FIBA EuroChallenge

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EuroChallenge
FIBA EuroChallenge logo.png
Primary logo (2013–2015)[1]
Formerly FIBA Europe League (2003–2005)
FIBA EuroCup (2005–2008)
Sport Basketball
Founded 2003
Ceased 2015
Replaced by FIBA Europe Cup
Motto We Are Basketball
No. of teams 32
Country FIBA Europe member associations
Continent European Union FIBA Europe (Europe)
Last
champion(s)
France Nanterre
(1st title)
Most titles 12 teams from 8 countries
(1 title each)
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to EuroCup2nd tier (Finalists)
Official website EuroChallenge

FIBA EuroChallenge (called the FIBA Europe League in 2003–05, and FIBA EuroCup in 2005–08)[2] was the 3rd tier level transnational men's professional club basketball competition in Europe. It was organized and run by FIBA Europe. It is not to be confused with the FIBA EuroCup Challenge – the now defunct 4th tier level transnational men's professional club basketball competition in Europe, which was also organized and run by FIBA Europe, and played during the 2002–03 to 2006–07 seasons. In 2015, FIBA dissolved the EuroChallenge to start a new second-tier competition, the FIBA Europe Cup, to compete with the EuroCup.[3]

EuroCup promotion[edit]

Each season's two EuroChallenge finalists were promoted to the next season's 2nd tier level, the EuroCup competition.

History[edit]

The competition was created in 2003, following the defections of most of the top European basketball teams from the former FIBA SuproLeague, which heralded the formation of the new version of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, under the umbrella of Euroleague Basketball. From the 2004–05 season, EuroChallenge was considered to be the 3rd strongest international professional basketball competition for men's clubs in Europe, after both the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and the EuroCup (both of which fall under the supervision of Euroleague Basketball). Though, during the first two seasons of the competition's coexistence with the EuroCup, the EuroChallenge (under the name FIBA Europe League) was favored by Italian, Russian and Greek teams, making both competitions quite comparable in strength.

In 2015, FIBA Europe dissolved the EuroChallenge, to start a new third-tier competition, in an attempt to compete with EuroCup Basketball.[4]

Final Fours[edit]

Year Final Semifinalists
Champion Score Second place Third place Score Fourth place
2003–04
Details
Russia
UNICS
87–63 Greece
Maroussi TIM
Israel
Hapoel Tel Aviv
112–104 Russia
Ural Great Perm
2004–05
Details
Russia
Dynamo Saint Petersburg
85–74 Ukraine
Kyiv
Russia
Khimki
86–79 Turkey
Fenerbahçe
2005–06
Details
Spain
DKV Joventut
88–63 Russia
Khimki
Ukraine
Kyiv
83–81 Russia
Dynamo Saint Petersburg
2006–07
Details
Spain
Akasvayu Girona
79–72 Ukraine
Azovmash
Italy
VidiVici Bologna
82–60 Spain
MMT Estudiantes
2007–08
Details
Latvia
Barons LMT
63–62 Belgium
Dexia Mons-Hainaut
Cyprus
Proteas EKA AEL
79–70 Estonia
Tartu Ülikool Rock
2008–09
Details
Italy
Virtus BolognaFiere
77–75 France
Cholet
Russia
Triumph Lyubertsy
94–82 Cyprus
Proteas EKA AEL
2009–10
Details
Germany
Göttingen
83–75 Russia
Krasnye Krylia
France
Chorale Roanne
86–80 Italy
Scavolini Spar Pesaro
2010–11
Details
Slovenia
Krka
83–77 Russia
Lokomotiv Kuban
Belgium
Telenet Oostende
94–92 Russia
Spartak Saint Petersburg
2011–12
Details
Turkey
Beşiktaş Milangaz
91–86 France
Élan Chalon
Russia
Triumph Lyubertsy
94–87 Hungary
Szolnoki Olaj
2012–13
Details
Russia
Krasnye Krylia
77–76 Turkey
Pinar Karşıyaka
Germany
EWE Baskets
84–76 France
Gravelines
2013–14
Details
Italy
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
79–65 Russia
Triumph Lyubertsy
Turkey
Gaziantep Royal Halı
87–75 (OT) Hungary
Szolnoki Olaj
2014–15
Details
France
Nanterre
64–63 Turkey
Trabzonspor Medical Park
Romania
Energia Târgu Jiu
83–80 Germany
Fraport Skyliners

