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Basketball : Euroleague 2017/2018 season preview

Fenerbahce crowned Euroleague champions

Fenerbahce have been crowned Euroleague champions after beating Olympiakos 80-64 in the final of the tournament last season. They advanced to the final after defeating Real Madrid 84-75, while Olympiacos eliminated CSKA Moscow to proceed to final in Final Four. Fenerbahce is the seventh different EuroLeague team to win the competition in the last eight years.

Since 2010, Barcelona, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow lifted the trophy. Meanwhile, Fenerbahce is the first Turkish club to win the competition, but their coach Zeljko Obradovic has won his ninth EuroLeague title, more than any other coach in Euroleague history. CSKA Moscow defeated Real Madrid 94-70 to finish the 2016/17 Euroleague season in third place.

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final four
1Fenerbahce23-12
3Olympiakos23-14
3CSKA Moscow21-9
4Real Madrid26-10
quarterfinal
5Panathinaikos19-14
6Efes19-16
7Baskonia17-16
8Darussafaka17-17
group stage
9Crvena zvezda16-14
10Zalgiris14-16
11Barcelona12-18
12Galatasaray11-19
13Bamberg10-20
14Maccabi10-20
15Unics8-22
16Armani8-22

The table displays the Euroleague team's success in the 2016/17 season.

Euroleague format

The EuroLeague announced a new competition format for last season, with only 16 teams, playing in one regular season group stage phase with a double round-robin. The first eight qualified teams will then play in a best-of-five playoff round for qualification to the Final Four.

BaskoniaValenciaKhimkiArmani Milano
BarcelonaOlympiacosAnadolu EfesZalgiris
Real MadridPanathinaikosFenerbahceCrvena zvezda
UnicajaCSKA MoscowMaccabiBrose Bamberg

Sito Alonso named head coach of Barcelona

Barcelona found a new head coach in Sito Alonso, who inked a two-year deal with the Spanish powerhouse. The deal, which runs until 2019, also includes an option for a third season. Alonso arrives from Baskonia, whom he led to the Euroleague and the Spanish league Playoffs, but falling short at the quarter-final and semi-finals, respectively. The 41-year-old replaces Georgios Bartzokas, who parted ways with Barcelona at the end of last season due a poor campaign.

Khimki hire Bartzokas

After parting ways with Barca, Bartzokas returns to Russia as the new coach of Khimki for the next two seasons. In 2015, the Greek tactician led Lokomotiv Kuban to a first-ever Final Four appearance. Meanwhile, retired Argentinian point guard Pablo Prigioni, 40, has been hired as the head coach of Baskonia. Prigioni's career as a player lasted roughly 22 seasons, 17 of which were overseas and seven of those seasons were with Baskonia.

This page is introduction to the 2017/2018 Euroleague season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euroleague basketball page.

Maccabi Tel Aviv name Spahija head coach

Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Neven Spahija has been named head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv and will return overseas to continue his career. The 54-year-old Croatian joined the NBA team in 2014 and just finished his third season on the staff of head coach Mike Budenholzer. He coached for over 30 seasons before joining the Hawks and won domestic league titles in six countries, Slovenia, Croatia, Lithuania, Spain, Israel and Turkey.

Armani Milan appoint Pianigiani as new boss

Armani Milan have appointed Simone Pianigiani as their new head coach on a three-year deal. Pianigiani, 48, arrives from Hapoel Jerusalem, whom he led to the Israeli championship and Eurocup semifinals last season. He succeeds Jasmin Repesa, who coached Milan the past two seasons. Pianigiani led his hometown club Montepaschi Siena to Euroleague Final Four appearances in 2008 and 2011, and playoff appearances in 2009 and 2012. He coached Fenerbahce Istanbul during the 2012/13 and served as Italy's national team head coach from 2009 to 2015.

