EuroLeague Final Four

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The EuroLeague Final Four is the final four format championship of the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague professional club basketball competition. The Euroleague Basketball Company used the final four format for the first time in 2002, following the 2001 FIBA SuproLeague Final Four, which was the last final four held by FIBA Europe. In the original FIBA Europe competition, as seen below, the final four was used for the first time at the 1966 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four. The final four format was used again the next year, with the 1967 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four, but was then abandoned.

The final four finally returned as the format of choice, for the first time during its modern era, with the 1988 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four. It is known as the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four for name sponsorship reasons. Panathinaikos has been the most successful team at the EuroLeague Final Four, since the modern final four era began in the 1987–88 season, winning the title 6 times (1996, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011).

The EuroLeague Final Four is broadcast on TV in up to 213 countries and territories.[1]

History[edit]

Names of the Final Four[edit]

  • FIBA era (1958–2001):
    • FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four (1966–1967, 1988–1991)
    • FIBA European League Final Four ("FIBA EuroLeague Final Four") (1992–1996)
    • FIBA EuroLeague Final Four (1997–2000)[2]
    • FIBA SuproLeague Final Four (2001)
  • Euroleague Basketball era (since 2000):
    • Euroleague Final Four (2002–2016)
    • EuroLeague Final Four (since 2017)

Historical changes[edit]

The first time the EuroLeague used a Final Four format to decide its league champion, was at the conclusion of the 1965–66 and 1966–67 seasons, when it held the 1966 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four, and the 1967 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four. Those first two final fours were won by Simmenthal Milano (1966) and Real Madrid (1967). FIBA Europe did not use the final four format again until the 1987–88 season, when it held the 1988 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four, which was also won by Tracer Milano.

The EuroLeague Final Four has been held every year since, with FIBA Europe organizing it until 2001, and the Euroleague Basketball Company organizing it since 2002.

There were two separate competitions during the 2000–01 season. The SuproLeague, which was organized by FIBA, and the EuroLeague, which was organized by Euroleague Basketball Company. Euroleague Basketball Company's EuroLeague competition, in its inaugural year, used a playoff format, with the two professional teams from Bologna (Virtus and Fortitudo), AEK, and TAU reaching the tournament's semifinals. Virtus was the winner of the 2001 Euroleague Finals.

EuroLeague Final Four by season[edit]

