FIBA Americas League

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FIBA Americas League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 FIBA Americas League
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Sport Basketball
Founded 2007
CEO Usie Richards
No. of teams 16
Country FIBA Americas members
Continent Americas
Most recent
champion(s)
Venezuela Guaros de Lara
(2nd title)
Most titles Argentina Peñarol
Venezuela Guaros de Lara
(2 titles)
TV partner(s) DirecTV (South America)
Sky (Mexico and Central America)
ESPN and ESPN Deportes (United States)
SporTV (Brazil)
Eurosport (Europe and Asia Pacific)
Level on pyramid 1st-tier
South America (South American pyramid)
Central America
Caribbean
Mexico
Related
competitions
FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Official website FIBA Americas.com

The FIBA Americas League (Portuguese: FIBA Liga das Américas, Spanish: FIBA Liga de las Américas) is an international men's professional intercontinental basketball club competition played annually by clubs of the Americas. It is organized by FIBA Americas. The first edition started on December 4, 2007.[1]

The winner of the FIBA Americas League Final 4, the culminating tournament of each season's FIBA Americas League, is crowned as the champion of all of the FIBA Americas zone region. The tournament's final is called the Grand Final. It is the first-tier and most important professional international club basketball competition in the regions of South America (see: South American basketball pyramid), Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. In recent years, the winner of each season's FIBA Americas tournament, played against the winner of each season's European top-tier level EuroLeague competition, at the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, in order to determine an official club world cup champion. Currently, the champions of the FIBA Americas League contest the FIBA Intercontinental Cup against the champions of the European 3rd-tier level Champions League competition.

History[edit]

The Campeonato Sudamericano de Clubes (South American Club Championship), which was founded in 1946, was the first international competition that was played between basketball clubs from South America, and it was the first-tier and most important club competition in South America until 1995, when the new Liga Sudamericana de Básquetbol (South American League) supplanted it in importance from 1996 until 2007. With the emergence of the new FIBA Americas League in December 2007, the South American League became the second-tier international club championship in South America, beginning with the 2008 edition of the competition.

The FIBA Americas League was formed in 2007, as a professional intercontinental men's basketball club competition, under the organization of FIBA Americas, with the goal of creating a world-class top level multinational basketball league in the Americas region. The league was modeled after the EuroLeague, Europe's top-tier multinational club basketball league. The main reason for creating the league was the promotion and growth of the sport, and the increased level of competition that would come from the creation of a multinational super league in the FIBA Americas region.

Another one of the main goals in the creation of the league was to eventually revive the dormant FIBA Intercontinental Cup, so that clubs from the FIBA Americas region could once again directly compete against top EuroLeague teams in official games, and so that an official world cup championship could once again be contested. FIBA World decided to revive the FIBA Intercontinental Cup in 2013, deciding that the champions of the FIBA Americas League would play against the champions of the EuroLeague, to decide on the world club champion. It was then decided by FIBA World that the tournament would be played every year from then on for the foreseeable future.

Another goal in creating the league was to form a league system of teams that could form a partnership with the EuroLeague and NBA on playing friendly games during the preseason, in the same way that the EuroLeague and NBA teams were already playing against each other during the preseason. This was finally realized in the 2014–15 preseason, when teams from the FIBA Americas League played against teams from both the EuroLeague and the NBA.

Names of the top-tier level Latin American competition[edit]

Title holders of the top-tier level Latin American competition[edit]

Format[edit]

Under the original format, 16 participating clubs were divided in four groups, of four teams each. The top two clubs of each group qualified for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals winners then played a four-team group stage, in a yet to be determined host city.[2]

Under the current format, the 16 participating clubs are divided in four groups, of four teams each. The top two clubs of each group qualify for the semifinals. The semifinals winners qualify to play at the FIBA Americas League Final 4, in a yet to be determined host city. The final four format was held for the first time in 2014. The last game of the tournament is called the Grand Final.

