FIBA EuroCup Challenge

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FIBA EuroCup Challenge
Sport Basketball
Founded 2002
Motto We Are Basketball
No. of teams 16
Continent  Europe
Ceased 2007
Last champion(s) Russia CSK VVS Samara
(1st title)
Most titles Greece Aris BSA Thessaloniki
Germany Mitteldeutscher BC
Romania CSU Asesoft Ploiesti
Russia Ural Great Perm
Russia CSK VVS Samara
(1 title each)
Level on pyramid 4th tier (Europe)
Promotion to EuroChallenge - (3rd tier)
Official website FIBA EuroCup EuroChallenge

The FIBA EuroCup Challenge was the 4th tier level transnational professional club basketball competition in Europe. It was run and organized by FIBA Europe. The league was founded in 2002 and ceased in 2006. Each season's finalists were promoted to the next season's more prestigious 3rd tier level competition, the EuroChallenge.

History[edit]

The competition was played during the 2002–03 to 2006–07 seasons. It was variously known as the FIBA Europe Champions Cup (2002–03), the FIBA Europe Cup (2003–05), and the FIBA EuroCup Challenge (2005–07).

Final Fours[edit]

Season Host (Final phase/game) Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
2002–03 Greece Thessaloniki Greece
Aris (BSA)
84–83 Poland
Trefl Sopot (Prokom)
Latvia
BK Ventspils
91–90
(OT)
Serbia and Montenegro
KK Hemofarm
2003–04 Turkey İzmir Germany
Mitteldeutscher BC
84–68 France
JDA Dijon (SAOS)
Turkey
Tuborg Pilsener
94–53 Russia
Dynamo Moscow Region
2004–05 Romania Ploiești Romania
CSU Asesoft Ploiești
75–74 Russia
Lokomotiv Rostov
Russia
Dynamo Moscow Region
79–45 Turkey
Banvit
2005–06 Ukraine Yuzhny
Russia Perm
Russia
Ural Great Perm
80–67
74–80
Ukraine
Khimik Yuzhny
Greece
Olympia Larissa
N/A Finland
Lappeenranta
2006–07 Cyprus Strovolos
Russia Samara
Russia
CSK VVS Samara
83–85
101–81
Cyprus
Keravnos
Cyprus
Apollon (Pizzaexpress)
N/A Ukraine
Dnipro

Final MVP[edit]

Season Player Pos. Team
2003–04
Lithuania Marijonas Petravičius
C
Mitteldeutscher BC
2004–05
Republic of Macedonia Vladimir Kuzmanović
G
CSU Asesoft Ploieşti

Winning rosters[edit]

FIBA Europe Champions Cup:

2002–03 Aris Thessaloniki (Greece):

Willie Solomon, Ryan Stack, Ivan Grgat, Fedor Likholitov, Prodromos Nikolaidis, Ioannis Lappas, Ioannis Gagaloudis, Dimitar Angelov, Miroslav Raičević, Dimitrios Charitopoulos, Nikos Orfanos, Kostas Kakaroudis, Dimitris Merachtsakis (Head Coach: Vangelis Alexandris)

FIBA Europe Cup:

2003–04 Mitteldeutscher BC (Germany):

Wendell Alexis, Manuchar Markoishvili, Paul Burke, Marijonas Petravičius, Misan Nikagbatse, Sebastian Machowski, Stephen Arigbabu, Jonas Elvikis, Per Ringstrom, Chauncey Leslie, Peter Fehse, Paul Bayer, Michael Krikemans (Head Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

2004–05 CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Romania):

Catalin Burlacu, Ivan Krasic, Nikola Bulatović, Vladimir Kuzmanović, Paul Helcioiu, Marko Rakočević, Rares Apostol, Antonio Alexe, Levente Szijarto, Predrag Materić, Nicolae Toader, Marko Peković, Adrian Blidaru, Saša Ocokoljić (Head Coach: Mladjen Jojic)

FIBA EuroCup Challenge:

2005–06 Ural Great Perm (Russia):

Derrick Alston, Terrell Lyday, Vasili Karasev, Jurica Golemac, Jasmin Hukić, Andre Hutson, Andrei Trushkin, Egor Vyaltsev, Vadim Panin, Evgeni Kolesnikov, Aleksandr Dedushkin, Arseni Kuchinsky, Vyacheslav Shushakov, Artem Kuzyakin (Head Coach: Sharon Drucker)

2006–07 CSK VVS Samara (Russia):

Nikita Shabalkin, Omar Cook, Georgios Diamantopoulos, Kelvin Gibbs, Evgeni Voronov, Pavel Agapov, Gennadi Zelenskiy, Yaroslav Strelkin, Oleg Baranov, Pavel Ulyanko, Taras Osipov, Anton Glazunov, Alexei Kiryanov, Valeri Likhodey (Head Coach: Valeri Tikhonenko)

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