2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague

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2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague
FIBA SuproLeague Official Logo.jpg
Competition details
Dates18 October 2000 – 13 May 2001
Final positions
ChampionsIsrael Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv (3rd title)
Runners-upGreece Panathinaikos
Third placeTurkey Efes Pilsen
Fourth placeRussia CSKA Moscow
Season MVPUnited States Nate Huffman
Final Four MVPSlovenia Ariel McDonald
Statistical leaders
Points Serbia and Montenegro Miroslav Berić 23.3
Rebounds Italy Roberto Chiacig 9.4
Assists Latvia Raimonds Miglinieks 7.0

The 2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague was the FIBA European professional club basketball Champions' Cup for the 2000–01 season. Up until that season, there was one cup, the FIBA European Champions' Cup (which is now called the EuroLeague), though in this season of 2000–01, the leading European teams split into two competitions: the FIBA SuproLeague and Euroleague Basketball Company's Euroleague 2000–01.

The season started on October 18, 2000, and ended on May 13, 2001. The competition's Final Four took place at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, in Paris, France.

European Champions' Cup teams divided[edit]

The EuroLeague (or historically called, the European Champions' Cup) was originally established by FIBA, and it operated under its umbrella from 1958, until the summer of 2000, concluding with the 1999–2000 season. Euroleague Basketball was created on 1 July 2000.

Because FIBA had never trademarked the "EuroLeague" name, Euroleague Basketball used it without any legal ramifications as FIBA had no legal recourse to do anything about it. Therefore, FIBA had to find a new name for their league and chose "SuproLeague". The 2000–01 season started with two separate top European professional club basketball competitions: the FIBA SuproLeague (previously known as the FIBA EuroLeague) and the brand new Euroleague.

The rift in European professional club basketball initially showed no signs of letting up. Top clubs were also split between the two leagues: Panathinaikos, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow, and Efes Pilsen stayed with FIBA, while Olympiacos, Kinder Bologna, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Tau Cerámica, and Benetton Treviso joined Euroleague Basketball.

Competition system and format[edit]

  • 20 teams (national domestic league champions, and runners-up from various national domestic leagues), playing in a tournament system.

The first phase was a regular season, in which the twenty competing teams were drawn into two groups, each containing ten teams. Each team played every other team in its group at home and away, resulting in 18 games for each team. The top 8 teams in each group advanced to the Round of 16, and the winners of this round advanced to the Quarterfinals. Both of the rounds were played in a Best-of-three playoff system. The winning teams of the Quarterfinals qualified to the SuproLeague Final Four, which was held in the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, in Paris, on 10–13 May 2001.


Regular season
Greece Panathinaikos (1st) France ASVEL (2nd) Italy Montepaschi Siena (6th) Croatia Split CO (3rd)
Greece Iraklis (7th) France Pau-Orthez (3rd) Italy Scavolini Pesaro (9th) Slovenia Krka (1st)
Turkey Efes Pilsen (2nd) Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv (1st) Germany Alba Berlin (1st) Lithuania Lietuvos rytas (1st)
Turkey Ülker (3rd) Israel Maccabi Ness Ra'anana (2nd) Germany Bayer 04 Leverkusen (2nd) Poland Śląsk Wrocław (1st)
Russia CSKA Moscow (1st) Serbia and Montenegro Partizan (2nd) Belgium Telindus Oostende (2nd) Sweden Plannja (1st)

Regular season[edit]

If one or more clubs were level on won-lost record, tiebreakers were applied in the following order:

  1. Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs
  2. Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs
  3. Overall point difference in all group matches (first tiebreaker if tied clubs were not in the same group)
  4. Points scored in all group matches
  5. Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match
Key to colors
  Top eight places in each group advanced to playoffs

Round of 16[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Panathinaikos Greece 2–0 Slovenia Krka 82–65 86–79
CSKA Moscow Russia 2–0 Belgium Telindus Oostende 94–76 77–70
Efes Pilsen Turkey 2–1 Lithuania Lietuvos rytas 89–78 69–73 86–67
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Israel 2–0 Poland Śląsk Wrocław 81–75 85–62
Ülker Turkey 1–2 Italy Scavolini Pesaro 91–81 83–96 85–88
Split CO Croatia 2–0 France Pau-Orthez 79–78 85–83
Partizan Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1–2 France ASVEL 80–73 76–94 62–73
Iraklis Greece 1–2 Germany Alba Berlin 78–67 77–88 75–86


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Panathinaikos Greece 2–0 Germany Alba Berlin 87–77 71–69
CSKA Moscow Russia 2–0 France ASVEL 78–63 82–76
Efes Pilsen Turkey 2–1 Croatia Split CO 95–69 64–72 82–59
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Israel 2–0 Italy Scavolini Pesaro 80–69 84–77

Final four[edit]


May 11, Bercy Arena
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 86
May 13, Bercy Arena
Russia CSKA Moscow80
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 81
May 11, Bercy Arena
Greece Panathinaikos 67
Greece Panathinaikos 74
Turkey Efes Pilsen66
Third place
May 13, Bercy Arena
Turkey Efes Pilsen 91
Russia CSKA Moscow 85


May 11, Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Panathinaikos Greece 74–66 Turkey Efes Pilsen
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Israel 86–80 Russia CSKA Moscow

3rd place game[edit]

May 13, Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Efes Pilsen Turkey 91–85 Russia CSKA Moscow


May 13, Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Panathinaikos Greece 67–81 Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague champions
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
3rd title

Final standings[edit]

Pos Team
Gold medal icon.svg Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Silver medal icon.svg Greece Panathinaikos
Bronze medal icon.svg Turkey Efes Pilsen
4 Russia CSKA Moscow


FIBA SuproLeague Top Scorer
FIBA SuproLeague Player of the Year
FIBA SuproLeague Final Four MVP
FIBA SuproLeague Finals Top Scorer
FIBA SuproLeague All-Final Four Team

Two continental champions[edit]

In May 2001, Europe had two continental champions, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of Euroleague Basketball Company's EuroLeague. The leaders of both organizations realized the need to come up with a new single competition. Negotiating from the position of strength, Euroleague Basketball Company dictated proceedings and FIBA essentially had no choice but to agree to their terms. As a result, the EuroLeague was fully integrated under Euroleague Basketball Company's umbrella, and teams that competed in the FIBA SuproLeague during the 2000–01 season joined it as well. It is today officially admitted that European basketball had two champions that year, Maccabi of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of the Euroleague Basketball Company's EuroLeague.

Formation of the Euroleague[edit]

A year later, Euroleague Basketball Company and FIBA decided that Euroleague Basketball's EuroLeague competition would be the main basketball tournament on the continent, to be played between the top level teams of Europe. FIBA Europe would also organize a European league for third-tier level teams, known as the FIBA Europe League competition, while Euroleague Basketball would also organize its own second-tier level league, combining FIBA's long-time FIBA Saporta Cup and FIBA Korać Cup competitions into one new competition, the EuroCup. In 2005, Euroleague Basketball and FIBA decided to cooperate with each other and did so until 2016.

In essence, the authority in European professional basketball was divided over club-country lines. FIBA stayed in charge of national team competitions (like the FIBA EuroBasket, the FIBA World Cup, and the Summer Olympics), while Euroleague Basketball took over the European professional club competitions. From that point on, FIBA Saporta Cup and FIBA Korać Cup competitions lasted only one more season before folding, which was when Euroleague Basketball launched the EuroCup.

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