KAUNAS - Just before midnight on March 25, several thousand people greeted the Kaunas Zalgiris basketball club at Vilnius airport. That night, Zalgiris' Boeing returned from Istanbul, where the team won the crucial Euroleague quarterfinal match against Istanbul Efes Pilsen 84-70. Zalgiris also won the first leg of the quarterfinal, played in Kaunas, 68-67. Dozens of policemen with sweaty faces tried to make a corridor through the fans for the Zalgiris players. Euroleague is the league of the strongest and richest European clubs. This year, the team budget of Efes Pilsen is $15 million. But ...
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