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  Euroleague pre-season 2011 / 2012



October 17, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague starts today!!!

With game Zalgiris - CSKA, today starts Turikish AIrlines Euroleague 2011/2012 season. From today, you can follow all news about Euroleague 2011/2012 regular season here.


October 14, 2011 - Euroleague.TV upgrades for new season!

euroleague tv platformTurkish Airlines Euroleague fans will be able to enjoy bigger, better and bolder video than ever before this season thanks to a package of upgrades to Euroleague.TV. The improvements will boost the Euroleague experience for fans by enhancing the presentation of everything from video news pages to live event broadcasts over Euroleague.TV, the competition's video channel. This initiative underlines Euroleague Basketball's commitment, after four years of EBTV services, to continue to improve the quality of video programming. Euroleague Basketball strives to give new and existing fans the best video vehicle possible with which to feel the excitement of the best international club basketball. Read more here.


October 14, 2011 - Euroleague Commercial Assets board, assembly meet

euroleague commercial assetsPrior to the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague opening game on Monday, October 17, members of the Euroleague Commercial Assets board and shareholders both met to discuss the outlook for the upcoming season and to review plans for enhancing European basketball competitions in the future. Members unanimously approved the strategic plan for the 2012-15 seasons, which seeks to resize the number of participants in European club competitions, opening them up to all European countries meeting the minimum requirements, and solidifying their pyramid structure. The proposal would limit European club competitions to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, with 24 teams, and the Eurocup, with 48 teams. Read more here.


October 6, 2011 - bwin Euroleague Fantasy Challenge returns with new design, extended schedule

The 2011-12 bwin Euroleague Fantasy Challenge opens on Thursday with a new, improved design, a new sponsor and more chances to win weekly prizes thanks to an extended scheduled that goes through the end of the Quarterfinal Playoffs! Once again, you – the world's most passionate basketball fans! – have the opportunity to select and managed your very own Euroleague teams. Simply pick 10 players under our 500-credit restrictions and compete against tens of thousands all around the world! For an eighth consecutive season, you and your friends can enjoy Euroleague fun at its finest by playing bwin Euroleague Fantasy Challenge! Remember, you can create an unlimited amount of teams, but only three trades per week will be allowed for the better part of the season! Read more here.


October 2, 2011 - Final round

Spirou routed CEZ Nymburk 79-53

belgacom spirouBelgacom Spirou Basket established itself as the king of qualifying for the second year in a row by routing CEZ Nymburk 79-53 at the Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium, to advance to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. The Belgian champs pulled away in the second quarter to take a 34-21 halftime lead and never looked back as the margin crossed the 30-point mark in the fourth quarter. Chris Hill shined with 21 points and 12 rebounds, Demond Mallet scored 18, Caleb Green had 12, Christophe Beghin 11 and Jiri Welsch dished 7 assists for the winners. Head coach Giovanni Bozzi’s squad advances to Euroleague Regular Season Group C, where it will meet Anadolu Efes, Emporio Armani Milano, Maccabi Electra, Partizan m:ts and Real Madrid, which Spirou will host on opening night, October 20. Eugene Lawrence paced Nymbutk with 10 points. Read more here.

Galatasaray advanced to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season


galatasaray cafe crownGalatasaray overcame Lietuvos Rytas 63-71 at Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania, to advance to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season for the first time in club history. Galatasaray trailed early, but used a 2-13 run to take a 28-30 halftime lead and continued to add to it throughout the second half. Head coach Oktay Mahmuti’s men will play in Euroleague Group D with Asseco Prokom, FC Barcelona Regal, Montepaschi Siena, Unics Kazan and Union Olimpija. Preston Shumpert paced the Galatasaray attack with 14 points off the bench, Josh Shipp and Luksa Andric added 12 apiece and Jaka Lakovic tallied 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. Renaldas Seibutas scored 11 first-quarter points for Rytas, but quieted after that and finished with 15. Read more here.


October 1, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, Round 2

CEZ Nymburk 86 - 79 BC Khimki

pavel pumprlaIn the biggest upset of the season so far, CEZ Nymburk of the Czech Republic rode a strong start to a close finish to defeat Khimki Moscow Region of Russia by 86-79 on Saturday and reach the last day of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds. Nymburk will play host Belgacom Spirou in Charleroi, Belgium on Sunday, with the winner going to the Euroleague regular season. Nymburk blasted out of the gates to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter and kept building on until ahead by 49-22 at halftime. Khimki's counter-punch was strong, a 5-24 run after halftime that eventually closed the gap to 58-54 early in the final quarter. But that's when Nymburk steadied itself and held on for victory. Read more here.

