Fenerbahce, Ratgeber Target Final Four

31 May 2010

Ambitious Fenerbahce believe they have the players, and the coach, to have their best-ever season in Europe.

Laszlo Ratgeber is the new coach, and he was just unveiled at the club alongside new signings Ivana Matovic and Saziye Ivegin, a Turkey international who has played for the Istanbul team before.

13. Diana Taurasi (Spartak Moscow Region)
Diana Taurasi is arguably the best player in the World and has won every competition she played in

Australia's 2006 FIBA World Championship MVP Penny Taylor has agreed to remain at Fener.

It's the newcomers that are causing a real stir, though.

One of the players from Ratgeber's Spartak outfit, superstar Diana Taurasi, has decided to play for the club as well.

"I'm very happy to be a part of a big Fenerbahce club," Ratgeber said.

"I've been watching Fenerbahce outside.

"I had a great respect for Fenerbahce.

"I want to give my best for the team and club.

"I hope we will be very successful."

Ratgeber has led teams to the summit before.

The Hungarian enjoyed a lot of success at former club MiZo Pecs and most recently, he guided Spartak Moscow Region to a EuroLeague Women crown in 2009.

He began last season as coach of Spartak but left the team in November.

Following a recharging of the batteries, he's ready to go.

"We are a new team," Ratgeber said.

"If we organize the Final Four in Istanbul, it would be great.

"We have transferred good players.

"We have great respect for our Turkish players, also.

"We want to achieve the best results that we can."

Fenerbahce vice president Semih Özsoy says it's very important not to look past the signings of Matovic and Ivegin.

Diana Taurasi and Ivana Matovic coaching at a junior camp at the EuroLeague Women All Star Game
New teammates Diana Taurasi and Ivana Matovic faced each other at the 2010 EuroLeague Women All Star Game in Gdynia

"We want to be successful so we signed the two players," Özsoy said.

"One (Ivegin) was our old player.

"We have a good roster. We want to play the final in the Euroleague.

"With our new and experienced coach, we want to be successful.

"We're building a new team."

Matovic was a EuroLeague Women All-Star this season for Lotos Gdynia, a team that she helped win the Polish title.

She's giddy about the opportunity in Istanbul.

"I'm happy that I'm here," she said.

"With a good team, a good staff, a good technical team and the fans, I think our chances of reaching the Final-Four are very high," she said.


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