|Founded||FIBA European Champions Cup
14 December 1957
9 June 2000
|First season||1958 (FIBA)
2000–01 (Euroleague Basketball)
|Number of teams||16|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Current champions|| CSKA Moscow
|Most championships|| Real Madrid
|TV partners||List of broadcasters|
EuroLeague, known as the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for sponsorship reasons, is the highest level tier and most important professional club basketball competition in Europe, with teams from up to 18 different countries, all members of FIBA Europe. For sponsorship reasons, for five seasons starting with 2010–11 season, it is named the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. The competition is controlled by the privately held company, Euroleague Basketball, which is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, and features clubs that come from a Europe-wide consortium of leading professional basketball leagues, called ULEB.
- 1 History
- 2 Current format
- 3 Current teams
- 4 Results
- 5 Records
- 6 EuroLeague versus NBA games
- 7 Statistical leaders
- 8 Media coverage
- 9 Sponsors
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The FIBA European Champions Cup was originally established by FIBA and it operated under its umbrella from 1958 until the summer of 2000, concluding with the 1999–00 season. That was when Euroleague Basketball was created.
FIBA had never trademarked the "EuroLeague" name, even though it had used that name for the competition since 1996. Euroleague Basketball simply appropriated the name, and since FIBA had no legal recourse to do anything about it, it was forced to find a new name for its championship series. Thus, the following 2000–2001 season started with 2 separate top European professional club basketball competitions: the FIBA SuproLeague (previously known as the FIBA EuroLeague) and the brand new Euroleague 2000–01 season.
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, CSKA Moscow and Efes Pilsen stayed with FIBA, while Olympiacos, Kinder Bologna, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Tau Cerámica and Benetton Treviso joined Euroleague Basketball.
In May 2001, Europe had two continental champions, Maccabi of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of the Euroleague. The leaders of both organizations realized the need to come up with a unified competition. Although only a year old, Euroleague Basketball negotiated from a position of strength and dictated proceedings. FIBA essentially had no choice but to agree to Euroleague Basketball's terms. As a result, European club competition was fully integrated under Euroleague Basketball's umbrella and teams that competed in the FIBA SuproLeague during the 2000–01 season joined it as well.
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's Korać Cup and Saporta Cup competitions lasted only one more season before folding, which was when Euroleague Basketball launched the ULEB Cup, now known as the EuroCup.
In November 2015, Euroleague Basketball and IMG agreed on 10-year joint venture. Both Euroleague Basketball and IMG will manage the commercial operation, and the management of all global rights covering both media and marketing. The deal was worth €630 million euros guaranteed, with projected revenues reaching €900 million euros.
Names of the competition
- FIBA era: (1958–2001)
- Euroleague Basketball era: (2000–present)
- Euroleague: (2000–2016).
- EuroLeague: (2016–present).
On 26 July 2010, Turkish Airlines and Euroleague Basketball announced a €15 million strategic agreement to sponsor the top European basketball competition across the globe. According to the agreement, starting with the 2010–11 season, the top European competition would be named Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball. Similarly, the EuroLeague Final Four would be named the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four, whereby the new league title would appear in all media accordingly. This title partnership was set to run for five seasons, with the option of extending it to an additional five. On 23 October 2013, Turkish Airlines and Euroleague Basketball agreed to extend their partnership, up until 2020.
|Evolution of the EuroLeague logo|
Starting with the EuroLeague 2016–17 season, the EuroLeague uses a true European-wide basketball league system. Featuring 16 teams, which each play each other twice, once at home and once away, in a true league style regular season format, totaling 30 games. The top 8 placed teams at the end of the regular season advance to the EuroLeague playoffs, which are held as four individual 5 game playoff series. The higher placed team in the regular season standings of each playoff match up has home-court advantage in each playoff series, playing 3 out of the 5 games at home. The winners of each of the four playoff series advance to the EuroLeague Final Four, which is held at a predetermined site. The EuroLeague Final Four features two semifinals games, a third place game, and the EuroLeague Finals game.
Currently, 11 out of the 16 EuroLeague places are held by clubs that have 10-year-long franchise licenses with the Euroleague Basketball company, which last from the 2016–17 season, through the 2025–26 season. These eleven EuroLeague 10-year-long franchise clubs currently are:
The remaining 5 EuroLeague places are awarded through one place going to the winner of the previous season's European-wide 2nd-tier level league, the EuroCup, with the last 4 remaining EuroLeague places going to a combination of European national domestic league winners and wild cards.
