|Alba Torrens, the EuroLeague Women 2011 MVP with champions Halcon Avenida, is one of the stars that Galatasaray have signed in their bid to conquer the title|
FIBA Europe has announced that the EuroLeague Women 2012 Final Eight will be organised by the club Galatasaray Medical Park in Istanbul, 28th March to 1st April 2012.
The venue for the tournament, which will feature Europe's top-eight women's teams, will be Abdi Ipekci, the home of Galatasaray.
"Istanbul is a major tourist destination and a hotspot for sports events. I am positive that this will be a tournament that everybody will enjoy," said FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson.
Galatasaray won the right to organise the event ahead of UMMC Ekaterinburg which wanted the event for the second year running, after staging the 2011 Final Four.
"We had two high quality bids but in the end we decided to go with Galatasaray as this will set a milestone, the first time a EuroLeague Women final tournament will be staged in Turkey," commented FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
The Galatasaray bid enjoys the support of the experienced Turkish Basketball Federation who are trying to build on the momentum gained by Turkey's silver medal success in this year's EuroBasket Women in Poland.
The country will also organise the Women's World Championship in 2014