The field for the 2016 EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT finals includes two former champions, a past runner-up and a hometown force receiving invitations to compete for the title of European junior club champion. 2010 champion U18 INSEP Paris, 2012 champion U18 Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, two-time runner-up U18 FC Barcelona Lassa and U18 ALBA Berlin will join the four teams that guaranteed their places via qualifying tournaments thus far: U18 Mega Bemax Belgrade, U18 Real Madrid, U18 Zalgiris Kaunas and U18 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade.
The 14th edition of the annual tournament finals will run from Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15 in conjunction with the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Berlin, Germany. The first three days of the event will be played at Sportforum Berlin and Sunday’s championship game will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on the same floor where later that evening the Euroleague champion will be crowned.
Mega was the first team to book a spot in the finals by winning the Rome qualifying tournament, where it beat Stellazzurra Rome in the championship game. Real Madrid captured its third straight L'Hospitalet title by defeating FCB Lassa in the final. Zalgiris also defended its crown at the Kaunas tourney by beating Rytas in the championship game. Zvezda continued its dominance by winning its sixth consecutive title at the Belgrade event, overcoming Spars Sarajevo in the championship game.
ALBA returns to the finals for the first time since 2009 to play in front of a strong local support, which at the time saw it lose by only 1 point to eventual champion FMP Belgrade. Barcelona will be making its seventh appearance at the finals, hoping to win the elusive championship after finishing as runner up in 2008 and 2013. INSEP has fond memories of the 2010 finals in Paris, where it was crowned champions in its first appearance. Rytas was able to overcome the disappointment of losing the championship game in Berlin in 2009 by winning the title in Istanbul three years later.
ANGT alumni continue to feature legends in the making. Many players who participated in previous events can be seen playing major roles on Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup rosters today, including Bogdan Bogdanovic and Luigi Datome (Fenerbahce Istanbul), Nihad Djedovic (FC Bayern Munich), Mantas Kalnietis and Milan Macvan (EA7 Emporio Armani Milan), Nikita Kurbanov and Milos Teodosic (CSKA Moscow), Jonas Maciulis (Real Madrid), Gal Mekel (Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv), Cedi Osman and Dario Saric (Anadolu Efes Istanbul).
Entrance to all games of the EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT finals is free of charge, allowing local and visiting fans to be the first to see many of the elite young talents in European basketball compete against each other, all in the same place.
|U18 FC BARCELONA LASSA
||U18 CRVENA ZVEZDA TELEKOM BELGRADE
|U18 INSEP PARIS
||U18 REAL MADRID
|U18 ZALGIRIS KAUNAS
||U18 LIETUVOS RYTAS VILNIUS
|U18 MEGA BEMAX BELGRADE
||U18 ALBA BERLIN
Thursday 12 May, 2016
09:00 U18 FC BARCELONA LASSA vs. U18 INSEP PARIS
11:00 U18 ZALGIRIS KAUNAS vs. U18 MEGA BEMAX BELGRADE
13:00 U18 CRVENA ZVEZDA TELEKOM BELGRADE vs. U18 LIETUVOS RYTAS VILNIUS
15:00 U18 REAL MADRID vs. U18 ALBA BERLIN
Friday 13 May, 2016
09:00 U18 FC BARCELONA LASSA vs. U18 MEGA BEMAX BELGRADE
11:00 U18 INSEP PARIS vs. U18 ZALGIRIS KAUNAS
13:00 U18 CRVENA ZVEZDA TELEKOM BELGRADE vs. U18 ALBA BERLIN
15:00 U18 LIETUVOS RYTAS VILNIUS vs. U18 REAL MADRID
Saturday 14 May, 2016
09:00 U18 MEGA BEMAX BELGRADE vs. U18 INSEP PARIS
11:00 U18 ZALGIRIS KAUNAS vs. U18 FC BARCELONA LASSA
13:00 U18 REAL MADRID vs. U18 CRVENA ZVEZDA TELEKOM BELGRADE
15:00 U18 ALBA BERLIN vs. U18 LIETUVOS RYTAS VILNIUS
Sunday 15 May, 2016
12:00 1st Place Group A vs. 1st Place Group B