2017-18 Team Profile: Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul

Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul is coming off a historic season that saw it become the first Turkish team to win the EuroLeague. Fenerbahce started the season streak-happy – winning four, losing three and winning four games again. Bogdan Bogdanovic suffered an ankle injury that kept him out for 13 games, but center Ekpe Udoh starred and his big game helped Fenerbahce to an overtime road win over CSKA Moscow in Round 14. Another winning streak, this time six victories in seven games – including home triumphs over Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens, Olympiacos Piraeus and CSKA – improved the team’s record to 16-8 and fourth place. However, injuries, which plagued Fenerbahce the entire season, continued to take a toll. The absence of Kostas Sloukas was the latest hit, and Fenerbahce lost four of its next five games, in the process fumbling away its playoff home-court chances. Instead, Fenerbahce would go on the road to face Coach Zeljko Obradovic's former team Panathinaikos in a highly-anticipated series. Fenerbahce rode a red-hot Bogdanovic to become the first team to sweep a EuroLeague playoff series without home-court advantage. With Udoh taking the lead, Fenerbahce dominated at the Final Four, beating Real Madrid in the semifinals and Olympiacos in the championship game. Udoh earned Final Four MVP honors and Obradovic conquered his ninth EuroLeague title with a fifth different team. The celebrations saw millions of Fenerbahce fans partying throughout the world. Fenerbahce used the momentum and went on to sweep its way through the Turkish League playoffs, winning all nine games and defending its crown. Now, the job gets even tougher, as the club that has existed for more than a century looks to add to its growing EuroLeague legacy, but this time as reigning champion.

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06.09.2017 00:01