This Thursday at the Palau Blaugrana, Europe will be treated to what has become a classic match-up between FC Barcelona Regal and Zalgiris Kaunas. This will be the 13th duel between the two sides, the first time they played each other was in the 1984/85 final of the European Cup Winners Cup. The win/loss balance since then is clearly in Barça’s favour: 14 victories to only 1 defeat.

The first win, Cup Winners Cup title

On March 19th of 1985 Barça Regal and Zalgiris Kaunas faced off in the final of the Cup Winners Cup. The Azulgranas lifted the trophy by beating the Lithuanians by 77 to 73, it was Barça first European silverware in the Club's basketball history. The two teams didn’t play against each other until 15 years later, in the 1999/2000 season; in the Euroleague. Since then Barça and Zalgiris have practically played against each other every year in Europe’s top competition.

Only one victory for the Lithuanians

Barça Regal has only lost once to Zalgiris Kaunas. It was at the Palau Blaugrana, on Nov. 25 2004, when the Azulgranas fell by 94 to 102. Since then, Barça has won nine matches in a row (from 2005 through 2009) against the Lithuanians.

Barça Regal and Zalgiris Kaunas will once again play against each other at the Palau Blaugrana on Thursday in what has become a European classic match-up.

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