Belgacom Spirou Basket 74 - 63 Alba Berlin

dwayne broylesFor the second year in a row, Belgacom Spirou eliminated Alba Berlin in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds with a no-doubt-about-it 74-63 victory at home in Charleroi, Belgium on Saturday. Spirou will play the winner of Khimki Moscow Region vs. CEZ Nymburk later Saturday in the bracket final. Sunday's winner advances to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. Against Alba, Spirou had all the answers with an aggressive defense and low turnovers. Dwayne Broyles led the way for Spirou with 15 points. Caleb Green nailed 11, Justin Hamilton and Demond Mallet added 10 apiece, and Jiri Welsch 9. Derrick Allen bagged 20 for Alba and Bryce Taylor 13. Spirou's defense set the tone as the hosts took a 36-23 lead after 15 minutes. Read more here.

Asvel Basket 83 - 93 Galatasaray

darius songailaGalatasaray got closer to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season for the first time ever by downing Asvel Basket 83-93 in the second semifinal of the Qualifying Round in Vilnius, Lithuania on Saturday. Galatasaray will reach the 2011-12 Euroleague if it beats Lietuvos Rytas in the go-ahead game tomorrow. The club last had a similar chance to get to Europe's top competition in 1990-91, losing in a two-way series against defending champion Pop 84 Split in the final two-way qualifying round. Asvel will play the 2011-12 Eurocup, in which will be its fifth appearance in the competition in the last seven years. Jaka Lakovic paced the winners with 22 points on 6-of-8 triples. Read more here.

Lietuvos Rytas 88 - 71 Cibona Zagreb


tyrese riceLietuvos Rytas got within one win of reaching the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague by knocking off Cibona 71-88 in the first Qualifying Round semifinal in Vilnius, Lithuania on Saturday. L. Rytas will fight for a Euroleague spot in the Qualifying Rounds final tomorrow. Meanwhile, Cibona will make its Eurocup debut next season and its streak of 20 straight Euroleague seasons came to an end. Tyrese Rice led the winners with 19 points. Ronnie Seibutis and Mindaugas Katelynas each added 13 for L. Rytas. Demonte Harper led Cibona with 14 points. Goran Suton added 13 while Damjan Rudez had 11 for the Croatian powerhouse. Katelynas shined late in the first quarter to give L. Rytas a 17-24 edge after 10 minutes. Read more here.


September 29, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, Round 1

Spirou, fought off Donetsk of Ukraine 61-59

Belgacom Spirou Basket survived the first Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round by edging BC Donetsk 61-59 in Charleroi, Belgium on Thursday. Spirou keeps the chance to return to the Euroleague for a second consecutive season and will face Alba Berlin in the next round at the Spiroudome on Saturday. Both teams met in last season's final Qualifying Round, which Spirou won to seal its ticket to the 2010-11 Euroleague. Donetsk will make its Eurocup debut in the 2011-12 season. Jiri Welsch led the winners with 13 points. Justin Hamilton added 10, including a key three-pointer in the final minute. Michael Lee had 13 points for Donetsk while Ivan Radenovic added 11. Donetsk led for the best part of the game, getting a 21-28 margin at halftime behind an outstanding Lee. Read more here.

Lietuvos Rytas downed Buducnost 83-64

ronnie seibutisLietuvos Rytas stayed in the fight to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague by downing KK Buducnost 83-64 in the first Qualifying Round in Vilnius, Lithuania on Thursday. L. Rytas is set to face Cibona in the second Qualifying Round on Saturday while Buducnost will play the 2011-12 Eurocup. Ronnie Seibutis paced the winners with 17 points. Tyrese Rice had 14 of his 16 points in the first half, Jonas Valanciunas added 11 while Mindaugas Katelynas and Steponas Babrauskas each got 10 for L. Rytas. Nikola Vucevic led Buducnost with 18 points while Nikola Ivanovic added 14. Rice had 8 points in an 11-0 run that allowed L. Rytas to get the lead for good, 34-25, midway through the second quarter. Buducnost managed to get within 42-38 on a basket by Aleksa Popovic. Read more here.

