2005–06 Euroleague

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Main article: Euroleague Basketball
Euroleague 2005-06
League Euroleague
Sport Basketball
Season
Season MVP United States Anthony Parker (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Top scorer United States Drew Nicholas
(Benetton Treviso)
Final Four
Final Four champions Russia CSKA Moscow
  Runners-up Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Final Four MVP Greece Theo Papaloukas (CSKA Moscow)
Euroleague Basketball seasons

The Euroleague is an international professional basketball club competition for elite clubs throughout Europe. The 2005–2006 season featured 24 competing teams from 13 different countries. The final of the competition was held in Sazka Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, on April 30, 2006 with CSKA Moscow defeating defending champions Maccabi Tel Aviv 73-69.

Format[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

The first phase is a regular season, in which the competing teams are drawn into three groups, each containing eight teams. Each team plays every other team in its group at home and away, resulting in 14 games for each team in the first stage. The top 5 teams in each group and the best sixth-placed team advance to the next round. The complete list of tiebreakers is provided in the lead-in to the Regular Season results.

Top 16[edit]

The surviving teams are divided into four groups of four teams each, and again a round-robin system is adopted resulting in 6 games each, with the top 2 teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Tiebreakers are identical to those used in the Regular Season.

Quarterfinals[edit]

In the quarterfinals, the top placed teams from each Top 16 group play second placed teams from a different group in a best-of-three playoff series, with the winners of those series advancing to the Final Four.

Final Four format[edit]

The culminating stage of the Euroleague in which the four remaining teams play a semifinal match and the winners of those advance to the final. The losers play in a third-place playoff. The team which is victorious in the Final will be Euroleague champion.

Regular Season[edit]

Key to colors
     Top five places in each group, plus highest-ranked sixth-place team,
advance to Top 16
     Eliminated

Tiebreakers:

  • Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs
  • Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs
  • Overall point difference in all group matches (first tiebreaker if tied clubs are not in the same group)
  • Points scored in all group matches
  • Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Spain Tau Cerámica 14 11 3 1130 976 154
2. Italy Climamio Bologna 14 10 4 1114 989 125
3. Lithuania Žalgiris 14 9 5 1065 1037 28
4. Italy Benetton Treviso 14 8 6 1042 1134 8
5. Germany Bamberg 14 7 7 975 1023 -48
6. Slovenia Union Olimpija 14 5 9 1059 1080 -21
7. France Strasbourg IG 14 3 11 972 1058 -86
8. Greece AEK Athens 14 3 11 940 1100 -160

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 14 9 5 1220 1135 85
2. Turkey Efes Pilsen 14 9 5 1025 995 30
3. Spain Winterthur FCB 14 8 6 1079 1021 58
4. Lithuania Lietuvos Rytas 14 8 6 1068 1012 56
5. Greece Olympiacos 14 7 7 1085 1059 26
6. Croatia Cibona 14 6 8 917 1054 -137
7. Poland Prokom Trefl 14 5 9 997 1066 -69
8. Italy Armani Jeans Milano 14 5 9 1036 1085 -49

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Spain Unicaja Málaga 14 12 2 1100 1015 85
2. Greece Panathinaikos 14 12 2 1219 1063 156
3. Russia CSKA Moscow 14 10 4 1116 950 166
4. Spain Real Madrid 14 7 7 1012 1004 8
5. Turkey Ülker 14 5 9 1000 1055 -55
6. Italy Montepaschi Siena 14 4 10 1001 1055 54
7. France Pau-Orthez 14 4 10 971 1103 -132
8. Serbia and Montenegro Partizan 14 2 12 978 1152 -174

Top 16[edit]

The draw was held in accordance with Euroleague rules.

The teams were placed into four pools, as follows:

  • Level 1: The three group winners, plus the top-ranked second-place team
    • Unicaja, TAU, Maccabi, Panathinaikos
  • Level 2: The remaining second-place teams, plus the top two third-place teams
    • Climamio, Efes Pilsen, CSKA, Žalgiris
  • Level 3: The remaining third-place team, plus the three fourth-place teams
    • Lietuvos Rytas, Benetton, Winterthur FCB, Real Madrid
  • Level 4: The fifth-place teams, plus the top ranked sixth-place team
    • Olympiacos, Bamberg, Ülker, Cibona

Each Top 16 group included one team from each pool. The draw was conducted under the following restrictions:

  1. No more than two teams from the same Regular Season group can be placed in the same Top 16 group.
  2. No more than two teams from the same country can be placed in the same Top 16 group.
  3. If there is a conflict between these two restrictions, (1) will receive priority.

