Partizan and Valencia basketball clubs return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague


Serbian basketball club Partizan NIS Belgrade and Spain’s Valencia Basket have each taken a wild card to compete in the 2022-23 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, organizers said in a statement on Thursday.

Both teams are among the 18 clubs for the next season which is due to start this fall.

Partizan last played in the EuroLeague in the 2013-14 season, while Valencia Basket appeared in the 2020-21 campaign.

Meanwhile, Russian teams were banned from the EuroLeague for one season.

“Teams from the Russian Federation are suspended from participation in the 2022-23 competitions due to events derived from the ongoing war in Ukraine,” the EuroLeague said.

Partizan’s Obradovic also returns to the EuroLeague

Zeljko Obradovic, who currently coaches Partizan, is also back on familiar ground. The 62-year-old Serbian head coach has won nine EuroLeague titles during his coaching career.

Obradovic was head coach of Fenerbahce from 2013 to 2020 and led the Istanbul club to their first-ever EuroLeague championship in 2017.

Prior to his days at Fenerbahce, he was a longtime Panathinaikos head coach, guiding the Athens side to five EuroLeague titles in 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Clubs participating in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague 2022-23:

– ALBA Berlin (Germany)

– Anadolu Efes (Türkiye)

– AS Monaco (France)

– AX Armani Exchange Milan (Italy)

– Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Spain)

– Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade (Serbia)

– FC Barcelona (Spain)

– FC Bayern Munich (Germany)

– Fenerbahce Beko (Turkey)

– LDLC Asvel Villeurbanne (France)

– Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv (Israel)

– Olympiacos (Greece)

– Panathinaikos OPAP (Greece)

– Partizan NIS Belgrade (Serbia)

– Real Madrid (Spain)

– Valencia Basket (Spain)

– Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Italy)

– Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)

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