Liga ACB

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Liga ACB
Current season, competition or edition:
2013–14 ACB season
Liga Endesa.jpg
Logo ACB
Sport Basketball
Founded 1957
(as Liga Nacional)
Inaugural season 1983–84
No. of teams 18
Country Spain
Continent FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) Real Madrid (31st title)
Most titles Real Madrid (31 titles)
TV partner(s) La 1
La 1 HD
TDP
TDP HD
FORTA
Related competitions Spanish King's Cup
Spanish Supercup
Level on pyramid 1st Tier
Relegation to LEB Oro – 2nd Tier (Last 2)
Official website www.acb.com (Spanish)

The Liga ACB (English: ACB League), known as the Liga Endesa (English: Endesa League) for sponsorship reasons, is the first tier level men's professional basketball league in Spain. It began in 1957, with the name of Liga Nacional, and was originally organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation. The league changed to its current form, beginning with the 1983–84 season, after the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB) took control over the league. The league is rated as one of the top three European national domestic/regional leagues in the European national basketball league rankings system.

The ACB League, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 18 teams, of which the most successful have been Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Regal.

Liga championship rules[edit]

Real Madrid playing against Fuenlabrada

Each team has to play all the other teams in its division twice, once at home and once away. This means that in Liga ACB the league's regular season ends after all teams play 34 matches.

At the end of the league, the eight best teams in the standings start a play-off, pitting the first place team in the standings versus the 8th place team in the standings, and so on. There are three playoff rounds, each consisting of five game series, and the winner of the finals round becomes the champion of the Liga ACB. This is similar to the NBA playoffs system, but shorter.

Each season, the two last qualified teams of the regular season are relegated to LEB Oro and replaced by the two first qualified teams of this league.

Arena standards[edit]

Currently, Liga ACB clubs must have home arenas that seat at least 5,000 people.

Liga Nacional (1957–1983)[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up
1957 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1958 Real Madrid Joventut
1958–59 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
1959–60 Real Madrid Joventut
1960–61 Real Madrid Orillo Verde
1961–62 Real Madrid Joventut
1962–63 Real Madrid Estudiantes
1963–64 Real Madrid Picadero JC
1964–65 Real Madrid Picadero JC
1965–66 Real Madrid Picadero JC
1966–67 Joventut Real Madrid
1967–68 Real Madrid Estudiantes
1968–69 Real Madrid Joventut
1969–70 Real Madrid Picadero JC
Season Champion Runner-up
1970–71 Real Madrid Joventut
1971–72 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1972–73 Real Madrid Joventut
1973–74 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1974–75 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1975–76 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1976–77 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1977–78 Joventut Real Madrid
1978–79 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1979–80 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1980–81 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
1981–82 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1982–83 FC Barcelona Real Madrid

Titles[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up
Real Madrid 22 5
FC Barcelona 3 9
Joventut 2 6
Picadero JC 0 4
Estudiantes 0 2
Orillo Verde 0 1

ACB Finals (1983–84 season – Present)[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Series Result Finals MVP Champion's Coach
1983–84 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
2 – 1
N/A
Spain Lolo Sainz
1984–85 Real Madrid Joventut Badalona
2 – 1
N/A
Spain Lolo Sainz
1985–86 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
2 – 0
N/A
Spain Lolo Sainz
1986–87 FC Barcelona Joventut Badalona
3 – 1
N/A
Spain Aíto García Reneses
1987–88 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 2
N/A
Spain Aíto García Reneses
1988–89 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 2
N/A
Spain Aíto García Reneses
1989–90 FC Barcelona Joventut Badalona
3 – 0
N/A
Spain Aíto García Reneses
1990–91 Joventut Badalona FC Barcelona
3 – 1
United States Corny Thompson Spain Lolo Sainz
1991–92 Joventut Badalona Real Madrid
3 – 2
United States Mike Smith Spain Lolo Sainz
1992–93 Real Madrid Joventut Badalona
3 – 2
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis United States Clifford Luyk
1993–94 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 0
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis United States Clifford Luyk
1994–95 FC Barcelona CB Málaga
3 – 2
United States Michael Ansley Spain Aíto García Reneses
1995–96 FC Barcelona CB Sevilla
3 – 0
Spain Xavi Fernández Spain Aíto García Reneses
1996–97 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 2
Spain Roberto Dueñas Spain Aíto García Reneses
1997–98 Manresa Baskonia
3 – 1
Spain Joan Creus Spain Luis Casimiro
1998–99 FC Barcelona CB Sevilla
3 – 0
United States Derrick Alston Spain Aíto García Reneses
1999–00 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 2
Spain Alberto Angulo Italy Sergio Scariolo
2000–01 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 0
Spain Pau Gasol Spain Aíto García Reneses
2001–02 Baskonia CB Málaga
3 – 0
United States Elmer Bennett Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Duško Ivanović
2002–03 FC Barcelona Valencia BC
3 – 0
Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Svetislav Pešić
2003–04 FC Barcelona Estudiantes
3 – 2
Serbia and Montenegro Dejan Bodiroga Serbia and Montenegro Svetislav Pešić
2004–05 Real Madrid Baskonia
3 – 2
United States Louis Bullock Serbia and Montenegro Božidar Maljković
2005–06 CB Málaga Baskonia
3 – 0
Spain Jorge Garbajosa Italy Sergio Scariolo
2006–07 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 1
Spain Felipe Reyes Spain Joan Plaza
2007–08 Baskonia FC Barcelona
3 – 0
United States Pete Mickeal Croatia Neven Spahija
2008–09 FC Barcelona Baskonia
3 – 1
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain Xavier Pascual
2009–10 Baskonia FC Barcelona
3 – 0
Brazil Tiago Splitter Montenegro Duško Ivanović
2010–11 FC Barcelona Bilbao Basket
3 – 0
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain Xavier Pascual
2011–12 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 2
Slovenia Erazem Lorbek Spain Xavier Pascual
2012–13 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
3 – 2
Spain Felipe Reyes Spain Pablo Laso

