EuroChallenge

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EuroChallenge
FIBA EuroChallenge logo.png
Primary logo (2013–2015)[1]
Formerly FIBA Europe League (2003–2005)
FIBA EuroCup (2005–2008)
Replaced by FIBA Europe Cup
Sport Basketball
Founded 2003
Motto We Are Basketball
No. of teams 32
Country FIBA Europe member associations
Continent European Union FIBA Europe (Europe)
Ceased 2015
Last champion(s) France JSF Nanterre
(1st title)
Most titles 12 teams from 8 countries
(1 title each)
Level on pyramid 3rd tier
Promotion to Eurocup2nd tier (Finalists)
Official website EuroChallenge

EuroChallenge (called the FIBA Europe League in 2003–05, and EuroCup in 2005–08)[2] was the 3rd tier level transnational men's professional club basketball competition in Europe. It was organized and run by FIBA Europe. It is not to be confused with the EuroCup Challenge – the now defunct 4th tier level transnational men's professional club basketball competition in Europe, which was also organized and run by FIBA Europe, and played during the 2002–03 to 2006–07 seasons. In 2015, FIBA dissolved the EuroChallenge to start a new second-tier competition, the FIBA Europe Cup, to compete with the Eurocup.[3]

The 2013 EuroChallenge trophy, won by Krasnye Krylya

Eurocup promotion[edit]

Each season's two EuroChallenge finalists were promoted to the next season's 2nd tier level, the Eurocup competition.

History[edit]

The competition was created in 2003, following the defections of most of the top European basketball teams from the former FIBA SuproLeague, which heralded the formation of the new version of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, under the umbrella of Euroleague Basketball. Since the 2004–05 season, EuroChallenge is considered to be the 3rd strongest international professional basketball competition for men's clubs in Europe, after both the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and the Eurocup (both of which fall under the supervision of Euroleague Basketball). Though, during the first two seasons of the competition's coexistence with the Eurocup, the EuroChallenge (under the name FIBA Europe League) was favored by Italian, Russian and Greek teams, making both competitions quite comparable in strength.

In 2015, FIBA Europe dissolved the EuroChallenge to start a new second-tier competition which had to compete with Eurocup Basketball.[4]

Final Fours[edit]

Year Final Semifinalists
Champion Score Second place Third place Score Fourth place
2003–04
Details
Russia
UNICS
87–63 Greece
Maroussi (TIM)
Israel
Hapoel Tel Aviv
112–104 Russia
Ural Great Perm
2004–05
Details
Russia
Dynamo St. Petersburg
85–74 Ukraine
Kyiv
Russia
Khimki
86–79 Turkey
Fenerbahçe
2005–06
Details
Spain
Joventut Badalona (DKV)
88–63 Russia
Khimki
Ukraine
Kyiv
83–81 Russia
Dynamo Saint Petersburg
2006–07
Details
Spain
Girona (Akasvayu)
79–72 Ukraine
Azovmash
Italy
Virtus Bologna (VidiVici)
82–60 Spain
Estudiantes (MMT)
2007–08
Details
Latvia
Barons LMT
63–62 Belgium
Mons-Hainaut (Dexia)
Cyprus
AEL (Proteas EKA)
79–70 Estonia
Tartu Ülikool (Rock)
2008–09
Details
Italy
Virtus Bologna (BolognaFiere)
77–75 France
Cholet
Russia
Triumph Lyubertsy
94–82 Cyprus
AEL (Proteas EKA)
2009–10
Details
Germany
Göttingen
83–75 Russia
Krasnye Krylia
France
Chorale Roanne
86–80 Italy
Victoria Libertas Pesaro (Scavolini)
2010–11
Details
Slovenia
Krka
83–77 Russia
Lokomotiv Kuban
Belgium
Oostende (Telenet)
94–92 Russia
Spartak Saint Petersburg
2011–12
Details
Turkey
Beşiktaş (Milangaz)
91–86 France
Élan Chalon
Russia
Triumph Lyubertsy
94–87 Hungary
Szolnoki Olaj
2012–13
Details
Russia
Krasnye Krylia
77–76 Turkey
Karşıyaka (Pınar)
Germany
Oldenburg (EWE)
84–76 France
Gravelines
2013–14
Details
Italy
Reggio Emilia (Grissin Bon)
79–65 Russia
Triumph Lyubertsy
Turkey
Gaziantep (Royal Halı)
87–75 (OT) Hungary
Szolnoki Olaj
2014–15
Details
France
Nanterre
64–63 Turkey
Trabzonspor (Medical Park)
Romania
Energia Târgu Jiu
83–80 Germany
Skyliners Frankfurt (Fraport)

