Created on 2015-07-09 at 13:00 PM
FC Bayern Basketball has been drawn into a competitive group against some of Europe’s heavyweights. In Group A of the regular season, FC Bayern will face off against Real Madrid, Khimki Moscow, Fenerbahce Istanbul, Crevena Zvezda and Strasbourg IG. The groups were drawn on Thursday afternoon in Barcelona. In the six team group FCBB will be aiming to secure a spot in the top four. Finishing in the top four will solidify a spot in the top 16. Should Bayern finish in the top four they will secure their second ever qualification to the Top 16.
“Once again we were drawn into the hardest group, just like last year. This time around we have been drawn with defending champions Real Madrid and Eurocup winner Khimki Moscow. On top of that, we have to play twice against Fenerbache a team who reached the final four last year and is a strong contender for the title this year. Crevena Zvezda successfully won the triple last year as they won the Serbian League, Serbian Cup and the Adriatic League. Strasbourg also made it all the way to the final of the French League,” said coach Svetislav Pesic when describing his first thoughts on the group. “They are all attractive but hard opponents. I just hope we all stay healthy and don’t have any injury problems like last year,” continued the Bayern coach.
Marko Pesic was at the draw in Barcelona and added: “The qualification for the Top 16 round will be a huge task for us considering the caliber of the teams in our group. Our fans will be awaiting some great battles in the Audi Dome.” The FC Bayern Basketball CEO is looking forward to the duel against KK Crevena Zvezda. “When I was a little boy I was a fan of Zvezda. That will be a very special match.”
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Taking a look at our Group A opponents.
Real Madrid are currently the best team that European Basketball has to offer. Last season Real completed the triple crown and won the super cup on top of that. In the Super cup, Spanish cup final and Playoff final the team from the capital city defeated bitter rival FC Barcelona in all three tournaments. To make the season even more memorable Real celebrated their Euroleague title on their home court as they defeated Olympiacos in the final 78-59. It was their first Euroleague title since the 1995 season. FCBB met the defending champions two years ago in the Top 16 Round of the Euroleague. Despite losing in Madrid 111-87, Bayern put on an unbelievable performance and defeated the team from Madrid 85-83. “We beat Real two years ago in the Audi Dome, why can’t we do it again this year,” proposed Marko Pesic.
Accolades: 32 time Spanish champion (last 2015), 25 time Spanish cup Winner (last 2015), 9 time Euroleague-Champion (last 2015)
For years and years, Fenerbahce Istanbul have been hot favorites to lift the Euroleague title. Last year the Turkish giants lost to eventual champion Real Madrid in the semifinals. In last year’s edition of the Turkish Premier League Fenerbache lost to eventual champions Pinar Karsiyaka in the semifinals. FC Bayern was in the same group as Fenerbahce last year. Fenerbahce won both games.
Accolades: 9 time Turkish champion (last 2014), 9 time Turkish cup winner (last time 2013), 2 time Korac cup winner (1996, 2001)
There will be a reunion between FC Bayern and Tyrese Rice. Since last season, the former Bayern PG has been a playmaker for the up incoming Russian team who reached the final of their respective league. Khimki ended up losing to neighbors CSKA Moscow in the final. But the team did win their second Eurocup as they defeated Herbalife Gran Canaria 174-130 over two games. Rice was nominated as the Season MVP and Finals MVP for his great performances.
Accolades: 2 time Eurocup Champion (2012, 2015), 1 time Russian Cup Winner (2008), 1 time VTB United League Champion (2012)
KK Crvena Zvezda
FC Bayern Basketball will meet against another European powerhouse in KK Crevena Zvezda. The Serbian heavyweights completed the triple winning the league, cup and Adriatic Basketball league. The team from Serbia also have a fellow German on their team as Maik Zirbes celebrated success in his first season. FCBB will have to play against another team to have completed the “Triple.” The Munich fans should expect two great matches against the Serbian team as their fans are known for their passionate support.
Accolades: 16 time Serbian/Yugoslavian Champion (last 2015), 8 time Serbian/Yugoslavian Cup Winners (last 2015), 1 time ABA League Champions (2015)
Just like FC Bayern, it will be Strasbourg’s third appearance in the Euroleague. Strasbourg have yet to make the Top 16 round of the Euroleague but will be hoping to snap that curse this season. Last season the team from the Eastern part of France lost to Limoges in the final. There was still reason to celebrate for Vincent Collet’s team as they secured a wildcard berth in the competition. Collet is famously known for leading France to a gold medal at the 2013 European Championships. Despite losing in the final it wasn’t all that bad as Strasbourg won the cup.
Accolades: 1 time French Champion (2005), 1 time French Cup Winner (2015)
Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger have left FC Bayern Basketball as their contracts have expired. “We are very thankful for what Lucca and Yassin have done for us in the past couple of years,” said Bayern CEO Marko Pesic after the final discussions. “They were both apart of our championship team from 2014 and played a big part in our triumph. They will always have a special place here at the club.”
31-year-old and former Germany national team center Yassin Idbihi arrived in Munich in 2013. In the championship season he averaged 16 minutes per game while dropping 5.8 points and grabbing 4.2 boards. In the 23 Euroleague games he averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. During last season, the German-Moroccan suffered from injury problems and only made 20 appearances in the BEKO BBL. He averaged 10 minutes per game, while only scoring 3.4 points per game.
“I am very thankful that I had the chance to play for FC Bayern and I am very happy and proud that I won the championship back in 2014. It is my biggest success to date. Now I am searching for a new challenge and I wish Bayern all the best for the future,” said Idbihi before departing.
27-year-old Lucca Staiger also took a look back at his two years in a Bayern jersey. The three-ball specialist came from Ludwigsburg in 2013 and during the championship season hit 45 three pointers, giving him a 40.2 percentage from beyond the arc. This past season the shooting guard averaged 13.3 minutes per game, while scoring 4.6 points. In the fifth and final playoff game against Bamberg, he hit four out of five three pointers.
“My time in Munich was a very special, useful and important for me, not only because we won the title one year ago,” said Lucca Staiger.” “I have met many nice people and had the honor to work with special people. The cohesion there was great, everyone was so helpful. I have never experienced something like this in my career and I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club.”
FC Bayern Basketball would like to wish Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger all the best for their futures.