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The 2017 EuroLeague Final Four boasts another stellar line up with Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow, Olympiacos and Fenerbahce set to compete for continental glory at Istanbul's Sinan Erdem Dome from May 19.
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This year's semifinals will pit defending champions CSKA Moscow against Olympiacos Piraeus in a re-match of that unforgettable 2012 championship game at the same venue, while Spanish giants Real Madrid tackle last season’s runners-up Fenerbahce Istanbul. Interestingly, that line up marks the first time in the history of the competition that all four teams have also played in a previous Final Four edition. Madrid, Fenerbahce, Olympiacos and CSKA each qualified for the 2015 Final Four and face the exact same opposition in their last four encounters.
Moscow's Nando de Colo collides with Istanbul's Jan Vesely (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)6x5x4x3xMoscow have booked their place in a 14th Final Four in 15 years. The Russian outfit made eight consecutive Final Four appearances between 2003 and 2010. And after a short break returned to the showpiece in 2012, qualifying every year since then. That is a phenomenal achievement, especially given no other team has qualified for more than four Final Fours consecutively. Istanbul does not bring fond memories to the Red Army though, as it was the site of a devastating Final Four defeat in 2012. Moscow boasted a 19 lead over Olympiacos with 12 minutes on the clock only to beaten by the last shot of the game.
CSKA will be aiming to successfully defend their title for the first time after narrowly missing out on that feat on two occasions, losing by just 2 points in both 2007 and 2009. They ousted Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz in the quarter-finals with three two point victories earning a 3-0 series win.
Olympiacos, meanwhile, are making a sixth Final Four appearance in nine seasons, thanks to an 87-78 win in Game 5 of their quarter-final series with Anadolu Efes. The Reds return to the Sinan Erdem Dome where they secured their second of three EuroLeague titles in 2012 with that famous win over CSKA. The Greek club's recent record in the Final Four is impressive as they've progressed to the championship game at the last four attempts. Olympiacos boast the best defence in the competition and will surely fancy their chances of claiming a fourth title.
Fenerbahce are set to become the first Turkish club to compete in a EuroLeague Final Four on home turf. A facile 79-61 victory over Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens in Game 3 of their playoffs series ensured that honour. Fener won two road games in their impressive sweep of Panathinaikos in that best-of-five series and they'll now have their sights set on becoming the first-ever Turkish champions of Europe.
Željko Obradović's side face no easy task, however, as standing in their way and a place in the decider on May 21 is the the most successful team in EuroLeague history. Real Madrid have won nine continental crowns and will be playing in their fifth Final Four in the last seven years thanks to a 3-1 series win over Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in the last eight. Following a lean spell in Europe, Real returned to the Final Four stage in 2011 for the first time in 15 years. The 2015 champions have been regular attendees since then and that is in no small part thanks to the talents of Coach Pablo Laso, who will no doubt be eager for his charges to emulate their football counterparts in landing La Decima.
The action gets underway on Friday, May 19 with Moscow taking on Olympiacos at 1630 BST, before Fenerbahce tackles Real Madrid at 1930. The third place play-off will take place on Sunday, May 21 at 1600 and the final later that evening at 1900.
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