Previous EuroLeague formats
Effective as of the 2012–13 season, EuroLeague clubs with what was at the time an "A License" had to host their home EuroLeague games in arenas that have a seating capacity of at least 10,000 people. This same minimum 10,000 seat arena capacity rule, now currently applies to all EuroLeague clubs with a 10-year-long franchise contract.
Previously, in 2008, the Euroleague Basketball company had originally decided to increase the minimum arena seating requirement to 10,000, within four years time, in order to force EuroLeague contract clubs to move into and/or build bigger arenas. This was done in hopes of increasing revenues through more ticket sales. Conversely, non franchise contract EuroLeague clubs, must currently play in arenas that seat at least 5,000 people.
These are the teams that will participate in the 2016–17 EuroLeague season:
|Anadolu Efes||Istanbul||Abdi İpekçi Arena||12,270|
|Baskonia||Vitoria-Gasteiz||Fernando Buesa Arena||15,504|
|Brose Bamberg||Bamberg||Brose Arena||6,249|
|Arena Nürnberger Versicherung||8,200|
|Crvena zvezda mts||Belgrade||Kombank Arena||18,386|
|CSKA Moscow||Moscow||Megasport Arena||13,126|
|Darüşşafaka Doğuş||Istanbul||Volkswagen Arena||5,240|
|EA7 Emporio Armani Milan||Milan||Mediolanum Forum||12,700|
|FC Barcelona Lassa||Barcelona||Palau Blaugrana||7,585|
|Fenerbahçe||Istanbul||Ülker Sports Arena||13,059|
|Galatasaray Odeabank||Istanbul||Abdi İpekçi Arena||12,270|
|Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv||Tel Aviv||Menora Mivtachim Arena||11,060|
|Olympiacos||Piraeus||Peace and Friendship Stadium||11,600|
|Panathinaikos Superfoods||Athens||Olympic Sports Center Athens||18,989|
|Real Madrid||Madrid||WiZink Center||15,000|
|UNICS||Kazan||Basket Hall Kazan||7,482|
Titles by club
Titles by nation
Varese (5), Olimpia Milano (3), Cantù (2), Virtus Bologna (2), Virtus Roma (1)
Varese (5), Virtus Bologna (3), Olimpia Milano (2), Treviso (2), Fortitudo Bologna (1)
Real Madrid (9), FC Barcelona (2), Joventut Badalona (1)
Real Madrid (8), FC Barcelona (5), Baskonia (2), Joventut Badalona (1)
Panathinaikos (6), Olympiacos (3)
Olympiacos (4), AEK (1), Panathinaikos (1)
CSKA Moscow (4), ASK Riga (3), Dinamo Tbilisi (1)
CSKA Moscow (3), Dinamo Tbilisi (1), ASK Riga (1), Žalgiris (1)
Split (3), Cibona (2), Bosna (1), Partizan (1)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (6)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (9)
CSKA Moscow (3)
CSKA Moscow (3)
Brno (2), USK Praha (1)
- Real Madrid has been the most successful team, having won the competition a record nine times.
- Split (1989, 1990, 1991), is the only team to have won the competition three times in a row, in the EuroLeague Final Four era (1987–88 season to present).
- ASK Riga as a soviet club in late '50s and early '60s (1958, 1959, 1960), is the only team to have won the competition three times in a row, in the pre-EuroLeague Final Four era.
- Real Madrid (1964, 1965) & (1967, 1968) with Varese (1972, 1973) & (1975, 1976) are the only teams to have won the European Championship twice in a row for two times in the pre-EuroLeague Final Four era.
- Cantù (1982, 1983), Cibona (1985, 1986) and Olimpia Milano (1987, 1988) are the other three teams to have won the European Championship twice in a row (only for one time) in the pre-EuroLeague Final Four era.
- Maccabi Tel Aviv (2004, 2005) and Olympiacos (2012, 2013) are the only teams to have won the EuroLeague twice in a row, becoming back-to-back EuroLeague champions in the Euroleague Basketball era (2000–01 season to present).
- Athens is the only city, from which seven different clubs: AEK, Maroussi, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Panellinios, Panionios, and Peristeri have participated in the EuroLeague, followed by Istanbul with six different clubs: Beşiktaş, Darüşşafaka, Anadolu Efes, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Ülker.
