Top 3 European Club Basketball Rivals – NBA Sports

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By Yiannis Bouranis and Alexandros Tsukos

like NBA, European club basketball has a unique history of rivals between clubs, with the most intense rivals between domestic league opponents.

No match is more important than the match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona’s “Classico” or Real Madrid. Euroleague Greek league giants Panathinaikos and Olympiacos.

That said, here are the top three rivals of European club basketball:

Real Madrid – FC Barcelona

Over the years, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have provided an eternal and unforgettable moment for basketball fans.

Both teams are the two most successful teams in the history of LaLiga and have fought for many Spanish and European titles.

They are doing the same in the EuroLeague, especially in the last 20 seasons, where many European superstars have made many appearances in the Final Four, which has led both teams to glory.

Current NBA Star Luka Doncic He was the last superstar to lead Real Madrid to the EuroLeague title in 2018. He was nominated as an MVP for the 2018 EuroLeague Final 4 before jumping to the NBA.

Juan Carlos Navarro, meanwhile, was the EuroLeague legend that led FC Barcelona to the latest EuroLeague title in 2010. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have won two and ten EuroLeague championships, respectively.

For at least half a century, Madrid has been the flag bearer of European basketball and has accumulated a record 10 continental titles based on its dominance in the 1960s.

In general, the two played 34 times in the EuroLeague, and the Catalans defeated the “whites” who won 15 games with 19 wins.

Real Madrid dominate the ACB playoffs with 40 wins in 78 games. However, FC Barcelona had the upper hand when the two teams last played to win the league title in the 2020-21 season, winning the finals of the final series with two wins in “White”. rice field. ACB..

This year Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup on September 12, but FC Barcelona victory Two weeks ago in the EuroLeague (93-80), he surpassed the first Classico “white” of the season.

Panathinaikos – Olympiacos

The Greek derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos is one of the most fierce rivals in European club basketball. The two giants are the best clubs in Greece and two of the greatest clubs in the EuroLeague.

Since the early 90’s, these two teams have repeatedly squared at top European club competitions. “Greens” and “Reds” played three times in the semi-finals (1994, 1995, 2009).

Both clubs won their first European title in the 90’s (Panathinaikos in 1996, Olympiacos a year later). Panathinaikos dominated the first decade of the 21st century, winning four titles (2000, 2002, 2007, 2009) and playing in six final fours (2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009). ..

However, between 2010 and 2020, Olympiacos returned and became one of the top EuroLeague teams in 10 years. “Reds” played in four championship games (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017) and won two titles (2012, 2013). At the same time, Panathinaikos won one title (2011) and participated in the Final Four twice (2011, 2012).

Overall, two EuroLeague powerhouses have won nine titles, and Panathinaikos has won most of the domestic titles at Olympiacos.

In the basketball, soccer and volleyball sections of the club, their rivals have been fierce for decades. This season, the two teams met at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on November 22, with Panathinaikos winning 76-81.

On Thursday, the Reds will visit Panathinaikos’ home court for the first Greek Classico of the EuroLeague season. Olympiacos (11-5) wants to maintain the top three push with three consecutive wins, while “Greens” (4-12) try to return to the winning track after two defeats last week.

Crvena Zvezda – Partizan

Another big rival of European club basketball is the rival between Crvena Zvezda and Partizan. Serbian clubs have dominated the domestic basketball scene, but their presence in Europe is not very good.

The two rivals won 41 national titles (Partisan 21, Zvezda 20), and Partizan won the European Championship in 1992.

Zvezda has been in the EuroLeague for the past few years, but Partizan is also looking to return to the EuroLeague under legendary head coach Jericho Obradvich.

Both clubs are well known for the atmosphere that their fans create during the game. Rivals are expanding in football and other sports, such as the clash between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos.

– NBA Sports

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