|Dates||22 October 2008 – 3 May 2009|
|Champions|| Panathinaikos |
|Third place||FC Barcelona|
|MVP||Juan Carlos Navarro|
|Final Four MVP||Vassilis Spanoulis|
|Rising Star||Novica Veličković|
|Best Defender||Dimitris Diamantidis|
|Coach of the Year||Duško Vujošević|
The 2008–09 Euroleague was the 9th season of the professional basketball competition for elite clubs throughout Europe, organised by Euroleague Basketball Company, and it was the 52nd season of the premier competition for European men's clubs overall. The season, which featured 24 teams from 13 different countries, culminated in the 2008–09 Euroleague Final Four at the new O2 World arena in Berlin, Germany. It was won by Panathinaikos, who defeated in the final, the defending champions, CSKA Moscow.
While the general structure of the competition was identical to that used in recent seasons, changes were made to the format for two of its phases, the Regular Season and Quarterfinals.
Teams of the 2008–09 Euroleague
|Eliminated in Quarterfinals|
|Eliminated in Last 16|
|Eliminated in the regular season|
|Country (League)||Teams||Teams (ranking in 2007-08 national championship)|
|Spain (ACB)||5 ||Tau Cerámica (1)||FC Barcelona (2)||DKV Joventut (SF)||Unicaja Málaga (SF)||Real Madrid (QF)|
|Italy (Lega A)||4||Montepaschi Siena (1)||Lottomatica Roma (2)||Air Avellino (SF)||Armani Jeans Milano (SF)|
|Greece (ESAKE A1)||3||Panathinaikos (1)||Olympiacos (2)||Panionios Forthnet (3)|
|Turkey (TBL)||2||Fenerbahçe Ülker (1)||Efes Pilsen (SF)|
|France (LNB Pro A)||2||Nancy (1)||Le Mans (SF)|
|Lithuania (LKL)||1||Žalgiris (1)|
|Germany (BBL)||1||Alba Berlin (1)|
|Croatia (A1 Liga)||1||Cibona (SF)|
|Russia (Superleague A)||1||CSKA Moscow (1)|
|Israel (BSL)||1||Maccabi Electra (2)|
|Slovenia (SKL)||1||Union Olimpija (1)|
|Serbia (KLS)||1||Partizan (1)|
|Poland (PLK)||1||Asseco Prokom Sopot (1)|
- DKV Joventut qualified as ULEB Cup winners.
The first phase was a regular season, in which the competing teams were drawn into four groups, each containing six teams. Each team played every other team in its group at home and away, resulting in 10 games for each team in the first stage. The top 4 teams in each group advanced to the next round. This was the first year for this particular format; previously, the competing teams were split into three groups of eight teams each, with the top five teams in each group plus the best sixth-place team advancing.
If two or more clubs finished level on won-lost record, tiebreakers were applied in the following order:
- Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs
- Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs
- Overall point difference in all group matches
- Points scored in all group matches
- Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match
Games were played from October 22, 2008 to January 15, 2009.
The surviving teams were then divided into four groups of four teams each, and again a round-robin system was adopted resulting in 6 games each, with the top 2 teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Tiebreakers are identical to those used in the Regular Season. Games began on January 28 and ended March 12.
In the quarterfinals, the top placed teams from each Top 16 group played second placed teams from a different group in a best-of-five playoff series, with the winners of those series advancing to the Final Four. This was the first season in which the quarterfinals were best-of-five; previously, they had been best-of-three. The quarterfinal matches were played from March 24 until April 9.
Final Four format
The culminating stage of the Euroleague in which the four remaining teams played a semifinal match and the winners of those advance to the final. The losers played in a third-place playoff. The team which was victorious in the Final (Panathinaikos) would be Euroleague champion. The Final Four semifinals were played May 1, with the third-place game and final on May 3.
The regular season began on October 20, 2008 and concluded on January 15, 2009.
|Top four places in each group advanced to Top 16|
The Top 16 stage was played from January 28 to March 12, 2009.
The draw was conducted on January 19 at Euroleague Basketball Company headquarters in Barcelona. The group winners in the Regular Season were drawn from one pot, the runners-up from one pot, the teams in 3rd place from one pot and those in 4th place from one pot. Teams that played in the same group in the Regular Season could not meet again in the Top 16. Also, teams from the same country could not be drawn into the same pool unless it was necessary to prevent teams from the same Regular Season group from being drawn together.
|Top two places in each group advanced to quarterfinals|
Team 1 hosted Games 1 and 2, plus Game 5 if necessary. Team 2 hosted Game 3, and Game 4 if necessary.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg||3rd leg||4th leg||5th leg|
|Regal FC Barcelona||3–2||Tau Cerámica||75–84||85–62||62–69||84–63||78–62|
The Final Four was played on May 1 and on May 3. Semifinal games were played on Friday, while the third-place playoff and Final were played on Sunday. The event was hosted at the O2 World in Berlin. It was the first time the event was held in Berlin.