Alba Berlin dominated VEF Riga 82-60

lucca staigerGerman powerhouse Alba Berlin pulled away strongly to an easy 82-60 victory over VEF Riga of Latvia on Thursday to get the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds going in Charleroi, Belgium. Alba will face the winner of host club Belgacom Spirou vs. BC Donetsk of Ukraine in the Charleroi semifinal on Saturday. Berlin looked in complete control as it won the middle quarters 40-25 and never looked back on its way to victory. Lucca Staiger hit 4 of 7 three-pointers and led five Alba double-digit scorers with 15 points. Dashaun Wood had 13, while Derrick Allen, Marko Simonovic and Kyle Weaver scored 11 each. Alba enjoyed a 16-7 advantage in assists, 6 of those by Weaver. Read more here.

Cibona finished strong in Vilnius


cibona zagreb fansKK Cibona Zagreb broke open a close game with stellar defense to defeat Cholet of France 77-70 in Vilnius on Thursday to advance in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds. Cibona will play the winner of host Lietuvos Rytas vs. KK Buducnost in Saturday's second round. Cibona trailed 47-53 midway through the third quarter but held Cholet to only free throws for more than 13 minutes while turning the scoreboard in its favor, 71-61, and holding on for victory. Antwain Barbour led the winners with 16 points, while Demonte Harper had 13, Damjan Rudez 11 and Brian Chase 10. For Cholet, Talor Battle pumped in 23 points and Fabien Causeur 14, but low shooting percentages except for at the foul line hurt the losers. Read more here.


September 25, 2011 - Referees gear up for new season at clinic

referees at clinicA total of 120 referees and observers gathered in Istanbul this week for what has become an important preseason tradition, the 20th Clinic for Euroleague Basketball-FIBA Europe International Referees. The three-day clinic was conducted by the Euroleague Basketball refereeing department with the goal of reviewing lessons learned from the previous season and discussing the points of emphasis designed to help Europe’s best referees prepare for the new 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup seasons. Sessions were both theoretical and hands on, with referees meeting in conference rooms and also taking to the court to work on game-specific situations. Read more here.


September 23, 2011 - Qualifying Rounds coming up next!

euroleague qualifying rounds mapThe 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague gets underway with the start of two-exciting four-day qualifying rounds in Vilnius, Lithuania and Charleroi, Belgium on September 29. The qualifying format has changed to add more drama and excitement to the fight to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. In each city, eight teams will compete for a Euroleague spot, with the survivor after the weekend winning a place in the regular season. The parallel tournaments are being played in basketball capitals at either end of the continent. Siemens Arena in Vilnius has been the scene of almost constant, 10,000-seat sellouts over the years, most recently for the middle round of EuroBasket earlier this month. Read more here.


September 23, 2011 - Broadcasters prepare for new Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup seasons

tv workshop in barcelonaThe fifth annual TV workshop for Turkish Airlines Euroleague host broadcasters took place on Thursday in Barcelona, Spain, with representatives of some of Europe’s best sports networks coming together to prepare for the new season. The workshop featured 20 representatives from different television companies, including broadcasters from France, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey. The cooperation between Euroleague Basketball and the official television stations that broadcast the top European competitions enables the quality of the Euroleague Basketball television product to continue to improve from season to season. The TV workshop is a prime contributing factor to that success. Read more here.


September 22, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Eurocup Head Coaches gather for preseason talks

With the start of the new 2011-12 season just around the corner, 36 head coaches from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and the Eurocup met in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday to discuss issues pertaining to rules, interpretations and points of emphasis in advance of the first official games, the qualifying rounds of both competitions that begin next week. The annual sitdown between the coaches and the Euroleague Basketball refereeing department helps formulate the rule interpretations and points of emphasis prior to the start of a new season. Euroleague Basketball Director of Referees Costas Rigas presided over the meeting, in which the coaches were able to review video examples, make comments and discuss the officiating for the coming season. As always, both sides also discussed rule changes and made proposals for future seasons. Read more here.


September 21, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Media Day

With less than a month to go until opening day, Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams are preparing for a great new 2011-12 season in more ways than one. In addition to their training camps and pre-season games, each and every team will hold Turkish Airlines Euroleague Media Day in the coming weeks to talk about their challenges, expectations and hopes for the coming season. In cities from Kazan, Russia to Malaga, Spain – and everywhere in between – Euroleague clubs will spend a morning each attending to the reporting, interviewing, recording, social media and photography needs local and international media . Turkish Airlines Euroleague Media Day will be open to all journalists and will include all players and coaches from every club. Read more here.