Another draw was held to determine the order of fixtures. In cases of two teams from the same city in the Top 16 (Panathinaikos and Olympiacos, Efes Pilsen and Ülker) they were scheduled so that every week only one team would be at home.

Key to colors
     Top two places in each group advance to quarterfinals
     Eliminated from contention

Teams in bold type advanced to the quarterfinals.

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Spain Winterthur FCB 6 5 1 448 434 +14
2. Greece Olympiacos 6 4 2 490 450 +40
3. Spain Unicaja Málaga 6 3 3 447 435 +12
4. Lithuania Žalgiris 6 0 6 425 491 −66

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
2. Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 5 1 491 448 +43
2. Spain Real Madrid 6 4 2 446 412 +34
3. Italy Climamio Bologna 6 2 4 469 477 −8
4. Turkey Ülker 6 1 5 415 484 −69

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Russia CSKA Moscow 6 5 1 441 391 +50
2. Spain Tau Cerámica 6 4 2 453 422 +31
3. Lithuania Lietuvos Rytas 6 3 3 422 427 −5
4. Germany Bamberg 6 0 6 374 450 −76

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Greece Panathinaikos 6 3 3 447 419 +28
2. Turkey Efes Pilsen 6 3 3 446 447 −1
3. Italy Benetton Treviso 6 3 3 476 488 −12
4. Croatia Cibona 6 3 3 458 473 −15

Quarterfinals[edit]

Each quarterfinal was a best-of-three series between a first-place team in the Top 16 and a second-place team from a different group, with the first-place team receiving home advantage.

Quarterfinal 1[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Venue Date
Game 1 Winterthur FCB Spain 72 - 58 Spain Real Madrid Barcelona
Game 2 Real Madrid Spain 84 - 78 Spain Winterthur FCB Madrid
Game 3 Winterthur FCB Spain 76 - 70 Spain Real Madrid Barcelona

Quarterfinal 2[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Venue Date
Game 1 Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 87 - 78 Greece Olympiacos Tel Aviv
Game 2 Olympiacos Greece 76 - 70 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Piraeus
Game 3 Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 77 - 73 Greece Olympiacos Tel Aviv

Quarterfinal 3[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Venue Date
Game 1 CSKA Moscow Russia 66 - 57 Turkey Efes Pilsen Moscow
Game 2 Efes Pilsen Turkey 71 - 75 Russia CSKA Moscow Istanbul

Quarterfinal 4[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Venue Date
Game 1 Panathinaikos Greece 84 - 72 Spain Tau Cerámica Athens
Game 2 Tau Cerámica Spain 85 - 79 Greece Panathinaikos Vitoria-Gasteiz
Game 3 Panathinaikos Greece 71 - 74 Spain Tau Cerámica Athens

Final Four[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 85 – 70 Spain Tau Cerámica Sazka Arena, Prague

Semifinal 2[edit]

Winterthur FCB Spain 75 – 84 Russia CSKA Moscow Sazka Arena, Prague

Third Place[edit]

Winterthur FCB Spain 82 – 87 Spain Tau Cerámica Sazka Arena, Prague

Final[edit]

CSKA Moscow Russia 73 – 69 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Sazka Arena, Prague
Euroleague 2006 Champions

CSKA Moscow
Fifth title

Champion roster[edit]

Awards[edit]

Euroleague MVP[edit]

Final Four MVP[edit]

All-Euroleague First Team 2005–2006[edit]

All-Euroleague Second Team 2005–2006[edit]

Best Defender[edit]

Rising Star[edit]

Alphonso Ford Top Scorer[edit]

Alexander Gomelsky Coach of the Year[edit]

Club Executive of the Year[edit]

References and notes[edit]

Euroleague Competition Format

External links[edit]