|Regal FC Barcelona||78|
|Regal FC Barcelona||95|
|1.||D'or Fischer||Maccabi Electra||13||279||21.46|
|2.||Terrell McIntyre||Montepaschi Siena||19||377||19.84|
|3.||Mirsad Türkcan||Fenerbahçe Ülker||14||271||19.36|
|1.||Igor Rakočević||Tau Cerámica||21||377||17.95|
|2.||Terrell McIntyre||Montepaschi Siena||19||328||17.26|
|3.||David Logan||Asseco Prokom Sopot||15||253||16.87|
|1.||Mirsad Türkcan||Fenerbahçe Ülker||14||121||8.64|
|2.||D'or Fischer||Maccabi Electra||13||99||7.62|
|2.||Omar Cook||Unicaja Málaga||16||82||5.13|
|3.||Terrell McIntyre||Montepaschi Siena||19||84||4.42|
|Steals per game||David Logan||Asseco Prokom Sopot||15||2.67|
|Blocks per game||Fran Vázquez||FC Barcelona||23||1.74|
|Turnovers per game||David Logan||Asseco Prokom Sopot||15||2.93|
|Fouls drawn per game||Sani Bečirović||Lottomatica Roma||13||6.23|
|Minutes per game||David Logan||Asseco Prokom Sopot||15||34:18|
|2FG%||Luboš Bartoň||FC Barcelona||23||0.800|
|3FG%||Marco Mordente||Armani Jeans Milano||12||0.555|
|FT%||Louis Bullock||Real Madrid||20||0.953|
|Rating||Lior Eliyahu||Maccabi Electra||42|
|Points||Terrell McIntyre||Montepaschi Siena||35|
|Rebounds||Pat Burke||Asseco Prokom Sopot||20|
|Fouls Drawn||Sani Bečirović||Lottomatica Roma||12|
Euroleague 2008–09 MVP
Euroleague 2008–09 Final Four MVP
All-Euroleague Team 2008–09
|Position||All-Euroleague First Team||Club Team||All-Euroleague Second Team||Club Team|
|Terrell McIntyre||Montepaschi Siena||Theodoros Papaloukas||Olympiacos|
|Igor Rakočević||Tau Cerámica||Ramūnas Šiškauskas||CSKA Moscow|
|Juan Carlos Navarro||FC Barcelona||Vassilis Spanoulis||Panathinaikos|
|Ioannis Bourousis||Olympiacos||Erazem Lorbek||CSKA Moscow|
|Nikola Peković||Panathinaikos||Tiago Splitter||Tau Cerámica|
Top Scorer (Alphonso Ford Trophy)
Coach of the Year (Alexander Gomelsky Award)
Club Executive of the Year
- Marco Baldi ( Alba Berlin)
|1||Will McDonald||Tau Cerámica||32|
|2||Pops Mensah-Bonsu||Joventut Badalona||37|
|3||Igor Rakočević||Tau Cerámica||34|
|4||Mike Hall||Armani Jeans Milano||28|
|5||Edu Hernandez-Sonseca||Joventut Badalona||38|
|6||Lior Eliyahu||Maccabi Electra||42|
|8||Sani Bečirović||Lottomatica Roma||38|
|9||Immanuel McElroy||Alba Berlin||38|
|10||Oğuz Savaş||Fenerbahçe Ülker||41|
|D'or Fischer||Maccabi Electra||28|
|Lior Eliyahu (2)||Maccabi Electra||28|
|3||Ersan İlyasova||FC Barcelona||39|
|4||Tiago Splitter||Tau Cerámica||28|
|5||Charles Gaines||Maccabi Electra||33|
|Mike Hall (2)||Armani Jeans Milano||33|
|1||Romain Sato||Montepaschi Siena||36|
|2||Erazem Lorbek||CSKA Moscow||33|
|3||Ramūnas Šiškauskas||CSKA Moscow||30|
|Matjaž Smodiš||CSKA Moscow||30|
|4||Terrell McIntyre||Montepaschi Siena||37|
|5||Ersan İlyasova (2)||FC Barcelona||26|
MVP of the Month
|October 2008||Ersan İlyasova||FC Barcelona|
|November 2008||Sani Bečirović||Lottomatica Roma|
|December 2008||Lior Eliyahu||Maccabi Electra|
|January 2009||Igor Rakočević||Tau Cerámica|
|February 2009||Novica Veličković||Partizan|
|March 2009||Erazem Lorbek||CSKA Moscow|
References and notes
- EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL, AEG ANNOUNCE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT, May 3, 2008
- "El AXA FCB, quinto español en la Euroliga... y el Kalise GC, a la ULEB Cup". Archived from the original on 2017-10-28. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- "Euroleague Basketball Top 16 Draw procedures". Euroleague. 2008-01-29. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
- New competition system for 2008-09 Euroleague