EuroLeague Final Four
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The EuroLeague Final Four is the final four format championship of the EuroLeague professional club basketball competition, which succeeded the FIBA European Champions Cup Competition in the 2001-2002 season. The EuroLeague used the final four format for the first time in 2002, in the FIBA Champions Cup Competition, as see below, it was used for the first time in 1966. It returned as the format of choice during its modern era in the 1987–88 season. It is known as the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four for sponsorship reasons. Panathinaikos has been the most successful team since the modern final four era began.
- 1 Names of the Final Four
- 2 History
- 3 EuroLeague Final Fours
- 4 EuroLeague Final Four MVPs
- 5 EuroLeague All-Final Four Team
- 6 EuroLeague Final Four records
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Names of the Final Four
- FIBA era (1958–2001):
- Euroleague Basketball era (2000–present):
- Euroleague Final Four (2002–2016)
- EuroLeague Final Four (2017–)
*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. The EuroLeague in its inaugural year used a playoff format with the two professional teams from Bologna (Virtus and Fortitudo), AEK and TAU Ceramica reaching the semi finals. Virtus being the winner.
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 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.
EuroLeague Final Fours
- The 2000–01 season was a transition year, with the best European teams split into two different major leagues, the FIBA SuproLeague, held by FIBA, and the Euroleague 2000–01, held by Euroleague Basketball. The final of the EuroLeague was not played with a Final Four format.
Performance by club (Original FIBA Champions Cup final four and EuroLeague competitions)
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||4||6||1||1||12|
|Virtus Bologna [b]||2||2||–||–||4|
|Olimpia Milano [c]||2||1||1||–||4|
|Fortitudo Bologna [f]||–||1||–||1||2|
|Mens Sana [g]||–||–||3||1||4|
|Victoria Libertas Pesaro [h]||–||–||–||1||1|
EuroLeague Final Four MVPs
† 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. Manu Ginóbili was named the Euroleague Finals MVP that season.
EuroLeague All-Final Four Team
EuroLeague Final Four records
- Playing under the name of "Jugoplastika" and "Pop 84" due to sponsorship reasons.
- Playing under the name of "Kinder Bologna" due to sponsorship reasons.
- Playing under the name of "Tracer Milano" and "Philips Milano" due to sponsorship reasons.
- Playing under the name of "Benetton Treviso" due to sponsorship reasons.
- Playing under the name of "TAU Cerámica" and "Laboral Kutxa" due to sponsorship reasons.
- Playing under the name of "Teamsystem Bologna" due to sponsorship reasons.
- Playing under the name of "Montepaschi Siena" due to sponsorship reasons.
- Playing under the name of "Scavolini Pesaro" due to sponsorship reasons.