Calendar countdown: Round 26

Sep 13, 2019 by Print
Calendar countdown: Round 26

The countdown is on for the start of the 2019-20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season on October 3! The new EuroLeague season once again promises great matchups, week in and week out, but also more teams and games to enjoy than ever before in European club basketball. Season-long drama is in store, that's for certain. Just check out the matchups in Round 26!

ALBA Berlin vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Sole survivor

Dogus Balbay is the only remaining player from the last game between these teams, an 86-91 Efes win in the German capital in the 2012-13 EuroLeague Top 16.

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. AX Armani Exchange Milan

Record watch

Zalgiris tied its EuroLeague club record with 49 total rebounds in a 77-65 home win over Milan in March of 2018.

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

A champ returns

Olympiacos head coach David Blatt won the EuroLeague title as the head of Maccabi's bench in 2014, and another as the team's assistant coach in 2004.         

CSKA Moscow vs. FC Barcelona

Higgins returns

Cory Higgins returns to Moscow where he played the last four years - his first four in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. He helped CSKA win two titles in and will now face many of his former teammates.

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

Road-court advantage?

Zvezda has found fortune at Fernando Buesa Arena in the past; the Serbian champs are 3-1 in their trips to Vitoria-Gasteiz. 

Zenit St Petersburg vs. FC Bayern Munich

Four-year reunion

Zenit's Alex Renfroe and Bayern's Leon Radosevic and Alex King were all teammates at ALBA Berlin during the 2014-15 season.

Real Madrid vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Tavares towered over Greens

Walter Tavares had a career-high and Madrid club record 16 rebounds, including a career-best 6 offensive rebounds, in a Round 29 win over Panathinaikos last season.

Khimki Moscow Region vs. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne

Booker’s French League glory

Khimki big man Devin Booker began his professional career in France, where he spent three seasons with SLUC Nancy, JL Bourg and Chalon. He was the French League MVP in 2016.

Valencia Basket vs. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

Fenerbahce's triumph in Valencia

The last time Fenerbahce visited Valencia, it registered a 67-80 win. It was the only road win for Fenerbahce in three trips to Valencia.