“Our fans dreamed of it”: Paris Basketball in the Euroleague, it’s official

“Our fans dreamed of it”: Paris Basketball in the Euroleague, it’s official

As announced a few days ago, the Euroleague formalized on June 17 the commitment of Paris Basketball to the major European basketball competition. And Paris Basketball said yes to this proposal: the capital club joins the 18 best European clubs in this prestigious competition. He owes his commitment to his victory in the Eurocup, the little sister of the Euroleague.

For the first time in history, there will be three French clubs next season in the Euroleague: Monaco, Asvel and Paris, which currently benefits from an invitation for a single non-automatically renewable season.

“We try every day to make decisions through the eyes of our Paris Basketball community and we know that our fans have dreamed of the Euroleague since we started this adventure in 2018. We also know that the Euroleague has been thinking for many years in the Paris market as part of its long-term strategic plan. Paris is the epicenter of European basketball and therefore deserves a Euroleague club,” says David Kahn, the Parisian president.

Committing to the Euroleague means that from September, the biggest European clubs will stop at the Adidas Arena, Porte de la Chapelle in the north of the capital: Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Milan, Tel Aviv, Bayern and reigning champion Panathinaikos to name a few.

The young club from the capital will have to add 34 Euroleague matches to its usual Betclic Elite schedule, including seventeen at home. To face this major challenge which will involve an insane pace of 3 matches per week and weekly trips to the four corners of the continent, Paris will have to strengthen itself. First financially: its budget of 9.25 million euros will have to increase to around 13 million at the start of the school year. It will be nothing compared to Real’s 40 million budget. Paris will have the smallest budget in the competition.

It will also be necessary to strengthen the troops to compete on the national and European scene and consider playing more than 70 matches during the season. Coach Tuomas Iisalo is expected to remain in charge with the team’s two stars TJ Shorts and Nadir Hifi still under contract.

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