1978–79 FIBA European Champions Cup

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1978–79 FIBA European Champions Cup
League FIBA European Champions Cup
Sport Basketball
Final
Champions Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bosna
  Runners-up Italy Emerson Varese
FIBA European Champions Cup seasons

The 1978–79 FIBA European Champions Cup was the 22nd season of the European top-tier level professional basketball club competition FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague). The Final was held at the Palais des Sports, in Grenoble, France, on April 5, 1979. Bosna defeated Emerson Varese, by a result of 96–93. This final was the last in an impressive run of ten consecutive finals appearances for Varese, and is also notable for Bosna's Žarko Varajić scoring 47 points,[1] a still active record for the number of most points scored in a single EuroLeague Finals game.

Competition system[edit]

  • 22 teams (European national domestic league champions, plus the then current title holders), playing in a tournament system, entered a Quarterfinals group stage, divided into six groups that played a round-robin. The final standing was based on individual wins and defeats. In the case of a tie between two or more teams after the group stage, the following criteria was used to decide the final classification: 1) number of wins in one-to-one games between the teams; 2) basket average between the teams; 3) general basket average within the group
  • The 6 group winners of the Quarterfinals group stage advanced to the Semifinals group stage, which was played as a single group under the same round-robin rules.
  • The group winner and the runner-up of the Semifinals group stage qualified for the final, which was played at a predetermined venue.

Quarterfinals group stage[edit]

Key to colors
     Top place in each group advance to Semifinal group stage

Group A[edit]

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Spain Real Madrid 6 12 6 0 683 443 +240
2. Hungary Honvéd 6 10 4 2 586 576 +10
3. Austria Klosterneuburg 6 7 1 5 476 531 -55
4. Egypt Al-Zamalek 6 7 1 5 446 641 -195

Group B[edit]

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Italy Emerson Varese 4 8 4 0 455 303 +152
2. Luxembourg Amicale 4 6 2 2 325 407 -82
3. Portugal Sporting 4 4 0 4 340 410 -70

Group C[edit]

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 4 7 3 1 376 299 +77
2. Belgium Fresh Air 4 7 3 1 317 331 -14
3. Turkey Eczacıbaşı 4 4 0 4 319 382 -63

Group D[edit]

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Greece Olympiacos 6 10 4 2 522 431 +91
2. France Moderne 6 10 4 2 515 438 +77
3. Poland Wybrzeże Gdańsk 6 10 4 2 540 545 -5
4. Syria Jalaa 6 6 0 6 431 584 -153

Group E[edit]

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bosna 6 11 5 1 573 419 +154
2. Czechoslovakia Zbrojovka Brno 6 10 4 2 594 495 +99
3. Albania Partizani Tirana 6 9 3 3 574 473 +101
4. Cyprus AEL 6 6 0 6 323 677 -354

Group F[edit]

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Spain Joventut Freixenet 6 11 5 1 598 508 +90
2. Netherlands Parker Leiden 6 11 5 1 596 525 +71
3. Sweden Södertälje 6 8 2 4 479 544 -65
4. England Sutton & Crystal Palace 6 6 0 6 499 595 -96

Semifinals group stage[edit]

Key to colors
     Top two places in the group advance to Final
Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1. Italy Emerson Varese 10 17 7 3 819 763 +56
2. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bosna 10 17 7 3 894 895 -1
3. Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 10 16 6 4 839 779 +60
4. Spain Real Madrid 10 16 6 4 976 910 +66
5. Spain Joventut Freixenet 10 13 3 7 860 892 -32
6. Greece Olympiacos 10 11 1 9 747 896 -149

Final[edit]

April 5, Palais des Sports, Grenoble, attendance: 10,603

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Emerson Varese Italy 93–96 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bosna


1978–79 FIBA European Champions Cup
Champions
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Bosna
1st Title

Awards[edit]

FIBA European Champions Cup Finals Top Scorer[edit]

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