Created on 2015-07-31 at 14:00 PM
FC Bayern Basketball are scheduled to face some of Europe’s best sides ahead of the new season. Svetislav Pesic’s men return to training in Munich on 20th August and their first friendly takes place during their Italian training camp (23rd-28th August) against Italian Eurocup participants Dolomiti Energia Trentino (27th August.). On Wednesday, 9th September they face Maxi Kleber’s former side, the s.Oliver Baskets in the “FLYERALARM Charity Cup” in Würzburg. They return to action in Munich on Sunday, 13th September when the “Audi Dome Fan Match” takes place.
FCBB will also be taking part in two pre-season tournaments. The first one will take place in Bonn. On Saturday, 19th September they face 16-time Belgian champions BC Oostende in the semis before facing either Bonn or Polish champions Zielona Gora the following day, in either the playoff or final.
A week later Bayern are scheduled to take part in the “Dogus Basketball Tournament” in Zadar, Croatia (24th-27th September). Bayern will face hosts KK Zadar (26th September) and Greek champions Olympiakos (25th September). Pool B features two of FCBB’s Euroleague opponents (Fenerbahce and Red Star Belgrade) and Turkish side Darussafaka Dogus.
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.
FC BAYERN BASKETBALL FRIENDLIES
- Thursday, 27th August, 18:30 CEST: Dolomiti Energia Trentino – FCBB (in Riva del Garda, Palagarda)
- Wednesday, 9th September, 20:00 CEST: s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg – FCBB (“Flyeralarm charity cup,” Arena Würzburg)
- Sunday, 13th September (TBC): “Audi Dome Allstars” - FCBB (Audi Dome)
- Saturday, 19th September, 18:00 CEST: FCBB – BC Oostende (in Bonn, Telekom Dome)
- Sunday, 20th September (12:30/15:00 CEST): Playoff or final in Bonn tournament
- Friday, 25th September, 20:00 Uhr: Olympiakos Piräus – FCBB (Tournament in Zadar, Croatia)
- Saturday, 26th September, 21:00 CEST: FCBB – KK Zadar
- Sunday, 27th September (TBC): Classification games or final in Zadar