September 20, 2011 - INTERSPORT, Euroleague Basketball agree till 2013

intersport euroleague partnerEuroleague Basketball is pleased to announce INTERSPORT as a new partner of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for the next two seasons. The agreement, which extends through June of 2013, continues a strong relationship between the two brands. INTERSPORT was previously an Euroleague Basketball partner for the 2010 Final Four in Paris and the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona. With more than 5,300 affiliated retailers in 40 countries – including Euroleague countries like Spain, Greece, Russia, Italy and Turkey – INTERSPORT is the worldwide leader in the sporting goods retail market. Euroleague Basketball joins a list of top-level sports and events sponsored by INTERSPORT, including several international football, skiing, track and field, handball and hockey events. Read more here.


September 7, 2011 - 2011-12 Preseason: Games and Results

Even as some of the top stars of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague are representing their countries at EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, their clubs are hard at work getting ready for a new season. Almost all of the 22 teams in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season have started training camp, while the 16 teams playing in the qualifying rounds starting September 29 are working hard, too. In some cases, so many players are at EuroBasket 2011 that teams are relying on juniors and tryouts. That was very much the case on Tuesday in Bormio, Italy, for the first pre-season game between Euroleague teams, as Montepaschi Siena defeated Anadolu Efes Istanbul 79-70 behind 20 points from Pietro Aradori. Read more here.


August 30, 2011 - Euroleague Basketball Announces Licensing Partnership with EA SPORTS

Barcelona, August 30, 2011. Electronic Arts and Euroleague Basketball are pleased to announce their licensing partnership that makes the leading global interactive entertainment software company an official partner under the video gaming category. Under this agreement EA SPORTS will include Turkish Airlines Euroleague players in the upcoming release of the mythical arcade game NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. This is the first time that European clubs will be officially represented in the NBA JAM franchise, one of the most successful video games in sports history. All fans will be able to choose any of the four participating teams in the last Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Read more here.


August 29, 2011 - Zalgiris-CSKA to tip off Turkish Airlines Euroleague season!

A shining new monument to Lithuania's first love, basketball, will be the starting place for a Turkish Airlines Euroleague season full of promise as Zalgiris Kaunas has been chosen to host long-time rival CSKA Moscow in the 2011-12 opening game. Zalgiris and CSKA will face each other at the recently inaugurated, 15,400-seat Zalgirio Arena on Monday, October 17 to open a week when all 24 teams of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague will see their first action of the 2011-12 season. The regular season will extend for 10 consecutive weeks, giving way in 2012 to the Top 16, the Playoffs and the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, where a continental champion will be crowned next May in Istanbul. Read more here.


August 10, 2011 - Euroleague 2011-12, Qualifying Rounds Calendar




August 10, 2011 - EB, NTV Spor of Turkey expand broadcasting agreement

Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce that it has agreed to an expanded broadcasting deal with Dogus Yayin Grubu (DYG) of Turkey, that country’s one of the biggest media group. The new agreement gives DYG broadcasting rights of Turkish Airlines Euroleague games for the next three seasons, until the end of the 2013-14 season. NTV Spor, one of the DYG channels, was one of the networks broadcasting Euroleague games in Turkey last season, but with the new agreement it will have the exclusive rights to both of Turkey’s Euroleague teams, Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce Ulker, as well as the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, which will take place in May at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, and a solid number of other games around the league weekly, especialy offering the Game of The Week on a steady basis. Read more here.


July 8, 2011 - Fifth annual European Basketball Marketing Summit

The European Basketball Marketing Summit '11, held in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday and Friday, attracted more than 60 representatives from European clubs and 14 countries across the continent to hear from experts and discuss together ways of better serving fans, sponsors and communities. The fifth annual summit, which followed the draws for the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup, offered both long-term visions and short-term strategies that clubs can put into effect in the run-up to the new season. Read more here.


July 7, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw 2011-12

The thoughts of sneakers squeaking and balls sailing through the nets were on the minds of all Thursday as the draws for the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season and Qualifying Rounds and the Eurocup Qualifying Round took place in Barcelona, Spain. Now basketball fans around the world can begin marking their calendars with the dates that their favorite teams will leap into action. The 22 teams that have already secured their berths in the Euroleague Regular Season were divided into four groups of six teams, with two more team still to be added from the Qualifying Rounds. The Qualifying Rounds will take place from September 29 through October 2 with 16 teams battling for two last tickets to the Regular Season at separate eight-team tournaments. Among the top seeds headlining the Regular Season groups are defending Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Panathinaikos, 2010 champion Regal FC Barcelona and the winningest team in Euroleague history, Real Madrid. Read more here.