Finals appearances[edit]

Num Team W L
23 FC Barcelona 14 9
15 Real Madrid 9 6
7 Baskonia 3 4
6 Joventut Badalona 2 4
3 CB Málaga 1 2
2 CB Sevilla 0 2
1 Manresa 1 0
1 Valencia BC 0 1
1 Estudiantes 0 1
1 Bilbao Basket 0 1

Total league championships (Liga Nacional + ACB)[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up Winning years
Real Madrid 31 11 1957, 1958, 1960–66, 1968–77, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984–86, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2013
FC Barcelona 17 18 1959, 1981, 1983, 1987–90, 1995–97, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012
Joventut Badalona 4 10 1967, 1978, 1991, 1992
Baskonia 3 4 2002, 2008, 2010
CB Málaga 1 2 2006
Bàsquet Manresa 1 0 1998
Picadero JC 0 4
Estudiantes 0 3
CB Sevilla 0 2
Orillo Verde 0 1
Valencia BC 0 1
Bilbao Basket 0 1

Current clubs[edit]

Liga ACB (Canary Islands)
Team Home city Stadium Capacity Last season Head coach Season
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada Fuenlabrada Fernando Martin 5,700 14th Spain Luis Casimiro 5th (1st)
Bilbao Basket Bilbao Bilbao Arena 10,014 7th Spain Rafa Pueyo 1st
CAI Zaragoza Zaragoza Príncipe Felipe Arena 10,744 3rd Spain José Luis Abós 5th
Cajasol Sevilla Palacio San Pablo 10,200 15th Spain Aíto García Reneses 2nd
CB Valladolid Valladolid Polideportivo Pisuerga 6,800 16th Spain Ricard Casas 1st
FC Barcelona Barcelona Palau Blaugrana 8,250 2nd Spain Xavi Pascual 7th
FIATC Joventut Badalona Palau Municipal d'Esports 12,760 11th Spain Salva Maldonado 3rd
Gipuzkoa Basket San Sebastián San Sebastián Arena 10,241 17th Spain Sito Alonso 3rd
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Centro Insular de Deportes
Gran Canaria Arena[1]
5,200
11,500
4th Spain Pedro Martínez 8th (5th)
Iberostar Tenerife San Cristóbal de La Laguna Pabellón Insular Santiago Martín 5,003 10th Spain Alejandro Martínez 10th
La Bruixa d'Or Manresa Nou Congost 5,000 18th Spain Pere Romero 1st
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria-Gasteiz Fernando Buesa Arena 15,504 5th Italy Sergio Scariolo 3rd (1st)
Real Madrid Madrid Palacio de los Deportes 13,500 1st Spain Pablo Laso 3rd
Río Natura Monbús Santiago de Compostela Multiusos Fontes do Sar 5,824 8th Spain Moncho Fernández 4th
Tuenti Móvil Estudiantes Madrid Palacio de los Deportes 13,500 12th Spain Txus Vidorreta 2nd
UCAM Murcia Murcia Palacio de Deportes de Murcia 7,454 13th Argentina Marcelo Nicola 1st
Unicaja Málaga Martín Carpena 10,500 9th Spain Joan Plaza 1st
Valencia BC Valencia Fuente San Luis 9,000 6th Croatia Velimir Perasović 3rd

All-time Liga ACB table[edit]

The All-time Liga ACB table is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in Liga ACB since the 1983–84 season. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2012–13 season.

