OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS: DID YOU KNOW THAT….
(CHAMPIONSHIP GAME EDITION)
…Olympiacos has a chance to win its fourth EuroLeague title? It previously won the competition in 1997, 2012 and 2013.
...Olympiacos won the 2012 EuroLeague title at Sinan Erdem Arena, which is also home of the 2017 EuroLeague Final Four? Olympiacos rallied from a 19-point deficit to edge CSKA 61-62 on a game-winning floater by Georgios Printezis.
...Vassilis Spanoulis has a chance to win a fourth Final Four MVP award? He first won the award with Panathinaikos in 2009 and later with Olympiacos in 2012 and 2013. Toni Kukoc (Split 1990, 1991; Benetton 1993) is the only other player to have won three Final Four MVP awards.
...Spanoulis is one of three players to have won the EuroLeague with both Olympiacos and Panathinaikos? Spanoulis won the competition with Panathinaikos in 2009 and with Olympiacos in 2012 and 2013. Four other players have won the EuroLeague with both teams: Stratos Perperoglou, Giorgi Shermadini, Lazaros Papadopoulos and Dimitris Papanikolaou.
...four Olympiacos players have won back-to-back EuroLeague titles together? Spanoulis, Georgios Printezis, Kostas Papanikolaou and Vangelis Mantzaris won the competition in 2012 and 2013. Kyle Hines of CSKA Moscow and Pero Antic and Kostas Sloukas of Fenerbahce Istanbul also won back-to-back EuroLeague titles with Olympiacos and will play at this year’s Final Four. All of them have a chance to win a third EuroLeague title on Sunday.
...six current Olympiacos players – Vassilis Spanoulis, Ioannis Papapetrou, Georgios Printezis, Dimitrios Agravanis, Vangelis Mantzaris and Matt Lojeski – and head coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos played in the 2015 EuroLeague championship game? Papapetrou, Agravanis and Lojeski could win their first EuroLeague title in their second Championship Game appearance.
…Sfairopoulos can become the third Greek coach to win the EuroLeague title? Georgios Bartzokas won the EuroLeague with Olympiacos in 2013 and Dimitris Itoudis led CSKA to lift the trophy last season.
…Spanoulis has an 8-1 Final Four record? This is his fifth Final Four and his teams won all games except one – Olympiacos lost against Real Madrid in the 2015 Championship Game.