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Barcelona expands its museum of horrors in the Euroleague: all its failures

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Belgrade se a a the black history of Barcelona as a cursed city in its long list of disenchantments with the Euroleague, as before were Geneva (1984), Munich (1989), Zaragoza (1990), Paris (1991 and 1996), Tel-Aviv (1994), Rome (1997), Thessaloniki (2000), Prague (2006), Berlin ( 2009), Istanbul (2012), London (2013), Milan (2014) and Cologne (2021). The azulgranas were favorites to win the title after having finished first in the regular phase, but they did not meet expectations and cThey completed their fifteenth fiasco in their 17 appearances in the Final Four in the semifinals against Real Madrid. including the first single-leg final in 1984.

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Yabusele and Llull, euphoric after completing the victory in the semifinal against Barcelona.EFE

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Causeur, Yabusele and Llull join their long list of ogres

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The Real Madrid has been their last executioner, as they were before Banco di Roma, Jugoplástika, Joventut, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, Maccabi, Real Madrid itself twice (2013 and 2014) and the Anadolu Efes. There are also many of his ogres in this competition, who put a face to those disappointments. From Larry Wrightthe first, passing through Toni Kukoc, Stojan Vrankovic, David Rivers, JR Holden, Ramunas Siskauskas, Sergio Rodríguez, Vasilije Micic and Shane Larkin. now join them Fabien Causeur, Ghuerschon Yabusele and Sergio Llulltheir three main executioners in the Belgrade semifinal.

Near post, before the Banco di Roma of the ‘dragonfly’ Larry Wright (1984)

Barcelona planted itself in its first European Cup final in 1984facing the Banco di Roma single party in Geneva. The azulgranas went well (8-17 with 11 Epi points) and dominated almost until the break (22-35, min 16), but in the second half the fouls of Mike Davis, Epi and Solozábal weighed down their game and emerged the enormous figure of Larry Wright (27 points) to lead the comeback and bury Barça (79-73). The sting of the ‘dragonfly’ was lethal and with him stood out Clarence Kea (9+9) y Tombolato (12+3). At Barça it wasn’t enough Epi (31), seconded only by Davis (10) and Starks (10+3).

The Jugoplastika is presented to the world and bitter to Barça (1989)

Five years later in Munichalready in Final Four format, Barcelona added its second disappointment against the JugoplastikaCroatian team full of youngsters who presented themselves to the world winning the first of their three consecutive Euroleagues and taking ahead to Barcelona in the semifinals (87-77). Kukoc (24+5), Ivanovic (21), Radja (18+11) and Sobin (4+8) were the most outstanding in a team that also included Perasovic, Tabak or Sretenovic among others. Barça was surprised by the talented Croatian team and Epi (16), Sibilio (15), Norris (15+8) and Jiménez (14+6) could not prevent it.

Radja takes the position against Norris in the presence of Ivanovic.
Radja takes the position against Norris in the presence of Ivanovic.

Kukoc and the Croatian ogre annoy the culé party at ‘casa’ (1990)

The following year the Barcelona, ​​after defeating Aris Thessaloniki in the semifinals (104-83), the title was played again with the Jugoplastika in the Final Four in Zaragoza. It was like playing at home, but for the second consecutive year the Croats dynamited the Barça party, who appeared as favorites and they succumbed again (72-67). Kukoc (20+7), Perasovic (12), Ivanovic (12+3+3) y Savic (4+7) they did not give the Norris (18+10), Wood (12+4), Epi (10+4), Ferrán Martínez (6 + 6) or Solozábal (5).

Kukoc, defended by Epi.
Kukoc, defended by Epi.

Third stab followed by the Jugoplastika (1991)

In the Paris Final Foura year later and for the third consecutive season Barcelona met Jugoplastika again in the final, that that year changed its name and was renamed Pop 84 the Split. Different name and already son of Radja, Sobin and Ivanovicbut the same black beast, which left the azulgranas without a title (70-65). This time the Croats didn’t even need a great match from their star. Kukoc (8+7) did not shine, nor Perasovic (6). this time it was Savic (27 + 4), who would later go to Barça, the executor. Piculin Ortiz (12+12), Trumbo (12+6) and Montero (9) were not enough in a bad match between Epi (8) and Solozábal (7).

Savic, hero of the 1991 Final, lifts the trophy in the presence of Kukoc.
Savic, hero of the 1991 Final, lifts the trophy in the presence of Kukoc.

A great Joventut kills his neighbor in the semifinal (1994)

Three years later Barça returned to the Final Four in the edition of Tel-Aviv (1994)having to face in the semifinals the Youth. The azulgranas, clear favourites, succumbed against prognosis (79-65) before a Penya in which they stood out Tomás Jofresa (21), Villacampa (20), Thompson (12 + 6), Ferrán Martínez (12 + 8) and Mike Smith (11+11) , and who ended up winning the title after defeating Olympiacos in the final. At Barça only Epi was saved (23+4 assists)who saw how he flew what would be his last chance to win the Euroleague before retiring.

Joventut celebrate their victory in the Final Four in Tel-Aviv in 1994.
Joventut celebrate their victory in the Final Four in Tel-Aviv in 1994.

An illegal block by Vrankovic prevents him from winning the first (1996)

In the Paris Final Four (1996) Barcelona defeated Madrid in semifinals (76-66) and stood in the final against Panathinaikos, who prevailed (67-66) in a match that will go down in history for the Illegal stopper from the giant Vrankovic to Montero (the ball had already touched the board) on the last play of the game that prevented the azulgranas from lifting their first Euroleague. Alvertis (17), Wilkins (16+10) and Ekonomou (10+6+5) were the best of the Greeks. Among the Barcelona fans, the best were Karnisovas (23+8+6) and Xavi Fernandez (15).

