Club profile: Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul comes off a difficult season in which injuries late in the season prevented the team from achieving its goals. With a strong core led by Kostas Sloukas, Jan Vesely, Gigi Datome, Nicolo Melli and Nikola Kalinic, not to mention legendary head coach Zeljko Obradovic, Fenerbahce was nearly unstoppable early in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season and won 15 of its opening 16 games. Vesely was chosen as the MVP of December, but soon joined the injury list along with Tyler Ennis and Joffrey Lauvergne. Fenerbahce kept going and ranked first in the regular season with an unprecedented 25-5 record. Once in the playoffs, Zalgiris Kaunas stole Fenerbahce's home-court advantage, but back-to-back wins in Kaunas allowed the Turkish powerhouse to reach its fifth consecutive Final Four. Vesely, who was chosen as the 2018-19 EuroLeague MVP, and Kalinic were sidelined from the end of the playoffs until the semifinals and even though both of them played, Fenerbahce was abruptly stopped by Anadolu Efes Istanbul, 73-92. Sloukas was also chosen to the All-EuroLeague First Team. Fenerbahce was able to win the Turkish Cup by downing Efes 80-70 in the championship game and took the Turkish League finals to do-or-die Game 7, but Efes prevailed this time.

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05.08.2019