July 7, 2011 - bwin partners with Euroleague Basketball

The bwin sports brand has today become the new sponsor for Euroleague Basketball, the most important professional club basketball competition in Europe. bwin’s marketing and media rights agreement for Euroleague events runs until June 2014. This agreement significantly broadens the footprint of bwin within European basketball and also strengthens the bwin sports brand philosophy. “We are proud to announce the Euroleague Basketball agreement which represents a perfect match to our long lasting relationship with FIBA, the world governing body for basketball. This makes bwin an even stronger brand as we will now cover both club basketball with the Euroleague and the national teams through our FIBA partnership. Basketball, along with football and motorcycle racing, is one of the three pillars of our sport sponsorship strategy,” said Norbert Teufelberger, Co-CEO of bwin.party digital entertainment which owns the bwin brand. Read more here.


July 6, 2011 - A new home for European basketball

On the eve of group draws that signal the start of the 2011-12 season, a new era of growth in European basketball was celebrated Wednesday night with the inauguration of the recently completed Euroleague Basketball headquarters in Barcelona, Spain. An estimated 200 representatives from across the breadth of the European basketball family joined in festivities that symbolized the consistent expansion that the sport has achieved since Euroleague Basketball was founded in 2000. Now in just its second decade, Euroleague Basketball is more dedicated than ever to continue helping clubs and leagues bring the unique game of European basketball to more and more fans every season. "The new offices of Euroleague Basketball answer to one simple reality: the growth of our league:" Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu said. "Growth that has been accomplished in small steps, with plenty of debate; growth that has carried European basketball to 192 countries thanks to agreements with television broadcasters who have shown confidence in us; growth that has tripled the revenues of the company, thanks to the cooperation of our sponsors and partners; growth that has happened, too, in our arenas, where our club have also bet on future growth by building bigger venues and filling them. Congratulations are in order. The work of our clubs and our national leagues has taken us this far -- and will carry us much further." Read more here.


July 5, 2011 - Euroleague Basketball referees working on their game, too, this summer

Three off-season camps designed to help Euroleague Basketball referees hone their skills have been completed successfully in locations around Europe, with a fourth scheduled for later this summer. The first camp was held during the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona, Spain, during the first weekend of May. A pair of camps held simultaneously in Douai, France and Istanbul, Turkey last week brought the number of 2011 Euroleague Basketball Referees Summer Camps so far to three. And a final camp will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from August 5 to 10 thanks to an invitation from the Slovenian Basketball Federation. Read more here.


July 4, 2011 - 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw seeds, info

The draw will be held according to seeds. The 22 directly qualified teams will be divided into six seeds with four teams in each, in accordance with the Club Ranking described in Appendix I of the Euroleague Basketball Club Licensing Rules. The performance of teams in European competitions during a three year period will be used. Each club will get 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw or loss from the Regular Season onwards. 2 bonus points are allocated for reaching the last 16, 2 bonus points are allocated for reaching the last 8, 1 bonus point is allocated for reaching the last 4, 1 bonus point is allocated for reaching the Final. The Club Ranking consists of the sum of the club coefficients from the last three years. If two or more teams have the same Club Ranking, the tie will be resolved by the total number of wins during the three year period. Should a tie persist, the final standings in the Euroleague and if necessary Eurocup from the previous season will be used to break the tie. Read more here.


July 1, 2011 - Executives of the Year: Pavlos and Thanassis Giannakopoulos, Panathinaikos

A quarter of a century spent building their club into the most successful in modern European basketball has resulted in Pavlos and Thanassis Giannakopoulos of Panathinaikos Athens being voted Executives of the Year for the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Panathinaikos lifted high its newest continental trophy following victory at the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona last month. In so doing, the club moved into a tie for second place on the the list of Europe's most successful teams all-time with six Euroleague titles. Panathinaikos is already the most successful team of the entire Final Four era, which started in 1988, one year after the Giannakopoulos brothers took control of the club. Read more here.


June 30, 2011 - Devotion Marketing Awards nominees announced

Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that the nominees for the fifth edition of the Devotion Marketing Awards are Asefa Estudiantes, Asseco Prokom Gdynia and Union Olimpija Ljubljana. The Devotion Marketing Awards recognize the efforts made by Euroleague and Eurocup clubs to enhance the growth of basketball from a marketing perspective. As every season, the criteria to select the three nominees, from the many clubs participating in this edition, have been based on four main pillars: spectators, distribution, product/experience and branding. Read more here.


