Liga ACB

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Liga ACB
Current season, competition or edition:
2014–15 ACB season
Liga Endesa.jpg
Logo ACB
Sport Basketball
Founded 1957
(as Liga Nacional)
Inaugural season 1983–84
No. of teams 18
Country Spain
Andorra (1 team)
Continent FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) FC Barcelona (18th 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.

Palmares[edit]

History[edit]

  • 1957 to 1982–83  Liga Nacional
  • 1983-84 to present  Liga ACB

Title holders[edit]

Total titles by Club (Liga Nacional & ACB)[edit]

Club W R Winning years
Real Madrid 31 11 1957, 1958, 1960 to 1966, 1968 to 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984 to 1986, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2013
FC Barcelona 18 18 1959, 1981, 1983, 1987 to 1990, 1995 to 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
Joventut Badalona 4 10 1967, 1978, 1991, 1992
Baskonia 3 4 2002, 2008, 2010
Málaga 1 2 2006
Manresa 1 0 1998
Picadero 0 4
Estudiantes 0 4
Sevilla 0 2
Orillo Verde 0 1
Valencia 0 1
Bilbao 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
2013–14 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
3 – 1
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain Xavier Pascual

Finals appearances[edit]

Num Team W L
24 FC Barcelona 15 9
16 Real Madrid 9 7
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

Current clubs[edit]

Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Baloncesto Sevilla Sevilla Palacio San Pablo 10,200
Bilbao Basket Bilbao Bilbao Arena 10,040
CAI Zaragoza Zaragoza Príncipe Felipe Arena 10,744
FC Barcelona Barcelona Palau Blaugrana 8,250
FIATC Joventut Badalona Palau Municipal d'Esports 12,760
Gipuzkoa Basket San Sebastián San Sebastián Arena 10,241
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Gran Canaria Arena 11,500
Iberostar Tenerife San Cristóbal de La Laguna Pabellón Insular Santiago Martín 5,100
La Bruixa d'Or Manresa Manresa Nou Congost 5,000
Laboral Kutxa Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz Fernando Buesa Arena 15,504
Montakit Fuenlabrada Fuenlabrada Fernando Martin 5,700
MoraBanc Andorra Andorra la Vella Poliesportiu d'Andorra 5,000
Movistar Estudiantes Madrid Barclaycard Arena 13,500
Real Madrid Madrid Barclaycard Arena 13,500
Río Natura Monbús Obradoiro Santiago de Compostela Multiusos Fontes do Sar 5,824
UCAM Murcia Murcia Palacio de Deportes de Murcia 7,454
Unicaja Málaga Martín Carpena 10,500
Valencia Basket Valencia Fuente de San Luis 9,000

All-time Liga ACB table[edit]

The All-time Liga ACB table is an overall record of all match results of every team that has played in Liga ACB since the 1983–84 season. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2013–14 season.

