1958 FIBA European Champions Cup

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1958 FIBA European Champions Cup
Season 1958
Champions Soviet Union ASK Riga (1st title)
Runners-up Bulgaria Academic
Teams 23

The 1958 FIBA European Champions Cup was the inaugural season of the European top-tier level professional basketball club competition FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague). It was won by ASK Riga, after they won both EuroLeague Finals games against Academic. Previously, they had not played the semifinals, as Real Madrid was not allowed to travel to Soviet Riga by the Francoist authorities. The first game was held on February 22, 1958, in Brussels, Belgium, where Belgian League champion Royal IV, defeated the Luxembourger League champions, Etzella Ettelbruck, by a score of 82–43.[1] The most notable contributors to Riga's first title included center Jānis Krūmiņš and head coach Alexander Gomelsky.

Competition system[edit]

23 teams. European national domestic league champions only, playing in a tournament system. The Finals were a two-game home and away aggregate.

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A (Northeast Europe)[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASK Riga Soviet Union 176–112 East Germany Wissenschaft Berlin 85–56 91–56
Pantterit Finland 131–133 Poland Legia Warsaw 64–62 67–71

Group B (Central Europe)[edit]

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Jonction Switzerland 54–84* Czechoslovakia Slovan Orbis 54–84
Union Babenberg Austria 98–191 Hungary Honvéd 55–83 43-108
Simmenthal Milano Italy 205–89 Netherlands The Wolves Amsterdam 115–47 90-42

*Series decided over one game played in Switzerland.

Second round[edit]

The winners of the three pairs in Group B played against each other, in a tournament held in Milan, in order to determine the two clubs that would progress to the Quarterfinals

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Simmenthal Milano Italy 65 – 47 Czechoslovakia Slovan Orbis
Slovan Orbis Czechoslovakia 52–61 Hungary Honvéd
Simmenthal Milano Italy 80–72 Hungary Honvéd
Key to colors
     Qualified to Quarter-finals
     Eliminated
Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
Italy Simmenthal Milano 2 2 0 145 119 +26 4
Hungary Honvéd 2 1 1 133 132 +1 3
Czechoslovakia Slovan Orbis 2 0 2 99 126 −27 2

Group C (Southeast Europe)[edit]

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Jeunesse Sportivo Alep Syria –* Lebanon Union Beirut

*Union Beirut withdrew

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Panellinios Greece 132–138 Romania Steaua Bucureşti 60–63 72–75
Modaspor Turkey 112–160 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia AŠK Olimpija 67–74 45–86
Academic Bulgaria 157–101 Syria Jeunesse Sportivo Alep 84–58 73–43

Third round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Academic Bulgaria 161–144 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia AŠK Olimpija 81–80 80–64
Steaua Bucureşti Romania 147–126 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 84–65 63–61

Group D (Southwest Europe)[edit]

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Royal IV Belgium 145–79 Luxembourg Etzella 82–43 63–36

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Royal IV Belgium 174–127 France ASVEL 81–51 93–76
Barreirense Portugal 90–154 Spain Real Madrid 51–68 40–86

Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                         
Romania Steaua București 64 78 142  
Bulgaria Lukoil Academic 73 77 150  
  Bulgaria Lukoil Academic 89 76 165  
  Hungary Honvéd 87 64 151  
Italy Simmenthal Milano 80 85 165
Hungary Honvéd 72 95 167  
  Bulgaria Lukoil Academic 81 71 152
  Soviet Union ASK Riga 86 84 170
Spain Real Madrid 78 43 121  
Belgium Royal IV 59 57 116  
  Spain Real Madrid (withdrew) L L
  Soviet Union ASK Riga* W W  
Soviet Union ASK Riga 93 61 154
Poland Legia Warsaw 59 63 122  

Quarterfinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Steaua Bucureşti Romania 142–150 Bulgaria Academic 64–73 78–77
Simmenthal Milano Italy 165–167 Hungary Honvéd 80–72* 85–95
Real Madrid Spain 121–116 Belgium Royal IV 78–59 43–57
ASK Riga Soviet Union 154–122 Poland Legia Warsaw 93–59 61–63

*The result of the game between the two clubs in the tournament of the 1st Round's Group B was used as a result for the 1st leg.

Semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Honvéd Hungary 151–165 Bulgaria Academic 87–89 64–76
ASK Riga Soviet Union -* Spain Real Madrid

*Real Madrid withdrew, Team wasn't allowed to travel to Soviet Union.[2]

Finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASK Riga Soviet Union 170–152 Bulgaria Academic 86–81 84–71
1958 FIBA European Champions Cup
Champions
Soviet Union
ASK Riga
1st Title

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