Triple Crown (basketball)

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The Triple Crown is a term in European professional club basketball that refers to a club winning their country's top tier national domestic league, primary national domestic cup, and the top tier European continental level competition (Euroleague) in the same season. It is the highest accomplishment that a European basketball club can achieve during a season. Only 12 European clubs have achieved the Triple Crown, on 20 different occasions.

All the Triple Crowns achieved[edit]

Season Club National League National Cup European Cup
1964-65
Spain Real Madrid Spanish National League Spanish Generalísimo's Cup FIBA European Champion's Cup
1969-70
Italy Varèse (Ignis) Italian A1 League Italian Cup FIBA European Champion's Cup
1972-73
Italy Varèse (Ignis) Italian A1 League Italian Cup FIBA European Champion's Cup
1973-74
Spain Real Madrid Spanish National League Spanish Generalísimo's Cup FIBA European Champion's Cup
1976-77
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup FIBA European Champion's Cup
1980-81
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup FIBA European Champion's Cup
1984-85
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Yugoslav First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European Champion's Cup
1986-87
Italy Olimpia Milano (Tracer) Italian A1 League Italian Cup FIBA European Champion's Cup
1989-90
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Split (Jugoplastika) Yugoslav First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European Champion's Cup
1990-91
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Split (Pop 84) Yugoslav First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European Champion's Cup
1991-92
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Yugoslav First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA European League
1996-97
Greece Olympiacos Greek A1 League Greek Cup FIBA Euroleague
2000-01
Italy Virtus Bologna (Kinder) Italian A1 League Italian Cup Euroleague
2000-01
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup FIBA Suproleague
2002-03
Spain FC Barcelona Spanish National League Spanish King's Cup Euroleague
2003-04
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup Euroleague
2004-05
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup Euroleague
2005-06
Russia CSKA Moscow Russian Superleague A Russian Cup Euroleague
2006-07
Greece Panathinaikos Greek A1 League Greek Cup Euroleague
2008-09
Greece Panathinaikos Greek A1 League Greek Cup Euroleague
2013-14
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League Israeli State Cup Euroleague

By club[edit]

Club Triple Crown
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 6
1976-77, 1980–81, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2013-14
Italy Varèse 2
1969-70, 1972–73
Spain Real Madrid 2
1964-65, 1973–74
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Split 2
1989-90, 1990–91
Greece Panathinaikos 2
2006-07, 2008–09
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona 1
1984-85
Italy Olimpia Milano 1
1986-87
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan 1
1991-92
Greece Olympiacos 1
1996-97
Italy Virtus Bologna 1
2000-01
Spain FC Barcelona 1
2002-03
Russia CSKA Moscow 1
2004-06

By country (national league)[edit]

Country National League Triple Crowns
Israel Israel Israeli BSL
6
Italy Italy Italian Lega A
4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Yugoslav FFL
4
Spain Spain Spanish ACB
3
Greece Greece Greek GBL
3
Russia Russia Russian BSL
1

"Small Triple Crown"[edit]

Second tiers[edit]

In addition, four European basketball clubs have won their top tier national domestic league, top tier national domestic cup, and the second-tier European competition (FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup / FIBA European Cup, or Eurocup) in the same season - the so-called, "Small Triple Crown".

Season Club National League National Cup European Cup
1971-72
Italy Olimpia Milano (Simmenthal) Italian A1 League Italian Cup FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup
1987-88
France Limoges CSP French 1A League Tournoi des As FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup
1993-94
Slovenia Olimpija (Smelt) Slovenian Premier A League Slovenian Cup FIBA European Cup
2008-09
Lithuania Lietuvos Rytas Lithuanian League (LKL) LKF Cup Eurocup

Third and fourth tiers[edit]

Seven clubs, on eight occasions, have won their top tier national domestic league, top tier national domestic cup, and the third-tier European competition (FIBA Korać Cup or FIBA EuroChallenge), or the fourth-tier FIBA EuroCup Challenge, in the same season.

Season Club National League National Cup European Cup
1976-77
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Split (Jugoplastika) Yugoslav First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1978-79
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Yugoslav First Federal League Yugoslav Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1982-83
France Limoges CSP French Nationale 1 French Federation Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1986-87
Spain FC Barcelona Spanish National League Spanish King's Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1995-96
Turkey Efes Pilsen Turkish Basketball League Turkish Basketball Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
1999-00
France Limoges CSP French Pro A League French Basketball Cup FIBA Korać Cup (3rd tier)
2004-05
Romania Asesoft Ploiesti Romanian Divizia A Romanian Basketball Cup FIBA EuroCup Challenge (4th tier)
2011-12
Turkey Beşiktaş Turkish Basketball League Turkish Basketball Cup FIBA EuroChallenge (3rd tier)

See also[edit]