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Euroleague: Žalgiris Kaunas and Neptunas Klaipeda will play in taugh group stage

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The Euroleague champions Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv just finished the celebrations and already the new season is ready to take of. Two Lithuanian clubs will take part in the race for the trophy: Žalgiris Kaunas that won the Lithuanian championship and has great history in Euroleague and Neptunas Klaipeda that will experience in the first time the best basketball league in Europe.

Last week, Euroleague announced the groups of the 2014-2015 season. 24 teams will start their long road for the Final Four. The Lithuanian champion, Žalgiris Kaunas, will play in Group A. Žalgiris that was ranked in the third power rank, will play in the group stage against the Euroleague vice champions Real Madrid that was ranked first, Anadolou Efes Istanbul, Nižniy Novgorod from Russia, Dinamo Banco Di Sardegna Sassari from Italy and against the qualifications winner.

The Lithuanian vice champion Neptunas Klaipeda wthat will play in Euroleague for the first time was ranked at the last place in Group D. Klaipeda will face in the group stage against Olympiacos Pireus from Greece that was placed as a head of the group, the Spanish clubs Valencia Basket and Laboral Vitoria, Galatasarai Liv Hospital Istanbul from Turkey, and the Serbian club Red Star Belgrade.

Interesting meeting will be already in Group B when CSKA Moscow will face the Euroleague champions Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv for repeating of the semifinal from the last season. Beside those two great clubs and favorites to reach the final four again, the other clubs are Unicia Malaga from Spain. the German club Alba Berlin, Cedevita Zagreb from Croatia and Limoges CSP from France that will hope to give a fair fight to CSKA and Maccabi.

In Group C Barcelona and Panathinikos Athens are the Heads of this group. Fenerbche Ulker Istanbul, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, Bayern Munich and PGE Turow Zgorzelec from Poland will also try to get the tickets for the Top 16 stage.

Aleksejus Podpruginas
Aleksejus Podpruginas is The Baltic Review author based in Israel

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