All-time Eurochallenge Finals/Final Four MVP award winners (2004 to present)[edit]

Season MVP
2003–04
Estonia Martin Müürsepp
2004–05
United States Kelly McCarty
2005–06
Spain Rudy Fernández
2006–07
United States Arriel McDonald
2007–08
Lithuania Giedrius Gustas
2008–09
United States Keith Langford
2009–10
United States Taylor Rochestie
2010–11
Bosnia and Herzegovina Goran Ikonić
2011–12
United Kingdom Pops Mensah-Bonsu
2012–13
United States Chester Simmons
2013–14
Italy Andrea Cinciarini
2014–15
United States Jamal Shuler

Winning rosters[edit]

FIBA Europe League[edit]

2003–04 UNICS Kazan (Russia): Chris Anstey, Saulius Štombergas, Martin Müürsepp, Eurelijus Žukauskas, LaMarr Greer, Petr Samoylenko, Valentin Kubrakov, Nikolai Khryapa, Alexander Miloserdov, Aleksei Zozulin, Victor Keyru, Alexei Lobanov, Vladimir Shevel, Taras Osipov (Head Coach: Stanislav Eremin)

2004–05 Dynamo St. Petersburg (Russia): Kelly McCarty, Ed Cota, Ognjen Aškrabić, Jón Arnór Stefánsson, Vladimir Veremeenko, Andrei Ivanov, Vladimir Shevel, Denis Khloponin, David Bluthenthal, Mate Milisa, Andrei Sepelev, Igor Krotenkov, Anatoli Goritskov, Dramir Zibirov (Head Coach: David Blatt)

EuroCup[edit]

2005–06 Joventut Badalona (Spain): Rudy Fernández, Elmer Bennett, Luboš Bartoň, Andrew Betts, Paco Vázquez, Álex Mumbrú, Robert Archibald, Jesse Young, Aloysius Anagonye, Marcelinho Huertas, Dmitry Flis, Andre Turner, Ricky Rubio, Pau Ribas, Henk Norel (Head Coach: Aíto García Reneses)

2006–07 Akasvayu Girona (Spain): Ariel McDonald, Bootsy Thornton, Gregor Fučka, Fernando San Emeterio, Dainius Šalenga, Marko Marinović, Germán Gabriel, Marc Gasol, Darryl Middleton, Dalibor Bagarić, Víctor Sada, Marko Kešelj (Head Coach: Svetislav Pešić)

2007–08 Barons LMT Riga (Latvia): Demetrius Alexander, Giedrius Gustas, Armands Šķēle, Dainius Adomaitis, Michal Hlebowicki, J. P. Batista, Raimonds Vaikulis, Mārtiņš Kravčenko, Kaspars Bērziņš, Artūrs Brūniņš, Rinalds Sirsniņš, Rūdolfs Rozītis (Head Coach: Kārlis Muižnieks)

EuroChallenge[edit]

2008–09 Virtus Bologna (Italy): Sharrod Ford, Petteri Koponen, Brett Blizzard, Jamie Arnold, Alex Righetti, Earl Boykins, Guilherme Giovannoni, Roberto Chiacig, Keith Langford, Riccardo Malagoli, Dušan Vukčević, Reyshawn Terry, Federico Lestini, Dimitri Lauwers (Head Coach: Matteo Boniciolli)

2009–10 BG Göttingen (Germany): Robert Kulawick, Christopher McNaughton, Tobias Welzel, Taylor Rochestie, John Little, Ben Jacobson, Chester Frazier, Michael Meeks, Jason Boone, Dwayne Anderson, Chris Oliver, Antoine Jordan (Head Coach: John Patrick)

