The EuroLeague, also known as the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, is the European professional basketball competition that is organized by Euroleague Basketball, since 2000. It is one of the most popular professional sports’ leagues in the world, with an average attendance of 8,472 per league match last year. That was the fifth highest rating of any professional indoor sports league in the world and the second highest of any professional basketball league, the NBA being far ahead.
The new season will begin on 12 October. All you basketball fans, if you want to be able to bet on your favorite teams, you will just have to fill in a sign-up form on BET-IBC, make an initial deposit and put your money where your mind is!
16 teams from nine countries will participate in a league system that has been put in place since last year and involves all teams playing in home and away games against each other in a round-robin format where, at the end of the 30 round period, the top eight will make it to the playoffs while the rest will be eliminated.
The second phase involves a best-of-five games format. The team that wins three games, will advance to the final four stage. The first four teams of the table have the home court advantage. That means that the first two and (should it become necessary) the fifth match of the series will be played at their home court.
For some of the participating teams, the goal of the entire season is to make to the second phase. For some other teams, it will be a failure not to make it to the Final Four stage and get a shot at the title. This season it will be organized at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade, Serbia and, as usual, it will involve the two semifinals played on Friday while the 3rd place match will be given right before the Grand Final on Sunday.
The current champions is Fenerbahce after defeating Olympiacos in the final of 2017 in their home court in Constantinople. This was their first trophy and it stands to reason that they hope to repeat the achievement.
At the start of the season, many teams acquire the title of the favorite. Real Madrid is the most successful club having received the title 9 teams along with 5 Intercontinental Cups and 3 triple crowns. The Greek teams have a history too with Panathinaikos having won the trophy 6 times and Olympiacos another 3. CSK Moscow always begins as a strong favorite while no one can count out teams with the history of Maccabi Tel Aviv or FC Barcelona Lassa. Furthermore, and to make matters more complicated, since the final four will be organized in Serbia, it could be time for a return of Red Star Belgrade or Partisan.
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