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10-05-2008, 03:49 AM
The Euroleague is starting in a few weeks, and I will be posting each team's previews from Euroleague.net and BallInEurope.com

for your own previews/predictions please direct to this thread:

10-05-2008, 03:52 AM
Ball In Europe Previews Panionios

Thanks to David Hein, one of the best European basketball sportswriters and also a good friends of us, we are presenting Panionios from Greece. David also writes articles for FIBA.com, FIBAEurope.com and of course the Euroleague itself. David, who is an American living in Europe now, has this to say about Panionios... For Actual Article Click Here (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-panionios-greece/)

Ball In Europe Previews Alba Berlin

Alba Berlin is far from being a Euroleague Final Four candidate, but with the city hosting the biggest event in European club basketball in spring 2009, many observers will keep an eye on the winners of eight BBL championships..... Read Complete Article Here (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-alba-berlin-germany/)

10-05-2008, 04:02 AM
Euroleague Teams Page (http://www.euroleague.net/competition/teams)

Team Focus (Team Previews) is available for the following teams:

AJ Milano (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/35615/180/item) (Italy)
Alba Berlin (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/35597/180/item) (Germany)
Assesco Prokom (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/35639/180/item) (Poland)
Air Avellino (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/35687/180/item) (Italy)
Cibona Zagreb (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/35743/180/item) (Croatia)
DKV Joventut (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/34860/180/item) (Spain)
Efes Pilsen (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/35776/180/item) (Turkey)
Le Mans (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/35470/180/item) (France)
SLUC Nancy (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/35836/180/item) (France)
Panionios On Telecoms (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/35298/180/item) (Greece)
Real Madrid (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/35638/180/item) (Spain)
Union Olimpija (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/35563/180/item) (Slovenia)

When more Team Focus pages become available, I'll post them in this thread. Hopefully it wont be one at a time :)

10-07-2008, 12:35 AM
Ball In Europe Previews Air Avellino

First we thought it would be hard to find somebody to write about a total newcomer in the Euroleague, but after getting Pietro Scibetta’s article about Avellino, we were really surprised. Pietro founded the Italian web site basketground.it and is kind of THE man in Italy....

For Preview Article Click Here (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-avellino-italy/)

Ball In Europe Previews SLUC Nancy

SLUC Nancy has built the best roster of their history with all positions being doubled. Maybe Le Mans looks stronger but the roster of Nancy is extremely well furnished for their standards. If you put this in the right angle, you could even say that Nancy is the Panathinaikos version of France this year. Of course, without the big names…

For The Rest Go Here (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-sluc-nancy-france/)

Euroleague Team Focus added for:
Maccabi "Electra" Tel Aviv (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/35990/180/item) (Israel)

10-09-2008, 09:56 PM
Ball in Europe Previews Olimpija Ljubljana

Our Slovenian expert and friend Matej Bergant comes up with this year’s preview of his Olimpija Ljubljana team. Matej is since recently also an official sportswriter for the Slovenian website prostimet.com Overall record prediction: 4-6 Union Olimpija starts this season..

Read More Here (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-olimpija-ljubljana-slovenia/)

Ball In Europe Previews Virtus Roma

Dario Marra is one of the guys, we actually met in person in this internet related word wide web. Dario would be the perfect fit for BallinEurope since he is just as normal and funny as we are, but Dario is with basketcentral.it already - too bad. Well, we are happy to know Dario...

For complete article Click Here (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-virtus-roma-italy/)

Ball in Europe Previews Partizan Belgrade

For today’s preview on Partizan Belgrade, we asked our fervent reader, good friend and Partizan fan Stevan Veljovic to give his predictions. And he delivered us a more than great analysis of the current situation of the Serbian team. So enjoy. Overall record prediction:...

For complete preview click here (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-partizan-belgrade-serbia/)

Euroleague Team Focus added for:
Unicaja Malaga (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/36018/180/team-focus-unicaja) (Spain)
Partizan Belgrade (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/36050/180/team-focus-partizan-igokea) (Serbia)
Lottomatica Roma (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/36067/180/team-focus-lottomatica-roma) (Italy)

10-13-2008, 01:05 PM
Ball in Europe Previews Efes Pilsen

Evin Demirel, from theglobalhook.blogspot.com, who worked with the Turkish National Team as a website translator in 2007, is our expert for Efes Pilsen this year. Evin has been a faithful reader from day one and has brought in some very interesting insights to BallinEurope....

Read more... (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-efes-pilsen-turkey/)

Ball In Europe Previews FC Barcelona

Jaime Martínez Lafargue from the Spanish website Solobasket explains us today why FC Barcelona should be followed this season. Solobasket is one of the most popular websites about Basketball in Spain and offers now also content in English....