- Although Israel is located in the Middle East, its teams play in the EuroLeague, as its national federation is a member of FIBA Europe and its top professional league is a member of ULEB. (Similarly, the Israel Football Association is a member of UEFA, enabling its national team and clubs to play in UEFA competitions.)
- In the small area of less than 40 km² (25 mi²) in the northern metropolitan area of Milan, there are 3 clubs that have won a total of 10 European Champions' Cups, and played in a total of 16 finals: Olimpia Milano, Cantù, and Varese.
- The record score differential for a final game was achieved in the 2004 finals, in Tel Aviv, where the home club Maccabi Elite, defeated Skipper Bologna, by a score of 118–74 (44-point difference).
- A crowd of 22,567, which filled Belgrade Arena on 5 March 2009 for a 2008–09 Top 16 match between Partizan and Panathinaikos is the official record. Before that 19,700 fans filling OAKA, achieved at a Panathinaikos home match at the Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens, against TAU Cerámica on 12 April 2006, for the 2005–06 third quarterfinal playoff game.
- The most points ever scored in a single game is 99, by Radivoj Korać, on January 14, 1965.
EuroLeague versus NBA games
|Points||Alphonso Ford||22.22||Juan Carlos Navarro||3,909|
|Rebounds||Joseph Blair||10.05||Felipe Reyes||1,497|
|Assists||Thomas Heurtel||5.57||Dimitris Diamantidis||1,255|
|Steals||Manu Ginóbili||2.73||Dimitris Diamantidis||434|
|Blocks||Ekpe Udoh||2.06||Fran Vázquez||249|
|Index Rating||Anthony Parker||21.41||Dimitris Diamantidis||3,806|
The EuroLeague is broadcast on television in 199 countries and territories. It can be seen by up to 245 million (800 million via satellite) households weekly in China. It is also televised in the United States and Canada on NBA TV and available online through ESPN3 (in English) and ESPN Deportes (in Spanish). The EuroLeague Final Four is broadcast on television in 201 countries.
- Turkish Airlines (title sponsor)
- Doğuş Group
- VTB Bank
- 2K Sports
- New Era Cap Company
- Emporio Armani
- Upper Deck Company
- 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors (2008)
- EuroLeague Awards
- EuroLeague Basketball 2001–10 All-Decade Team
- Euroleague Basketball Manager
- EuroLeague Finals
- EuroLeague Final Four
- EuroLeague Women
- European Cup and EuroLeague records and statistics
- European national basketball league rankings
- FIBA European Champions Cup and EuroLeague history
- FIBA EuroStars
- FIBA Festival
- Rosters of the top basketball teams in European club competitions
- NBA 2K14
- "Champions Cup 1958". linguasprt. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- "ULEB History". ULEB. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
- "– Euroleague, Turkish Airlines sign strategic partnership deal". Euroleague.net. 26 July 2010.
- A new home for European basketball.
- "Euroleague Basketball A-licence clubs and IMG agree on 10-year joint venture". Euroleague Basketball. 10 November 2015.
- 630 millions guaranteed by IMG.
- THE EUROPEAN CUP FOR MEN'S CHAMPION CLUBS - THE EARLY YEARS
- "Turkish Airlines And Euroleague Basketball Sign Strategic Partnership Agreememt" (Press release). Euroleague Basketball. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "An important strategic partnership agreement between Turkish Airlines and Euroleague Basketball..." (Press release). Turkish Airlines. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "Turkish Airlines, Euroleague Basketball Cement Partnership Through 2020". turkishairlines.com. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- Brose Bamberg with first win in Euroleague 2016/2017
- Bestuhlung (German).
- KOMBANK ARENA.
- ХАЛА АЛЕКСАНДАР НИКОЛИЋ (Serbian).
- CHI SIAMO (Italian).
- Venue Review: Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena.
- Capacity: 18,989 (maximum capacity for basketball games).
- "Partizan sets crowd record at Belgrade Arena!". Euroleague.net. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
- Euroleague.net Radivoj Korac's 99 points.
- "Euroleague Basketball, Televisión Española (TVE) reach agreement in principle to broadcast Real Madrid's Turkish Airlines Euroleague games". Euroleague.net. 19 March 2013.
- "– CSPN China to broadcast Turkish Airlines Euroleague". Euroleague.net. 16 December 2010.
- "Television coverage set to break Final Four records". Euroleague.net. 14 May 2014.