Final Fours and Grand Finals (2007–present)[edit]

Year Grand Final Final Four
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Fourth Place
2007–08
Details
Argentina
Peñarol
League stage Mexico
Soles de Mexicali
United States
Miami Tropics
Brazil
Minas
2008–09
Details
Brazil
Brasília
League stage Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
Uruguay
Biguá
Brazil
Minas
2009–10
Details
Argentina
Peñarol
League stage Venezuela
Espartanos de Margarita
Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
Argentina
Quimsa
2010–11
Details
Argentina
Regatas Corrientes
League stage Puerto Rico
Capitanes de Arecibo
Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
Mexico
Halcones Rojos
2012
Details
Mexico
Pioneros de Quintana Roo
League stage Argentina
La Unión
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Brazil
Brasília
2013
Details
Brazil
Pinheiros
League stage Argentina
Lanús
Puerto Rico
Capitanes de Arecibo
Brazil
Brasília
2014
Details
Brazil
Flamengo
85–78 Brazil
Pinheiros
Uruguay
Aguada
Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
2015
Details
Brazil
Bauru
86–72 Mexico
Pioneros de Quintana Roo
Brazil
Flamengo
Argentina
Peñarol
2016
Details
Venezuela
Guaros de Lara
84–79 Brazil
Bauru
Brazil
Mogi das Cruzes
Brazil
Flamengo
2017
Details
Venezuela
Guaros de Lara
88–65 Argentina
Weber Bahía Blanca
Puerto Rico
Leones de Ponce
Mexico
Fuerza Regia

Performances[edit]

By club[edit]

Team Winners Runners-Up Third Place Fourth Place
Argentina Peñarol 2 (2007–08, 2009–10) 0 0 1 (2015)
Venezuela Guaros de Lara 2 (2016, 2017) 0 0 0
Brazil Bauru 1 (2015) 1 (2016) 0 0
Brazil Pinheiros 1 (2013) 1 (2014) 0 0
Mexico Pioneros de Quintana Roo 1 (2012) 1 (2015) 0 0
Brazil Flamengo 1 (2014) 0 1 (2015) 1 (2016)
Brazil Brasília 1 (2008–09) 0 0 2 (2012, 2013)
Argentina Regatas Corrientes 1 (2010–11) 0 0 0
Mexico Halcones UV Xalapa 0 1 (2008–09) 2 (2009–10, 2010–11) 1 (2014)
Puerto Rico Capitanes de Arecibo 0 1 (2010–11) 1 (2013) 0
Mexico Soles de Mexicali 0 1 (2007–08) 0 0
Venezuela Espartanos de Margarita 0 1 (2009–10) 0 0
Argentina La Unión de Formosa 0 1 (2012) 0 0
Argentina Lanús 0 1 (2013) 0 0
Argentina Weber Bahía Blanca 0 1 (2017) 0 0
United States Miami Tropics 0 0 1 (2007–08) 0
Uruguay Biguá 0 0 1 (2008–09) 0
Argentina Obras Sanitarias 0 0 1 (2012) 0
Uruguay Aguada 0 0 1 (2014) 0
Brazil Mogi das Cruzes 0 0 1 (2016) 0
Puerto Rico Leones de Ponce 0 0 1 (2017) 0
Brazil Minas 0 0 0 2 (2007–08, 2008–09)
Argentina Quimsa 0 0 0 1 (2009–10)
Mexico Halcones Rojos 0 0 0 1 (2010–11)
Mexico Fuerza Regia 0 0 0 1 (2017)

By country[edit]

Nation Winners Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
Brazil Brazil 4 2 2 5
Argentina Argentina 3 3 1 2
Venezuela Venezuela 2 1 0 0
Mexico Mexico 1 3 2 3
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 0 1 2 0
Uruguay Uruguay 0 0 2 0
United States United States 0 0 1 0

FIBA Americas League awards[edit]

Grand Final MVP, Top Scorer, and Quinteto Ideal[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA Americas League - Clubs gear up for tip off". FIBA. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Três clubes brasucas na Liga das Américas" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 

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