June 30, 2011 - New teams proposed as 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague participants

A week before its general assembly meets, Euroleague Basketball has announced the proposal for teams to fill wild card openings in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for the upcoming 2011-12 season. In the Euroleague Basketball bylaws, the right is reserved to grant wild cards.  For the 2011-12 season, two wild cards have been reserved for the qualifying rounds, while one more has been produced in the regular season and three more in the qualifying rounds. The vacancy in the regular season was due to Lottomatica Roma of Italy having its A license suspended for having finished in the bottom half of its national competition.  Euroleague Basketball will propose to the general assembly that Armani Jeans Milano, also of Italy, substitute Lottomatica Roma during the 2011-12 regular season.  Euroleague Basketball will propose to the general assembly that ASVEL Basket Lyon Villeurbanne of France and Alba Berlin of Germany be granted wild cards to participate in the qualifying rounds. Read more here.


June 26, 2011 - Mastermind clinic closes EBI seminars

The fourth annual Euroleague Basketball Institute Mastermind Coaching Seminars reached a successful conclusion on Saturday as dozens of students from around the world received their diplomas from the hands of the coaching legends – Aito Garcia Reneses, Ettore Messina, Zeljko Obradovic and Xavier Pascual – whom they had come great distances to learn from. From Wednesday to Saturday in suburban Barcelona, a total of 53 students participated in the Mastermind Coaching Clinic that highlighted the end of five months' worth of on-line seminars offered by each of the four legendary coaches. "For any coach who wants to improve something, it's good to be here, to watch this clinic and to have the chance to exchange opinions with everyone," said Zeljko Obradovic of Panathinaikos, the winningest coach in Euroleague history, with eight titles. "I think this is most important. I think that every one of us must wake up in the morning and understand that we don't know everything, in life or in basketball. As a coach, I am sure I must improve." Read more here.


June 22, 2011 - Mastermind Coaching Clinic opens in Barcelona

Months of basketball study reach a crescendo this weekend as participants in the Euroleague Basketball Institute Mastermind Coaching Seminars descend upon Barcelona to learn first-hand from four of the world's finest bench bosses at the Mastermind Coaching Clinic. The clinic features four days of on-court instruction, Wednesday through Saturday, by legends Ettore Messina, Zeljko Obradovic, Xavier Pascual and Aito Garcia Reneses. Dozens of students from who flew to Barcelona from around the world will learn first-hand from all four coaches, expanding on the knowledge they have gained in on-line seminars offered by each since February. The on-court clinic will be held on the courts at Complex Esportiu L'Hospitalet Nord in the Barcelona suburb of L'Hospitalet. The coaches will speak in their on-court lectures about five different concepts. The fourth edition of the clinic started with a five-month long on-line course consisting of 25 lessons, and includes a new scouting seminar, a first in a basketball course at this level. Read more here.


June 22, 2011 - 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams

With the conclusion of the domestic league competitions all around Europe over the weekend, the teams that will aspire to become the next Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion, starting from both the Regular Season and the Qualifying Rounds, are almost fully known now.

A total 21 teams from 13 countries have already qualified directly for the 2011-12 Regular Season through a combination of long-term A licenses, B licenses won through results in national and regional championships, and one C license for the Eurocup Champion. The final remaining spot in the Regular Season is a wild card created when Lottomatica Roma finished the 2010-11 season in the bottom half of the Italian League final standings. This wild card needs to be confirmed by the Euroleague General Assembly.




The two remaining spots in the 24-team Regular Season will come from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, which features 16 more teams from at least 12 countries, including five new ones not yet represented in the Regular Season. Of the 16 qualifying round teams, 13 have earned their places through their national or regional championship results. One wild card is already known due to this being the final year of a three year agreement with the French League (LNB), one is a wild card created when Dutch League (FEB) champion Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden renounced their position, and one other is a wild card to be named shortly.




June 17, 2011 - Draws for 2011-12 season announced

Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce that the first calendar events of a new and exciting basketball season – the draws for the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Eurocup Qualifying Rounds and EuroChallenge – will be held on Thursday, July 7 at the Mediapro Auditorium, Imagina in Barcelona, Spain. For the sixth consecutive year, the 2011-12 draws may be seen live on Euroleague.net. Immediately after the draw, fans can also see live-streamed interviews on Euroleague.net with Turkish Airlines Euroleague team coaches and managers giving their impressions of the draw results. Read more here.





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