For many years the second prestigious competition of our continent after the Euroleague, the Eurocup is going down every single year. Since the 2016-2017 season when the conflict with Fiba started, Eurocup is losing ground in front of the new competition, Basketball Champions League.
For those who remember the previous Eurocup is sad to see how the number of participant teams dropped from over 40 (sometimes 44 or 48 teams) to a poor 24 (even 20) teams. And even for this 20, the Euroleague has to struggle to find them.
The level of the teams involved dropped at the same time. Of course, there are the eternal squads like Valencia, Unicaja, Unics, Lokomotiv Kuban, Crvena Zvezda, Partizan… And as well some decent teams like Turk Telekom Ankara, Zenit Sankt-Petersburg, Tofas, Cedevita, Brescia, but some other teams don’t deserve to be there.
I went to see the game between Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt and Lietuvos Rytas and it was pretty good for a non-professional fun in the backyard of the high school. The offensive and defensive abilities of both teams – very low, the tactic level and the passion for the game – almost zero.
And I hope that you realize that we are speaking about teams that will qualify for the Top16 of the Eurocup!!! Then, how is the level of the other teams that soon will have to leave the competition? I don’t want to think about it!
Graţian Cormoş, email@example.com