Group A of the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season has a fine mix of old and new with two former champs – and two former EuroLeague champs – as well as two newcomers to the competition. The group also features three quarterfinalists from last season: UNICS Kazan, Partizan NIS Belgrade and Umana Reyer Venice; the first two of those three were scheduled to meet in those quarterfinals before the season was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kazan and Joventut Badalona have both taken home the EuroCup trophy before, while Partizan and Joventut have EuroLeague trophies in their cupboards. Partizan and Reyer also took home silverware last season by winning their respective national cups. Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul and JL Bourg will make their EuroCup debuts in Group A and will now have strong measuring sticks to test themselves against in their premier season in the competition.
Alpaslan Aydin, General Manager of Bahcesehir College Istanbul
"We're more than excited to be part of this magnificent organization. We are a young and ambitious club that aims to bring more players to our roster from our youth teams. The last couple of years we were gaining valuable experience at the ING Basketball Super League and now we enjoy representing our country in the second-best tournament of European basketball. We'll be facing tough opponents and we'll try to make the most of it. Every game means a lot to us and more than 200,000 of our students. We want to make them proud of their team with the way we play and the results we get."
Federico Casarin, President, Umana Reyer Venice
"Group A in my opinion is the most intriguing and complicated, but also the most fascinating. There are clubs with great traditions such as Kazan, Badalona and Partizan, and clubs with great growth such as Bahcesehir and Bourg. It will be a great stimulus for us as the difficulty matches the charm of the group. It is also true that the EuroCup is a high-level competition and all 24 teams are to be considered first-rate. Each game will be tough and demanding. We will prepare ourselves to appear well in this umpteenth European adventure with a great desire to do well and give ourselves further satisfactions."
Walter De Raffaele, Head Coach, Umana Reyer Venice
"It is a very tough group, perhaps the most difficult and prestigious. There are two, three contenders for the final victory and this is fascinating. On the other hand, the EuroCup is a competition of the highest level and this group of iron is stimulating for everyone. All the teams are completing their rosters. We will try to compete, do well with everyone and bring the name of Venice high in Europe."
Eugeny Bogachev, President of UNICS Kazan
"This is a very tough group. All of the opponents are strong and talented. We remember Badalona from last season. It was pretty hard to play the away game. The same with Partizan. I’m sure they will have a very good roster and their gym is very loud with a lot of fans. We should be ready to handle the local crowd, not only the team. We look forward to [Danilo] Andjusic coming back to Kazan with his team [Bourg]. The Italian and Turkish teams are very strong and competitive. It seems it will be a really interesting and tough season. We will fight and be competitive in every single game and will try our best to reach the highest result possible in the EuroCup."
Vlado Scepanovic, Head Coach, Partizan NIS Belgrade
"At the moment, we can be satisfied with the fact that apart from Kazan and to some extent Bourg, we do not have complicated trips, which is quite important at this stage of the season. When it comes to the composition and strength of the group, it is still early. Certainly, our ambition is to advance far."
Jordi Marti, General Manager of Joventut Badalona
"It's a really tough group, but I am really happy because in the regular season we will play a lot of games that will help us learn how to compete. We are a young team, we have to keep learning and we have to go through experiences that can place us at the maximum level. Playing in Russia, Turkey or at Partizan's will help us a lot. During the group stage, we will have to built the team, but we must win on the road. Last year, we could not build, so that will be this season's goal."
Julien Desbottes, President, JL Bourg
"We wanted to enter EuroCup; it was an important objective for us. But there, in addition, we enter through the big door with this group, and that's really great. We have a lot of symbolic cities of this competition; it's a big challenge. These cities speak to everyone, so I am happy for those who accompany us, our supporters and partners! The challenge now is to be competitive. We will arrive with great respect for others but also a lot of ambition."