Euro Trip : Euroleague Quarterfinals Preview

by March 24, 2008
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EUROLEAGUE QUARTERFINALS
Eight teams are came out from the last week of Euroleague Top 16, the best eight european teams who will face the Quarterfinals (best-of-three series) in april.

These are the Quarterfinals, the first team will play the third game at home:

-MONTEPASCHI SIENA (ITALY) vs FENERBAHCE ULKER ISTANBUL (TURKEY)

Montepaschi Siena will find the almost italian Bogdan Tanjevic, the coach of the Italy European Champion in 1999, right now Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul’s coach. Montepaschi is favorite to the Final Four.

-TAU CERAMICA VITORIA (SPAIN) vs PARTIZAN IGOKEA BELGRADE (SERBIA)

Tau Ceramica Vitoria will play against the lionheart Partizan Igokea Belgrade and against the hell of Pionir in Game Two. Tau is favorite, but it will be tough to go past the Black & White warriors.

-MACCABI ELITE TEL AVIV (ISRAEL) vs AXA FC BARCELONA (SPAIN)

Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv and Axa FC Barcelona probably will arrive at the third elimination game at Yad Eliyahu in Tel Aviv, but the Blaugrana experienced players can do the difference in the crunch time.

-CSKA MOSKOW (RUSSIA) vs OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS (GREECE)

Olympiacos is surprisingly the only greek team in the quarterfinals, and could be the  real outsider of the four series. Cska is obviously favorite, but the american gang from Piraeus could be dangerous for the russians.

Big big surprises in this Quarterfinals, without very important teams like the defending Champs, Panathinaikos Athens, sent off by Montepaschi Siena and Partizan Igokea Belgrade in the Group D, and without Real Madrid, the team who will host the Final Four, just third in Group F behind Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv and Olympiacos Piraeus. The Final Four in Madrid will start from May 2nd.

DANIELE VECCHI