Read More >> (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-regal-fc-barcelona-spain/)

in Addition, Euroleague.net has added Team Focus articles to:

Regal FC Barcelona (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/36120/180/team-focus-regal-fc-barcelona) (Spain)
Panathinaikos (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/36208/180/team-focus-panathinaikos) (Greece)

10-16-2008, 02:20 AM
Ball In Europe Previews DKV Joventut Badalona

Luis Fernandez can truly be considered as one of best experts in terms of youth basketball in Europe. He writes for Draftexpress as well as for acb.com and so we are more than happy to have his opinion on one of the most talented teams of the Euroleague when it comes to young


Ball In Europe Previews Unicaja Malaga

For today’s preview on Unicaja Malaga, we are proud to have among us a writer from one of the most impressive websites about European basketball, Daniel Barranquero of acb.com. Daniel is based in Malaga and gives us his unique inside view on the regular Euroleague participant...

Read More>> (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-unicaja-malaga-spain/)

Ball In Europe Previews TAU Ceramica Vitoria

Natxo Mendaza gave us his insight view on TAU Cermica Vitoria from Spain. Naxto is a regular writer for eurobasket.com and covers here especially the Spanish ACB league as well as the Spanish Euroleague teams. Overall record prediction: 6-4 After having probably the best season..

Read More... (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-tau-ceramica-vitoria-spain/)

10-17-2008, 06:35 AM
Ball in Europe Previews Panathinaikos

Drazen93 and scire10 first sound like some PlayStation3 nick name, but over the years we found out that basketball people in Greece give themselves nick names. I maybe should ask one day what the reason for this is. Drazen and Scire have provided us with a great preview last..
Read More>> (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-panathinaikos-athens-greece/)

Ball in Europe Previews Real Madrid

Alberto Notario publishes some of his articles for Basket-net.com, a web site, that “cares about the real basketball fan allover the world”. And this is really true. The web site actually publishes news in English as well as in Spanish - not too many European web..

Read More>> (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-real-madrid-spain/)

Don't forget to check out the Euroleague site, who added Team Focus for the following teams:
Montepaschi Siena (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/36218/180/team-focus-montepaschi-siena) (Italy)
Olympiacos (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/36279/180/team-focus-olympiacos) (Greece)
CSKA Moscow (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/36303/180/team-focus-cska-moscow) (Russia)
Fenerbahce Ulker (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/36295/180/team-focus-fenerbahce-ulker) (Turkey)
Tau Ceramica (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/36340/180/team-focus-tau-ceramica) (Spain)

This completes the Team Focus collection for this season's Euroleague. if you wish to see for the other teams, you can check the previous posts or go directly to the Team Page (http://www.euroleague.net/competition/teams) on the Euroleague website, and select them from there.

There are still more previews from Ball in Europe to come...

10-17-2008, 06:37 AM
2008-09 Euroleague opening game
Source: Euroleague.net (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/36346/180/2008-09-euroleague-opening-game)

Barcelona, October 17th, 2008. For the ninth consecutive season, Euroleague Basketball is celebrating the beginning of the competition with a special game held in advance of all others, Tau Ceramica vs. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, to be played at 20:30 CET on Monday, October 20 in the city of Vitoria, Spain.

Tau Ceramica and Fenerbahce Ulker Istabul players will be at media disposal during the Sunday Practice time, between 19:45 CET- 20:15 CET, moment where the practice times will be open to Media.

The opening game activities will include a pre-game press conference at 19:30 CET on Monday that will feature Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu and Tau Ceramica president Jose Antonio Querejeta.

10-23-2008, 01:37 AM
Ball in Europe Previews Fenerbahce Ulker

The 2008-2009 Fenerbahce Ulker squad will surprise many people in a way or two this upcoming season. Firstly, getting rid of James White and adding Gordon Giricek to the SF position will mean less yelling for the coach and more points for the team. Giricek, will bring his experienced NBA aura to the team along with his proficient shooting. He will be paired with another new addition, Devin Smith, who is another proven scorer at the Euroleague. The bad news however for the team came from its uprising star, Omer Asık....

{Read More >>} (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-fenerbahce-lker-istanbul-turkey/)

Ball in Europe Previews Maccabi Tel Aviv

Very few teams in Europe can make it to three big finals in one season and still consider that season as a huge failure. That was the case with the 2008 Maccabi that managed to lose all three finals, the most aching one was a one point loss to newcomers Hapoel Holon in the Final Four of the Israeli league. That was the first time since 1993 and the second since 1969 Maccabi didn’t win that title. It’s still a debate for some which was the “real face” of Maccabi last year – the team that made it to the Euroleague finals and came 20 minutes from the title, or the team that lost more domestic league games than any other Maccabi team in the history and eventually finished a season with no titles....