Year Host city Champion Runner-up Third place Fourth place
FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four (early events)
1966 Bologna Italy Simmenthal Milano Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha Soviet Union CSKA Moscow Greece AEK
1967 Madrid Spain Real Madrid Italy Simmenthal Milano Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia AŠK Olimpija Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha
FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four
1988 Ghent Italy Tracer Milano Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Greece Aris
1989 Munich Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Greece Aris Spain FC Barcelona
1990 Zaragoza Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika Spain FC Barcelona France Limoges CSP Greece Aris
1991 Paris Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Pop 84 Spain FC Barcelona Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Italy Scavolini Pesaro
FIBA European League Final Four
1992 Istanbul Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Spain Montigalà Joventut Italy Philips Milano Spain Estudiantes Caja Postal
1993 Piraeus France Limoges CSP Italy Benetton Treviso Greece PAOK Spain Real Madrid Teka
1994 Tel Aviv Spain 7up Joventut Greece Olympiacos Greece Panathinaikos Spain Banca Catalana FC Barcelona
1995 Zaragoza Spain Real Madrid Teka Greece Olympiacos Greece Panathinaikos France Limoges CSP
1996 Paris Greece Panathinaikos Spain Banca Catalana FC Barcelona Russia CSKA Moscow Spain Real Madrid Teka
FIBA EuroLeague Final Four
1997 Rome Greece Olympiacos Spain Banca Catalana FC Barcelona Slovenia Smelt Olimpija France ASVEL
1998 Barcelona Italy Kinder Bologna Greece AEK Italy Benetton Treviso Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan
1999 Munich Lithuania Žalgiris Italy Kinder Bologna Greece Olympiacos Italy Teamsystem Bologna
2000 Thessaloniki Greece Panathinaikos Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Turkey Efes Pilsen Spain FC Barcelona
FIBA SuproLeague Final Four
2001 Paris Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Greece Panathinaikos Turkey Efes Pilsen Russia CSKA Moscow
Euroleague Final Four
2002 Bologna Greece Panathinaikos Italy Kinder Bologna Italy Benetton Treviso Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2003 Barcelona Spain FC Barcelona Italy Benetton Treviso Italy Montepaschi Siena Russia CSKA Moscow
2004 Tel Aviv Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Italy Skipper Bologna Russia CSKA Moscow Italy Montepaschi Siena
2005 Moscow Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Spain Tau Cerámica Greece Panathinaikos Russia CSKA Moscow
2006 Prague Russia CSKA Moscow Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Spain Tau Cerámica Spain Winterthur FC Barcelona
2007 Athens Greece Panathinaikos Russia CSKA Moscow Spain Unicaja Spain Tau Cerámica
2008 Madrid Russia CSKA Moscow Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv Italy Montepaschi Siena Spain Tau Cerámica
2009 Berlin Greece Panathinaikos Russia CSKA Moscow Spain Regal FC Barcelona Greece Olympiacos
2010 Paris Spain Regal FC Barcelona Greece Olympiacos Russia CSKA Moscow Serbia Partizan
2011 Barcelona Greece Panathinaikos Israel Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv Italy Montepaschi Siena Spain Real Madrid
2012 Istanbul Greece Olympiacos Russia CSKA Moscow Spain FC Barcelona Regal Greece Panathinaikos
2013 London Greece Olympiacos Spain Real Madrid Russia CSKA Moscow Spain FC Barcelona Regal
2014 Milan Israel Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv Spain Real Madrid Spain FC Barcelona Russia CSKA Moscow
2015 Madrid Spain Real Madrid Greece Olympiacos Russia CSKA Moscow Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker
2016 Berlin Russia CSKA Moscow Turkey Fenerbahçe Russia Lokomotiv Kuban Spain Laboral Kutxa
2017 Istanbul Turkey Fenerbahçe Greece Olympiacos Russia CSKA Moscow Spain Real Madrid
2018 Belgrade Spain Real Madrid Turkey Fenerbahçe Doğuş Lithuania Žalgiris Russia CSKA Moscow
2019 Vitoria-Gasteiz

† The 2000–01 season was a transition year, with the best European teams split into two different major leagues, the SuproLeague 2000–01, held by FIBA, and the Euroleague 2000–01, held by Euroleague Basketball. That season's Euroleague Basketball tournament, the Euroleague 2000–01 season, did not end with a Final Four tournament. Instead, it ended with a 5-game playoff series.

Statistics[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

  • Including original FIBA Champions Cup and EuroLeague Final Four competitions.
Club 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Greece Panathinaikos 6 1 3 1 11
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 4 6 1 1 12
Spain Real Madrid 4 2 4 10
Greece Olympiacos 3 5 1 1 10
Russia CSKA Moscow 3 3 7 5 18
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Split [a] 3 3
Spain FC Barcelona 2 4 3 5 14
Italy Olimpia Milano [b] 2 1 1 4
Turkey Fenerbahçe 1 2 1 4
Italy Virtus Bologna [c] 1 2 3
Spain Joventut Badalona 1 1 2
Serbia Partizan 1 1 2 4
France Limoges CSP 1 1 1 3
Lithuania Žalgiris 1 1 2
Italy Treviso [d] 2 2 4
Spain Baskonia [e] 1 1 3 5
Czechoslovakia Slavia VŠ Praha 1 1 2
Greece AEK 1 1 2
Italy Fortitudo Bologna [f] 1 1 2
Italy Mens Sana 1871 [g] 3 1 4
Slovenia Olimpija 2 2
Turkey Efes Pilsen 2 2
Greece Aris 1 2 3
Greece PAOK 1 1
Spain Málaga [h] 1 1
Russia Lokomotiv Kuban 1 1
Italy Victoria Libertas [i] 1 1
Spain Estudiantes 1 1
France ASVEL 1 1
Total 33 33 33 33 132

Performance by nation[edit]

  • Including original FIBA Champions Cup and EuroLeague Final Four competitions.
Nation 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Greece Greece 9 7 6 5 27
Spain Spain 7 8 5 13 33
Israel Israel 4 6 1 1 12
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 4 2 1 7
Italy Italy 3 6 6 3 18
Russia Russia 3 3 7 5 18
Turkey Turkey 1 2 2 1 6
France France 1 1 2 4
Lithuania Lithuania 1 1 2
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1 1 2
Soviet Union Soviet Union 1 1
Slovenia Slovenia 1 1
Serbia Serbia 1 1
Total 33 33 33 33 132