Other coaching changes

Spanish League champions Valencia and Txus Vidorreta penned a one-year deal to make him the team's new head coach. Vidorreta comes from the Iberostar Tenerife, with which he won the Basketball Champions League and was named Best Coach of the Regular Season in the Spanish top flight. Crevena Zvezda also have a new coach. Dusan Alimpijevic has signed a three-year contract with the Serbian powerhouse. The 31-year-old arrives from FMP Belgrade, whom he led to the Serbian League finals last season. He started his coaching career at age 22, working for Meridiana Novi Sad, where he stayed for six seasons, joining FMP last April.

Euroleague favourites

According to online bookmakers CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce and Real Madrid are the favourites to take this year's Euroleague.

teamoddsteamodds
CSKA Moscow3Baskonia34
Fenerbahce4.5Valencia34
Real Madrid4.5Unicaja Malaga34
Panathinaikos11Efes Pilsen34
Olympiakos CFP12Armani Milano67
Barcelona12Zalgiris Kaunas101
Maccabi29Crvena Zvezda151
Khimki29Brose Baskets151

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2017/18 Euroleague.

Key players

Anadolu Efes

Center Bryant Dunston, Power forward Justin Doellman, Small forward Ricky Ledo, Shooting guard Errick McCollum, Point guard Josh Adams.

Armani Milano

Center Arturas Gudaitis, Power forward Amath M'Baye, Small forward Vladimir Micov, Shooting guard Andrew Goudelock, Point guard Jordan Theodore.

Barcelona

Center Ante Tomic, Power forward Sasha Vezenkov, Small forward Adam Hanga, Shooting guard Pau Ribas, Point guard Thomas Heurtel.

Baskonia

Center Ilimane Diop, Power forward Tornike Shengelia, Small forward Janis Timma, Shooting guard Rodrigue Beaubois, Point guard Jayson Granger.

Brose Bamberg

Center Leon Radosevic, Power forward Luka Mitrovic, Small forward Quincy Miller, Shooting guard Ricky Hickman, Point guard Nikos Zisis.

Crvena zvezda

Center Mathias Lessort, Power forward Milko Bjelica, Small forward Nemanja Dangubic, Shooting guard James Feldeine, Point guard Taylor Rochestie.

CSKA Moscow

Center Kyle Hines, Power forward Andrey Vorontsevich, Small forward Will Clyburn, Shooting guard Nando de Colo, Point guard Sergio Rodriguez.

Fenerbahce Ulker

Center Jan Vesely, Power forward Nicolo Melli, Small forward Luigi Datome, Shooting guard Brad Wanamaker, Point guard Kostas Sloukas.

Khimki

Center Thomas Robinson, Power forward Malcolm Thomas, Small forward Tyler Honeycutt, Shooting guard James Anderson, Point guard Alexey Shved.

Maccabi

Center Alex Tyus, Power forward Jonah Bolden, Small forward Michael Roll, Shooting guard John DiBartolomeo, Point guard Pierre Jackson.

Olympiacos

Center Nikola Milutinov, Power forward Giorgos Printezis, Small forward Kostas Papanikolaou, Shooting guard Vassilis Spanoulis, Point guard Vangelis Mantzaris.

Panathinaikos

Center James Gist, Power forward Chris Singleton, Small forward K.C. Rivers, Shooting guard Nikos Pappas, Point guard Nick Calathes.

Real Madrid

Center Gustavo Ayon, Power forward Anthony Randolph, Small forward Jeffery Taylor, Shooting guard Fabien Causeur, Point guard Luka Doncic.

Unicaja Malaga

Center Giorgi Shermadini, Power forward Carlos Suarez, Small forward Dani Diez, Shooting guard Nemanja Nedovic, Point guard Ray McCallum Jr..

Valencia

Center Bojan Dubljevic, Power forward Aaron Doornekamp, Small forward Joan Sastre, Shooting guard Erick Green, Point guard Guillem Vives.

Zalgiris

Center Brandon Davies, Power forward Paulius Jankunas, Small forward Edgaras Ulanovas, Shooting guard Kevin Pangos, Point guard Vasilije Micic.

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