MADRID
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 - 9:30 P.M
Game Info


by Yanni Andreopoulos

A final tune-up for the Raptors before the beginning of the NBA season… and what a tune-up. Real Madrid is the most storied team in the history of European basketball, having won a record eight Euroleague titles, one Korac Cup and one ULEB Cup (last season). They have also collected an impressive array of silverware on the domestic front, boasting no fewer than 30 ACB titles and 22 Spanish Cups, in the basketball club’s 75-year existence. The team has been the grooming ground for many basketball superstars and NBA players, such as Dražen Petrovic, Arvydas Sabonis and Dejan Bodiroga, to name a few.

Real Madrid is coming off a stellar season, having beaten arch-rivals Barcelona to win the ACB league title, won the ULEB Cup in convincing fashion and earned a berth in next season’s Euroleague. The team has added some of Europe’s most coveted free agents and looks to make a splash in its return to its rightful place in the Euroleague.

Toronto will have its hands full with this Real Madrid team. Basketball fans in Madrid will be happy to see Raptors Jorge Garbajosa and José Calderón, two key players for the Spanish national team that won the 2006 FIBA World Championship.