EuroLeague Finals: It’s a Greek thing!

EuroLeague Finals: It’s a Greek thing!
 

Following Kostas Sloukas’ participation in the EuroLeague Final, AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris takes a look at other Greeks to appear on the biggest stage of the competition proper…

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Kostas Sloukas’ quest to become a four-time EuroLeague champion ended in disappointment on Sunday after Sloukas’ Fenerbahce fell 85-80 to now ten-time champions Real Madrid.
 
Despite the loss, Sloukas’ involvement in Sunday’s Final continued a longstanding streak of Greek participation in the Final since the tournament’s format was changed to a one-game event in 2002.
 
Although this was the seventh time that no Greek reached the Final Four since the format was adopted at the start of the 2002/203 season, there has been at least one Greek – of some sort – in every Final since 2002.
 
Although Italy’s Kinder Bologna are the first EuroLeague Champion of record under the authority of the EuroLeague Basketball Company, the Italian side are the only champions to win the title via playoff series in the Final.
 
In 2002, Panathinaikos became the first EuroLeague winners via a winner-takes-all Final after the Trifylli defeated Kinder Bologna on the Italian side’s home court.
 
Since then, there have only been seven EuroLeague Finals that haven’t included a Greek club; however, no EuroLeague Final appears to be complete without at least one Greek (player, coach, or referee) taking part in the tournament’s showcase.
 
Greek Participation in EuroLeague Finals since 2001/2002
 

Season Final Greek Participation
2001/02 Panathinaikos 89-83 Bologna Panathinaikos
2002/03 Barcelona 76-65 Benetton Treviso N. Pitsillkas (1st Referee),
S. Koukoulekidis (3rd Referee)
2003/04 Maccabi Tel Aviv 118-74 Bologna S. Koukoulekidis (2nd Referee)
2004/05 Maccabi Tel Aviv 90-78 Tau Ceramica N. Kommatos (Maccabi)
2005/06 CSKA Moscow 90-78 Maccabi Tel Aviv T. Papaloukas (CSKA),
S. Koukoulekidis (2nd Referee)
2006/07 Panathinaikos 93-91 CSKA Moscow Panathinaikos
2007/08 CSKA Moscow 91-77 Maccabi Tel Aviv T. Papaloukas (CSKA),
N. Zisis (CSKA),
S. Koukoulekidis (1st Referee)
2008/09 Panathinaikos 73-71 CSKA Moscow Panathinaikos,
N. Zisis (CSKA)
2009/10 Barcelona 86-68 Olympiacos Olympiacos
2010/11 Panathinaikos 78-70 Maccabi Tel Aviv Panathinaikos,
S. Schortsanitis (Maccabi)
2011/12 Olympiacos 62-61 CSKA Moscow Olympiacos
2012/13 Olympiacos 100-88 Real Madrid Olympiacos
2013/14 Maccabi Tel Aviv 98-86 Real Madrid S. Schortsanitis (Maccabi),
I. Bourousis (Real Madrid),
C. Christodoulou (1st Referee)
2014/15 Real Madrid 78-59 Olympiacos Olympiacos,
I. Bourousis (Real Madrid)
2015/16 CSKA Moscow 101-96 Fenerbahce K. Sloukas (Fenerbahce),
D. Itoudis (CSKA, Head Coach)
2016/17 Fenerbahce 10-64 Olympiacos Olympiacos,
K. Sloukas (Fenerbahce)
2017/18 Real Madrid 85-80 Fenerbahce K. Sloukas (Fenerbahce)
 
by Peter Katsiris
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