All-time EuroChallenge Finals/Final Four MVP award winners (2004–2015)[edit]

Season MVP
2003–04
Estonia Martin Müürsepp
2004–05
Russia Kelly McCarty
2005–06
Spain Rudy Fernández
2006–07
Slovenia Ariel McDonald
2007–08
Lithuania Giedrius Gustas
2008–09
United States Keith Langford
2009–10
Montenegro Taylor Rochestie
2010–11
Bosnia and Herzegovina Goran Ikonić
2011–12
United Kingdom Pops Mensah-Bonsu
2012–13
United States Tre Simmons
2013–14
Italy Andrea Cinciarini
2014–15
United States Jamal Shuler

Records and statistics[edit]

Performances by club[edit]

The 2013 EuroChallenge trophy, which was won by Krasnye Krylya.
Performance in the EuroChallenge by club
Club Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
Russia Krasnye Krylia Samara 1 1 2013 2010
France Nanterre 1 0 2015
Italy Pallacanestro Reggiana 1 0 2014
Turkey Beşiktaş 1 0 2012
Slovenia Krka Novo mesto 1 0 2011
Germany BG Göttingen 1 0 2010
Italy Virtus Bologna 1 0 2009
Latvia Barons LMT 1 0 2008
Spain Girona 1 0 2007
Spain Joventut Badalona 1 0 2006
Russia Dyanmo Saint Petersburg 1 0 2005
Russia UNICS Kazan 1 0 2004
Greece Maroussi 0 1 2004
Ukraine Kyiv 0 1 2005
Russia Khimki 0 1 2006
Ukraine Azovmash 0 1 2007
Belgium Dexia Mons-Hainaut 0 1 2008
France Cholet 0 1 2009
Russia Lokomotiv Kuban 0 1 2011
France Élan Chalon 0 1 2012
Turkey Pınar Karşıyaka 0 1 2013
Russia Triumph Lyubertsy 0 1 2014
Turkey Trabzonspor 0 1 2015

Performances by country[edit]

Performance in the EuroChallenge by country
Country Won Runner-up Winning clubs Runners-up
Russia Russia 3 4 Krasnye Krylia Samara (1), BC Dynamo Saint Petersburg (1), UNICS Kazan (1) Krasnye Krylia Samara (1), Lokomotiv Kuban (1), BC Khimki (1), Triumph Lyubertsy (1)
Italy Italy 2 0 Virtus Bologna (1), Pallacanestro Reggiana (1)
Spain Spain 2 0 CB Girona (1), Joventut Badalona (1)
France France 1 2 JSF Nanterre (1) Élan Chalon (1), Cholet Basket (1)
Turkey Turkey 1 2 Beşiktaş (1) Pınar Karşıyaka (1), Trabzonspor (1)
Germany Germany 1 0 BG Göttingen (1)
Latvia Latvia 1 0 Barons LMT (1)
Slovenia Slovenia 1 0 KK Krka (1)
Ukraine Ukraine 0 2 BC Kyiv (1), BC Azovmash (1)
Greece Greece 0 1 Maroussi B.C. (1)
Belgium Belgium 0 1 Dexia Mons-Hainaut (1)

Individual records and statistical leaders[edit]

Winning rosters[edit]

FIBA Europe League[edit]

FIBA EuroCup[edit]

FIBA EuroChallenge[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ ULEB, FIBA Europe announce new competitions names, formats – News – Welcome to Eurocup.
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]

External links[edit]