Itoudis reaches fifth consecutive EuroLeague Final Four

Itoudis reaches fifth consecutive EuroLeague Final Four

For the fifth consecutive campaign, Dimitris Itoudis has reached the Final Four of the EuroLeague as head coach of Russian giants CSKA Moscow.

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In 2014, Itoudis made the jump over to Russia, where he has enjoyed impressive success with Moscow-based organisation CSKA. This week, the 48-year-old Greek coach steered CSKA into the Final Four of the 2018/2019 EuroLeague, earning a 3-1 quarter-final series triumph over Baskonia.

Initially, Baskonia were in pole position after earning a 1-1 split in Moscow, but they then contrived to concede two defeats in Vitoria-Gasteiz by scores of 77-84 and 83-92 respectively to bow out of the competition. Powerful performances from the likes of Nando De Colo and Cory Higgins fired CSKA past their opponents with two wins on the road.

So far, in every season he’s spent with CSKA, Itoudis has taken the capital club to the Final Four of the EuroLeague. In the 2015/2016 campaign - his second season in charge - Itoudis tasted EuroLeague glory with a dramatic 101-96 overtime victory against Fenerbahce in the final. He was also named the 2016 EuroLeague Coach of the Year.

Domestically, Itoudis has won the VTB United League on four occasions with CSKA dominating the championship.

CSKA will play reigning champions Real Madrid in a mouthwatering semi-final. The Spaniards swept Greece’s Panathinaikos 3-0 in the quarter-final stage.

Dimitris Itoudis’ EuroLeague record as CSKA Moscow head coach:

2014/2015: 3rd place

2015/2016: 1st place

2016/2017: 3rd place

2017/2018: 4th place

2018/2019: TBD

 

by Shaun Nicolaides

Image Source: sdna.gr

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