Galatasaray praised in European media

Published 29.04.2016 23:18
Updated 29.04.2016 23:19

There was extensive media coverage throughout Europe for Galatasaray Odeabank, which won its first European men's basketball title. Galatasaray Odeabank defeated France's Strasbourg 78-67 late Wednesday in the second leg of the final played at the Abdi İpekçi Sports Hall in Istanbul.

The Lithuanian press covered the Istanbul club's victory in the ULEB Eurocup extensively. Lithuanian sports website Krepsinis said: "Galatasaray Odeabank becomes the new king of Eurocup". The leading sports newspaper in France, L'Equipe, commented on the atmosphere on Galatasaray Odeabank's home court: "This is a volcano, it should be extinguished immediately."

"Galatasaray Odeabank woke Strasbourg from the title dream in the final," the Le Figaro daily said. Galatasaray Odeabank has now earned the right to play in the 2016-17 Turkish Airlines Euroleague, which is Europe's international top-tier basketball tournament. Galatasaray Odeabank's recent triumph in the Eurocup represents Turkish basketball's fifth European trophy in club-level tournaments. Galatasaray have claimed their third European basketball title so far as the club's women's basketball team won two international titles in 2009 and 2014.

Anadolu Efes, which is also based in Istanbul, won the FIBA Korac Cup in 1996. It was the first time that a Turkish basketball team won a European title. The Korac Cup tournament was discontinued in 2002. In 2012, the Beşiktaş men's basketball team went down in history by winning the FIBA EuroChallenge Cup. The EuroChallenge was the third tier-level basketball competition in Europe. The FIBA Europe Cup replaced it in 2015.

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