FIBA EuroCup Challenge

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FIBA EuroCup Challenge
Sport Basketball
Founded 2002
Ceased 2007
Motto We Are Basketball
No. of teams 16
Continent  Europe
Last
champion(s)
Russia CSK VVS Samara
(1st title)
Most titles Greece Aris
Germany Mitteldeutscher
Romania Asesoft Ploiești
Russia Ural Great Perm
Russia CSK VVS Samara
(1 title each)
Level on pyramid 4th Tier on European Pyramid
Promotion to EuroChallenge - (3rd tier)
Official website FIBA EuroCup EuroChallenge

The FIBA EuroCup Challenge was the 4th tier level transnational professional club basketball competition in Europe. It was run and organized by FIBA Europe. The league was founded in 2002 and ceased in 2007. Each season's finalists were promoted to the next season's more prestigious 3rd tier level competition, the EuroChallenge.

History[edit]

The competition was played during the 2002–03 to 2006–07 seasons. It was variously known as the FIBA Europe Champions Cup (2002–03), the FIBA Europe Cup (2003–05), and the FIBA EuroCup Challenge (2005–07).

Names of the competition[edit]

  • FIBA Europe Champions Cup: (2002–2003)
  • FIBA Europe Cup: (2003–2005)
  • FIBA EuroCup Challenge: (2005–2007)

The finals[edit]

Year Final Third and fourth place
Champion Score Second place
2002–03
Details
Greece
Aris
84–83 Poland
Prokom Trefl Sopot
Latvia
Ventspils
Serbia and Montenegro
Hemofarm
2003–04
Details
Germany
Mitteldeutscher
84–68 France
SAOS Dijon
Turkey
Tuborg Pilsener
Russia
Dynamo Moscow Region
2004–05
Details
Romania
Asesoft Ploiești
75–74 Russia
Lokomotiv Rostov
Russia
Dynamo Moscow Region
Turkey
Bandırma Banvit
2005–06
Details
Russia
Ural Great Perm
154–147
80–67 / 74–80
Ukraine
Khimik
Greece
Olympia Larissa
Finland
Lappeenrannan NMKY
2006–07
Details
Russia
CSK VVS Samara
184–166
83–85 / 101–81
Cyprus
Keravnos
Cyprus
Pizza Express Apollon
Ukraine
Dnipro

Final MVP[edit]

Season Player Pos. Club
2003–04
Lithuania Marijonas Petravičius
C
Germany Mitteldeutscher
2004–05
Republic of Macedonia Vladimir Kuzmanović
G
Romania Asesoft Ploieşti

Titles by club[edit]

Rank Club Titles Runner-up Champion Years
1. Greece Aris 1 0 2002–03
2. Germany Mitteldeutscher 1 0 2003–04
3. Romania Asesoft Ploieşti 1 0 2004–05
4. Russia Ural Great Perm 1 0 2005–06
5. Russia CSK VVS Samara 1 0 2006–07
6. Poland Prokom Trefl Sopot 0 1
7. France Dijon 0 1
8. Russia Lokomotiv Kuban 0 1
9. Ukraine Khimik 0 1
10. Cyprus Keravnos 0 1

Winning rosters[edit]

FIBA Europe Champions Cup:

Willie Solomon, Ryan Stack, Ivan Grgat, Fedor Likholitov, Prodromos Nikolaidis, Ioannis Lappas, Ioannis Gagaloudis, Dimitar Angelov, Miroslav Raičević, Dimitrios Charitopoulos, Nikos Orfanos, Kostas Kakaroudis, Dimitris Merachtsakis (Head Coach: Vangelis Alexandris)

FIBA Europe Cup:

Wendell Alexis, Manuchar Markoishvili, Paul Burke, Marijonas Petravičius, Misan Nikagbatse, Sebastian Machowski, Stephen Arigbabu, Jonas Elvikis, Per Ringstrom, Chauncey Leslie, Peter Fehse, Paul Bayer, Michael Krikemans (Head Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

Catalin Burlacu, Ivan Krasic, Nikola Bulatović, Vladimir Kuzmanović, Paul Helcioiu, Marko Rakočević, Rares Apostol, Antonio Alexe, Levente Szijarto, Predrag Materić, Nicolae Toader, Marko Peković, Adrian Blidaru, Saša Ocokoljić (Head Coach: Mladjen Jojic)

FIBA EuroCup Challenge:

Derrick Alston, Terrell Lyday, Vasili Karasev, Jurica Golemac, Jasmin Hukić, Andre Hutson, Andrei Trushkin, Egor Vyaltsev, Vadim Panin, Evgeni Kolesnikov, Aleksandr Dedushkin, Arseni Kuchinsky, Vyacheslav Shushakov, Artem Kuzyakin (Head Coach: Sharon Drucker)

Nikita Shabalkin, Omar Cook, Georgios Diamantopoulos, Kelvin Gibbs, Evgeni Voronov, Pavel Agapov, Gennadi Zelenskiy, Yaroslav Strelkin, Oleg Baranov, Pavel Ulyanko, Taras Osipov, Anton Glazunov, Alexei Kiryanov, Valeri Likhodey (Head Coach: Valeri Tikhonenko)

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