Pos Team Season Played Won Lost 1st 2nd 3rd 4th QF Debut Since/Last App Best
1 Barcelona 32 1318 992 326 15 9 4 1 2 1983–84 1983–84 1
2 Real Madrid 32 1278 932 346 9 7 6 2 6 1983–84 1983–84 1
3 Baskonia 32 1211 761 450 3 4 4 4 11 1983–84 1983–84 1
4 Joventut Badalona 32 1175 697 478 2 4 5 4 5 1983–84 1983–84 1
5 Estudiantes 32 1176 643 533 1 5 7 9 1983–84 1983–84 2
6 Málaga[1] 30 1111 624 487 1 2 3 5 8 1983–84 1987–88 1
7 Valencia 26 943 527 416 1 1 1 12 1988–89 1996–97 2
8 Valladolid 30 1032 432 600 4 1983–84 2013–14 6
9 Sevilla 26 910 431 479 2 6 1989–90 1989–90 2
10 Manresa 28 970 419 551 1 2 2 1983–84 2007–08 1
11 Gran Canaria 24 844 393 451 1 10 1985–86 1995–96 4
12 Girona 20 731 330 401 4 1988–89 2007–08 5
13 Zaragoza 13 473 270 203 2 3 6 1983–84 1995–96 3
14 Breogán 16 604 242 362 2 1984–85 2005–06 6
15 Fuenlabrada 17 556 224 332 4 1996–97 2005–06 7
16 Murcia 17 568 182 386 1990–91 2011–12 12
17 León 11 398 179 219 3 1990–91 2007–08 6
18 Peñas 12 441 173 268 1983–84 1995–96 10
19 Bilbao 10 356 169 187 1 4 2004–05 2004–05 2
20 Granollers 10 352 166 186 7 1983–84 1992–93 5
21 Cáceres 11 388 163 225 1 1992–93 2002–03 5
22 Ourense 12 383 143 240 2 1989–90 2000–01 8
23 OAR Ferrol 10 350 140 210 1 1983–84 1993–94 7
24 Granada 12 411 140 271 1996–97 2010–11 10
25 Lucentum 9 316 132 184 3 2000–01 2011–12 6
26 Canarias[2] 10 317 125 192 2 1983–84 2012–13 6
27 Collado Villalba 5 226 93 133 1 1987–88 1991–92 8
28 Gipuzkoa 8 239 88 151 1 2006–07 2008–09 5
29 Oximesa 6 225 82 143 1986–87 1991–92 11
30 Zaragoza 2002 6 176 81 95 1 1 2008–09 2010–11 3
31 Maristas Málaga 4 160 76 84 1988–89 1991–92 13
32 Cajabilbao 5 184 76 108 1986–87 1990–91 9
33 Espanyol 5 165 73 92 1 1984–85 1988–89 8
34 Andorra 5 147 66 81 1 1992–93 2014–15 8
35 Lleida 4 140 57 83 1 2001–02 2004–05 8
36 Cantabria 5 170 53 117 1997–98 2001–02 14
37 Obradoiro 5 138 52 87 1 2009–10 2011–12 8
38 Menorca 5 168 51 117 2005–06 2011–12 15
39 Círculo Católico 3 97 49 48 1 1 1983–84 1985–86 4
40 Cajamadrid 3 98 46 52 1 1983–84 1985–86 5
41 Gijón 4 144 37 107 1995–96 2001–02 15
42 Salamanca 2 76 36 40 1994–95 1995–96 9
43 Tenerife AB 2 89 28 61 1988–89 1989–90 22
44 Llíria 2 79 27 52 1991–92 1992–93 16
45 Tenerife 2 68 25 43 2003–04 2004–05 10
46 L'Hospitalet 1 31 11 20 1983–84 1983–84 15
47 Ciudad de Huelva 1 39 11 28 1997–98 1997–98 17
48 Askatuak 1 43 10 33 1988–89 1988–89 24

League or status at 2014–15 season:

2014–15 ACB season
2014–15 LEB Oro season
2014–15 LEB Plata season
2014–15 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

Spanish basketball clubs in European-wide competitions[edit]

Euroleague[edit]

Club Champions Finalist Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
600px Bianco viola reale.png Real Madrid 1963-64, 1964-65, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1973-74, 1977-78, 1979-80, 1994-95 1961-62, 1962-63, 1968-69, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1984-85, 2012-13, 2013-14 1958, 1960-61, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971-72, 1992-93, 1995-96, 2010-11 1965-66, 1972-73, 1976-77*, 1978-79*, 1980-81*, 1982-83*, 1986-87*, 1993-94, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10
600px Catalano azulgrana.png FC Barcelona 2002-03, 2009-10 1983-84, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1995-96, 1996-97 1988-89, 1993-94, 1999-00, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 1959-60, 1981-82*, 1987-88, 1991-92, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11
600px Verde e Nero.png Joventut Badalona 1993-94 1991-92 1967-68, 1978-79*
600px Blu e Rosso (Strisce)2.png Baskonia 2000-01, 2004-05 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13
600px Blu Giallo e Azzurro.png Estudiantes 1991-92
600px Verde.png Málaga 2006-07
600px Nero Bianco e Grigio.svg Bilbao 2011-12

*Top 6 (semifinal group stage)

Saporta Cup[edit]

Club Champions Finalist Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
600px Bianco viola reale.png Real Madrid 1983-84, 1988-89, 1991-92, 1996-97 1981-82, 1989-90
600px Catalano azulgrana.png FC Barcelona 1984-85, 1985-86 1980-81 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80 1982-83
600px Blu e Rosso (Strisce)2.png Baskonia 1995-96 1993-94, 1994-95
600px Taronja Valencià.png Valencia 1998-99, 2001-02 2000-01 1999-00
600px Verde e Nero.png Joventut Badalona 1987-88 1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1976-77, 1985-86 1966-67, 1969-70, 1974-75, 1986-87, 1998-99
600px Rosso e Bianco.png Zaragoza 1990-91 1984-85, 1992-93
600px Blu Giallo e Azzurro.png Estudiantes 1973-74, 1975-76

Other competitions[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Includes CB Caja de Ronda results
  2. ^ Includes old CB Canarias results
  3. ^ Top minutes played at ACB.com
  4. ^ Top scorers at ACB.com

External links[edit]