EEWBL line-up for the 2017/2018 season is completed. We welcome Bornova Becker Spor from magnificent Izmir, Turkey!
Izmir with three million people is the third biggest city in Turkey after Istanbul and capital Ankara.
Karsiyaka Basket – men`s basketball team of Karşıyaka Spor Kulübü, founded in 1966 – is the most known basketball club from Izmir.
KSK or Pinar Karsiyaka has won two Turkish Championships (1987, 2015), one Turkish Cup (2014) and two President`s Cups (1987, 2014).
Bornova Becker Spor is a young and ambitious women`s basketball club. Bornova finished the regular season of the Turkish second division (TKBL) with a 34-4 record and was promoted to the top flight (Bilyoner.com KBL).
The club has been very active during offseason. Bornova has signed the former head coach of the National team – Ceyhun Yildizoglu.
He led the Turkish women to the first ever EuroBasket Women final in 2011 and the first Olympic tournament in 2012 (fifth place). Yildizoglu added the bronze medal in 2013 and the first World Cup appearance in 2014 (fourth place).
Yildizoglu career: Botaş Adana (1989-2008 and 2012-2017), Mersin (2008-2010), Galatasaray (2010-2012).
Other important signings include: Asena Yalcin, Kubra Erat (from ASKI Adana), Saziye Ivegin (from Bellona AGU Kayseri), Emel Turkyilmaz, Michelle Snow (from MBK Mersin), Shavonte Zellous, Iva Perovanovic (from Besiktas).
Bornova also made sports history in Turkey when the first football match ever held in the Ottoman Empire was played there in 1890 between British sailors and young men of Izmir.
EEWBL teams 2017/2018 in alphabetic order:
1) Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon),
2) Astana Tigers (Kazakhstan),
3) Bornova Becker Spor (Turkey),
4) Dynamo Moscow (Russia),
5) Good Angels Košice (Slovakia),
6) Hoptrans Sirenos (Lithuania),
7) Horizont Minsk (Belarus),
8) Kibirkštis Vilnius (Lithuania),
9) Lulea Basket (Sweden),
10) Piešťanské Čajky (Slovakia),
11) Royal Eagles Apeldoorn (Netherlands),
12) Samsun Canik Belediye (Turkey),
13) Tsmoki Minsk (Belarus),
14) TTT Rīga (Latvia),
15) Udominate Basket (Sweden),
16) Vega 1/Liepāja (Latvia).
Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden and Turkey have two teams each, while Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Netherlands and Russia are represented by one team.
EEWBL will feature champions of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Slovakia and Sweden, as well as Lebanon and Slovakia Cup winners.
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