special package that will not only feature all four games of European basketball’s showcase event, but much of the excitement that makes the Final Four a must-see event. The Final Four Pass broadcasts the two semifinals on Friday, May 11 and the third-place game and Turkish Airlines Euroleague title game on Sunday, May 13 live and on-demand in HQ streaming. The Euroleague.TV interface features new DVR controls with real-time stats and multi-language options. Read more here.





May 3, 2012 - 2012 Final Four Entertainment

Turkey’s famed Fire of Anatolia dance troupe will take in the spotlight of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four as a central piece of the non-basketball entertainment. The Fire of Anatolia dance show blends ballet, modern and traditional folk dance in a beautifully choreographed show that is aimed at reflecting the multiculturalism of Istanbul and paying tribute to Anatolia’s ancient mythological and cultural history. Originally called “Sultans of the Dance” when Mustafa Erdogan formed the group in 1999, Fire of Anatolia has grown to have more than 100 dancers and has performed in front of more than 20 million people in dozens of countries on four continents. Fire of Anatolia is scheduled to appear on court at Sinan Erdem Arena in both game days of the 2012 Final Four as well as at the Devotion Fan Zone several times over Final Four weekend. Read more here.





May 2, 2012 - Final Four symposium to spotlight social responsibility partnerships

A dedication to social responsibility that joins basketball and business in the pursuit of helping communities in need is the subject of the annual symposium at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four 2012 Istanbul next Friday, May 11. The symposium, hosted by Kadir Has University in Istanbul, will feature well known speakers from the world of sports as well as from Turkish and international business and academia. This year’s topic, "Good business can be GOOD business", coincides synergistically with the arrival of One Team, Euroleague Basketball’s new Corporate Social Responsibility and Marketing partnership program supported by Turkish Airlines. The symposium will be held during the Final Four on the morning of semifinals Friday, starting at 10:30 a.m. local time. Read more here.





April 23, 2012 - Final four Teams presentation

FC Barcelona Regal

fc barcelona regalBy reaching its third Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four since 2009, F.C. Barcelona Regal this season has already been able to live up to its incredibly high standards. With its 12th Final Four appearance overall since the first one, back in 1989, Barcelona continues showing great consistency and readiness to challenge for the Euroleague trophy. The 2012 Final Four gives Barcelona a chance to keep adding to its stuffed trophy case, which now boasts nearly 40 domestic honors and six European trophies, including two as continental champion. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow

cskaSeeing its record for consecutive Final Four qualifications halted one year ago proved more than enough motivation for CSKA Moscow to return as a favorite this season to an event that has become like its second home. CSKA's absence from the 2011 edition ended its remarkable run of eight consecutive Final Four appearances, a record that's likely to stand the test of time, considering that no other team has managed to qualify for more than four in a row. Having returned to its comfort zone, CSKA can now focus on expanding its collection of six previous Euroleague trophies to move within one of the all-time leader, Real Madrid. Read more here.

Olympiacos Piraeus

olympiacosBy reaching the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four for the third time in four years, Olympiacos has proven once again how much it deserves a hard-earned place among the very elite of European basketball clubs. Olympiacos has been a member of that select circle for the better part of the last two decades. With six previous Final Four appearances, Olympiacos already boasted a total that only four other clubs have exceeded. This, its seventh Final Four qualification, however, was perhaps the club's least predictable. Several months ago, few expected the Reds to reach this deep into the competition. But Olympiacos played its best basketball at the right time, winning six of its last eight games to crash the Final Four. Read more here.

Panathinaikos Athens


panathinaikosThe club that has won the most Euroleague titles over the last 44 years, Panathinaikos Athens, has its sights set on some even bigger goals as it arrives at the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul. The Greens have piled up their six Euroleague titles so far since 1996, the second-fastest trophy-collecting pace in competition history. The next title would break a tie with their semifinals opponent this season, CSKA Moscow, and put Panathinaikos within one more trophy of tying European basketball’s most successful club ever, Real Madrid. What's more, victory in Istanbul would make Panathinaikos just the second team to seize back-to-back continental crowns over the last two decades, the golden era of European basketball. Read more here.





April 23, 2012 - 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four game officials announced

euroleague refereesEuroleague Basketball has announced today the names of the eight referees who will work the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey. The referees selected come from seven different countries and boast a wealth of experience. Seven of the referees chosen have previously officiated at Final Fours, three of those having worked Euroleague title games. The full list of referees includes: Recep Ankalari of Turkey, Carl Jungebrand of Finland, Luigi Lamonica of Italy, Olegs Latisevs of Latvia, Robert Lottermoser of Germany, Jose Martin of Spain, Sreten Radovic of Croatia and Tolga Sahin of Turkey. Jungebrand will be working at his seventh Final Four. Read more here.





