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.
- 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. 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. With Virtus being the winner of the Finals.
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.
EuroLeague Final Fours
† 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.
Performance by club (Original FIBA Champions Cup and EuroLeague Final Four competitions)
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||4||6||1||1||12|
|Virtus Bologna [b]||2||2||–||–||4|
|Olimpia Milano [c]||2||1||1||–||4|
|Slavia VŠ Praha||–||1||–||1||2|
|Fortitudo Bologna [f]||–||1||–||1||2|
|Mens Sana 1871 [g]||–||–||3||1||4|
|Victoria Libertas [i]||–||–||–||1||1|
Performance by nation (Original FIBA Champions Cup and EuroLeague Final Four competitions)
Opening press conference venues
EuroLeague Final Four MVPs
† 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
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" and "Skipper Bologna" due to sponsorship reasons.
- Playing under the name of "Montepaschi Siena" due to sponsorship reasons.
- Playing under the name of "Unicaja" due to sponsorship reasons.
- Playing under the name of "Scavolini Pesaro" due to sponsorship reasons.