Turkish basketball teams crowned with European success

Turkish basketball is reaping the rewards of major investments made by top clubs over the past few years, with several women’s and men’s teams vying for the top continental prizes this season.

While defending Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion Anadolu Efes tops the men’s continental competition, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Mersin Yenişehir Belediyespor all reached the Final Four of their respective tournaments but failed to win the trophy.

Bahçeşehir Koleji, meanwhile, brought the first continental silverware of the season after winning his first-ever FIBA ​​Europe Cup title.

The Istanbul-based club dominated the tournament throughout, winning 17 out of 18 matches played. He beat Italy’s Reggio Emilia in the two-legged final, bringing Turkish basketball its 11th European trophy.

Efes aims to defend the title

Efes, another heavyweight based in Istanbul, is on course to defend his EuroLeague title.

He clinched a third straight ticket to the EuroLeague Final Four after beating Italy’s AX Armani Exchange Milan 3-1 in the playoffs last Thursday.

They will now face Olympiacos Piraeus from neighboring Greece in the Final Four in Belgrade, Serbia from May 19-21.

If Efes can successfully defend the title, it will be a third overall championship for a Turkish team.

Fenerbahçe made history in 2017 when they beat Olympiacos to become the first Turkish club to win the EuroLeague title.

Bursaspor on the edge of history

Bursaspor, on the other hand, are having a stellar season in the second-tier EuroCup.

The Green-Whites started the tournament as underdogs and beat favorites Partizan, Cedevita Olimpija and MoraBanc Andorra en route to the final.

Bursaspor will now face Bologna, who have a number of EuroLeague stars on the roster, in the final.

Two other Turkish teams have already won the EuroCup, Galatasaray won it in 2016 before Darüşşafaka won it in 2018.

3 teams in the Women’s Final Four

In women’s continental events, three Turkish teams, namely Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Mersin Yenişehir Belediyespor, qualified for the EuroLeague Women’s Final Four.

Fenerbahçe qualified for the final before losing to Hungarian Sopron Basket.

In the EuroCup Women, Galatasaray and Mersin Yenişehir Belediyespor contested the Final Four, finishing third and fourth respectively.

“We are proud”

Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) President Hidayet Türkoğlu said he was proud of the performance of clubs in Europe this season.

“We are very pleased with the level reached by our basketball clubs in Europe in recent years. We congratulate all our clubs representing our country in Europe during the 2021-2022 season, and we are proud of their success,” he said. he told Anadolu Agency. (AA).

He added that the fact that there has been at least one Turkish team in the semi-finals of every European tournament is no coincidence.

“This success is the result of continuous investment, both financial and administrative. Now there is at least one Turkish club among the favorites at every event, be it a men’s or women’s tournament,” he said. declared.

“TBF will continue to support the clubs and provide all kinds of support on their way to even greater success,” Türkoğlu said.

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