Final Four Excitement In Basketball

EUROPEAN BASKETBALL’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS CUP, THE TURKISH AIRLINES EUROLEAGUE FINDS ITS OWNER

The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four will take place in Barcelona May 6 to 8. Among the four teams competing are Spain, represented by Real Madrid instead of host Barcelona, who won the cup last year, Israel’s Maccabi Electra and Italy’s Montepaschi Siena, two of basketball’s strongest teams, and Greece’s Panathinaikos, who went home with the cup twice in the last five years. The games will be played at the Palau Sant Jordi sporting arena, which was built for the Olympic Games in 1992. The official airline for the Euroleague Final Four in Paris 2010,Turkish Airlines this season became the title sponsor of the event, which gives sports fans a chance to witness one of the biggest sports championships not just in Europe but in the whole world.

FORMER CHAMPIONS
Paris 2010: Barcelona (Spain)
Berlin 2009: Panathinaikos (Greece)
Madrid 2008: CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Athens 2007: Panathinaikos (Greece)
Prague 2006: CSKA Moscow (Russia)

CELEBRATING EUROPE DAYCELEBRATIONS IN TURKEY
Ankara is getting its own ‘Europe Park’ on May 8 when Göksu Park will host festivities throughout the afternoon. Among the events are a Karagöz show, a kite festival, a water bicycle race, a Europe train and concerts.

“KNOW YOUR RIGHTS, USE YOUR RIGHTS?” THAT’S THE EUROPE DAY 2011 SLOGAN!

As well as freedom, democracy, justice and equality, respect for individual and collective rights are among the values espoused by the European Union, the preliminary foundations of which were laid exactly 61 years ago.  On May 9, 1950, the French foreign minister Robert Schumann invited all Europe to joint action in a communiqué issued in his name, saying: “World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.

The contribution which an organized and living Europe can bring to civilization is indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations.” Coming together at the Milan Summit in 1985, the EU leaders decided to celebrate May the 9th every year as ‘Europe Day’ in the name of laying the foundations for European democracy and ensuring lasting peace. Turkey too has been joining in the celebrations since 1999, the year its candidacy for Union membership was officially declared.