European professional club basketball system

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The European professional club basketball system or European professional club basketball pyramid is a series of interconnected competitions for professional basketball clubs in Europe. The system has a hierarchical format with a promotion and demotion system between competitions at different levels. There are currently three different competitions on the pyramid – the 1st tier Euroleague, the 2nd tier Eurocup, and the 3rd tier EuroChallenge. The 1st and 2nd tier competitions are organized by Euroleague Basketball Company, and the 3rd tier competition is organized by FIBA Europe.

The tier pyramid[edit]

The table below shows the tier structure of the pyramid for both the former FIBA era and the current Euroleague Basketball era. Current competitions are indicated in green.

Evolution of the European basketball competitions[edit]

Tier Level Competition Organizer Years Active
1st Tier European Champions Cup FIBA 1958–1991
European League FIBA 1991–1996
Euroleague FIBA 1996–2000
SuproLeague FIBA 2000–2001
Turkish Airlines Euroleague Euroleague Basketball 2000–present
2nd Tier European Cup Winners' Cup FIBA 1966–1991
European Cup FIBA 1991–1996
EuroCup FIBA 1996–1998
Saporta Cup FIBA 1998–2002
Eurocup Euroleague Basketball 2002–present
3rd Tier Korać Cup FIBA 1971–2002
Europe League FIBA 2003–2005
EuroCup FIBA 2005–2008
EuroChallenge FIBA 2008–2015
FIBA Europe Cup FIBA 2015–present
4th Tier EuroCup Challenge FIBA 2002–2007

History[edit]

The evolution of the names of the various international European inter–continental and European inter–regional professional club basketball competitions (1990—2015):

  • 1990—1991:
    • FIBA European Champions' Cup
    • FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup (last season)
    • FIBA Korać Cup
  • 1991—1992:
    • FIBA European League ("FIBA Euro League") (previously named FIBA European Champions' Cup)
    • FIBA European Cup (previously named FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup)
    • FIBA Korać Cup
  • 1992—1993:
    • FIBA European League ("FIBA Euro League")
    • FIBA European Cup
    • FIBA Korać Cup
  • 1993—1994:
    • FIBA European League ("FIBA Euro League")
    • FIBA European Cup
    • FIBA Korać Cup
  • 1994—1995:
    • FIBA European League ("FIBA Euro League")
    • FIBA European Cup
    • FIBA Korać Cup
  • 1995—1996:
    • FIBA European League ("FIBA Euro League")
    • FIBA European Cup (last season)
    • FIBA Korać Cup
  • 1996—1997:
    • FIBA Euroleague (previously named FIBA European Championship ("FIBA Euro League"))
    • FIBA EuroCup (previously named FIBA European Cup)
    • FIBA Korać Cup
  • 1997—1998:
    • FIBA Euroleague
    • FIBA EuroCup (last season)
    • FIBA Korać Cup
  • 1998—1999:
    • FIBA Euroleague
    • FIBA Saporta Cup (previously named EuroCup)
    • FIBA Korać Cup
  • 1999—2000:
    • FIBA Euroleague (last FIBA Europe–sanctioned season)
    • FIBA Saporta Cup
    • FIBA Korać Cup
  • 2000—2001:
    • Euroleague (first Euroleague Basketball–sanctioned season)
    • FIBA SuproLeague (previously known as FIBA Euroleague, when it was still organized by FIBA Europe)
    • FIBA Saporta Cup
    • FIBA Korać Cup
  • 2001—2002:
    • Euroleague (combination of Euroleague Basketball and FIBA SuproLeague)
    • FIBA Saporta Cup (last season)
    • FIBA Korać Cup (last season)
    • Adriatic League (first season)
  • 2002—2003:
    • Euroleague
    • ULEB Cup (first season)
    • FIBA Europe Champions Cup (first season)
    • Adriatic League
  • 2003—2004:
    • Euroleague
    • ULEB Cup
    • FIBA Europe League (first season)
    • FIBA Europe Cup (previously named FIBA Europe Champions Cup)
    • Adriatic League
  • 2004—2005:
    • Euroleague
    • ULEB Cup
    • FIBA Europe League
    • FIBA Europe Cup
    • Adriatic League
    • Baltic League (first season)
  • 2005—2006:
    • Euroleague
    • ULEB Cup
    • FIBA EuroCup (previously named FIBA Europe League)
    • FIBA EuroCup Challenge (previously named FIBA Europe Cup)
    • Adriatic League
    • Baltic League
  • 2006—2007:
    • Euroleague
    • ULEB Cup
    • FIBA EuroCup
    • FIBA EuroCup Challenge (last season)
    • Adriatic League
    • Baltic League
  • 2007—2008:
    • Euroleague
    • ULEB Cup
    • FIBA EuroCup
    • Adriatic League
    • Baltic League
  • 2008—2009:
    • Euroleague
    • Eurocup (previously named ULEB Cup)
    • FIBA EuroChallenge (previously named FIBA EuroCup)
    • Adriatic League
    • Balkan International League (first season)
    • Baltic League
  • 2009—2010:
    • Euroleague
    • Eurocup
    • FIBA EuroChallenge
    • VTB United League (first season)
    • Adriatic League
    • Balkan International League
    • Baltic League
  • 2010—2011:
    • Euroleague
    • Eurocup
    • FIBA EuroChallenge
    • VTB United League
    • Adriatic League
    • Balkan International League
    • Baltic League
  • 2011—2012:
    • Euroleague
    • Eurocup
    • FIBA EuroChallenge
    • VTB United League
    • Adriatic League
    • Balkan International League
    • Baltic League
  • 2012—2013:
    • Euroleague
    • Eurocup
    • FIBA EuroChallenge
    • VTB United League
    • Adriatic League
    • Balkan International League
    • Baltic League
  • 2013—2014:
    • Euroleague
    • Eurocup
    • FIBA EuroChallenge
    • VTB United League
    • Adriatic League
    • Balkan International League
    • Baltic League
  • 2014—2015:
    • Euroleague
    • Eurocup
    • FIBA EuroChallenge
    • VTB United League
    • Adriatic League
    • Balkan International League
    • Baltic League

There also have been a few other international club basketball competitions played in Europe, which do not exist anymore. Many others have changed their names multiple times.

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