The triumph obtained this Saturday by Anadolu Efes in the Euroleague after defeating Real Madrid in the final played in Belgrade makes the Turkish team the third to defend the European Cup so far this century, since it also won it in the edition held in 2021 in Cologne.
Previously, only Maccabi Tel Aviv, in 2004 and 2005, and Greece’s Olympiacos in 2012 and 2013, had achieved success two years in a row in the top continental competition.
— Turkish Airlines EuroLeague (@EuroLeague) May 21, 2022
Efes beat Real Madrid 57-58 at the Stark Arena in the Serbian capital, preventing the Spanish team from winning its eleventh European Cup.
The Serbian guard of Efes, Vasilije Micic, was chosen for the second time most valuable player (MVP) of the ‘Final Four’. He assured that this final will be kept in his memory “forever”.
“I feel incredible, I have no words, these things are for life, I will keep this final forever, I have it engraved in my heart, even when I leave basketball. Nothing would be possible without my teammates, four incredible years, two titles , this title again, the team results are the most important”, declared the Serbian foreigner to the Euroleague media.
Micic scored 23 points, with four triples from seven attempts (57% accuracy), two triples and two other assists, to get his second MVP trophy, after the one he won last season, when Efes won the final against Barca.
On the other hand, the American base of Anadolu Efes Shane Larkin, also highlighted the feat.
“We are one of the best teams ever, twice in a row, I think only three teams have done this. Right now I don’t know what will happen next, this is a process, we had a great time and I’ve enjoyed it a lot and we’ll see what happens.” later”, declared the American foreigner to ‘DAZN’ after the meeting.
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Efes beats Madrid and is two-time Euroleague champion