2010–11 KK Krka (Slovenia): Goran Ikonić, Matej Rojc, Simon Petrov, Edo Murić, Smiljan Pavič, Dušan Đorđević, Zoran Dragić, Chris Booker, Bojan Krivec, Dragiša Drobnjak, Jure Balažič (Head Coach: Aleksandar Džikić)

2011–12 Beşiktaş (Turkey): Mehmet Yagmur, Baris Hersek, Kartal Ozmizrak, Zoran Erceg, Mehmet Ali Yatagan, Adem Oren, Serhat Cetin, Marcelus Kemp, Carlos Arroyo, David Hawkins, Erwin Dudley, Pops Mensah-Bonsu (Head Coach: Ergin Ataman)

2012–13 BC Krasnye Krylia (Russia): Omar Thomas, Dmitry Kulagin, Viktor Zaryazhko, Lamayn Wilson, Jevgenij Vasiljev, Andre Smith, Chester Simmons, Anton Pushkov, Nikita Balashov, DeJuan Collins, Evgeny Kolesnikov, Miles (Head Coach: Sergei Bazarevich)

2013-14 Pallacanestro Reggiana (Italy): Federico Mussini, Ariel Filloy, Angelo Gigli, Rimantas Kaukenas, Andrea Cinciarini, Ojars Silins, Riccardo Cervi, James White, Greg Brunner, Michele Antonutti, Matteo Frassineti, Giovanni Pini, Troy Bell (Head Coach: Massimiliano Menetti)

2014-15 JSF Nanterre (France): Jamal Shuler, Mykal Riley, Kyle Weems, T.J. Campbell, Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Jeremy Nzeulie, Joseph Gomis, Johan Passave-Ducteil, Laurence Ekperigin, William Mensah, Marc Judith (Head Coach: Pascal Donadieu)

Records and statistics[edit]

Performances by club[edit]

Performance in the EuroChallenge by club
Club Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
Russia Krasnye Krylia Samara 1 1 2013 2010
France Nanterre 1 0 2015
Italy Pallacanestro Reggiana 1 0 2014
Turkey Beşiktaş 1 0 2012
Slovenia Krka Novo mesto 1 0 2011
Germany BG Göttingen 1 0 2010
Italy Virtus Bologna 1 0 2009
Latvia Barons LMT 1 0 2008
Spain Girona 1 0 2007
Spain Joventut Badalona 1 0 2006
Russia Dyanmo Saint Petersburg 1 0 2005
Russia UNICS Kazan 1 0 2004
Greece Maroussi 0 1 2004
Ukraine Kyiv 0 1 2005
Russia Khimki 0 1 2006
Ukraine Azovmash 0 1 2007
Belgium Dexia Mons-Hainaut 0 1 2008
France Cholet 0 1 2009
Russia Lokomotiv Kuban 0 1 2011
France Élan Chalon 0 1 2012
Turkey Pınar Karşıyaka 0 1 2013
Russia Triumph Lyubertsy 0 1 2014
Turkey Trabzonspor 0 1 2015

Performances by country[edit]

Performance in the EuroChallenge by country
Country Won Runner-up Winning clubs Runners-up
Russia Russia 3 4 Krasnye Krylia Samara (1), BC Dynamo Saint Petersburg (1), UNICS Kazan (1) Krasnye Krylia Samara (1), Lokomotiv Kuban (1), BC Khimki (1), Triumph Lyubertsy (1)
Italy Italy 2 0 Virtus Bologna (1), Pallacanestro Reggiana (1)
Spain Spain 2 0 CB Girona (1), Joventut Badalona (1)
France France 1 2 JSF Nanterre (1) Élan Chalon (1), Cholet Basket (1)
Turkey Turkey 1 2 Beşiktaş (1) Pınar Karşıyaka (1), Trabzonspor (1)
Germany Germany 1 0 BG Göttingen (1)
Latvia Latvia 1 0 Barons LMT (1)
Slovenia Slovenia 1 0 KK Krka (1)
Ukraine Ukraine 0 2 BC Kyiv (1), BC Azovmash (1)
Greece Greece 0 1 Maroussi B.C. (1)
Belgium Belgium 0 1 Dexia Mons-Hainaut (1)

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ ULEB, FIBA Europe announce new competitions names, formats – News – Welcome to Eurocup.
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]

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