Before every season, the strongest clubs are hoping to reach the final glory: a presence in the playoff, final 4, finals or including lifting the trophy. Here are the most important 10 teams of the next season of Basketball Champions League, without ranking them strictly. Each of them has a great chance to win the competition or at least to reach the final stages:
Pinar Karsiyaka – the main title contender in Fiba Europe Cup last season, that finished abruptly because of the Coronavirus outbreak. In the domestic league of Turkey, they had amazing results last year, beating almost all the teams, including Fenerbahce by a double-digit margin.
Bilbao Basket – the newly promoted team had excellent results last year in the Spanish league, including regular-season wins against Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Turk Telekom – was one of the toughest squad last season in BCL with a big chance to win the competition when the season suddenly stopped
Fortitudo Bologna – the Italian powerhouse is coming back in the European elite and is hungry for titles. They will do anything that is possible to win the trophy, especially because Virtus Bologna, their city-rivals did it back in 2019.
Darussafaka – the ex-Euroleague and Eurocup powerhouse is joining BCL with a lot of hope to make it.
Casademont Zaragoza – the Spanish team was considered the main title contender of the last season and depending on the acquisition campaign from this summer, they could be a force of the upcoming season too.
Galatasaray – switching the Eurocup for BCL was a good move for the Turkish club because in this new competition they have bigger possibilities to reach glory.
Hapoel Jerusalem – one of the best teams during the last seasons, the Israeli powerhouse is always a strong title contender of the competition.
Tofas Bursa – another Turkish team with solid seasons in Eurocup and the domestic league that can be a dangerous opponent for any team next season.
Limoges – France was never so close to the BCL’s trophy than next season when former Euroleague and Eurocup powerhouse will try to win it.
Of course, besides these teams, there are the eternal powerhouses of the competition, that won already the first 2 editions: Iberostar Tenerife and AEK Athens.
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