April 20, 2012 - 2011-12 All-Euroleague team nominees

all euroleague team trophiesAfter counting the votes from fans and media members far and wide, Euroleague Basketball is pleased to release the names of the 10 nominees for the All-Euroleague teams. Tens of thousands of fans from around the globe were able to cast votes for their favorite players, as did media members from each of the countries with Euroleague teams this season. Teams that qualified to the Final Four dominated the nominations, with CSKA Moscow striking three nominees, while FC Barcelona Regal and Panathinaikos each had two. Only two nominees came teams that did not reach the Final Four, which highlights the importance playing team-oriented, winning basketball has on being an All-Euroleague nominee. Read more here.





April 20, 2012 - Turkish Airlines supplies private charter flights for Final Four teams

turkish airlines planeThe big stars of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four will arrive to Istanbul, Turkey next month in unprecedented fashion. Euroleague Basketball’s title sponsor, Turkish Airlines, has arranged for private charter flights to bring the participating teams to the Final Four in style. CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona Regal, Olympiacos Piraeus and Panathinaikos Athens will all arrive within a few hours of each other on their charter flights to Istanbul Atatürk International Airport on Wednesday, May 9. At each team’s disposal will be a Boeing 737-800 from the Turkish Airlines fleet with a seating capacity of 149. These flights will be used – at each team’s discretion – to accommodate players, club staff, families, VIP guests and select media. All four teams will also return to their home cities on May 14 via Turkish Airlines chartered flights.





April 19, 2012 - Head coaches vote CSKA's Kirilenko best defender!

andrei kirilenkoAfter a season of watching him block shots left and right, clean up on the defensive glass and invade passing lanes for steals, Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches have made CSKA Moscow forward Andrei Kirilenko this season's Best Defender Trophy winner! Kirilenko, who turned 31 during the season, made life difficult for any opposing player trying to score this season. He led the competition in three key components of defense with his 7.2 rebounds per game, including 5.5 on defense, and 1.9 blocked shots on average. Moreover, he ranked second with 1.53 steals per game. His single-game highs of 6 steals and 5 blocks – both in the first five games of the season – matched the most seen in the competition all season. Read more here.





April 18, 2012 - Real Madrid's Mirotic becomes first two-time Rising Star winner

nikola miroticThe Euroleague Rising Star Trophy has a repeat winner for the first time! Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic, whose breakout a year ago earned him the vote of Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches, is the Rising Star Trophy winner once again after dramatically improving his output this season. If last season Mirotic rose from a prospect to an important contributor for Los Blancos, this season he took the next step as a full-time starter and bona fide star. It was a season full of firsts for the 21-year-old forward. After just 10 weeks, Mirotic had notched his first Euroleague double-double, his first weekly bwin MVP honor and his first bwin MVP of the month award, for December. Read more here.





April 17, 2012 - Montepaschi Siena's Bo McCalebb wins Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy

bo mccalebbThe 2012 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy has been won by Bo McCalebb of Montepaschi Siena, the first point guard to win the award. The Top Scorer Trophy is the first Turkish Airlines Euroleague post-season award, given annually to the Euroleague player with the most points averaged over a minimum number of games. This season, McCalebb earned what is the Euroleague's only post-season award based solely on statistics thanks to his scoring average of 16.88 points over a total of 17 games. He scored in double digits in all of his 17 Euroleague games this season and went beyond the 20-point mark four times. Read more here.





April 9, 2012 - March/April bwin MVP: Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos Athens

dimitris diamantidisIn what is already being called one of the greatest playoff series in basketball history, there was no doubt what player proved the difference for the winners. Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos made a mission of keeping alive his team's Turkish Airlines Euroleague title defense, and at the very end of five incredible games, he succeeded. For his outstanding effort in five games over 17 nights, Euroleague Basketball has chosen Diamantidis of as the March/April bwin MVP of the month. This season's playoffs  represented the biggest opportunity after three failed attempts over the last decade for Panathinaikos to reach a Final Four as the defending champion. Read more here.





April 7, 2012 - Road to the Final Four!

euroleague final four istanbulAt the end of six months' worth of thrills, a quartet of giants is headed to the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey. Each has arrived to the biggest weekend in the sport of basketball in its own deserving fashion. F.C. Barcelona Regal had the Euroleague's best record, the only playoffs sweep and the best defense all century. CSKA Moscow dominated all season and finished with the second-best record in the competition. Olympiacos got better with each passing phase and was the only underdog to win its playoff series. And defending champion Panathinaikos survived a classic five-game series to keep alive its dream of a title repeat. Read more here.





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