1960–61 FIBA European Champions Cup

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1960–61 FIBA European Champions Cup
League FIBA European Champions Cup
Sport Basketball
Champions Soviet Union CSKA Moscow
  Runners-up Soviet Union ASK Riga
FIBA European Champions Cup seasons

The 1960–61 FIBA European Champions Cup was the fourth season of the European top-tier level professional basketball club competition FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague). It was won by CSKA Moscow, after they defeated ASK Riga, the reigning three time defending champions, and the first major dynasty of European professional club basketball . CSKA lost the first game 66–61, but won the second 87–62, and thus became the fourth straight European champions from the Soviet Union League.

Competition system[edit]

24 teams. European national domestic league champions, plus the then current FIBA European Champions Cup title holders only, playing in a tournament system. The Finals were a two game home and away aggregate.

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Urania Genève Sport Switzerland 107–164 Italy Idrolitina Bologna 62–68 45–96
Wissenschaft East Germany 110–171 Bulgaria Levski-Spartak 54–85 56–86
Heidelberg West Germany 125–180 Poland Legia Warsaw 67-91 58-89
Galatasaray Turkey 137–96 Greece Olympiacos 72-41 65-55
Sparta Bertrange Luxembourg 75–137 Austria Engelmann Wien 27-53 48-84
Sporting Portugal 92–149 Belgium Antwerpse 51-62 41-87
KFUM Söder Sweden 98–142 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia OKK Beograd 50-53 48-89
The Wolves Amsterdam Netherlands 106–153 Czechoslovakia Spartak Praha Sokolovo 52-57 54-96
Étoile de Charleville-Mézières France 110–100 Morocco Casablancais 55-47 55-53

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Galatasaray Turkey 79–93 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 40–39 39–54
Étoile de Charleville-Mézières France 63–163 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 28-68 35-95
Levski-Spartak Bulgaria 114–138 Poland Legia Warsaw 67-62 47-76
Engelmann Wien Austria 100–159 Spain Real Madrid 53-85 47-74
Antwerpse Belgium 68–47 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia OKK Beograd 66-47 2-0*
Torpan Pojat Finland 103–133 Czechoslovakia Spartak Praha Sokolovo 56-65 47-68
Idrolitina Bologna Italy 124–126 Romania Steaua Bucureşti 70–56 54–70

*The second leg was cancelled after the Yugoslavian police refused to guarantee the safety of the Belgian team, whose members received serious threats upon arrival to Belgrade, as a result of the mysterious death of Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of Congo, on February 11 1961. The Soviet government, an ally to Lumumba, blamed the Belgian secret service as the instigator of his murder in the former Belgian colony, and this translated into several riots in the communist countries against the Belgian interests. Since the second leg couldn't be played, Antwerpse received a 2-0 w.o. in this game and qualified for the next round.[1]

Automatically qualified to the quarter finals


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASK Riga Soviet Union 162–134 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 84–60 78–74
Spartak Praha Sokolovo Czechoslovakia 107–115 Romania Steaua Bucureşti 60–50 47–65
Legia Warsaw Poland 145–183 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 72-98 73-85
Antwerpse Belgium 128–177 Spain Real Madrid 62-89 66-88


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Real Madrid Spain 123–141 Soviet Union ASK Riga 78-75 45-66
CSKA Moscow Soviet Union 171–115 Romania Steaua Bucureşti 98–58 73–57


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
CSKA Moscow Soviet Union 148–128 Soviet Union ASK Riga 87-62 61-66

1st leg:Lenin Stadion, Moscow, 14 July 1961; Attendance:8,000[1]

2nd leg:Daugava Stadion, Rīga, 22 July 1961; Attendance:15,000[1]

1960–61 FIBA European Champions Cup
Soviet Union
CSKA Moscow
1st Title


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