Real Madrid or Baskonia: 19 consecutive editions with at least one Spaniard in the Final Four

Real Madrid and Baskonia begin a quarter-final match in the Euroleague this Tuesday that will guarantee the presence of an ACB team in the Final Four for one more year., which will be held in Berlin between May 24 and 26. Thus, they will be 19 consecutive editions with a Spanish club fighting for the continental title in the decisive weekend.

No country in Europe can boast of such an achievement nor does it come close.. Russia, thanks to the potential it has CSKAhad a streak of eight consecutive participations cut in 2011 and then another of nine that ended in 2022 with the war in Ukraine and the ban on Russian clubs from playing in European competitions.

You have to go back to the one held in Tel Aviv in 2004 to find a Final Four without a Spanish team. Since then, they have not failed. Barcelona and Madrid have been in nine, Baskonia in five and Unicaja in one. A total of 24 participations, since in six editions (2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2022 and 2023) there was a double Spanish presence and, of them, the last four with Classics included.

Also this season there could be two Spanish teams, since Madrid or Baskonia could be joined by Barcelona, ​​which will face Olympiacos at their crossroads. AND If the Blaugranas qualify, there will be an ACB duel again in the semifinals, since they go on the same side of the painting. That would guarantee that a Spanish team is in the grand final of the Euroleague.

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