Undoubtedly, the biggest surprise of European basketball this season, Frutti Extra Bursaspor will take the stage to make history today. The green-whites, who worked in the training hall, which was established in 2015 and prepared with hardwood and armchairs brought from many halls, and which was established with only 1 million dollars, will face Virtus Bologna in the final of the EuroCup. The final match, which will start at 21.30 and will be broadcast by TRT Spor Yıldız, will be held in Italy due to the status. The team that won the EuroCup will take part in the THY Euroleague next season. If Bursaspor becomes champion, it will qualify to play in the most important club-based organization of Europe next season.
The salary of 4 people is 7 times that of Bursa
Competing with a modest squad, Bursaspor wants to reach the championship in front of Bologna, which draws attention with its Euroleague level players. Bursa’s total salary payment is approximately 1 million dollars against Bologna, which only pays around 6 million 850 thousand Euros per year to famous players such as Milos Teodosic, Marco Belinelli, Tornike Shengelia and Daniel Hackett. Maybe not the most career in the team, but French center Mouhammadou Jaiteh, who is Bologna’s leader in EuroCup points and rebounds, draws attention. Jaiteh, who also wears Gaziantep Basketball jersey, is struggling with 12.8 points and 7.5 rebounds averages in EuroCup this season.
Crocodile’s advantage is self-confidence
Bursaspor will face a tough away match in front of its ambitious opponent. However, the green-whites, who made it to the final by beating Partizan under Obradovic’s management and Cedevita Olimpija, one of Europe’s successful teams, on the outside, are used to this atmosphere. However, coach Dusan Alimpijevic prepared his players for the match in a very motivated way, as in previous matches. The Green and Whites extended the contract with Onuralp Bitim, Derek Needham and Dave Dudzinski, who are the important players of the team, before the match. This situation will be an extra morale on basketball players.
12. WILL VICTORY COMING?
TURKEY had the joy of winning this important cup twice before. Galatasaray, coached by Ergin Ataman, won the cup in the 2015-2016 season, and Darüşşafaka, under the head coach of David Blatt, won the cup in the 2017-2018 season. Bursaspor will bring this trophy to Turkey for the third time, and will try to give Turkish basketball the 12th victory in European cups in total.
Alligator LOSE TWO MATCHES
Bologna and Bursaspor faced each other twice this season in Group B of EuroCup. On October 20, 2021, the green and white team lost 101-83 to their opponent on the field and were defeated 98-94 away.
THEIR CAREERS ARE AMAZING
35-year-old star point guard Milos Teodosic previously won the Euroleague championship with Olympiakos and played for the Clippers in the NBA. The Serbian player is the EuroCup’s highest assisting player with 8.2. Marco Belinelli, who plays for 9 different teams in the NBA, is one of the most trusted names of Italians. Another former NBA star, Tornike Shengelia and Daniel Hackett, left CSKA Moscow due to the Russia-Ukraine war and went to Italy and are fighting for the success of Bologna.
IMAGES FROM THE LAST TRAINING…
Our team, which completed the preparations for the final match, came together with the members of the press at the end of the training. pic.twitter.com/HOIVoK0ftS
— Frutti Extra Bursaspor (@BsBasketbol) May 10, 2022
LEGENDARY COACH SCARIOLO WORKS BOLOGNA
Bologna, rival of BURSASPOR, is coached by 61-year-old Sergio Scariolo. The Italian coach, who is also the head coach of the Spanish National Team and won the gold medal in the World Basketball Championships in 2019, the European Basketball Championships in 2009, 2011 and 2015, won the NBA championship in 2019 with the Toronto Raptors, where he worked as an assistant coach. Scariolo lifted the championship trophy twice in the Spanish League and once in the Italian League.
ViRTUS SEGAFREDO ARENA DOLACAK
Virtus Segafredo Arena, which will bring BURSASPOR and Bologna against each other, has an audience capacity of 9,700. The hall, which opened in November 2019, is expected to be completely filled.
WHAT TIME IS THE MATCH ON, WHICH CHANNEL?
The fight, which will start at 21.30 TSI, will be broadcast live on TRT Spor Yıldız. You will be able to follow the match live on this page at the Sports Arena.