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, Andora
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.

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
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

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

Team Winners Runners-up Winning years
Real Madrid 31 12 1957, 1958, 1960–66, 1968–77, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984–86, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2013
FC Barcelona 18 18 1959, 1981, 1983, 1987–90, 1995–97, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
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]

Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada Fuenlabrada Fernando Martin 5,700
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 9,865
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
MoraBanc Andorra Andorra la Vella Poliesportiu d'Andorra 3,000[1]
Real Madrid Madrid Barclaycard Arena 13,500
Río Natura Monbús Obradoiro Santiago de Compostela Multiusos Fontes do Sar 5,824
Tuenti Móvil Estudiantes Madrid Barclaycard Arena 13,500
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 FC 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 Baloncesto Málaga[2] 30 1111 624 487 1 2 3 5 8 1983–84 1987–88 1
7 Valencia BC 26 943 527 416 1 1 1 12 1988–89 1996–97 2
8 CB Valladolid 30 1032 432 600 4 1983–84 2013–14 6
9 CDB Sevilla 26 910 431 479 2 6 1989–90 1989–90 2
10 Bàsquet Manresa 28 970 419 551 1 2 2 1983–84 2007–08 1
11 CB Gran Canaria 24 844 393 451 1 10 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 17 556 224 332 4 1996–97 2005–06 7
16 CB Murcia 17 568 182 386 1990–91 2011–12 12
17 Baloncesto León 11 398 179 219 3 1990–91 2007–08 6
18 CB Peñas Huesca 12 441 173 268 1983–84 1995–96 10
19 Bilbao Basket 10 356 169 187 1 4 2004–05 2004–05 2
20 Granollers EB 10 352 166 186 7 1983–84 1992–93 5
21 CB Cáceres 11 388 163 225 1 1992–93 2002–03 5
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] 10 317 125 192 2 1983–84 2012–13 6
27 CB Collado Villalba 5 226 93 133 1 1987–88 1991–92 8
28 Gipuzkoa BC 8 239 88 151 1 2006–07 2008–09 5
29 CD Oximesa 6 225 82 143 1986–87 1991–92 11
30 Basket Zaragoza 2002 6 176 81 95 1 1 2008–09 2010–11 3
31 CB Maristas de Málaga 4 160 76 84 1988–89 1991–92 13
32 Cajabilbao 5 184 76 108 1986–87 1990–91 9
33 RCD Espanyol 5 165 73 92 1 1984–85 1988–89 8
34 BC Andorra 5 147 66 81 1 1992–93 2014–15 8
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 Obradoiro CAB 5 138 52 87 1 2009–10 2011–12 8
38 Menorca Bàsquet 5 168 51 117 2005–06 2011–12 15
39 Círculo Católico 3 97 49 48 1 1 1983–84 1985–86 4
40 CD Cajamadrid 3 98 46 52 1 1983–84 1985–86 5
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 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

Other competitions[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Must be expanded to 5,000 seats.
  2. ^ Includes CB Caja de Ronda results
  3. ^ Includes old CB Canarias results

External links[edit]