Daily Gossip (Final edition Part II), Friday 16/5/14

It’s semi-final day in Milan and the buzz, as it always happens in these big events is present. Here’s what we’ve been hearing today.

Munich to host Euroleague Final Four 2015?

Several members of the Greek media present here in Milan have heard that an official close to the Euroleague has named Munich in Germany as the main candidate to host the 2015 Euroleague Final Four.

The only possible arena, apart from Berlin’s 02 World, which was used as recently as 2009 is Berlin’s Olympiahalle, which can seat 14,000. The Audi Dome, where Bayern Munich play only seats 6,700.

Papanikolaou: I want to meet Kyle Hines in the final, and beat him

Barcelona’s Kostas Papanikolaou has said that he wants to meet his ex-teammate and good friend Kyle Hines to the Euroleague Final, and of course beat him.

The two were part of the last season’s Olympiacos roster, that won the Euroleague.

Maccabi fans are here for their team.

Maccabi Tel Aviv fans made their appearance known to the city of Milan, since yesterday they decided to march from the Fan Zone in Duomo square, all the way to the team’s hotel, a two hours walk, chanting all the way.

Video, and article (In Spanish) via TUBasket.

Euroleague with relegation?

It appears that Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu has stated on “El Mundo Deportivo” that from the season 2015/16, the format of the tournament will change.

More specifically there is a big possibility that the “A license” will be banned and the last three teams from Euroleague will be relegated to Eurocup while the three first from Eurocup will be promoted to Euroleague

This will be achieved through a small tournament that the teams who got eliminated from the Top 16, will be able to avoid the last three spots.

And away from the Final Four???

Giannis Athinaiou leaves Armani Milano

Two months after Athinaiou moved to Milan, the local club set him free, thanking him for his presence. The reason he is no longer part of the team is, according to the team, that there is no space in the roster for him.

FIBA Europe will decide on which country will host the Eurobasket in the early June

Ukraine asked FIBA Europe to give them some extra time to present their full plan for the upcoming Eurobasket, and be able to overcome the problems that occurred.

However, FIBA already has 16 more possible destinations in their hands, which will be carefully examined until June.