Vrankovic's illegal block on Montero that prevented Barcelona from winning their first Euroleague.
Vrankovic’s illegal block on Montero that prevented Barcelona from winning their first Euroleague.

David Rivers joins Barcelona’s list of ogres (1997)

A year later, Barcelona returned to stand in the final in the Roma’s Final Four (1997) and for the sixth time he knelt down again. Olympiacos, led by a huge David Rivers (26+6+3) didn’t give him a choice (73-58). The azulgranas accused the weak game of Djordjevic (6 + 4 + 7) and the contribution of Karnisovas (14+4) and Jiménez (16+9) was not enough.

David Rivers, executioner of Barcelona in the final, with the 1997 Euroleague champion trophy
David Rivers, executioner of Barcelona in the final, with the 1997 Euroleague champion trophy

Huffman and Maccabi squeeze him in the semifinals (2000)

In the Thessaloniki Final Four (2000) Barcelona was devastated in the semifinals (51-65) by a Maccabi lead by Nate Huffman (24+12) y Brisker (15), who squeezed him in defense. Single Goldwire (13), Owners (6+8) and De la Fuente (10) came close to approval in a game in which Gurovic (5), Alston (7) and Rentzias (4) disappointed. Another missed opportunity from a team that was beginning to see ghosts in this competition.

Rentizas tries to fake the shot with Huffman, the best of that semifinal, behind him.
Rentizas tries to fake the shot with Huffman, the best of that semifinal, behind him.

Holden and Smodis cut Barça’s wings in Prague (2006)

After winning the title in 2003, Barça returned to a Final Four in which he added a new setback after caer against CSKA in the semifinals (84-75).Holden (19), Smodis (17 + 12), Papaloukas (19) and Langdon (13 + 5) leaders the triumph of the Russians (84-75). Williams (24), Thornton (15) and Navarro (10) could not sustain a Barça in which Basile (8), Fucka (2), Marconato (7) and Kakiouzis (5) screeched.

Holden pitches without Trias hitting him in the semifinal of the Final Four in Prague 2006.
Holden pitches without Trias hitting him in the semifinal of the Final Four in Prague 2006.

Siskauskas’s CSKA embitters him again in Berlin (2009)

Three years later Barça returned to the Final Four, and as in the last duel CSKA embittered them again in the semifinals (82-78). And Siskauskas Extraordinary (29), Langdon (15+6), Holden (8+5+4), Smodis (9+3), Lorbek (8) and Khryapa (9) led the Russians to victory. at Barca Andersen’s good game (24+4+2), seconded by Lakovic (13+3+5), Navarro (13) and Santiago (9+6), was insufficient. Vázquez (6) and Ilyasova (2) barely appeared.

Siskauskas, Barça's executioner in the 2009 semi-finals, initiates a counterattack.
Siskauskas, Barça’s executioner in the 2009 semi-finals, initiates a counterattack.

Spanoulis and Olympiacos neutralize Navarro (2012)

After winning its second Euroleague in 2010, Barcelona appeared in the Istanbul Final Four (2012)but could not repeat success, He crossed his path in the semifinals Olympiacos, who with a great Spanoulis (21+3+6) be imposed in a tight duel (68-64). Printezis (14+4), Papanikolaou (9+4) and Dorsey (8+5) complemented the great point guard to leave the azulgranas without options, who had Navarro (18), NDong (10+5) and Vazquez (8+7) as top players. Mickeal (4), Lorbek (9) and Huertas (4) disappointed.

Spanoulis, Barça's executioner in the 2012 semifinals, runs chased by Navarro.
Spanoulis, Barça’s executioner in the 2012 semifinals, runs chased by Navarro.

The Real Madrid of Reyes and Sergio and Llull, new executioner (2013)

A year later, in the London Final Fourthe azulgranas fell in the semifinals against Real Madrid (67-74). Reyes (17+5) Sergio Rodríguez (12+9 assists) Llull (13+4) and Rudy Fernández (8+5+4) led the Whites to victory against their eternal rival. The good work of Huertas (19+6+2) and Tomic (18+12) was insufficient in a match that Lorbek (6), Navarro (9), Ingles (5) and Jasikevicius (6) tiptoed through.

Embarrassing score with which the Barça-Madrid semifinal ended in the Final Four in Milan in 2014.
Embarrassing score with which the Barça-Madrid semifinal ended in the Final Four in Milan in 2014.

Humiliated by their eternal rival (100-62) in Milan (2014)

Barca reached the Milan Final Four the following season wanting to get even for that defeat against Madrid, but far from doing it they suffered one of the greatest humiliations of their eternal rival, that crushed them in one Anthological semi-final for the whites (100-62). Sergio Rodríguez (21+6 assists), Mirotic (19+4), Rudy (12+4) and Llull (11+5+3) took the game out of the game early on a Barcelona that does not compare. Only Tomic (16+8) stood up for the Catalanswith ghostly performances by Oleson (8), Huertas (7), Nachbar (7), Abrines (2) and a Navarro (3), who ended up very touched, like all his team, after a resounding defeat which is already part of the gallery of horrors of its recent history.

Vasilije MIcic, executioner of Barcelona, ​​celebrates with his Anadolu Efes teammates the victory in the 2021 Final Four
Vasilije MIcic, verdugo …



Source: www.marca.com

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