Final Four Athens, VIDEO ARCHIVE

May 04, 2007 by Euroleague.net Print
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Final Game May 6, 2007
A green machine takes 2007 Euroleague title!!
Panathinaikos champ! - Final Four Athens 2007The Greens defeated defending champion CSKA Moscow 93-91 in a thrilling final at Athens Olympic Indoor Hall (OAKA) in the Greek capital on Sunday to take their first title in five years. In front of a very green sold-out crowd, Panathinaikos captain Fragiskos Alvertis raised the new Euroleague Basketball trophy as the proud club celebrated its fourth Euroleague title – the most of any team in the Final Four era. Final Four MVP Dimitris Diamantidis scored 15 points and displayed the needed leadership to take his team to glory. Diamantidis was one of six Panathinaikos players to score in double figures. Ramunas Siskauskas, who tied a Euroleague final game record with 12 free throws made and set another with 17 attempted, shined with 20 points and 5 assists, Dejan Tomasevic added 16, Mike Batiste and Milos Vujanic had 12 each and Nikos Hatzivrettas posted 10. The title gives coach Zeljko Obradovic his record sixth Euroleague title, while Alvertis joins six other players on the all-time list with four Euroleague crowns.

Watch VideoPost-Game videos: MVP Dimitios Diamantidis | Dejan Tomasevic | Fragislos Alvertis
Zeljko Obradovic | Ramunas Siskauskas | Celebration! | Highlights!

Award Ceremony in Megaron, Athens! May 5, 2007
All-Euroleague team and MVPThe top Euroleague Basketball players of the 2006-07 season were honored at a gala dinner attended by a world basketball elite of almost 1,500 people at Megaron Concert Hall in central Athens on Saturday night. The awards ceremony came with a twist, as a tie in the voting for the best point guard of the season was resolved in the most crowd-pleasing way. Theodoros Papaloukas of CSKA Moscow was chosen as MVP for the season, while Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos was also included as point guard on the All-Euroleague First Team. Diamantidis was joined on the first team by shooting guard Juan Carlos Navarro of Winterthur FC Barcelona, small forward Trajan Langdon of CSKA, power forward Luis Scola of Tau Ceramica and center Nikola Vujcic of Maccabi Tel Aviv.


Watch Video Video: Award Ceremony !
Watch VideoVideo Interviews:
MVP Theodoros Papaloukas | Luis Scola | Trajan Langdon | Nikola Vujcic

Final, Official Press Conference and Practices May 5, 2007
Final: Panathinaikos vs. CSKA Moscow
Watch VideoVideo Interviews Demos Dikoudis | Van den Spiegel
Watch VideoPress Conference Video: David Andersen | Sani Becirovic | Ettore Messina | Zeljko Obradovic

Semifinal Games May 4, 2007
Panathinaikos 67-53 Tau: hosts make final!
Defense ruled the second semi, too, as Panathinaikos beat back Tau 67-53 to the delight of home fans in Athens. Sani Becirovic and Mike Batiste scored 15 each. It's hosts against champs in Sunday's final.
Watch VideoPost-Game video: Zeljko Obradovic | Mike Batiste
Watch Videovideo: Highlights!

Champs back to final: CSKA 62-50 Unicaja
Defending champ CSKA returns to the final after downing Unicaja 62-50 in their semi, a defensive thriller that was the lowest-scoring Final Four game all decade. Trajan Langdon scored 13, David Andersen 12.
Watch VideoPost-Game video: Ettore Messina | Trajan Langdon
Watch Videovideo: Highlights!

