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07.07.2011 12:37

Tricky group

David R. Jover

Regal Barša knows which teams it will face in the regular season of Euroleague 2011/12. They are Montepaschi Siena, Unics Kazan, Asseco Prokom, Union Olimpija and the winner of qualifying group B.

Tricky group

Final Four, in Istanbul
This season’s Euroleague Final Four will be played at the Sinan Erdem in Istanbul in May 2012. Knowing this, the Turkish clubs have invested heavily in new talent ahead of the new season. Anadolu Efes have signed Dusko Savanovic and Stanko Barac from Power Electronics Valencia and Caja Laboral.

It might look a simple enough group on the surface, but all of these are consolidated sides with a good recent history in Europe.
Montepaschi Siena is a familiar foe. The side coached by Simone Pianigiani includes an ex Barša man in new signing David Andersen. The club dominated Italian basketball last season and reached the Final Four in Barcelona, going out in the semi finals. 

Trip to Kazan
Regal Barša’s longest trip will be to Unics Kazan in Tartarstan, where the local side has such quality players as guard Terrell Lyday and centres Michael Wilkinson and Alexey Savrasenko.

Barša Regal also face Asseco Prokom of Poland and Union Olimpija of Slovenia, clubs they have already played in recent seasons.

Awkward encounters
The sixth team will be the winner of qualifying group B, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy, for potential rivals include Khimki of Russia, Alba Berlin and BC Donetsk of Ukraine. Other clubs involved are Nymburk (Czech Rep), Spirou Basket (Belgium), Banvit BK (Turkey), PG Turow (Poland) and VEF Riga (Latvia).

The complete draw is as follows:

Group A: Olympiacos, Caja Laboral, Fenerbahše Ulker, Bilbao Basket, NGC Cant˙ and Sluc Nancy.
Group B: Panathinaikos, CSKA Moscow, Unicaja, Zalgiris Kaunas, Brose Baskets and KK Zagreb.
Group C: Real Madrid, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, Partizan Belgrade, Efes Istanbul, Emporio Armani and the winner of qualifying Group A.
Group D: FC Barcelona Regal, Montepaschi Siena, Unics Kazan, Asseco Prokom, Olimpija Ljubljana and the winner of qualifying Group B.

To see the fixture list click here

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