Opening press conference venues[edit]

Year Venue Host city Country
2008 Community of Madrid Sports Centre Madrid Spain Spain
2009 O2 World Berlin Germany Germany
2010 Hôtel de Ville Paris France France
2011 Gothic Quarter (City hall) Barcelona Spain Spain
2012 Çırağan Palace Istanbul Turkey Turkey
2013 London City Hall London England England
2014 Piazza del Duomo Milan Italy Italy
2015 Cybele Palace Madrid Spain Spain
2016 Alexanderplatz Berlin Germany Germany
2017 Çırağan Palace Istanbul Turkey Turkey
2018 Kalemegdan Fortress Belgrade Serbia Serbia

EuroLeague Final Four MVPs[edit]

Season Final Four MVP Club Ref.
1987–88
United States Bob McAdoo Italy Tracer Milano
1988–89
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dino Rađa Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika
1989–90
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Toni Kukoč Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika
1990–91
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Toni Kukoč (2) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Pop 84
1991–92
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sasha Danilović Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan
1992–93
Croatia Toni Kukoč (3) Italy Benetton Treviso
1993–94
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Žarko Paspalj Greece Olympiacos
1994–95
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis Spain Real Madrid Teka
1995–96
United States Dominique Wilkins Greece Panathinaikos
1996–97
United States David Rivers Greece Olympiacos
1997–98
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zoran Savić Italy Kinder Bologna
1998–99
United States Tyus Edney Lithuania Žalgiris
1999–00
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Rebrača Greece Panathinaikos
2000–01
United States Slovenia Ariel McDonald Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2000–01
Argentina Manu Ginóbili Italy Kinder Bologna
2001–02
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga Greece Panathinaikos
2002–03
Serbia and Montenegro Dejan Bodiroga (2) Spain FC Barcelona
2003–04
United States Anthony Parker Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2004–05
Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2005–06
Greece Theo Papaloukas Russia CSKA Moscow
2006–07
Greece Dimitris Diamantidis Greece Panathinaikos
2007–08
United States Trajan Langdon Russia CSKA Moscow
2008–09
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis Greece Panathinaikos
2009–10
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain Regal FC Barcelona
2010–11
Greece Dimitris Diamantidis (2) Greece Panathinaikos
2011–12
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis (2) Greece Olympiacos
2012–13
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis (3) Greece Olympiacos
2013–14
United States Montenegro Tyrese Rice Israel Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
[3]
2014–15
Argentina Andrés Nocioni Spain Real Madrid
[4]
2015–16
France Nando de Colo Russia CSKA Moscow
[5]
2016–17
United States Ekpe Udoh Turkey Fenerbahçe
[6]
2017–18
Slovenia Luka Doncic Spain Real Madrid
[7]

† The 2000–01 season was a transition year, with the best European teams splitting into two different major leagues: The SuproLeague, held by FIBA, and the EuroLeague, held by Euroleague Basketball. That season's EuroLeague Basketball tournament did not end with a Final Four tournament. Instead, it ended with a 5-game playoff series. So, Manu Ginóbili was named the EuroLeague Finals MVP that season.

EuroLeague All-Final Four Team[edit]

EuroLeague Final Four records[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Playing under the name of "Jugoplastika" and "Pop 84" due to sponsorship reasons.
  2. ^ Playing under the name of "Tracer Milano" and "Philips Milano" due to sponsorship reasons.
  3. ^ Playing under the name of "Kinder Bologna" due to sponsorship reasons.
  4. ^ Playing under the name of "Benetton Treviso" due to sponsorship reasons.
  5. ^ Playing under the name of "Tau Cerámica" and "Laboral Kutxa" due to sponsorship reasons.
  6. ^ Playing under the name of "Teamsystem Bologna" and "Skipper Bologna" due to sponsorship reasons.
  7. ^ Playing under the name of "Montepaschi Siena" due to sponsorship reasons.
  8. ^ Playing under the name of "Unicaja" due to sponsorship reasons.
  9. ^ Playing under the name of "Scavolini Pesaro" due to sponsorship reasons.

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