Expectations are always high when the season progresses and attention turns to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four. And this year those expectations are even higher thanks to a new format and a tradition of great finishes whenever a season has ended in Istanbul, where it will do so once again on the weekend of May 19 to 21. The 2017 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four at Istanbul’s Sinan Erdem Dome will mark the third time a continental champion is crowned in the city, and the first two such occasions are etched in the annals of history among the most exciting championship games ever played in the sport of basketball.
The 2017 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four slate is set! Olympiacos Piraeus claimed the final ticket after disposing of Anadolu Efes Istanbul in a win-or-go-home Game 5 on Tuesday. The semifinals at Sinan Erdem Dome on Friday, May 19 will pit the Reds against defending champion CSKA Moscow in a re-match of the memorable 2012 championship game at the same site, while Real Madrid meets last season’s runner-up Fenerbahce Istanbul. This will mark the first time ever that all four teams have also played in one of the previous Final Four editions. Madrid, Fenerbahce, Olympiacos and CSKA played the 2015 Final Four, with the same semifinal matchups.