Granca faces the semifinals with an eye on Valencia

The island team does not yet know what they have to do to be in the Euroleague. It could be enough for him to be a finalist, if the taronja team does not get among the eight best.

Herbalife Gran Canaria debuted in the Euroleague in the 2018-19 season and could be two victories away from returning to the European elite, with the permission of Valencia Basket. The taronja team must qualify among the top eight to retain its place in the Euroleague next season and one of the two direct tickets from the Eurocup depends on that. Therefore, if Valencia beats Baskonia this Thursday (9:00 p.m., Dazn) and Real Madrid and / or Zenit lose any of their remaining matches, only the Eurocup champion will go, because the Taronja team the other square would stay. But if he does not succeed and is left out of the playoff, the two finalists of the second European competition will go.Hence, Granca, which this Tuesday begins its semifinal in Monaco (19:00, Dazn), do not yet know what they have to do to return to the Euroleague. It could be enough to win two games against the Principality team ... or not, and have to be proclaimed champion (in the other series, the favorite, Virtus Bologna, is measured against Unics Kazan). Those from Fisac dispute their third semi-final of the Eurocup (in 2015 they played the final) against a debutant Monaco, which has had a great season with Lessort, Gray and Knight at the helm.

With the expansion to 18 teams, the Euroleague ended the places granted by some domestic leagues (the Bundesliga, the VTB, the Adriatic League and the ACB) for the champion or for the best classified without a fixed license. In this way, Granca entered the competition three seasons ago, the last with 16 teams, but the objective of the Euroleague in the medium term is to create a tournament with promotions and relegation since the Eurocup.

Participants have increased, but so have fixed licenses. The eleven teams that already had it (Madrid, Barça, Baskonia, CSKA, Efes, Fenerbahçe, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Zalgiris, Milan and Maccabi) will be joined next season by Bayern Munich and Asvel Villeurbanne, as agreed by the ECA (Euroleague Commercial Assets) in November. In addition, Alba Berlin has secured a place for the next two seasons, so there would already be 14 permanent teams. Therefore, there would be four places available. Two of them would go to the Eurocup champion and the runner-up in this competition or Valencia Basket if he manages to get into the playoff. The Euroleague would reserve two invitations, although one of them would (almost certainly) go to an Adriatic League team (Red Star or Partizan Belgrade) and the other could end in Russia.

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