Pos Team Season Played Won Lost 1st 2nd 3rd 4th QF Debut Since/Last App Best
1 Barcelona 30 1273 957 316 14 9 4 1 2 1983–84 1983–84 1
2 Real Madrid 30 1234 894 340 9 6 6 2 6 1983–84 1983–84 1
3 Baskonia 30 1175 742 433 3 4 4 4 10 1983–84 1983–84 1
4 Joventut Badalona 30 1141 681 460 2 4 5 4 5 1983–84 1983–84 1
5 Estudiantes 30 1142 631 511 1 5 7 9 1983–84 1983–84 2
6 Baloncesto Málaga[2] 28 1070 598 472 1 2 3 4 8 1983–84 1987–88 1
7 Valencia BC 24 901 493 408 1 1 12 1988–89 1996–97 2
8 CB Valladolid 29 998 429 569 4 1983–84 2009–10 6
9 Bàsquet Manresa 26 936 412 524 1 2 2 1983–84 2007–08 1
10 CDB Sevilla 24 873 412 461 2 5 1989–90 1989–90 2
11 CB Gran Canaria 22 807 370 437 1 9 1985–86 1995–96 4
12 CB Girona 20 731 330 401 4 1988–89 2007–08 5
13 CB Zaragoza 13 473 270 203 2 3 6 1983–84 1995–96 3
14 CB Breogán 16 604 242 362 2 1984–85 2005–06 6
15 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 15 522 212 310 4 1996–97 2005–06 7
16 Baloncesto León 11 398 179 219 3 1990–91 2007–08 6
17 CB Peñas Huesca 12 441 173 268 1983–84 1995–96 10
18 CB Murcia 15 534 170 364 1990–91 2011–12 12
19 Granollers EB 10 352 166 186 7 1983–84 1992–93 5
20 CB Cáceres 11 388 163 225 1 1992–93 2002–03 5
21 Bilbao Basket 9 322 157 165 1 4 2004–05 2004–05 2
22 Club Ourense Baloncesto 12 383 143 240 2 1989–90 2000–01 8
23 CB OAR Ferrol 10 350 140 210 1 1983–84 1993–94 7
24 CB Granada 12 411 140 271 1996–97 2010–11 10
25 CB Lucentum Alicante 9 316 132 184 3 2000–01 2011–12 6
26 CB 1939 Canarias[3] 8 283 111 172 2 1983–84 2012–13 6
27 CB Collado Villalba 5 226 93 133 1 1987–88 1991–92 8
28 CD Oximesa 6 225 82 143 1986–87 1991–92 11
29 CB Maristas de Málaga 4 160 76 84 1988–89 1991–92 13
30 Cajabilbao 5 184 76 108 1986–87 1990–91 9
31 RCD Espanyol 5 165 73 92 1 1984–85 1988–89 8
32 Gipuzkoa BC 6 205 72 133 1 2006–07 2008–09 5
33 BC Andorra 4 147 66 81 1 1992–93 1995–96 8
34 Basket Zaragoza 2002 4 140 63 77 1 2008–09 2010–11 3
35 CE Lleida Bàsquet 4 140 57 83 1 2001–02 2004–05 8
36 Cantabria Baloncesto 5 170 53 117 1997–98 2001–02 14
37 Menorca Bàsquet 5 168 51 117 2005–06 2011–12 15
38 Círculo Católico 3 97 49 48 1 1 1983–84 1985–86 4
39 CD Cajamadrid 3 98 46 52 1 1983–84 1985–86 5
40 Obradoiro CAB 3 104 39 65 1 2009–10 2011–12 8
41 Gijón Baloncesto 4 144 37 107 1995–96 2001–02 15
42 CB Salamanca 2 76 36 40 1994–95 1995–96 9
43 Tenerife AB 2 89 28 61 1988–89 1989–90 22
44 CB Llíria 2 79 27 52 1991–92 1992–93 16
45 Tenerife Baloncesto 2 68 25 43 2003–04 2004–05 10
46 CB L'Hospitalet 1 31 11 20 1983–84 1983–84 15
47 CB Ciudad de Huelva 1 39 11 28 1997–98 1997–98 17
48 Askatuak SBT 1 43 10 33 1988–89 1988–89 24

League or status at 2013–14 season:

2013–14 ACB season
2013–14 LEB Oro season
2013–14 LEB Plata season
2013–14 Liga EBA season
Lower divisions
Clubs that no longer exist or does not compete in senior competitions

Awards[edit]

ACB records[edit]

Fran Vázquez holds the record for most blocks in an ACB game, 12
  • Most Points in a Game
  • Most Field Goals Made in a Game
  • Most Three Point Field Goals Made in a Game
  • Most Free Throws Made in a Game
  • Most Rebounds in a Game
  • Most Assists in a Game
  • Most Steals in a Game
  • Most Blocks in a Game
  • Most Points in a Game
  • Fewest Points in a Game
  • Largest Margin of Victory in a Game
  • Victory with fewest points

Other competitions[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Since May 1
  2. ^ Includes CB Caja de Ronda results
  3. ^ Includes old CB Canarias results

External links[edit]