Partizan, Valencia basketball clubs back to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
Serbian and Spanish teams among 18 clubs for 2022-23 EuroLeague season
Serbian basketball club Partizan NIS Belgrade and Spain's Valencia Basket took a wild card each to participate in the 2022-23 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, the organizers said in a statement on Thursday.
The two teams are among the 18 clubs for the upcoming season expected to start this autumn.
Partizan last played in the EuroLeague in the 2013-14 season, while Valencia Basket appeared in the 2020-21 campaign.
Meanwhile, Russian teams were barred from the EuroLeague for a season.
"Teams from the Russian Federation are suspended from participation in the 2022-23 competitions due to events derived from the ongoing war in Ukraine," the EuroLeague said.
Partizan's Obradovic also returns to EuroLeague
Zeljko Obradovic, who currently coaches Partizan, is also back to familiar ground. The 62-year-old Serbian head coach won nine EuroLeague titles in his coaching career.
Obradovic was a Fenerbahce head coach from 2013 to 2020 and led the Istanbul club to their first-ever EuroLeague championship in 2017.
Before his Fenerbahce days, he was a longtime Panathinaikos head coach, guiding the Athens team to five EuroLeague titles in 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011.
Clubs participating in 2022-23 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague:
- ALBA Berlin (Germany)
- Anadolu Efes (Türkiye)
- AS Monaco (France)
- AX Armani Exchange Milan (Italy)
- Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Spain)
- Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade (Serbia)
- FC Barcelona (Spain)
- FC Bayern Munich (Germany)
- Fenerbahce Beko (Türkiye)
- LDLC Asvel Villeurbanne (France)
- Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv (Israel)
- Olympiacos (Greece)
- Panathinaikos OPAP (Greece)
- Partizan NIS Belgrade (Serbia)
- Real Madrid (Spain)
- Valencia Basket (Spain)
- Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Italy)
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