Read More... (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-maccabi-electra-tel-aviv-israel/)

Ball in Europe Previews Le Mans

This summer, a real French revolution happened in Le mans. Jean-Pierre Goisbault, the long-time president, stepped back. Vincent Collet, the trademark coach of the MSB moved to ASVEL and Nicolas Batum, the most talented player that the club ever brought up, has crossed the Atlantic ocean to play in Portland.

Read More... (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-le-mans-france/)

Ball in Europe Previews Olympiacos

Before Euroleague starts Olympiakos Piraeus seems able to return to the Euroleague Basketball Elite.
The financial transactions by the red team and especially the acquisition of Childress surprised not only the fans of the team who bought 9.000 season tickets, but also the NBA. The 9.000 season tickets is an extraordinary number for the Greek basketball and the officials of Olympiakos work hard to satisfy growing interest of the fans for more. The marketing department of the team has prepared a lot of surprises this year for everyone who will be in the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

Read More... (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-olympiacos-piraeus-greece/)

Ball in Europe Previws CSKA Moscow

The biggest change at a first look has of course been in the guard area. The legendary Theo Papaloukas returned to Greece and CSKA was imputed of their brain coming from the bench. The addition of Zoran Planinic is very interesting as the Croatian guard has a very similar profile to Papaloukas, both being close to 2m tall. However, Planinic has not the aura (yet) of the most famous mullet of the Euroleague. Planinic will get some support in the back-court by the veteran JR Holden, Nikos Zisis and the Alaskan Assassin Trajan Langdon but also some newly added talent in Victor Keyru. The surprise of the team can however be Alexey Shved who saw some minutes with the team during the first games of the Russian Championship...

Read More... (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-cska-moscow-russia/)

Ball in Europe Previews Mostepaschi Siena

For a team had never faced the Euroleague until 2002, three Final Four appearances (Barcelona 2003, Tel-Aviv 2004, Madrid 2008) is a laudable result. But this is not the final stop because, in the words of last year’s Euroleague Executive of the Year, Ferdinando Minucci, “Siena is raising the bidding,” and is about to take its final step in the race to the Euroleague throne...

Read More... (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-montepaschi-siena-italy/)

Ball in Europe Previews Armani Jeans Milano

There’s a thin red line between Rome and Milan. Why? Well, not just because those are the most important (and biggest) cities in Italy, but mostly because during the summer the Armani’s (since July the new official owner of Milano) best player, David Hawkins (28 pts, 10/12 fg in the first victory against Scavolini Pesaro), came straight from Rome, along with the new AJ assistant coach Guido Saibene. You can add some other stories, like Piero Bucchi, the new Armani coach, who spent two years and and a half in Rome, or Dejan Bodiroga, who was an incredible player for the old Sefanel Milano and now is Lottomatica’s GM.....

Read More... (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/armani-jeans-milano/)

Ball in Europe Previews Cibona Zagreb

After the complete failure in the 2007-08 campaign, Cibona made it clear that big changes are about to happen. But after the worst season in recent club history, Cibona remained standing on its old foundations (without significant changes in the club management), while it was only the roster that suffered the majority of changes. But let’s face it, renewing the bigger part of last season’s roster is something Cibona repeats every summer....

Read More... (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-cibona-zagreb-croatia/)

Ball in Europe Previews Zalgiris Kaunas

What would we do without Jonas? Without Jonas, we would not have been able to give our shirt of our EuroGuy vs. Ramunas Siskauskas (see the logo) to Ramunas himself at the Final Four in Madrid this past summer. Jonas has always been a true friend to BallinEurope and has sent in many reports and previews from Lithuania. We are very happy to call Jonas and basketnews.lt our friend.

Once again, he will give his view on Zalgiris Kaunas.

Click Here (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-zalgiris-kaunas-lithuania/) for the Preview

Ball in Europe Previews Asseco Prokom Sopot

For some reason, it is hard to find people that like basketball in Poland. We have been trying to establish a contact in Poland for two years now, but nobody really seems to care....

....So how about the team. Since I had to wait to see some play of Asseco until now, when Sopot plays against Siena, this is our last preview of all the 24 Euroleague teams....

For Complete Preview of Prokom Sopot, Click Here (http://www.ballineurope.com/european-basketball/euroleague/euroleague-asseco-prokom-sopot-poland/)

10-23-2008, 04:37 AM
This thread is awesome JWalk, thanks a lot for it.

10-23-2008, 03:18 PM
no problem :D

do you want to write a preview?

11-05-2008, 02:30 PM
Hey man I just want to discuss bout the EL....so I'm Efes Pilsen fan and they are playing against Panionios now ;) So I'm offline...I want to see the new center from Orlando Dwyane Jones. Sorry delete this post please I'm gonna write in the other thread