Semifinal, Official Press Conference and Practices May 3, 2007
Semifinal: Panathinaikos vs. Tau Ceramica
Watch VideoVideo Interviews Mike Batiste | Ramunas Siskauskas | Tiago Splitter | Serkan Erdogan 
Watch VideoPress Conference Video: Fragiskos Alvertis | Zoran Planinic | Players | Coaches

Semifinal: CSKA Moscow vs. Unicaja
Watch VideoVideo Interviews Theo Papaloukas | David Vanterpool | Marcus Brown | Kostas Vasiliadis
Watch VideoPress Conference Video: Pepe Sanchez | Players | Coaches

The stars help children with UNICEF May 3, 2007
Dimos Dikoudis - UNICEF, united for children - FF Athens 2007 A joyful noise on the part of young patients and Euroleague Basketball stars filled the largest children's hospital in Greece on Thursday morning during the first official act of the 2007 Final Four. The visit to Agia Sophia Hospital in Athens by two stars from each Final Four team not only tipped off one of the biggest weekends in world sports, but also marked the start of Euroleague Basketball's cooperation with UNICEF's international "Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS" campaign. Watch Video Video

Final Four teams arrive in Athens! May 2, 2007
The Final Four excitement continued to grow Wednesday as all the teams arrived in at the headquarters hotel in Athens for a weekend stay, at the end of which one of them will be Euroleague Basketball champion for 2006-07. Hordes of media were on hand to greet the defending champions, CSKA Moscow, who arrived first at the Athens airport. Shortly after, Final Four newcomer Unicaja landed, quickly followed by another Spanish team, Tau Ceramica, which is making its third consecutive Final Four appearance. Meanwhile Panathinaikos made its way to the headquarters hotel after finishing its evening practice at Athens Olympic Indoor Hall (OAKA), where the semifinals get the basketball action started on Friday.
Watch VideoArrivals Videos: CSKA Moscow | Unicaja | Panathinaikos
Watch VideoVideo Interviews:
David Andersen | Milos Vujanic | Florent Pietrus| Pablo Prigioni

Panathinaikos highlights video
Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos has been a team to watch since starring in the Euroleague opening game with a comeback win at Jovetut. The Greens won the first 11 games of the season, started the Top 16 5-0 and swept their Quarterfinal Playoffs series against Dynamo Moscow. Coach Zeljko Obradovic's roster is full of exciting players who have thrilled Euroleague fans all season. From the powerful dunks of Mike Batiste, to the sweet-shooting of Ramunas Siskauskas and the outstanding defense of Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos has built a very impressive highlight reel this season. Here is your chance to see how good this team is. Enjoy this special Watch VideoFinal Four video right here on Euroleague.net!
Tau Ceramica highlights video

Tau Ceramica

Tau Ceramica is back for its third straight Final Four and it may have its strongest side ever this time. Tau won its regular season group, has won every game in the Top 16 and Quarterfinal Playoffs, and now rides a 10-game winning streak into Athens. Add to the dominant mix of players the knowledge and experience of coach Bozidar Maljkovic and there is plenty to fear on this roster. Watch this Watch VideoFinal Four video to see how All-Euroleague power forward Luis Scola, playmaker extraordinarie Pablo Prigioni, Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner Igor Rakocevic and sharp-shooting Serkan Erdogan make Tau a serious contender to win its first Euroleague title right here on Euroleague.net.
Unicaja highlights video
Unicaja
With three players from Spain's world championship side and a member of Argentina's Olympic gold-medal winning team, Unicaja is not a team to be overlooked at the Final Four. A collection of so many different players with such different styles make coach Sergio Scariolo's side a pleasure to watch. From Pepe Sanchez and Carlos Cabezas splitting time at the point to scorers Marcus Brown and Marcus Faison and then Jiri Welsch and Berni Rodriguez on the wings, Unicaja has all the tools to make every game one to remember. And that's before you even look at the team's big men. Check out this Watch VideoFinal Four video to see Unicaja at its best and come back to keep following the chase for the title right here on Euroleague.net!
CSKA Moscow highlights video
CSKA Moscow
There is no doubt that defending champion CSKA Moscow arrives at its fifth consecutive Final Four as the team to beat. Coach Ettore Messina's side has mastered defense and has proven that it can shut anyone down, but with the likes of Trajan Langdon, Theodoros Papaloukas, J.R. Holden and Matjaz Smodis, the Russian champs can also run the floor and score the ball as well as anyone too. Throughout the season, there have been countless highlights for this team, which at one point tied its own Euroleague record with 18 consecutive victories. Now is your chance to see how they did it with this Watch Video Final Four video. Follow CSKA's chase for back-to-back Euroleague titles right here at Euroleague.net.