Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
Last time it played in the competition, Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul went all the way and lifted the EuroCup crown, which became the first continental trophy in this club’s storied history. Now with a new man on the bench in Ermal Kunter and several different faces on the floor, Galatasaray plans to turn back to the recipe that led the team to success a couple years ago by protecting its home court and always looking ahead.
FC Bayern Munich
A rising power in European basketball, FC Bayern Munich is set to start its fifth 7DAYS EuroCup season. Last season, Bayern won 13 of its first 15 games in the competition, finished the Top 16 undefeated and took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three quarterfinals against eventual champ Unicaja Malaga. Despite its unexpected disappointment, Bayern took another step forwards and now has all it needs – a great coaching staff, roster, fan base and experience – to get even higher this season.
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
Hapoel Bak Yahav Jerusalem is a team on the rise. The resigning Israeli champion and a 7DAYS EuroCup Semifinalist last season, Jerusalem’s aim in the competition it won in 2004 is once again set mighty high. With former EuroCup Coach of the Year Fotsis Katsikaris taking over as a head of bench and with a core of proven veteran players, Jerusalem will not shy away from making another run at the grand prize.
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
Italian side Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia is back in the EuroCup for the third time in four seasons, hoping to do more than it did in the previous two campaigns, with its biggest accomplishment in the competition to date being reaching the Last 32. Expect Coach Massimiliano Menetti and Reggio Emilia to have enough ambition and experience to compete with the best teams this season once again.
Lietkabeliy Panevezys is looking to build off last year’s debut when it competed well against the best EuroCup teams and reached the Top 16. Now, coming off arguably the best season in club’s history – both domestically and on the continental level, Lietkablies returns for its second go in the competition, poised to be heard and make an even longer stay among Europe’s best clubs.
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
Perennial Montenegrin champion Buducnost VOLI Podgorica is back in the 7DAYS EuroCup for the eighth consecutive season. The past EuroCup season was a tough one for the club, and now with an experienced head coach in Aleksandar Dzikic, who is known for getting the most out of young players, Buducnost will rely again on just that – its home-grown youth – in an attempt to remain competitive and battle for what it got its fans used to: making long runs in the competition.